Inclusion Alberta CEO Bruce Uditsky – Recipient of the Gary McPherson Leadership Award

December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

Inclusion Alberta is pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Officer Bruce Uditsky will be presented with the Gary McPherson Leadership Award December 1, 2016.  The awards ceremony, held by the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Alberta Human Services, (11am-11:30am at the Ramada Inn on Kingsway Ave in Edmonton) is one of many events being held across the province in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities,

The Gary McPherson Leadership Award is given to an individual Albertan who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievement in enriching the lives of persons with disabilities.

From Alberta Human Services:

“Bruce Uditsky has been a leader for community inclusion for persons with disabilities for over 35 years. Throughout Bruce’s career, he has taught, written about, and consulted on community inclusion and social justice. His work has been instrumental in promoting inclusion, disability awareness and barrier-free environments for persons with disabilities in Alberta. Bruce is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Alberta, an organization advocating for an inclusive society for persons with disabilities. Bruce’s additional roles in the disability community include: Adjunct Professor, Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies (CRDS), Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; Co-Chair, Alberta FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Family Advisory Committee; Member, Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Provincial Advisory Committee; Member and Alberta Education Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Education System.

Bruce was a founding member and Chair of the Alberta Disabilities Forum with Gary McPherson and a co-developer of the CRDS Summer Institute on Inclusive Education. He is also a co-founder of Inclusion Alberta’s Rotary Employment Partnerships and inclusive post-secondary education.

Bruce helped to develop Alberta’s education standards on the placement of students with disabilities. As a member of the Minister’s Expert Advisory Committee, he provided advice to government on the development of the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Legislation.

Bruce has received the Alberta Centennial Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Paul Harris Fellowship, among other acknowledgements.

These achievements, when combined with his passion for inclusion, make Bruce an outstanding recipient for the Gary McPherson Award. Bruce’s career exemplifies the values and ideals of Gary McPherson. Bruce has made our province a better place to live.

 

About Inclusion Alberta:

Inclusion Alberta (formerly Alberta Association for Community Living) is a family-governed, registered charity supporting thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families across Alberta for over 60 years.

 

About the Gary McPherson Leadership Award:

This lifetime achievement award is presented by Alberta Human Services to an individual Albertan who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievement in enriching the lives of persons with disabilities. The winner will exemplify the qualities and values of Dr. Gary McPherson who dedicated himself to furthering the ideals of equality and citizenship for all Albertans.

Dr. McPherson was instrumental in establishing the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in 1988 and served as its first chair for 10 years. He volunteered extensively including 20 years in wheelchair sports administration. His core values of trust, respect and courage brought people together and his influence continues to have a positive impact on provincial and national policy and programs affecting persons with disabilities.

 

About the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Created under the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Act in 1988, the Council is an advisory body accountable to the Premier through the Minister of Human Services. It is responsible for providing advice regarding opportunities for full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the life of the province.

 

For more information, contact:

Sara Protasow

Communications Coordinator

Inclusion Alberta

sprotasow@inclusionalberta.org

780-906-4693