Thank-you raffle donors

Celebration of People is not a fundraising event, but each year the organizing committee plans a raffle to off-set the costs associated with holding the dinner and awards ceremony. Thank-you to our fantastic raffle donors.


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What a spectacular evening!


All 12 Celebration of People awards were handed out last night in front of a crowd of over 350 people. There were many memorable moments and beautiful speeches. Thank-you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, organizing committee members, award finalists and their families and supporters. Watch out for event photos and details about next year’s event!

The words of Education Award recipient Sheilaeagh MacDonald sum up the night beautifully:

Receiving the award was a very humbling experience for me. The dedication of the volunteers, the courage of those with disabilities, and the caring of those who support them helps us to realize, once again, how fortunate we are. The joy in that room last night as well as the generosity of spirit among the people was second to none.

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Are you ready to meet the 2013 Celebration of People Award Finalists?

It wasn’t easy, but we chose 27 Celebration of People award finalists!


The 27 finalists include dynamic local organizations, incredible athletes, dedicated employees and individuals that are making a difference!

Come to the awards dinner on December 3rd, 2013 to be inspired and support the accomplishments of people with disabilities in Ottawa.
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Stay Tuned to Meet the 2013 Celebration of People Finalists

Celebration of People Finalists 2011

2011 Celebration of People Finalists

We received many deserving Celebration of People nominations this year. Our Selection Committee had the very difficult task of choosing finalists in each of the 12 award categories. All finalists were invited to come and meet some members of the Organizing Committee, have their photo taken by our volunteer photographer Dave Sangster and review their biography. Some finalists were shy about the whole process, while others loved the spotlight! Stay tuned for a full listing of all of the 27 2013 Celebration of People finalists. We can’t wait till you get to meet them!

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Time to Nominate an Individual or Organization that is Making a Difference.

Wayne reciving his award.

Celebration of People Career Award recipient  Wayne McIntyre with Organizing Committee member David Walls.

Celebration of People celebrates the accomplishments of people with disabilities and their supporters. Award categories range from accessibility and advocacy to volunteering and youth. Senator Jim Munson is the 2013 Honourary Chair and the event takes place Tuesday, December 3, which is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  Its time to submit a nomination in one of the 12 categories.  You do not want the orgaizations and indiduals you admire to miss out on this event.

The deadline for award nominations is midnight, Thursday October 3, 2013.

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Check Out Our Video!

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You might see some familiar faces in our 2012 Celebration of People awards video. Special thanks to committee member Pierre Héroux for putting this together. The original footage is courtesy of Rogers TV.

Check it out!

Celebration of People Awards Video

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Submit your nominations!

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Nominations for the 2013 Celebration of People awards are now open! Tell us about an individual, non-profit, private organization or community group making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Everyone who submits a nomination before September 6th 2013 will automatically be entered into a draw to win two free tickets to the event which takes place on December 3rd, 2013. Good luck to all of our early birds! Take a look at the 12 nomination categories and nominate today! Questions? 613-761-9522 or


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December 3rd 2013

Save the date for the 2013 edition of celebration of People. The event will take place on December 3rd, 2013 at the Hampton Inn. Stay tuned for nomination details – they will be coming soon!

A young man having fun at the event.

You don’t want to miss this night!

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Oh what a night!

A group of people enjoying the event

A group of people enjoying the event.

 Thank you to the more than 400 people that attended Celebration of People.

As Senator Jim Munson said at the dinner, inclusion and accessibility are related, but very different concepts. While a workplace may be physically accessible, true inclusivity is an attitude requiring cultural transformation that goes beyond meeting policies and legislation.

Together, we will continue to build an inclusive Ottawa. Stay tuned for details about the 2013 event!

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