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City honours 2013 Cultural Harmony and Access and Inclusion Award winners

November 21 2013

The City of Vancouver presented the 2013 Access and Inclusion and Cultural Harmony Awards today to celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals and organizations.

The Access and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership and commitment to eliminating barriers for people with any type of disability.

The Cultural Harmony Awards recognize work in the community that improves acceptance and positive relations among people of different backgrounds.

Mayor Gregor Robertson presented the awards to the following:

Access and Inclusion Award

Individual category

Jill Weiss, a long-time disability advocate and chair of the City’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, received the award for her tireless efforts and commitment to improving the lives of people with a wide range of disabilities. Her work has supported individuals with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, seniors, Aboriginal people, and those who have been marginalized, victimized, and neglected.

Organization category

The Cerebral Palsy Association for British Columbia was recognized for its tremendous and sustained contribution to individuals and families touched by cerebral palsy. For the past 60 years, the organization has provided supportive and accessible programs, offering physical and emotional development, and assisting with meaningful strategies and tools to access needed services.

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity), a value-based financial co-operative, was honoured for its leadership in creating and maintaining a diverse, accessible and inclusive environment. Vancity has adopted new integrated policies, improved hiring practices, and physically renovated their locations to eliminate and prevent unintentional barriers for the community and staff.

Cultural Harmony Award

Individual category

The late Waldo Brino, who was vice president of the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre and a member of the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, received the award for his life-long commitment to social justice issues and building cross-cultural relations. He was instrumental in establishing outreach and support for the homeless, organizing inclusive dialogues for residents, and working collaboratively to reach the most marginalized populations in the community. Waldo sadly passed away in 2013, and the City is honoured to celebrate his legacy.

Organization category

The YWCA Metro Vancouver received the award for its commitment to building better futures for children, youth, women, and families of diverse communities in Vancouver. The award also recognizes the YWCA’s work in helping those who are economically marginalized and supporting the unique needs of the young and old.

Learn more about the awards