Accessibility by Design Award Recipient
AXS Inc. — Jim Middaugh
Jim Middaugh of AXS designed an accessible and innovative bungalow for the Christian Horizons Therapeutic Respite Centre for Children and Youth. The house was specially designed to meet the exceptional needs of the 9 young people in the home, including those with mobility challenges. In addition to the three separate living units, the home has a sensory room, a ball pit and exercise room, a music room and other spaces used creatively for the youth. Jim and AXS have designed more than 20 homes for Christian Horizons and other agencies.
Volunteer Award Recipient
Mary Dufton is a volunteer writer for provincial, national and local disability organizations, including the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, and Independent Living Canada. Additionally, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre and has a local support group for adults with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Mary works at the Public Health Agency of Canada as a project officer.
Customer Service Award Recipients
Capital City Condors — Jim and Shana Perkins
Shana Perkins, along with her husband Jim, has created a special environment for children and youth with physical and mental disabilities through the establishment of the Capital City Condors. The Condors is a hockey team that offers “Hockey for Special Kids with Special Needs.” The work that Shana and Jim are doing with the team has raised awareness of the capabilities and gifts of youngsters with disabilities. The community profile of the team has attracted the support of Ottawa Senators defenceman, Matt Carkner, who is helping to further its success.
Advocacy Award Recipient
Merry Cardinal, Manager of Primary Health Care at the Somerset West Community Health Center, approached the Down Syndrome Association in May 2010, to propose a job preparation program to help a young adult to build job and social skills. Merry wanted the Work to Learn program to benefit an individual who might otherwise not have the opportunity to work in an interesting and supportive work environment. Malinda Caron has been working part-time at the Center since January 2011 and her family reports the experience has helped boost both her confidence and job performance.
Employee Award Recipient
Jean-Paul Catellier is employed by Horizons Renaissance, a non-profit organization that provides mental health rehabilitation services in the francophone community. Jean-Paul is theatre animator for the “Ateliers de l’Élan” program, which offers creative workshops, and also provides peer-support for clients. His colleagues describe him as a passionate and motivated contributor to the organization, who organizes innovative activities and has significantly raised the visibility of the theatre workshops so more people can experience their benefits.
Education Award Recipient
Ottawa Network for Education — Kathy McKinlay
The Ottawa Network for Education worked with school boards and post-secondary institutions to create the innovative Assistive Technology Support Initiative (ATSI). ATSI provides an interactive, accessible and bilingual website with Assistive Technology training and resources to help students, parents and teachers use AT to help overcome learning disabilities. Through this resource and supplemented by workshops, volunteers are trained on AT and are matched with students as tutors and mentors, which has a significant impact on student learning and self-esteem.
Youth Award (in Memory of Susan Meyer) Recipient
Anna is a versatile artist who paints, dances, sings and writes. For more than eight years, she has been a visual artist at H’Art of Ottawa and has participated in 38 art shows. Through sale of hundreds of her paintings, Anna has helped all of the studio’s artists through the revenue-sharing program. Anna shares her artistic talents with the community in other ways; she is a member of the BOOM choir and has danced solo performances with Propeller Dance at venues that include the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Artistic Excellence Award Recipients
David Froom and Joe Oombash – RECIPIENT
David Froom and Joe Oombash are talented musicians who share their gifts with others in the community. Residents of Therapeutical and Educational Living Centres Inc. (TELCI), David and Joe spend every second Thursday performing together for residents at the Villa Marconi long-term care facility. Both are blind and play their music from memory. David has played the piano since the age of four and has written more than 130 compositions. Joe plays the piano, the harmonica, the accordion and the electric bagpipes, and sings in the Letson Hall Chorus. Joe is also saving up money to buy a trumpet.
Employer Award Recipient
Dave Hobson — Food Basics
Dave Hobson has recruited and employed more than 12 individuals with disabilities over the past 5 years at the various Food Basics stores he has managed in Ottawa. Through a relationship with the Ontario March of Dimes Employment Service, Dave has made it a priority to provide employment opportunities for people who might otherwise face barriers in finding work. He welcomes the Employment Service staff on site to provide supports for employees as required, and has made every effort to provide the accommodation and training to allow these individuals to succeed on the job.
Volunteer Opportunities Award Recipient
Ottawa Hospital P.A.R.T.Y. Program — Barbara Mews – RECIPIENT
The Ottawa Hospital Preventing Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) program educates high school students about the consequences of risk-taking behaviour and how to make smart choices to prevent injuries. Each week at the Civic and General campuses of the Hospital, paramedics, doctors and other specialists speak to students. One of the powerful elements is the participation of people with spinal cord and brain injuries, who share their stories to not only raise awareness of injury prevention but to educate the young people about the lives and challenges of persons with disabilities.
Sports Award Recipient
Jacob Mathews is a dedicated athlete who excels in many sports. Involved in the Special Olympics since the age of 9, he has participated in soccer, swimming, snowshoeing and five-pin bowling. Not only is he a hard-working athlete who puts in many hours of training, he is also an accomplished one. As a swimmer, he won a silver medal in the 2006 National Games and earlier this year, won two gold medals and a bronze in snowshoeing competition in the Provincials. And he’s qualified to compete in the 2012 National Games in snowshoeing.
Career Award Recipient
In a career spanning 23 years, Traci Walter fostered growth of the independent living (IL) movement in Canada and internationally, and played a key role in advancement of independence rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities. The National Director of Independent Living Canada from 1993 to 2010, Traci’s accomplishments include: serving as a community observer in to the Liberal Task Force on Disability Issues; participation in the 2008 Governor General’s Leadership Conference; and helping to bring IL to the forefront at the United Nations. Now in retirement, she volunteers for the Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre.
Citizenship Award (In Memory of Kath Kerr)
Randy Romain has been active in community service on behalf of people with disabilities for several decades. A positive role model who has moved from institutional setting to community living, Randy is currently a peer volunteer with Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario, a board member for the In Community and a volunteer with the VHA Rehabilitation Resource Center. He recently completed training to teach English to newcomers to Canada. Along with his wife, Randy has also served as an adviser to the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation to advance access to affordable and accessible housing.