PDD Edmonton Regional 2014 Awards Winners - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

PDD Edmonton Regional 2014 Awards Winners

PDD Edmonton is very pleased to acknowledge the following recipients of the 2014 PDD Edmonton Regional Recognition awards:

Self-Advocacy Award

This award recognizes an adult with a developmental disability whose actions have made communities a more welcoming place for people with developmental disabilities.

2014 Recipient: Heather Perry

Heather is a wonderful advocate for people with autism and is a leader in helping others understand the skills and abilities that people with autism offer to employers in our community.

Heather Perry PDD Edmonton Self-Advocacy Award Recipient
Photograph of Heather Perry accepting the award from Steven Young and Alberta Human Services representatives.
Heather Perry accepting the Self-Advocacy Award.
(Left to right) Brenda Lee Doyle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Heather Perry, Steven Young, MLA, Paulette Killam, Edmonton Regional Director for PDD/FSCD and David Morhart, Deputy Minister

Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award

This award recognizes an organization or individual that has introduced innovative or best practice strategies that have improved the delivery of services for adults with developmental disabilities.

2014 Recipient: Ben Weinlick-Community Connecting Consulting

Ben is instrumental in helping individuals with developmental disabilities pursue their passion and at the same time creating an environment to support the person successfully. He takes a hands on approach and offers training and troubleshooting support to staff and community members to ensure the individuals he serves are fully integrated into their environment.

Ben Weinlick PDD Edmonton Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award
Photograph of Ben Weinlick accepting the award from Steve Young and Alberta Human Services representatives. Also in the photograph are three other nominees in this category.
Ben Weinlick accepting the Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award. Also shown in this picture were the other nominees in the Community Disability Service Sector Leadership category.
(Back row, left to right) Brenda Lee Doyle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ben Weinlick, Steven Young, MLA, Paulette Killam, Edmonton Regional Director for PDD/FSCD and David Morhart, Deputy Minister.
(Front row, left to right) Kathy Peters, Excel Society, Lisa Sinfield, Good Samaritan Society and Elsa Asefew, Chrysalis

Family Leadership Award

This award recognizes a family who has demonstrated leadership in developing welcoming communities.

2014 Recipient: Deborah Barrett

Deborah Barrett has been instrumental in creating an entrepreneurial opportunity for her son Anthony. She has inspired other families and organizations to use innovative approaches to employment opportunities.

Deborah Barrett PDD Edmonton Family Leadership Award
Photograph of Deborah Barrett accepting the award from Steve Young and Alberta Human Services representatives.
Deborah Barrett accepting the Family Leadership Award.
(Left to right) Brenda Lee Doyle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Deborah Barrett, Steven Young, MLA, Paulette Killam, Edmonton Regional Director for PDD/FSCD and David Morhart, Deputy Minister.

Community Citizenship Award

This award recognizes community members, businesses or organizations that have demonstrated leadership in creating communities that welcome adults with developmental disabilities as participating citizens.

2014 Recipients-2 winners:

City of Edmonton-Abilities at Work Program
Gateway Association for Community Living

City of Edmonton
The Abilities at Work Project recognized a need to create more inclusive workplaces within the City of Edmonton departments. This program recognizes the need for flexible positions that work for both the person requiring an inclusive work experience and the workplace.

Gateway Association for Community Living
Gateway Association for Community has for many years been an inclusive employer. This organization takes an individualized approach not only for someone finding and doing the work but also understands the need to support employers.

City of Edmonton Abilities at Work Program and Gateway Association for Community Living PDD Edmonton Community Citizenship Award
Photograph of representatives of the City of Edmonton and Gateway Association for Community Living accepting the award from Steven Young and Alberta Human Services representatives.
Mark Farr from the City of Edmonton, Abilities at Work Program and Barb Williamson, Cindy de Bruijn, Vicki Mancini, Renata Burwash and Patti Shimpf from Gateway Association for Community Living accepting the Community Citizenship Award.
(Left to right) Mark Farr, Barb Williamson,Brenda Lee Doyle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Cindy de Bruijn, Vicki Mancini, Steven Young, MLA, Renata Burwash , Paulette Killam, Edmonton Regional Director for PDD/FSCD, Patti Shimpf and David Morhart, Deputy Minister.

Individual Leadership Award

This award recognizes an adult with a developmental disability who, through his or her achievements, has inspired others with developmental disabilities to become community leaders.

2014 Recipient: Alana Gersky

Alana Gersky is a dining room attendant at St. Michael’s Millennium Pavillion. She is noted for being cheerful and courteous to everyone she works with and everyone looks forward to her welcoming words and happy smile.

Alana Gersky PDD Edmonton Individual Leadership Award
Photograph of Alana Gersky accepting the award from Steven Young and Alberta Human Services representatives.
Alana Gersky accepting the Individual Leadership Award.
(Left to right) Brenda Lee Doyle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alana Gersky, Steven Young, MLA, Paulette Killam, Edmonton Regional Director for PDD/FSCD and David Morhart, Deputy Minister.

Created: 2014-07-09
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