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December 3, 2015
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International Day for Persons with Disabilities celebrated with new award recognizing inclusion

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The Disability Advisory Council has created the Champion for Inclusion Award to recognize those who promote opportunities for persons with disabilities, says Minister of Family and Human Services Doug Currie.

“This year’s recipients were all nominated by the ACT Theatre group and exemplify inclusion in the work they do.,” said Minister Currie. “I am proud to announce the recipients today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.”

The first ever Champion for Inclusion Awards recipients are Tony Welsh, Ellen Carol and Paul Whalen. The Advisory Council created the Champion for Inclusion Awards to recognize those who demonstrate strong community leadership in supporting and promoting inclusion for persons with disabilities through their employment, volunteer work, or in their daily lives.

“Our communities are much better off when everyone is able to contribute,” said Minister Currie. “Giving those who may not have the opportunity to develop and utilize their creative, artistic and intellectual potential not only benefits the individual, but helps to enrich our society as a whole.”

More information about the Champion for Inclusion Awards is available at

Background Information


Tony Welsh

Mr. Tony Welsh is a self-advocate; he is an actor and shown leadership in his own life by ensuring that he is involved in his community. He is an excellent volunteer and sits on boards for a number of special interest groups. Mr. Welsh has also held executive positions within the Lion’s Club and other non-governmental organizations. Mr. Welsh has been actively involved in the ACT Theatre group for more than 10 years.

Ellen Carol

Ellen Carol is a director with the ACT Theater. Ms. Carol sees individuals for their talent and casted and directed Mr. Welsh in the play “The Pretty Trap” that recently ran at the Guild.

Paul Whalen

Paul Whalen is also a director with ACT Theatre. Mr. Whalen casted and directed Mr. Welsh in the play ”Our town”, which ran last April at the Carrefour Theatre. Mr. Whalen also appreciates individuals for the presence they bring to the stage.

Media Contact: Maureen Flanagan-LeClair
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