News release

Mississauga Hosted 2nd Annual Abilities Awards

Entertainment and activities | December 4, 2014

The second annual Abilities Awards were held in Mississauga on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The event is a community-inspired celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Celebrating the achievements of persons with disabilities and their contributions to the community, the Awards highlighted community partners who are dedicated to providing quality accessible services in our community.

Hosted by Jahmeelah Gamble from A Voice for All on Rogers TV, the evening featured live music, exhibitors and raffles. Singers and songwriters Justin Hines, Michael Ciufo, Ron Baumber and the Ontario Heartland Chorus performed.

The following individuals and organizations were awarded for their advocacy in the abilities sector in the following categories (see attached Backgrounder for individual biographies):

Category: Citizenship, Recipient: Kristin Hayes

Category: Advocacy, Recipient: Carion Fenn

Category: Arts (individual), Recipient: Shawn Brush

Category: Arts (group), Recipient: ‘RARE’ Theatre Company

Category: Lifestyle, Recipient: Bret Wills

Category: Media, Recipient: Jahmeelah Gamble

Category: Caregiver, Recipients: Judith Elaine and Patrick Lee

Category: Service Provider, Recipient: Jane New

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