FREDERICTON (GNB) – The annual Disability Awareness Week legislative breakfast took place this morning, bringing together people with disabilities, as well as advocates, family members, supporters, organizations, government officials, researchers and employers.

Two individuals and one organization have been selected to receive Disability Awareness Week Awards for 2017. Established in 1988, the awards honour those who have made significant efforts to improve opportunities for people with a disability so they can participate fully in their communities and lead more independent lives.

This year’s winners are:

  • Barry Freeze, Saint John (Honourable Andy Scott Award);
  • Charles Levasseur, Moncton (Disability Awareness Week Provincial Award); and
  • Bathurst Employment Services and Training Group, Bathurst (Disability Awareness Week Provincial Award, Organization/Group).

The Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons announced the creation of the Randy Dickinson Scholarship in recognition of Dickinson’s nearly four decades of work on disability issues. It will be an annual award of $2,000 to a student who has a disability and is studying in a recognized post-secondary program in New Brunswick. Complete application guidelines will be announced at a later date.

In addition, the council presented a status update on its employment action plan.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Disability Awareness Week. The theme for 2017, We need in!, reflects the need for society to include people with disabilities.

More information about the award recipients is available online.