Accessibility Award Winners

Once a year, for the past sixteen years, MACAI has asked the people of our communities to identify and nominate businesses, organizations and individuals that have made a difference in our community, specifically in the lives of the individuals living with diverse abilities. The following individuals and organizations are our 2019 recipients:

2019 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Universal / Architectural Access

  • The Volunteers of the Intergenerational Garden – Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie Senior Network
  • Vancity
  • Shawn Ellison – Community Member
  • Patrick Hughes – Community Advocate
  • Annette Morgan – Community Advocate
  • Kristi Morrison – Community Advocate

Leisure and Recreation

  • CEED Centre Society

Customer Service

  • Randy MacKirdy – Employee with London Drugs
  • Peter J. – Service Representative with Telus
  • Kurt Eslinger – Manager with Canadian Tire


  • Joys Sooley – Volunteer Coordinator with Ridge Meadows Seniors Society


  • Bernadette Travares – Employment Support Staff


  • Julie Brown, Chelsea Hordichuck and Jessica Apedail – Occupational Therapists with School District 42
  • Renuka Preocanin – Physiotherapist with School District 42
  • Dementia Friendly Community Task Group
  • Carissa Keenan – Teacher with School District 42
  • Dr Bryson Chow – Chiropractor and Owner of Kinectiv Sport and Health

Community Champion

  • Debi Pearce – Community Member 

2018 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Universal / Architectural Access

  • Pitt Meadows Arena - Nustadia

Leisure and Recreation

  • Bev Schmahmann – Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
  • Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre

Customer Service

  • Linda Begg – Dollar Tree Store
  • Jeanne Greene – Sales Representative with Reitman’s Clothing store
  • Phil Brian, Town Square Cobbler
  • Heather Treleaven, Coordinator Seniors Network


  • Discovery Daycare Staff
  • Tanya Baulne, Starbucks, Pitt Meadows 


  • Elena Di Giovanni, District helping Teacher, Learning Services Department, School District 42


  • The Salvation Army
  • Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program
  • Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Kidsport Chapter

2017 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Universal / Architectural Access

  • Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears
  • Sunwood Retirement Residence

Leisure and Recreation

  • Jessica Apedaile and Renuka Precanin, Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre

Customer Service

  • Paula Balascak, Save on Foods
  • Kathy Lane, Canadian Tire
  • Reitmans Clothing Store staff

Volunteer and Employment

  • Samantha Ryder, Fresh Ideas & Solutions
  • Gail Finnson, Ridge Meadows Community Living

Citizen Champions

  • Norm Seifried

2016 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Leisure and Recreation

  • Maple Ridge Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary

Volunteer AND Employment

  • Work BC - Employment Ready Transition Program

Citizen Champions

  • Laurie M - School District 42
  • Lorie O - Community Member
  • Carly F - Constituency Assistant
  • Age Friendly Initiative - Member at Large Steering Committee (Sheila P, Bernice R, Bob F, Carole G, Fran P)

Community recognition

  • Kevin P - Advocate