OUR AWARDS & GRANTS
Each year we acknowledge and celebrate those individuals and organizations that contribute to fulfilling our mission.
2011 Provincial and National Award recipients
Back row (from left): Elizabeth Greville, Andria Spindel, Marilyn Daley, Matt Staples, Joan Hobbs, Teena Tomlinson, David Summers, Cameron Whale, Chris Burbidge, Naz Husain, Diana Simpson, Zora Jackson (Awards Chair)
Front row: Anthony Ramuscak, Pauline Montigny, Christine Karcza, Rachele Dove, David Shannon
Missing: Marc Belliveau, David Graves, Bruce Marchand
National and Provincial Award Recipients: 2011
AWARD OF MERIT FOR BARRIER-FREE DESIGN
Awarded to an owner(s) of a building or facility that has been designed or renovated with special regard to accessibility for persons with a disability.
CITY OF MISSISSAUGA, Mississauga, Ontario
JEANNETTE SHANNON LEADERSHIP AWARD
Awarded to a present or past member of the Board of Directors who has contributed at least 15 years of significant volunteer service and contribution to March of Dimes.
CAMERON WHALE, Toronto, Ontario
Judge George Ferguson Award
Awarded to an organization or individual contributing in an outstanding way to enabling equality and full participation for people with disabilities.
TEENA TOMLINSON, Ottawa, Ontario
Rick Hansen Award of Excellence
Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated the dedication and commitment exemplified by Rick Hansen, achieving international recognition in aiding people with physical disabilities.
DAVID SHANNON, OOnt, OC, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Vocational Rehabilitation Award
Awarded to an organization that made an outstanding contribution to the vocational rehabilitation and employment of adults with physical disabilities.
McDONALD’S, St. Catharines, Ontario
Community Partnership Award
Awarded to an organization or business for outstanding collaboration with March of Dimes Canada in support of persons with disabilities.
DAVID SUMMERS, KINSMEN RESIDENCE, Cornwall, Ontario
Jeannette Shannon Post-Polio Program Volunteer Award
Awarded to that rare individual whose involvement in the Post-Polio Program best replicates the late Jeannette Shannon’s extraordinary legacy.
PAULINE MONTIGNY, North Bay, Ontario
Reverend Roy Essex Award
Awarded to a long-term volunteer who has demonstrated a high degree of commitment and made an outstanding contribution to the programs and services of March of Dimes Canada. There were three award recipients in this category for 2011:
MARC BELLIVEAU, Halifax, Nova Scotia
DAVID GRAVES, Halifax, Nova Scotia
BRUCE MARCHAND, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Award
Awarded for service to Ontario March of Dimes in the areas of fundraising, service or policy. Joan was also presented with a letter personally signed by Former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin on behalf of his family.
JOAN HOBBS, Aylmer, Ontario
Richard Kall Employee Award of Excellence
Awarded to any full or part-time employee who demonstrates selflessness, excellence, improves the work environment and enhances customer service.
MARILYN DALEY, Mississauga, Ontario
Wade Hampton Employment Training Bursary
Awarded to any Ontarian with a physical disability requiring financial assistance to pursue a profession or career goal. There were two recipients this year:
RACHELE DOVE, Fenwick, Ontario
ANTHONY RAMUSCAK, Hamilton, Ontario
JONAS SALK AWARD:
DR. DONALD WEAVER
With the release of the life saving polio vaccine in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk established a worldwide reputation as a scientist and a humanitarian. The Dr. Jonas Salk Award is presented annually to a Canadian scientist, physician or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate or eliminate a physical disability.
The award is jointly presented by sanofi pasteur and March of Dimes Canada and includes a contribution of $10,000 by
sanofi pasteur in recognition of the recipient's achievement.
Dr. Weaver is a unique in that he is an internationally acclaimed neurologist with a PhD in computational organic chemistry. His current positions include professor and Canada Research Chair in Clinical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, Research Director for the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie Medical School and Capital Health and affiliated scientist at the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics.
Dr. Weaver’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel drugs for the treatment and eventual cure of chronic neurological disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
Photo: Andria Spindel, Dr. Donald Weaver and Debbie Reynolds. Dr. Weaver was presented his Award at the
2012 Ability & Beyond Gala® Dinner