Archie Allison, Builder

Archie Allison (Toronto, Ont.) is a legendary figure at Toronto’s Variety Village, a centre that helps people with a disability develop a healthy lifestyle through sports, fitness and physical activity. Allison currently serves as the centre’s Director, Access and Awareness and has been on staff since 1984. Over that time, it is estimated that Allison’s tireless efforts have helped more than 10,000 students, coaches and volunteers from schools and community groups experience the power of inclusion and the joy of physical activity.

Allison is also a coach, special event organizer and instructor at colleges and universities across Ontario. He is particularly noted for creating a fun learning approach to get people involved in Para sport.

During his career at Variety Village, Allison created many sport and recreation programs for children with disabilities. He established an integrated leadership camp which led to outreach and physical education programs to over 10,000 students in Ontario each year. He also holds weekly classes at the University of Toronto, Humber College and Centennial College on inclusive recreation.

Allison is the recipient of numerous awards and has been inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and the Toronto Sport Hall of Fame.