|Recipients with Mayor Nenshi receive their ACA awards|
on behalf of their teams. L-R: Ken Uzeloc, Calgary Fire Dept;
Norma Jean Hogg, Westside Rec Centre; Mayor Naheed
Nenshi; Karim Rayani, Access Calgary; and Tom Sampson,
Calgary Fire Dept.
These three awards acknowledge only a small fraction of the total effort contributed by Calgarians to the well-being of Calgarians with disabilities.
The Access Recognition Award
This year the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) took home the award for their work in quickly crafting an emergency plan, helping to evacuate and find affordable and accessible accommodation for individuals with disabilities during the October power outage.
The Advocacy Award
Darrin Horsman was recognized for his work as a personal training coordinator for the fitness centre at Westside Recreation Centre. Darrin supports people with disabilities in their fitness programs to improve their physical health and well-being.
The Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award
This award was created in memory of Ella Anderson who was a valued City employee with a deep commitment to persons with disabilities. She served on the Advisory Committee on Accessibility. Sadly Ella passed away in 2012.
This year the award went to Calgary Transit’s Travel Training program, operated by Access Calgary. This program provides training for individuals with disabilities, seniors and citizens who require assistance to learn how to use Calgary Transit fixed route buses and CTrain services.
More information about the Advisory Committee on Accessibility.
Submitted by Peter Jacoby, Community and Neighbourhood Services