Easter Seals Awards - Easter Seals Canada


Each year, Easter Seals Canada bestows a number of different awards to recognize and honour the contributions of various partners, community leaders and volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding support of Easter Seals’ mission and work across the country; and for demonstrating leadership and commitment to the advancement of accessibility and inclusivity issues in Canada.


Easter Seals recognizes the critical role and valuable contributions of its partners in enabling and supporting the organization. The annual Patron Award is the highest honour that Easter Seals bestows to an organization that has provided Easter Seals with long-term financial support for its work, and demonstrated an unwavering shared commitment to Easter Seals’ vision and mission across the country.

2020 Patron Award winner: Cineplex

Easter Seals Canada is pleased to present the 2020 Patron Award to Cineplex (www.cineplex.com). Cineplex was one of the core founding Venue Partners of Easter Seals’ award-winning Access 2 Card Program when it was  established in 2004 and has helped drive the growth of the program over the years by making going to the movies more accessible, inclusive and  affordable each year for tens of thousands of people living with permanent disabilities.

In addition, in 2017 and 2019, Cineplex generously donated screen time at its theatres across the country for public service announcements (PSAs) from Easter Seals, enabling us to raise visibility and awareness of Easter Seals among scores of movie goers.

Thank you and congratulations, Cineplex!

Cineplex is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex welcomes millions of guests annually through its circuit of theatres and location based entertainment venues across Canada and the United States.


The Community Partner Award is presented to outstanding community organizations or individuals who have demonstrated excellence in partnering with Easter Seals to promote access and inclusion, as well as enhance the independence, well-being and quality of life of Canadians living with disabilities. 

2019 Community Partner Award winner: Danny and Martie Murphy
of D.P. Murphy Inc.

Easter Seals is pleased to present a 2019 Community Partner Award to Danny and Martie Murphy of D.P. Murphy Inc., based in Charlottetown, PEI. Danny and Martie Murphy are owners and operators of over 30 award-winning Tim Horton’s locations, 28 Wendy’s Restaurants, as well as 13 hotels including Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Suites, and Four Points hotels across Eastern Canada. They are big believers in giving back to the communities where they do business, and over the past 40 years, have raised close to $1M dollars for Easter Seals recipients and their families through corporate sponsorship, as well as participation and fundraising at various events on the island.


The annual Easter Seals National Volunteer Awards recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Canadians from coast to coast who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to Easter Seals’ mission and vision through their volunteerism, time, passion and dedication to Easter Seals. The award is bestowed to one exceptional volunteer in each province. Winners are announced during National Volunteer Week each year.

The winners of the 2021 National Volunteer Awards are: Bob Ayotte (British Columbia), Paul Hamm (Manitoba), Chris Rose (Newfoundland & Labrador), Gina McFetridge (Nova Scotia), Stuart Harrison (Ontario), Edna Reid (Prince Edward Island), Ian Provost (Quebec) and Bruno Konecsni (Saskatchewan).

Easter Seals congratulates all the winners of the 2021 National Volunteer Awards, and thanks all of our volunteers across the country for their commitment, contributions and dedication in helping Easter Seals advance its vision and mission of enhancing the quality of life, well-being and independence of Canadians who are living with disabilities/with diverse abilities.

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