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2012 Mayor's Awards Recipients

Congratulations to all 2012 Mayor's Awards Recipients.

Mayor's Award for Outstanding Service

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital has been providing rehabilitation services for people with disabilities regardless of their age, for over 50 years.  They are a strong advocate within the Alberta Health Services sector for persons who have disabilities and bring forward issues that pertain to the well-being of these individuals. Staff at the Glenrose have participated in many committees outside of their scope of practice, some of these in the area of spinal cord injury and brain injury, and also with the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable and Accessible Housing. Patients are treated with dignity and respect and provided with specialized and comprehensive rehabilitation. The staff at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital has done a fantastic job in helping people with disabilities return to their home communities, healthier and with a better ability to cope with daily activities.

Michelle Hordal (Alberta AdaptAbilities Association)
Michelle is the founder and Executive Director of Alberta AdaptAbilities, a not for profit, registered charity that provides one-of-a-kind programming, to adapt everyday experiences to allow children, youth and young adults with special needs, to grow, succeed and belong in their own communities.  Michelle treats every individual with dignity and respect, recognizes their inherent worth and empowers them to recognize their great qualities and reach their full potential. Some of the programs include summer camps, out-of-school care and Teen Night. Michelle is currently working with a leader in the community on advocacy issues and the human rights of individuals with disabilities.  She is committed and always spreading her vision – making presentations and advocating constantly, knowing that if she can change one person’s attitude, that too is making a difference.

Anna Der (Seniors Assisted Transportation Society)
Anna Der is the team leader for the Seniors Assisted Transportation Society (SATS), an organization whose mission is to keep elderly seniors healthy and independent, living and involved in their own community while living in their own homes in the greater Edmonton area.  Anna became aware of the lack of safe transportation choices for the elderly, in the 80’s, and through her dedication and commitment, SATS flourished and presently has more than 80 volunteer drivers.  Anna’s dedication to SATS and attracting more volunteer drivers is evident by the many events she has organized including concerts, such as the Great Canadian Senior Idle to profile elderly musicians, ‘Grandparents Day’ celebrations, and SATS members BBQs.  Other achievements include sitting on the Edmonton Senior’s Coordinating Council, Soroptimist International (SI) Edmonton Service Club and winning the Commemorative Canada Medal for Canada’s 125 Anniversary in recognition of significant and outstanding contributions to the Edmonton community.

Velvet Martin (Samantha's Law) 
Velvet has been instrumental in advocating for the rights of children, youth, vulnerable persons and seniors in her community and across Canada.  Velvet established a legacy on behalf of her own little girl who was born with a rare chromosomal duplication syndrome.  Samantha’s Law was established following Samantha’s passing in December 2006, at the age of 13. Legislation assures that caring families of children with developmental diversity and medical conditions are serviced distinctly from the Child Intervention Model. Families must not be required to surrender guardianship, nor coerced into out of home placement of their loved one in effort to gain access to government funding for necessary medical supports and services.

Mayor's Award for Universal Design in Architecture (Residential) Nominees 

Terry Tenove Home - Architect: Ron Wickman 
In October of 2010 Terry Tenove suffered a tragic accident resulting in paralysis from the chest down. Ron Wickman, Architect, was approached by Terry to renovate his 2 bedroom, 1313 square foot condo and create the most enabling environment and allow the highest functioning possible. Terry’s home was to become a destination for friends and family to come and visit as he would most likely be unable to visit their homes. The condo renovation included accessible doors, all 36” wide; extra security including video recorded home entrance and punch in code access for caregivers. Other features are low-roll resistance flooring, touch/voice control of lighting, heating, curtains, entertainment and communications. In the master bedroom, an accessible bed with remote and a ceiling lift were added, and in the master bathroom, a scald-proof shower and water softener for skin and laundry concerns.

Mayor's Award for Employers (Paid Employment) Nominees

Michael Elder (Canada Safeway Ltd) 
Michael Elder has given Alberta Health Services clients’ who have experienced addictions and mental health concerns the opportunity to work and perform to the best of their ability, by focusing on client’s abilities, rather than their disability.  Employees are provided with shift accommodations and later start times to accommodate medication side effects and scheduling that reflects a mentor’s schedule or the schedule of a particularly skilled supervisor.  The union allows clients to participate in work experience roles so that they can build their capacity to be successful in a paid position.  Safeway consistently respects the work experience opportunity for their clients and typically offers the work experience to help fill a potential job opening.  Union benefits are extended to all employees on an equal basis and include education funding and discounts on products. Michael leads by example and consistently works to create an accepting and diverse environment.

Mayor's Award for Employers (Volunteer) Nominees

Cougar Paint & Collision Ltd 
Five years ago, family based business, Cougar Paint and Collision made the decision to work with individuals with disabilities.  Students from L.Y. Cairns School are given the opportunity to volunteer and experience hands-on what actually transpires at an autobody repair facility in a positive and welcoming environment, within a safe setting.  Students who express an interest in repairing vehicles or who have a mechanical aptitude are given the training and experience to enter the trade. The ultimate goal is for students to perform the task at the same level as their mentor.  For those students who Cougar Paint and Collision has seen a natural aptitude, an invitation is extended for them to participate in an apprenticeship at their business, in conjunction with the school-based program whereby monitoring is a joint effort between the business and school.

Ewen Nelson Award for Self Advocacy Nominees

Kenneth P. Thomas 
Born in the early 1950’s with Cerebral Palsy, Ken has overcome many obstacles with the love and support of his family. Ken competed in the International Track and Field events, winning countless medals.  Winning bronze in the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea 1988 was one of his proudest moments.  Ken uses his specially-designed, lightweight, three-wheeled racing wheelchair which he propels backwards using his feet. In 2005, Ken was refused participation in the World Masters Games, citing concerns he might run into and injure other participants. Through persistence and personal advocacy efforts he was eventually allowed to run in the race. He is passionate about creating a more accessible city and is a regular at many events which focus on a variety of issues in which he continually goes the extra mile and educating those around him with services available for persons with disabilities as well as those which need to be improved on. Ken is a true ambassador and advocates for the City of Edmonton’s disabled community.  He has been an ambassador for our city in his many travels.  To this day, Ken continues to inspire many by competing in local athletic events like the Edmonton Marathons and other fundraising races. Edmonton’s disabled community is very fortunate to have Ken as an informal ‘flag-bearer.’  He tirelessly demonstrates an involved and integrated life and truly leads by example.

2012 Mayor's Awards Nominees

Congratulations to all 2012 Mayor's Awards Nominees.

Mayor's Award for Outstanding Service

Chrysalis: Therapeutic Art Outreach Program

Diane David (Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association)

E & E Kennels (David Gomme)

iDANCE Edmonton

Linda Turner (Health Care Aid)

SHAW TV Edmonton

Mayor's Award for Employers (Paid Employment)

Excel Society Edmonton

Pacific Wine & Spirits Ltd.

The Cerebral Palsy Association

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