TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Bloorview Kids Rehab presents its Circle of
Honour Awards today to four outstanding recipients.
The Circle of Honour awards are presented annually to individuals and
organizations for their exceptional contribution to creating a better world
for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Awards are given
for outstanding achievements in the areas of advocacy, education,
philanthropy, research and service related to children's rehabilitation and
complex continuing care.
This year's recipients include H. Clifford Chadderton, CEO of The War
Amps in the area of service; the Community Association for Riding for the
Disabled in the area of service; University of Toronto Associate Professor
Patty Rigby for her work in education; and parent Kim Long in the area of
"Each recipient has done so much to create a world of possibility for
children with disability," said Sheila Jarvis, president and CEO of Bloorview
Bloorview Kids Rehab is Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation and
complex continuing care teaching hospital, fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto. Bloorview's work covers the full spectrum from clinical
care and treatment, to assistive technologies and rehab therapies, to creative
arts, education and research.
Bloorview is a provincial facility that sees about 7,000 children and
youth each year, with about 600 inpatient admissions and 52,000 outpatient
visits from all over Ontario, across Canada and around the world. We serve
infants, children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities,
rehabilitation needs and complex health needs.
2008 Circle of Honour Recipient Profiles
Community Association for Riding for the Disabled - Service
CARD is a non-profit organization in North York that helps improve the
lives of children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities through
quality therapeutic horseback riding programs. As riders learn skills
associated with horseback riding, they gain confidence, overcome challenges
and are able to meet their goals. Approximately 500 children and adults
participate in CARD's therapeutic riding program each year. This is made
possible by over 350 volunteers who contribute over 75,000 volunteer hours -
including certified instructors and skilled equestrian staff.
Clifford Chadderton - Service
Clifford Chadderton has been CEO of the Ottawa-based War Amps since 1965.
Chadderton's innovation and creativity prompted the creation of the
revolutionary Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program in 1975. CHAMP is the only program
of its kind and it is internationally renowned for providing education,
emotional support and financial assistance for prosthetics to children who
were born with missing limbs, or who lose them due to accidents or illness.
With Chadderton's leadership, the CHAMP program not only provides physical
rehabilitation, but also puts children on the road to success using the motto
"it's what's left that counts".
Patty Rigby - Education
Patty Rigby, Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute, began her
career at Bloorview in 1989 and has been a leader in the field of occupational
therapy for many years. She is an Associated Professor at the University of
Toronto, and is known for the passion she brings to her role as an educator.
Many of her students applaud her for her mastery of her subject area, and see
her as a mentor and an inspiration. She has dedicated her academic career to
ensuring that the next generation of occupational therapists are leaders in
their field. In addition, Rigby has published in academic publications and has
been involved in developing assistive technologies for people with
disabilities and creating tools that have gained world-wide recognition and
Kim Long - Philanthropy
Richmond Hill resident Kim Long has been actively involved with Bloorview
as a generous donor, passionate fundraiser for the Bloorview Kids Foundation
and caring parent to Robbie, a Bloorview client. Last year, Kim generously
took over the Bloorview Kids Foundation's Day at the Races event and hosted it
as a third party fundraiser, raising $50,000 for Bloorview. Through her
ongoing efforts, Kim has deeply enriched the lives of clients and families of
Bloorview by raising awareness and funds to help ensure that children with
disabilities have the tools and resources they need to achieve their personal
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