Cal Schuler, Co-Chair of the CAN Transportation Committee
Our Calgary disability community celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, under the theme aspire. Congregating at Jack Singer Hall, Calgary’s IDPD organizing committee welcomed close to 200 people of all ages and abilities to celebrate what we aspire to do to enrich our diverse communities.
Opening the event to resounding applause, Taryn Aylsworth performed a dance routine to the song “Bang Bang” by Jessie J. The celebration continued with a variety of showcases, entertainment and discussion panel presentations, led and performed by members of our disability community. Ovations continued throughout, concluding with awards presentations. The IDPD Calgary Committee 2015 Community Impact Awards winners were The Glee Club (Arts), Denise Pelletier (Entrepreneurship & Leadership), and Lovepreet Dev (Athleticism). Dignitaries from the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities recognized Cal Schuler with the Gary McPherson Leadership Award, and commended Accessible Housing’s Ramp-It Up Project with the Award of Excellence in Public Awareness.
“IDPD is an ideal occasion to shed a positive spotlight on the personal achievements and positive ways in which outstanding individuals in our community make Calgary a better place to live for all Calgarians,” said Mezaun Lakha-Evin. “We are delighted to congratulate all the nominees and award winners. Closest to home, the CPAA and the Calgary Ability Network (CAN) were prominently represented at IDPD. It was exciting to see our member Lovepreet Dev, Community Ambassador of the CPAA’s Life Without Limits Challenge, receive recognition for her athletic achievements. We wish her the best as she continues to work hard, pursuing her dreams to live a Life without Limits. It is also our distinct pleasure to congratulate Cal Schuler, Co-Chair of the CAN Transportation Committee, for receiving due recognition for his lifetime of outstanding leadership enriching the lives of persons with disabilities.”