AWARDS AND GRANTS
PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTS - SEPTEMBER, 2012
Each year, at our Annual Volunteer Awards Program,
we acknowledge and celebrate those individuals and
organizations that contribute to fulfilling our mission.
The following is a list of all awards and 2012 recipients.
AWARD OF MERIT FOR BARRIER FREE DESIGN
Awarded to an owner(s) of a building or facility designed or renovated with special regard to accessibility for persons with a disability.
CITY OF BURLINGTON, BURLINGTON, ONTARIO
THE JUDGE GEORGE FERGUSON AWARD
Awarded to a business, organization or individual contributing in an outstanding way to enabling “equality and full participation” for people with disabilities.
IZZY CAMILLERI, IZ ADAPTIVE CLOTHING, TORONTO, ONTARIO
RICK HANSEN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Awarded to someone who has demonstrated the dedication and commitment exemplified by Rick Hansen, and has achieved international recognition with physical disabilities.
ADRIAN ANATAWAN, VIOLINIST, MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AWARD
Awarded to a business, organization, or agency making an outstanding contribution to the vocational rehabilitation and employment of adults with physical disabilities.
LIBERTY TAX, HAMILTON, ONTARIO
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Awarded to an organization or community group for outstanding collaboration with Ontario March of Dimes
in support of persons with disabilities.
WILLOW SPRINGS CREATIVE CENTRE, KAMINISTIQUIA, 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 goals of
Ontario March of Dimes.
RICK BERRY, RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN SR. AWARD
Awarded to an individual or group, for long term service to Ontario March of Dimes in the area of fundraising, service or policy.
PRINCESS OF WALES OWN REGIMENT,KINGSTON, ONTARIO
RICHARD KALL EMPLOYEE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Awarded to a full or part-time employee who demonstrates selflessness, excellence, improves the work environment and enhances customer service.
ANNA-MARIA TIVERON, TORONTO, ONTARIO
WADE HAMPTON TRAINING BURSARY
Awarded to an Ontarian with a physical disability requiring financial assistance to pursue a profession or career goal.
EMMA NUTTALL, MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO
JONAS SALK AWARD RECIPIENT - JUNE 2013
Dr. Michael Fehlings
Dr. Michael Fehlings is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and researcher with outstanding contributions to the fields of spine and spinal cord injuries. His research uses a combination of state-of-the-art approaches. In 1991, he and Dr. Charles Tator, formulated the vascular hypothesis of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) which identified the critical role of post-injury changes in systemic circulation, such as hypotension and reduced cardiac output. This work has set the gold standard of now widely-used systemic treatments of SCI patients by restoring the systemic blood pressure using dopamine, steroids, and nimodipine or volume expansion. His recent work using stem cell transplants for treatment of injured spinal cords in animals made headlines around the world and is of fundamental importance for developing stem cell-based therapies for patients with spinal cord injury. In 2009, he received the Olivecrona Medal, Neurosurgery which is considered the “Nobel of Neurosurgery/Neuroscience”.
Dr. Fehlings is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, senior scientist at the Spinal Program at the Toronto Western Hospital, a scientist at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine and a McLaughlin Scholar in Molecular Medicine. He holds the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration at the University Health Network (UHN), and is the Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Program. He is the Inaugural Director of the inter-departmental University of Toronto Neuroscience Program with over 400 faculty members, and the Co-Director of the University of Toronto Spine Program.
Dr. John Esdaile
In the field of rheumatology, Dr. Esdaile is a pre-eminent clinical epidemiologist known for both the scope of his research topics and for the rigour of his methodological approaches, having built two eminent units of rheumatology, one at McGill and the other at the University of B.C. and founding the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. In 1984, he published the first trial of methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis, a drug that is now one of the main treatments for the condition. He has also led a multi-centre Canadian initiative on osteoarthritis that has led to the development of tools for the measurement of quality of life and has completed a series of studies documenting the relationship of socio-economic status and outcomes in systemic lupus. He has been an extraordinary leader who understands the patient’s view and has worked to focus rheumatic disease research on solving problems for patients and their families.
Dr. Esdaile is the Arthur J.E. Child Chair in Rheumatology Research at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine/Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.