Mayor’s Awards recognize accessibility champions
May 9, 2019

The 23rd annual Mayor’s Awards were presented to some of Edmonton’s most deserving accessibility and inclusion advocates tonight. The City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) organizes the awards to recognize individuals, groups and businesses making significant contributions and a difference for persons with disabilities in Edmonton.

“These annual awards exemplify what you can achieve when you combine compassion and creativity,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “By recognizing these outstanding accomplishments and raising awareness for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, we can greatly improve the quality of life for everyone in Edmonton.”

Five categories were represented at the awards event, and the winners included:

Accessible Homes and Buildings
  • Dr. Bill Black Auditorium (Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital) - For the past 50 years, the auditorium has provided a space to learn and celebrate for staff, patients, caregivers and the community at the Glenrose. Recent renovations increased accessibility and inclusivity for all users.

Employers (Paid)
  • IKEA Edmonton - For their accommodation, integration and recognition of employees with disabilities, as well as the education of all employees on disability issues.

Employers (Volunteer)
  • KARA Family Resource Centre - Not only do the recipients of voluntary action benefit, but so do the volunteers. KARA Family Resource Centre has created an inclusive space for people of all abilities.

Outstanding Service
  • Amy Willans - Willans has been a champion of fighting stigma, educating the general public around mental illness and supporting those living with brain illnesses.

Ewen Nelson Award for Self-Advocacy
  • Martin Van Keimpema (Manager, Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes) - For providing inclusive services, treating patrons and people with disabilities respectfully and thoughtfully.

“Edmonton is continuing to forge its identity as a welcoming, diverse and inclusive city for its citizens and visitors, those with disabilities and those without,” said Jason Pisesky, Chair of the AAC. “The AAC is grateful for the time and attention from our city as we continue to work together to make Edmonton an inclusive and diverse place to live, work and play.”

The City of Edmonton and its community partners are committed to creating an inclusive community that honours the contributions of all its citizens.

The Mayor’s Awards take place ahead of National AccessAbility Week, May 27 to June 3.

During the week, the AAC will be hosting several events. Visit for details.
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