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Nominations Open for Sidney's "Jeannette Hughes Accessibility Award"

Sidney, B.C.; Nominations are now open for the “Jeannette Hughes Accessibility Award,” which will be presented at this year’s Access Awareness Day on June 6th.  The award is given to a person, business, or organization within the Town of Sidney whose work has improved the lives of people living with a disability.

The awards namesake, Jeannette Hughes, was a long-time Sidney Councillor, who worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and raise awareness in the community. While on Council, Jeannette spearheaded Access Awareness Day in Sidney which was a big event under her leadership. After she left public office in 2011, Access Awareness Day dwindled until Town Council resurrected it last year. This year, Beacon Community Services has taken over the initiative with members of various community organizations and individuals making up the working committee.

One of the highlights of the day’s activities is the announcement of the winner of the Award which is presented by Jeannette’s daughter Maureen Wingerter. Since her mother’s passing on April 10, 2013, Maureen has become an advocate and supporter of a number of her mother’s past projects.

Nomination criteria and forms can be picked up at the SHOAL Centre or Sidney All Care or downloaded here. Nominations can also be completed on line at the SHOAL Centre and Sidney All Care.  Nominations close May 15.

For more information, contact Glenys Cavers at Beacon Community Services; 250-656-5537 or gcavers@beaconcs.ca.