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November 30, 2012

Award Recipients Recognized for Improving The Lives of Persons with Disabilities

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Monday, December 3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities - a day of celebration for persons with disabilities and those who support them.

Events will be held in communities throughout Alberta. Individuals, teams or organizations from across the province will be recognized with Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards for their commitment to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

A new award, the Marlin Styner Achievement Award, was created this year to acknowledge the passion and commitment of Mr. Marlin Styner, a member of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities since 2005 and Council Chair from 2008-2011. It will be presented to an individual living with a disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement.

The Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities coordinates the awards and events. This year’s award recipients are:

Gary McPherson Leadership Award: Mezaun Lakha-Evin - Calgary
Marlin Styner Achievement Award: Mark Iantkow - Calgary
Award of Excellence in Public Awareness: Dory Rossiter - Lethbridge
Award of Excellence in Employment: Camrose Association for Community Living Training Mentorship Program - Camrose
Award of Excellence in Education: Early Access to Supportive Education School (EASE) - Red Deer
Awards of Excellence in Community:
            The City of Red Deer
            Reducing the Social Isolation of Rural Deaf Albertans Project Team - Sherwood Park
            (The team includes the Alberta Rural Development Network, the Alberta Association of the Deaf, the University of
            Alberta, and the Ministry of Health.)

“Every year, we receive many quality nominations for these awards,” said Mike Hambly, Chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. “It’s so wonderful to see the contributions that Albertans are making towards reducing barriers for people with disabilities and creating more inclusive communities.”

More information on the award ceremonies and events across the province is available online at

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