Patrick Jarvis named recipient of 2010 Dr. Robert W. Jackson Medal of Distinction

There was plenty to celebrate at this year’s Concert for Inclusion which took place at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Thursday, October 7th.  Many very talented performers came out to help raise funds for ParaSport Ontario including Justin Hines, Andrew Craig, Tommy Gilham, Matt Dusk and Jackie Richardson.  Toronto is certainly not short of talent when it comes to these incredible entertainers.  Audience members could not get enough of each artist who took to the stage.

The audience was also treated to the presentation of the Dr. Robert W. Jackson Medal of Distinction. Named after Dr. Robert W. Jackson, who many consider to be the father of the Paralympic movement in Canada, the Medal of Distinction is awarded to an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership, excellence and dedication to athletes with a physical disability.  Prior to the concert, after reviewing an impressive list of nominees for the honour, the selection committee announced the three finalists as Patrick Jarvis, Vicki Keith and Barbara Montemurro.

At the concert, the Dr. Robert W. Jackson Medal of Distinction was awarded to Partick Jarvis.  Mr. Jarvis is a former Paralympian who moved into team management when he retired from competition.  However, his greatest impact was made with the Canadian Paralympic Committee where he presided over Canada’s best ever finishes at the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games as well as expanded the role of the organization from Games to Movement based.  Mr. Jarvis presently sits on the International Paralympic Committee and was recently awarded the Order of Canada.  Minster of Health Promotion and Sport Margarett Best and Johannah Jackson, Dr. Robert W. Jackson’s daughter was on hand to present the Award to Mr. Jarvis.  ParaSport Ontario congratulates Mr. Jarvis on his accomplishments and thanks him for his contribution and dedication to sport for athletes with a physical disability.

Many thanks to the numerous volunteers and sponsors who added to the success of this year’s Concert for Inclusion, including Shoppers Home Health Care, Comstock Canada Ltd, Sunrise Medical, Elenchus Research Associates, Chicago Title and Counterpoint Engineering.  Special thanks to the many other sponsors who provided both financial and in-kind donations which added immensely to the huge success of the event.

Be sure to join us next year for the 4th Annual Concert for Inclusion.  If you missed the Concert this year, you certainly won’t want to miss it next year.

For more information on the Concert for Inclusion please contact Matt Rhodes, Communications Manager at (416) 426-7030 or by email at matt@parasportontario.ca.