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Mayor Honours Edmontonians Who Enhance Accessibility

May 25, 2011

Mayor Stephen Mandel offered top honours to Edmontonians who have improved the lives of people with disabilities at the annual Mayor’s Awards.

“I am truly inspired by this event each and every year. The people being recognized are helping to build a more inclusive city in which all Edmontonians are invited to participate fully in the community,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Through their dedication to this vision, we are seeing Edmonton become an even stronger and more vibrant community. Congratulations and thanks to all the award recipients and nominees!”

Nine individuals, organizations and businesses that have provided opportunities and safe environments for Edmontonians with disabilities were awarded in four categories.

The recipients are:

Outstanding Service

  • Peter Iglinski for founding the Brain Awareness Movement (BAM) student group at the University of Alberta to educate young people about the brain and brain injuries, and to advocate for those with brain injuries.
  • Cristina Molina for her 36-year career as a social worker and tireless advocate for children and adults with special needs and severe disabilities at Goodwill Industries and the Elves Special Needs Society.
  • Sylvia Wolowidnyk for her dedication as a support worker for a client with the Good Samaritan Society.

Universal Design in Architecture

  • Robbins Pavilion, Royal Alexandra Hospital
    Architect: DIALOG
    Accessibility Consultant: Ron Wickman
    for designing a centre that houses the C.K. Hui Cardiac Centre and the Lois Hole Hospital for Women with accessibility features that exceed the minimum building code requirements.
  • City of Edmonton Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
    Architect: SAHURI + Partners Architecture Inc.
    Accessibility Consultant: Ron Wickman
    for the complex that houses an aquatics centre, fitness area, children’s wing, basketball courts, multipurpose rooms and commercial spaces, which includes elements such as Braille signage, moveable floors in pools and accessible fitness equipment. 

Employers

Paid Employment

  • Budget Car and Truck Rental for working in partnership with EmployAbilities to increase the representation of persons with disabilities in their workforce.

Volunteer Position

  • Canadian Red Cross for welcoming volunteers with disabilities, providing them with the support and training they need to succeed, and ensuring their building is fully accessible.

Ewen Nelson Award for Self-Advocacy

  • Margaret Conquest for her work with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion tour, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta), the Premier’s Council on Status for Persons with Disabilities and many community organizations.
  • Daisy Stacey for being a tireless advocate and role model for people with disabilities.

The City of Edmonton Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities selected this year’s recipients from 19 nominees. The awards were presented at City Hall.