The Board of Directors, recognizing the importance of inclusion, develop the first 'Community Inclusion Award'. This award is in recognition of excellence in the practice and commitment to inclusion. It is presented to an individual or organization who:
- Recognizes that individuals can contribute to and fully participate in their community motivates and inspires others to embrace the inclusion of all people in the community
- Is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people
- Serves as a role model in fostering the values of equity, integrity, dignity and respect.
The first recipient of this award is Community Living Welland Pelham's Executive Director, Dr. Barbara Vyrostko who is a champion and a leader in ensuring that the rights and values of people are respected. She is an example of someone who believes in and lives the vision statement - "An Inclusive Caring Community Where All People Belong and Have Equal Opportunity to Participate Effectively".
The 2008 recipient - Melissa Purdie of Wendy's Restaurants in Welland.
The 2009 recipients - Doug Miller of the Silverdale Gun Club and Wendy Perry - McDonald's Restaurants in Welland.
The 2010 recipient - Dr. Dorthy Griffiths of Brock University
The 2012 recipients - Rotary at Work Champions
Deb Zahra - Boston Pizza
Cheryl McKillop - Ye Olde Squire Welland
Mike Knapp - Mike Knapp Ford
The 2013 recipient - Michael Jacques – Ambassador of Inclusion