And The Winners Are…

Remember back when I was talking about the 2009 Access Recognition Awards? Well, we now are announcing the winners, so I thought I’d put the press release up here. It was so cool to see Trixie’s vet and Ryan’s win an award. You know how I feel about Ryan’s. Plus, I know Sue Alexander too. It appears there will be a lot of friends of mine at that ceremony.

Guelph Barrier Free Committees are pleased to announce the presentation of our Access Recognition Awards to the following businesses, groups or individuals on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Guelph City Hall at 1 Carden Street by Mayor Karen Farbridge. The awards are in recognition of their outstanding contributions or accomplishments in removing barriers for people with disabilities.

The public is welcome to attend and watch the presentations.

Outstanding Contribution – Business

Dawson Road Medical Clinic for their outstanding improvement of their waiting room facilities. The new system improves accessibility while protecting clients’ privacy and comfort.

Guelph Animal Hospital for their willingness to act upon client requests to improve barrier free access to their services by installing supports as well as understanding the needs of persons with service dogs.

Ryan’s Quality Pet Foods for their proactive commitment to improving services by accommodating persons with disabilities and by building accessible features in their new store.

Outstanding Contribution – Community Group

Rainbow Day Camp for their continuing contribution in providing on-site camp opportunities for children and youth with disabilities by modifying and reducing barriers.

Outstanding Accomplishment – Individual – Adult

Sue Alexander for her outstanding activities and perseverance in advocating for persons with mental health disabilities and for the rights of persons to take their service dogs anywhere.

Gloria Bruce for her selfless support of her daughter with M.S. while she advocated for others enabling her to break down barriers.

Jolyne Neil for her ongoing commitment in raising awareness and in being an active volunteer for a barrier free community while living with M.S.

Marcey Gray for her outstanding commitment for supporting the Spark of Brilliance, for fundraising efforts and for breaking down mental health barriers for others.

Matthew Bulmer for his positive attitude and sportsmanship while participating in triathlons. He is a role model for persons with vision-related disabilities as he focuses on achieving his goals

Mildren Kingdon for her vision and initiation of the mobility service which has enabled persons with disabilities to participate in everyday activities for many years.

So woohoo. November 23 will be a good night.

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