Celebration of People

Volunteer Ottawa is please to announce that 4 of our member organizations and one of our volunteers has been nominated for the Celebration of People awards.

Celebration of People is an annual awards dinner celebrating the accomplishments of people with disabilities and their supporters. Award categories range from accessibility and advocacy to volunteering and youth.

Our stars include

Cornerstone Housing for Women

Cornerstone is a social justice agency for women that provides stable housing and emergency shelter. Many of the women have survived trauma, struggle with mental health, are overcoming addictions or have a physical disability. The agency takes a strengths-based approach in working with women to move towards independence. Cornerstone, a Ministry of the Anglican Diocese, has been working tirelessly for 30 years with community partners and governments to raise awareness of how stable, permanent and affordable housing can positively impact women facing homelessness.

Dovercourt Recreation Centre

Dovercourt has employed 13 individuals from the Ottawa Carleton Association for People with Developmental Disabilities during the past 20 years, including 5 current staff. Dovercourt staff recognize the unique traits of their colleagues with disabilities and help customers to be understanding and non-judgmental. Training needs and behaviours are also addressed in a realistic and respectful manner. Beyond day-to-day work requirements, everyone is included in all social functions.

Ottawa Police Service

Ottawa Police Service (OPS) approached Y’s Owl Maclure several years ago about employing a person with a disability in the Fleet Services Unit wash bay. Five years later, the successful candidate is eager to go to work every day, knowing she is a contributing and valued member of the OPS team. Beyond professional inclusion, the OPS members include the individual at lunch, staff outings and more. During a prolonged absence, she received regular department updates from the thoughtful members, who were very welcoming upon her return.


Tamir provides community residential support and day programs to adults with developmental disabilities. In 2010 Tamir took on a project to mark their 25th anniversary that embodied and promoted inclusion in a spectacular form. They put on a full-blown fully integrated musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Tamir participants performing roles from narration to lead characters. The performance included 80 experienced actors and Tamir participants, who worked for more than 18 months to put on the 1,000 seat sold-out performance that received a standing ovation.

Liz Winkelaar

Liz Winkelaar has been dancing since she was a young girl. She is a dance artist, teacher and volunteer with the Propeller Dance Company. Being part of the performing group involves weekly rehearsals and frequent high-energy performances at dance festivals, schools, galleries, and corporate and community events. She choreographed a dance piece for children, performed last year at the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum and has conducted dance workshops at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. Liz has even performed in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill.


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