Breaking The Barrier Award Winners Announced



Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Featured at Breaking the Barrier Awards ceremony

To mark National Access Awareness Week, May 27 to June 2, March of Dimes will be presenting 13 “Breaking the Barrier” Awards to people and businesses that have promoted awareness, integration and equal access for people with disabilities throughout the Niagara region, on Wednesday, 30, at 11am at St. John Ukrainian Hall in St. Catharines.
Highlighting the award ceremony will be keynote speaker, Dr. Dave Ditor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University. Dr. Ditor’s research focuses on the secondary health complications that accompany spinal cord injury and investigates the effects of exercise as a means to improve health and function in this population. His department also offers a community-based exercise rehab program for individuals with spinal cord injury who engage in exercise on specialized wheelchair accessible equipment supervised by a dedicated team of Graduate and Undergraduate Kinesiology students. 

After his presentation, the following individuals and businesses will be also be honoured:

Bob Asham, St. Catharines – Joe Dineley Commemorative Award
Ian Greaves, Niagara Falls - Volunteer Excellence Award
WEGO Transportation-Niagara Parks & City of Niagara Falls– Award
What About Me? Club- Westlane S.S., Niagara Falls - Education & Advocacy
Niagara Aphasia Program Volunteers, Niagara Falls – Volunteer Work
St. Catharines Rowing Club, St. Catharines - Recreation
Autism to Optimism Project- Connaught Public School, St. Catharines - Education & Advocacy
Therapy Tails Niagara Volunteers, Welland - Volunteer Work
Gerry Stull-Brock Niagara Penguins Wheelchair Basketball Team,Grimsby - Recreation
Janet Johnston, St. Catharines - Education & Advocacy
Debbie Stock- Walmart, Welland – Employment
Heather Fasulo, Dom’s Pasta & Grill, St. Catharines - Employment
Pam Wilson, Niagara on the Lake – Volunteer Work

Group photo of award winners from 2012 Breaking the Barrier Awards
2012 Breaking the Barrier Awards Winners

Niagara-area citizens are invited to join in the post-award festivities which include a luncheon, raffles, door prizes and displays by organizations providing services for people with disabilities.  A number of local dignitaries will also be in attendance to present their certificates of recognition to the award winners. The award ceremony and festivities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Today, it is estimated that 1 in 6 people living in Ontario has a physical disability. For more information about the programs and services March of Dimes Canada offers for people with disabilities, please call (905) 687-7467, (905) 687-8484 or 1-800-226-3532 or  

For more information contact:
Lorraine Nadeau   
NAAW Chairperson
Tel: (905) 687-6788, ext. 715  Fax: (905) 687-9522

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