On October 19, 2018, the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) will be hosting the 25th annual Disability Hall of Fame induction. Founded by the CFPDP, this inspiring and informative event first took place in 1993 at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto. The Disability Hall of Fame continues to recognize nominees across Canada who have truly made a difference.
"From the start, our objective has been to recognize individuals who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of people with physical disabilities. In each of the past 24 years, we've had a deep pool of worthy candidates to consider, and this year was no different. Today, we celebrate three remarkable individuals for their inspiring service." says David Crombie, Chair, Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.
Canadian Disability Hall of Fame Chair, Honourable David Crombie, and CFPDP Chair, Honourable Vim Kochhar, the Hall of Fame's founder will host the annual luncheon.
Honourable Vim Kochhar and Honourable Lt. Governor Elizabeth Dowdswell to induct the awards to the new inductees.
Athlete: The first legally deaf player in the National Hockey League has encouraged and motivated countless individuals through his sports career and advocacy.
Achiever: A Thalidomide survivor who has served as a UN spokesperson and has raised over $175,000,000 for various charities. Alvin has lived an incredible life that underscores why the focus must always be on a person's abilities.
Builder: The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada, introduced important measures in support of Canada's disability community during his term as Prime Minister of Canada. Perhaps most notably, he appointed the first Minister Responsible for Disabled Persons.
"We have always strived to bring people together in a broader understanding of what people with disabilities can really do," said Honourable Vim Kochhar. "They are remarkable and inspiring. I am very proud of them and they serve as strong role models for all Canadians."
The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievement in volunteerism, the arts, sports, rehabilitation, science and medical research, advocacy and public policy. It is located at the former Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto.
Keynote speaker, Ken Fredeen, General Counsel, Deloitte, as well as guests, Gail Asper, President and Trustee, Asper Foundation, Ayman Antoun, President, IBM Canada, Mohamed Lachemi, President, Ryerson University, Honourable David Onley, Honourable Sabi Marwah, and the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
In 1985, Honourable Vim Kochhar and his fellow the Rotary Club of Toronto-Don Valley organized the First Annual Great Valentine Gala. The event was such a success that The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons was created. Its goal is to assist individuals with physical challenges to live fuller lives and raise awareness of their achievements and contributions to society. Since then, CFPDP has initiated dozens of important projects and events, raising over $30 million.
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