Government of New Brunswick

Doug and Donna MacKenzie, Saint Andrews

Volunteers with the Charlotte County Alternative Transportation Association Inc. (Charlotte Dial A Ride) since its beginning in 2005, Doug and Donna MacKenzie dedicate their time and personal vehicle to assist those who would otherwise have no transportation.

Charlotte Dial A Ride offers volunteer transportation services to individuals in the Charlotte County area that require transportation assistance.

The MacKenzie’s have been with the organization since the start, making them two of its longest serving volunteers.

Always willing to help the MacKenzie’s, for example, drive students to the local community college, transport people to medical appointments and take to and pick up individuals at the Grand Manan ferry.

Sometimes one or the other provides the drive alone, while other times both go along for the drive because they enjoy meeting new members and catching up with those who regularly use the service.

At the end of 2015, the MacKenzie’s had travelled over 95,000 kilometres in providing transportation assistance, a testament to how involved they are with Dial A Ride.

Jack Brien, Rothesay

For almost 20 years, Jack Brien has been involved in a volunteer capacity with the KV Committee for Disabled Persons (KVCDP).

Brien has promoted the interests of individuals with a disability with enthusiasm and vigour through his involvement with KVCDP. He has contributed greatly to the disability awareness activities of the group through his ideas, aid and energy.  

Since 1996, his various roles with KVCDP have included: setting up for events, barbequing, directing and building floats for the Christmas parade and being a Rick Hansen medal bearer.

Overall through his involvement Brien has made significant contributions towards improving the lives of individuals with a disability.


Kelley Flowers, Fredericton

As an employee since 1999 with the Student Accessibility Centre at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus, Kelley Flowers seeks to improve the services for students with visible and invisible disabilities.

Flowers’ is enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated in her role as a disability resource coordinator. She is often the go to person as she has been with the centre since its inception.

All students are treated with dignity and respect by Flowers.  She points them in the right direction, boosts them up when they are down and gives them a push forward when it’s needed.

Flowers advocates on behalf of students who require accommodations and earns the trust and respect of faculty and staff she works with. She is a role model for many of the students she assists.


Danny Soucy, Grand Falls

Working to improve the lives of persons with a disability is something Danny Soucy has dedicated his time and efforts to for much of his adult life.   

Soucy currently works at the New Brunswick Association for Community Living as the director of programs.  He has also worked for many years at Camp Rotary, eventually becoming the camp director, and for the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled.  Soucy also had a private consulting company offering training on disability related issues (i.e.: employment, education and inclusion).

In addition, Soucy served as one of the chairs of the provincial committee that created the Employment Action Plan for Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick.

A former member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and cabinet minister, Soucy’s advocacy work has allowed him to work with individuals at the local, provincial, federal and international levels promoting inclusion for persons with a disability.

Each year Disability Awareness Week recognizes individuals, organizations and/or municipalities who have made a significant contribution towards improving the lives of persons with a disability.

Categories for nomination include:

All completed nominations are considered and winners are decided upon by the Disability Awareness Week Executive Committee. Completed nomination forms are to be submitted no later than May 6th, 2016.