Celebrate Success Awards 2017
02 Nov 2017
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On October 25, 2017, SARC held its annual Celebrate Success banquet in Saskatoon.  What a wonderful evening of laughter and celebration as we recognized the four Al McGuire Award recipients as well as the Employer of Excellence and Volunteer of Distinction Awards.  We were fortunate to have special guests in attendance, including Bob Martinook, Executive Director, Community Living Service Delivery, Disability Programs Division from the Ministry of Social Services who brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan.

We started the evening by recognizing our DEAM Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada and SaskTel. We shared our video that promotes inclusive employment, featuring FCC CEO & President, Michael Hoffort, and Doug Burnett , Acting President & CEO of SaskTel.  Since the banquet date falls during Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) each year, it was great to share the value these employers see in inclusive hiring with the audience.

FCC was also the recipient of the Employer of Excellence Award.  This business has demonstrated strong leadership in supported employment. They currently have five employees that have been hired through Creative Options Regina’s 4to40 Initiative.  All of the employees work in a variety of roles from human resources, to marketing, compliance, and accounts payable. It is so great to see a large business like FCC show such strong leadership in inclusive hiring; they are a great example for other businesses.

From left: Faith Savarese, Miranda Klinger, Danielle Calibaba, Connie Cossar, Greg Honey

We then presented the Volunteer of Distinction award to southeast Saskatchewan resident Rob Hill for his long-term commitment to the Board of Directors at Redvers Activity Centre.  Rob has been a volunteer on the Board of Directors for over 13 years and currently serves as the Board President.  He has dedicated countless hours to the clients and staff at Redvers Activity Centre. Rob is a devoted member of the community, and is always there to support the Redvers Activity Centre in any capacity he can. He is an advocate for the clients at the Redvers Activity Centre and not only donates his time, but also provides major gifts that are needed at the activity centre, such as kitchen appliances or televisions. 

From left: Cheryl Zander, Rob Hill, Marsha Goforth, Heather Gilbert, Donna Beaver

Josie McGuire then introduced this year’s Al McGuire Award recipients.  We began by presenting the Life Skills Enhancement Award to Laurie Adrian.  Laurie previously preferred to spend more time on her own and preferred to stay at SaskAbilities’ Quality of Life Centre in Saskatoon instead of going on outings. In recent months, she has grown to enjoy spending time with the friends she has made at the program and has started trying out new activities that previously made her uncomfortable. The staff at the Quality of Life Program have been supportive of her growth; however, the achievements that she has made are due to her own initiative and her ability to remain open and positive towards trying new things.  Way to go Laurie! 

From left: Laurie Adrian, Miranda Wood-Sparrow 

This year’s recipient of the Transition to Employment Award was Keaton Cooper.  Keaton has seen tremendous success and growth over the last year in his full-time job at WildWest Steelhead in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan. He has become a valuable part of the WildWest Steelhead team. He now helps to train new employees and both he and his managers see a great future for him there.  It’s so great to see how much Keaton has grown from this independence, fantastic work Keaton!

From left: Bob Martinook, Keaton Cooper, Ashley Grenier, Derek Somogyi

Eugene Kucharischen was presented with the Move to Independent Living Award.  Eugene made his first move to live independently at 75 years old with the support of Columbian Industries.  At 77, Eugene continues to live in a home that he takes great pride in. Eugene keeps his home in pristine condition and loves to have company over.  He is very happy living in his own house, and impeccably maintains his lawn and yard himself. Eugene is a very active member of the community, attending events and participating in the day program at Columbian Industries.  Congratulations on accomplishing your goals Eugene!

From left: Michelle Organ, Eugene Kucharischen, Alvina Urick

To end the night, Bronwyn Lenton-Young was presented with the Al McGuire Award for Community Involvement. She has been volunteering at the Regina Health Region’s Meals on Wheels program as well as at the Regina Food Bank for the past three years. Her role at Meals on Wheels involves delivering meals to clients twice a week on her designated route. At the Regina Food Bank, Bronwyn sorts and portions food, and helps out with other duties as needed. Her involvement is valuable to both organizations, as well as to the people her work is helping.  Thanks for your ongoing dedication and hard work, Bronwyn!

From left: Aleashia Breen, Bronwyn Lenton-Young, Ben Morris, Rory McCorriston

Before presenting each Al McGuire recipient with their award and $300 cheque, we show a video vignette to give the audience a glimpse into each of their lives and to show off their accomplishments.   These videos can be found on the SARC website at

Thanks to everyone who attended the banquet this year, we can’t wait to celebrate success stories from the disability sector again next year!

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