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Nominate someone who makes life better for people with disabilities

Friday, 02 August 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Nominate someone who makes life better for people with disabilities

Nominations are now open for the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards, which recognize Albertans who create communities that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Nomination packages are available on the Council’s website or by calling 1-800-272-8841.

There are six awards: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award, the Marlin Styner Achievement Award, and four Awards of Excellence in the areas of education, employment, community and public awareness.

The Gary McPherson Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has helped enrich the lives of people with disabilities. The Marlin Styner Achievement Award will be presented to an individual living with a disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement. The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals, teams or organizations that have shown a commitment to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities as demonstrated by their actions in one of the four award areas. Since 2003, when the awards began, there have been 50 award recipients.

Anyone can nominate an Albertan for these awards. Nominations for all awards are open until September 30. Award recipients will be formally recognized in their communities, often at events coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

 

Unedited Government of Alberta press release

 

 

Nomination Guidelines

  • These guidelines are intended to provide information and answer questions about the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (Council) Awards nomination and selection process. Nominations open each summer and forms are made available through the Council office.
Telephone: 780-422-1095 
Toll free 1-800-272-8841 
Individuals that use TTY can contact the message relay service at 711 for assistance in contacting the Premier's Council office. 
Fax: 780-415-0097 
Email: pcspd@gov.ab.ca

About the Awards

The Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards were created in 2002 to encourage and celebrate the support and commitment of individuals, organizations and governments for persons with disabilities. The awards recognize the dedication of those individuals and groups as they work toward creating communities where all citizens can participate fully.

The intent of the awards is to publicly honour the efforts and accomplishments of individuals, groups, businesses and organizations to develop barrier-free, inclusive communities in Alberta. Special recognition is given to individual Albertans who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in making positive, progressive and sustained change toward the full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Council knows that those who affect change are often persons without disabilities. That's why organizations and individuals recognized with an award may or may not be directly involved in disability programs or services. They will, however, have one thing in common – a commitment to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities as demonstrated by their actions.

Public recognition through the awards raises awareness among Albertans about the need for and benefits of barrier-free, inclusive communities, and provides ideas, inspiration and encouragement to others.

Barrier-free inclusive communities are those that enable Albertans, regardless of abilities, to participate in everyday life. Barriers to inclusion may include physical or systemic structures and landscapes, transportation, communication, lack of personal supports, policies and laws, attitudes and behaviours. These barriers may exist at school, work, home or in the community.

The awards are presented annually and winners are formally recognized.

Award Categories

There are three types of awards: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award; the Marlin Styner Achievement Award and the Awards of Excellence. An individual, team or organization may receive only one award each year.*

Gary McPherson Leadership Award

Awarded to individual Albertans who have demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievement in enhancing or enriching the lives of persons with disabilities and who exemplify the qualities and values Dr. Gary McPherson held. There may be more than one winner each year.

Dr. McPherson passed away on May 8, 2010.

Dr. McPherson dedicated his lifetime to furthering the ideals of equality and citizenship for all Albertans. His values of hospitality, trust, tolerance, respect, courage and love brought people together for the benefit of individuals and society as a whole.

Dr. McPherson was instrumental in establishing the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in 1988 and served as its first chair for 10 years. He had an extensive volunteer background, including 20 years in wheelchair sports administration. His influence continues to have a positive impact on provincial and national policy and programs affecting persons with disabilities.

Marlin Styner Achievement Award

Awarded to an individual Albertan who has a disability and who, through their personal or professional achievements, has brought greater recognition to the abilities of all persons with disabilities.

Mr. Styner is committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities and leads by example. For over 30 years, Mr. Styner has been speaking to audiences about his experiences living with a disability and his passion for equal and fair treatment of all persons with disabilities.

Mr. Styner has never allowed his disability to become a barrier to pursuing excellence. He earned a Business Administration Diploma from Red Deer College and was later appointed as one of 100 Alberta Centennial Ambassadors for the provincial celebrations in 2005. Mr. Styner was honoured to be appointed as a member of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in 2005 and served as the Council Chair from 2008 - 2011.

Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence may be presented for achievement in four categories. Individuals, teams and organizations are eligible to win. The categories are:

  • Education 
    Awarded to a person, team or organization that has made a significant contribution to a barrier-free and inclusive program, classroom or facility within a school or post-secondary institution.
  • Employment 
    Awarded to a person, team or organization that has made a significant contribution to a barrier-free, inclusive environment within the workplace.
  • Community 
    Awarded to a person, team or organization that has made a significant contribution to a barrier-free, inclusive community within their neighbourhood, village, town, city, county, municipal district or region in Alberta.
  • Public Awareness 
    Awarded to a person, team or organization that has increased the public’s awareness of the benefits and value of a barrier-free, inclusive community. This may be done through public relations, marketing, media, publicity, advertising, promotions or the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

Any individual, team or organization in Alberta may be nominated for an award except Council members and their secretariat. To be eligible for an award:

  • Nominees must be directly involved in an initiative, project or achievement that has helped to create a barrier-free, inclusive community for persons with disabilities in Alberta. A barrier-free, inclusive community is defined as one that any person can access and be a part of, regardless of abilities.
  • The initiative, project or achievement must have a positive, sustained impact on persons with disabilities and the greater community.
  • There must be some objective evaluation or measure of the initiative, project or achievement’s impact, value or benefit;
  • An individual nominee must be an Alberta resident.
  • A team or organization nominee must have a permanent, established presence in Alberta.
  • Awards are not issued posthumously.
  • A past council member may be eligible to receive an award if they have not been on council for a minimum of two years.

Selection process

A selection panel appointed by the Council reviews the nominations and recommends award winners to the Council. The Council determines the award winners. Its decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Awards notification

The Council will notify award winners that they have won. Award winners may be asked to consent to have their name, picture and award information used for promotion and publicity purposes.

Nominations

Any individual may nominate a person, team or organization for an award. Self-nominations are acceptable. A nominator must:

  • Fill out a nomination form, available online, or by calling toll free 1-800-272-8841
    Downloadable nomination forms:Provide name(s) and full contact information for the nominee(s) and the nominator.
  • Indicate the award category that the nomination is being made in.
  • Provide sufficient detail of the nominated initiative, project or achievement. This should include a description of how the initiative, project or achievement developed or significantly enhanced a barrier-free, inclusive community for persons with disabilities. This background information should be no more than 500 words.
  • Provide a minimum of two letters supporting the nomination.
  • Sign and send in the nomination form to the Council. Email submissions are preferred, but nominations can be mailed or faxed.
  • The personal information provided on this form is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The information will be managed in accordance with the FOIP Act and is being collected for the purpose of determining suitability for Council Awards. If you have any questions about the collection of this information, you may contact the Council office at 1-800-272-8841.

Awards ceremony

The Premier’s Council awards are formally presented annually at public ceremonies.

*The Premier's Council reserves the right to not select a winner in one or more categories.