On December 3rd, 2014 the Celebration of People Awards ceremony will mark an exciting time for the Ottawa accessibility community. In conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Citizen Advocacy and their partners are hosting an awards ceremony honoring the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses, and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion, and full community participation by citizens with disabilities. In doing so, the event aims to establish a community that not only embodies principles of inclusiveness and accessibility, but also empowers those that make a difference.
Since its inaugural event in 2011, the awards ceremony has honored award recipients and nominees from across the Ottawa region. Some of the nominees and recipients include individuals with disabilities who are advocates for others, or whose personal example of excellence demonstrates the potential for all members of the community. Others include companies, agencies, government, and other organizations which have created opportunities for people with disabilities to participate more fully in community venues (workplaces, artistic centres, etc.)
One of our finalist from 2013 included Briton Amos. An inspiring member of the Ottawa community, Mr. Amos has many accomplishments under his belt, many of which have impacted the City’s legislation. After suffering the impacts of a shooting during a car-jacking in 1991, Briton made Canadian history in his court case against his insurance company, setting a legislative precedent for third-party liability. Later, after graduating from the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Development and Globalization, Briton once again changed the landscape for those with disabilities in Ottawa. In 2007, Briton founded Humanitarian Mobility International (HMI), a registered charity whose mandate is to provide medical mobility equipment to those who need it the most, regardless of political, religious, or cultural affiliation – both in Canada and across the globe. An inspiration to all, Briton states that “it (life) is a short ride and there is no time to waste,” and his contributions indeed show how he has made the world a better place.