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Recognizing Alberta’s Disability Community Leaders

Albertans are celebrating people with disabilities and those who support them on December 3 for International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Events are being held across the province to recognize the remarkable accomplishments and valuable contributions of people with disabilities.

“We all benefit from a respectful, diverse and inclusive society. These individuals’ contributions ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to participate on an equal basis and thrive in our society. This is the Alberta we want and continue to work together towards.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

 

Today, the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards were announced. The awards are presented for outstanding leadership and achievement in creating and promoting inclusive communities.

The 2016 award recipients are:
  • Bruce Uditsky, Edmonton: Gary McPherson Leadership Award
  • Louise Miller, Edmonton: Marlin Styner Achievement Award
  • UNITE HERE Local 47, Edmonton: Award of Excellence in Community
  • Dr. Megan Strickfaden, Edmonton: Award of Excellence in Education
  • Dr. Dorothy Badry, Calgary: Award of Excellence in Education
  • Lynn Wheadon, Calgary: Award of Excellence in Education
  • Dr. Hasu Rajani, St. Paul: Award of Excellence in Community
  • Terri Robson, Red Deer: Award of Excellence in Public Awareness
  • Blair Charters, Red Deer: Award of Excellence in Public Awareness
  • Gordon and Barbara Drummond, Peace River: Award of Excellence in Employment

 

“We are honoured to present Premier’s Council Awards to these deserving Albertans. Their diligence and commitment is instrumental in building inclusive, barrier-free communities where persons with disabilities can fully participate.”

Bill Brandon, Acting Chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities 

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