FREDERICTON (GNB) – The winners of the 2015 Disability Awareness Provincial Awards were announced earlier today during the annual legislative breakfast. The recipients are selected by the Disability Awareness Week executive committee in recognition of their significant contributions toward improving the lives of persons with a disability.

 “We are always overwhelmed by the passion and dedication expressed in the nominations for these awards and this year was no different,” said Randy Dickinson, committee co-chair. “We are truly impressed by the quality and quantity of work being done in our communities to support persons with disabilities and we are proud to present these awards.”

The winners are:

  • Chad Shearer;
  • Cheryl Wiggins; and
  • Millie LeBlanc (Honorable Andy Scott Award)

The awards were established in 1988 to honour those who have made significant efforts to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities so they can participate fully in their communities and lead more independent lives. The awards are given out during Disability Awareness Week which began May 31 and runs through June 6. The theme this year is Independence through employment.

Around the province, schools and other public locations will show their support for persons with disabilities by taking part in a 15-minute Walk and Roll Challenge. The Premiers Council on the Status of Disabled Persons will also host a Walk and Roll event at noon on Friday, June 5, beginning at the legislative assembly in Fredericton. Participants are encouraged to wear their Disability Awareness Week t-shirts.

More information on events in various communities is available online.