The following is a list of inductees to the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame. Learn more about each of these remarkable Hall of Famers by clicking on the names below.


Induction Year: 2001
Sport: Athletics (High Jump)


  • 1980 – World and Paralympic High Jump record set at 1.96 m.
  • 1976 – Toronto Paralympiad receiving his first gold medal
  • Approached by the CBC to work on the script for the movie “Crossbar”
  • Competed for the track team in the high jump at the CIAU (CIS) level.

In a career that spanned almost twenty years, Manitoba’s Arnold Boldt was a sporting icon. In the 1970s Boldt established himself as the world’s top amputee high jumper, garnering invitations to both disability sport and able-bodied track meets. Boldt’s World and Paralympic High Jump record set in 1980 still stands at 1.96m.

Boldt was initiated to sport at a very early age. In elementary school he found an interest in track and field. Due to farming community where physical injury was fairly common place, he encountered nothing but positive support to pursue athletic endeavors. “I was fairly well accepted for who I was, it was quite easy to be yourself and do what you wanted to do without people pre-judging you.” Through a prosthetic, Boldt learned about sport for amputees and competed for Canada at the 1976 Toronto Paralympiad receiving his first gold medal. Boldt also played wheelchair basketball in the Saskatoon area and played volleyball for Saskatchewan.

In 1977 Boldt was approached by the CBC to work on the script for the movie “Crossbar” which was “very loosely” based on Boldt’s career as a high jumper. After 1976 Boldt attended the University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba and competed for the track team in the high jump at the CIAU (CIS) level.

Induction year: 2001
Sport: Wheelchair


  • 1972 – Paralympic Games in Germany: captured gold in both discus and pentathlon (setting 2 new world records), and silver for the 4x 60m relay.
  • Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award
  • 1974 – Awarded the Order of Canada medal
  • 1991 – Recipient of the WAC Bennett Award from the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 2000 – Was inducted as an athlete category into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
  • 2002 – The Eugene Reimer Middle School opened
  • Chaired the 2002 BC Disability Games
  • Recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree
  • 2007 – Honored with ‘Order of Abbotsford
  • 2007 – Presented the ‘Citizen of the year Award’ by the Mayor and the Council

British Columbian athlete Eugene Reimer dominated international wheelchair sports in the late 1960s and 1970s. With only minimal use of his legs since polio had left him paraplegic at an early age, he quickly became one the province’s top all round athletes. Not content with perfecting a single sport, Eugene excelled in a diverse selection: weightlifting, archery, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and all the track and field events. Even acrobatics was given a shot. Spanning a career that began in 1968 and ended in 1980, Reimer won a number of gold, silver and bronze medals from such prestigious world events the Pan American Wheelchair Games. During his twelve-year athlete career, he amassed over fifty national and ten international gold medals-5 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.

In 2003, Reimer was honored at the 2003 convocation ceremonies of the University College of Fraser Valley as the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. That same year, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford named Reimer a Paul Harris Fellow, bestowing upon him the highest honour of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Reimer was also very active on committees and in events promoting the Vancouver bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Induction year: 2003
Sport: Athletics (Field Events)


  • 1988, Paralympic Summer Games in Seoul, Korea: Won gold medals in her class for Shot put, Discus and Javelin
  • 1990 World Championships in Assen, Holland: gold medals
  • 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Spain: Won all three gold medals
  • Finalist for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year honors
  • King Clancy Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons

Joanne Berdan (maiden/playing name: Bouw) was one of Canada’s finest Paralympic athletes during the 1980s and early 1990s and still holds world records in the shot put, discus and javelin for athletes with cerebral palsy. By 1984 she entered her first international event at Nassau County, New York. Over the next four years, Joanne continued to train and became a member of the Canadian Paralympic team. Competing at the 1988 Paralympic Summer Games in Seoul, Korea, Joanne won gold medals in her class for shot put, discus and javelin. She repeated that performance two years later at the 1990 World Championships in Assen, Holland. In 1992 while at the Barcelona Summer Games, she again won all three gold medals in her class and completed her triple with world records in the shot put and discus.

After Barcelona, Joanne retired from competition as one of the world’s most recognized athletes with a disability and the first to be a finalist for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year honors. At the 1994 Word Championships in Berlin she was unbeaten once again. With her induction into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame, Joanne adds to several other honors. She received the King Clancy Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons for contributing to the betterment of other people lives. She has been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame this year as an outstanding role model and inspiration.

Induction Year: 2005
Sport: Athletics (Wheelchair Racing)


  • 1984- Olympic Games, Los Angeles-won a bronze.
  • Three-time winner of the prestigious Boston Marathon.
  • Four-time winner of the Oita Marathon in Japan.
  • Best Paralympic Sport Ambassador.
  • Athlete of the year, for all sports combined, in 1986.
  • Quebec personality of the year in 1984.
  • 1986-Recipient of the Maurice Richard award from the Saint-Jean-Baptist Society.
  • Many times named athlete of the year in Sherbrooke.

André took up track and field in 1979 when he ran the Beauce, Québec, marathon. This was his first victory, and his first step in the Viger legend. André participated in five Paralympic Games. His first were in Arnheim, Netherlands, in 1980, and his last were in Atlanta in 1996. Over the course of these five Games, André earned three gold medals, four silver, and three bronze.

During his lengthy career, from 1979 to 1997, he set several world records in the 1,500 m, 5,000 m, and 10,000 m distance events and won almost every marathon on the planet, from Paris to Los Angeles, from Sempach in Switzerland to Montréal. Through the various World Championships, we can no longer count his wins, whether on the track or on the road.

But André’s successes are not limited to sports. His determination has set the example for all Canadian emerging athletes. Everyone from Rick Hansen to Mel Fitzgerald to Jeff Adams knew that André had one passion: victory. André has never done anything halfway. He has always given his all, good days or bad.

André Viger died of cancer on October 1st, 2006. He was 54 years old.

Induction year: 2011

Michael Edgson was born on May 6, 1969 in North Vancouver, but spent his youth in Nanaimo. He is one of Canada’s most successful athletes whose performances continue to rank him amongst the very best.

One of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in Canadian history, Michael, a visually-impaired swimmer, captured 18 gold and three silver medals while setting nine world records over three Paralympic Games.

At the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea, he won nine gold medals en route to setting four world records.

These accomplishments earned him the BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award on three occasions, and he was a finalist for the Canadian Athlete of the Year award in 1992.

After his swimming career, Michael was part of the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society where he was responsible for the field of play of swimming at the Victoria Commonwealth Games. Inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, he was also the first Paralympic swimmer to be inducted into Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence in 2009. Michael continues to contribute to sport in Canada as the Finance Director for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Induction year: 2011

Clayton Gerein was an influential leader and mentor throughout his entire life. In 1985, Gerein began playing Wheelchair Athletics and Wheelchair Rugby. He helped lead his Wheelchair Rugby team to numerous national gold medals until 1991 when he decided to focus his training on Wheelchair Athletics. Determination and hard worked paid off for Gerein as he became a seven-time Paralympian with an outstanding record in international competition: he won three gold medals at the 1988 Paralympic Games, two gold medals at the 1992 Paralympics, a gold, silver, and bronze medal at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, and the gold medal in the marathon at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. Gerein received numerous honours, including the 2001 Fred Begley Award for Outstanding Off Track Athlete and the Canada 125 Medal for exceptional contributions to Canadian sport. He was named Saskatchewan Sports Athlete of the year in 1987, 1996, and 2001.

As an athlete and coach, Clayton led a healthy active lifestyle and helped promote these values by visiting Wascana Rehab Center to introduce newly-injured individuals to sports and recreation. He also coached other wheelchair athletes and was the Athletics Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association and served on the board of the National Sports Centre in Saskatchewan. Gerein passed away January 22, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer but has left a legacy that will continue to inspire all to seek balance in community involvement, sport and family.

Induction Year: 2011
Sport: Athletics and Goalball

Ljiljana (Lilo) Ljubisic is a five-time Paralympic athlete. From 1984 to 2004, Lilo successfully represented Canada in Goalball and Para-athletics. At her first Paralympic Games in 1984, Lilo competed in Goalball where she won a silver medal. Over the next four years, she began to train in Para-athletics with a specialty in the discus throw and shotput. In fact, Lilo was the first blind athlete to ever spin with a discus.

Throughout her athletic career, Lilo recorded 19 international podium finishes and earned six Paralympic medals, including a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Along with her athletic achievements, Lilo has been acknowledged for her leadership and contribution to the international world of sport and the Paralympic Movement. Awards earned by Lilo include the AthletesCAN Leadership Award (2005) and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) Women of Distinction Award (2004). She has also been named one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Sport & Physical Activity (CAAWS, 2003-2005) and was listed in the Top 100 of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2007 (Women’s Executive Network).

A 1992 B.C. Athlete of the Year recipient, Lilo was elected as the first female Chair of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Council.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Athletics (Wheelchair Racing)

​Wheelchair racer Robert Easton from Edmonton, AB, competed at the 1984 and 1988 Paralympic Summer Games, earning eight gold medals and one silver. He held and improved on every world record for track & field events in his class for the period from 1982 to 1988.

Easton, who has cerebral palsy, was introduced to wheelchair sports in 1976, initially playing wheelchair basketball. In 1977 he took up wheelchair racing and by 1981 was a major force on the international scene.

“The quality I remember most about Robert was his willingness to contribute to fellow athletes as a mentor, a leader and even as the guy who was behind the anonymous equipment donation that would arrive just in time for younger athletes,” said Janet Dunn, a founding member of both Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports and Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Associations.

Today with over 30 years of public service, Easton continues an unending contribution to sport. In the early 1990s, he established the Easton Family Scholarship at the University of Alberta, awarded annually to a student with superior academic achievement entering the third or fourth year in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation focusing on adapted physical education.

A professional accountant, Easton served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, responsible for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat. Easton is currently an Executive Director with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in Victoria, B.C.

Easton is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Hall of Fame.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball

​Jennifer Krempien of Richmond, B.C., was a member of Canada’s powerhouse women’s wheelchair basketball team from 1991 to 2008 and was co-captain from 2004 to 2008. Krempien competed at all five Paralympic Games between 1992 and 2008, helping Team Canada win three Paralympic gold medals and one bronze. She was also on four world championship-winning teams from 1994 to 2006 and was a tournament all-star at the 1998 and 2002 worlds.

“Jennifer demonstrated an incredible dedication and commitment to the sport and the team,” said Tim Frick, who coached Team Canada during Krempien’s career. “She continued to improve her fitness, technical skills and tactical knowledge each season. It is my opinion that she was our best player in Beijing, averaging 35 minutes a game (out of a maximum of 40), the highest on the team.”

Krempien’s dedication to the Paralympic movement has not been restricted to wheelchair basketball. Her Master of Science research at the University of British Columbia investigated the dietary adequacy of elite Canadian athletes with spinal cord injury. In 2010, Krempien was a dietitian for host medical services at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also works as a dietitian with the Canadian wheelchair curling and wheelchair rugby teams, along with Paralympic athletes in other sports.

Krempien was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and named the 2008 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association’s female athlete of the year. In 2007 at the Parapan American Games, she was Canada’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies. Krempien has also excelled in the highly-competitive Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League and Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Championships, leading her teams to 10 gold medals. She is a founding member of the Inferno Wheelchair Basketball Society in Edmonton, Alta.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Swimming

​Winnipeg swimmer Tim McIsaac was one of Canada’s top Paralympic Games medal producers in the 1980s. He won medals at four Paralympic Games: Toronto in 1976 (one gold, two silver, two bronze), Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1980 (four gold, one silver, two bronze), New York in 1984 (four gold, three silver) and Seoul in 1988 (six gold, three bronze).

McIsaac, who has a visual impairment, also competed at the World Games, an Olympic-style competition for blind and visually impaired athletes in 1979 and 1986, tabulating five gold, four silver and eight bronze.

McIsaac still competes today in Masters swimming and triathlon. He works full time as a business development associate with the Government of Manitoba’s Science Innovation Business Development and also does volunteer work, serves on boards and committees and speaks on behalf of the Active Living Alliance of Canadians with Disabilities.

He was named Canada’s junior male athlete of the year in 1976 and Manitoba’s athlete of year in 1982. McIsaac was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence in 2012.

Inducted in 2015
Sport: Para athletics

Chantal Petitclerc (Montreal, Que., originally from Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Que., coached by Peter Eriksson), para-athletics: Petitclerc is one of the most successful athletes ever in Paralympic sport. She competed at five Paralympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and won 21 medals, including 14 gold, in wheelchair racing. In 2008 she won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year and was named Canadian Press’ female athlete of the year. Petitclerc is a public speaker, broadcaster and athlete mentor, currently serving as Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Inducted in 2015
Sport: Para alpine skiing

Lauren Woolstencroft (Banff, Alta, originally from Calgary, Alta., coached by Jean-Sébastien Labrie) para-alpine skiing: A three-time Paralympian (2002, 2006, 2010), Woolstencroft won eight gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at the Paralympic Games over her career. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, Woolstencroft became the first Canadian winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at a single Games and was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony. For the last two years she has been following another passion and running a coffee shop in Banff called Whitebark Café, which is based out of the Aspen Lodge.

Inducted in 2015
Sport: wheelchair basketball

Marni Abbott-Peter (Vancouver, B.C., coached by Tim Frick), wheelchair basketball: Abbott-Peter led Canada’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team to three gold medals and a bronze in her four Paralympic Games appearances (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004). She was the cornerstone on one of the most dominant teams in the history of Canadian amateur sport, which also won three consecutive world titles and produced a 43-game winning streak in world championship and Paralympic Games play. Since retiring as an athlete, Abbott-Peter has focused her attention on coaching and giving back to the wheelchair basketball community.

Inducted: 2017
Sport: Para alpine skiing

Karolina Wisniewska (hometown Calgary, Alta., now living in Ottawa, Ont.) is a three-time Paralympian and winner of eight Paralympic medals in Para alpine skiing. She won two silver medals at Nagano in 1998, two silver and two bronze medals in Salt Lake City in 2002 and two bronze at Vancouver 2010.

Wisniewska’s four medals at the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Games set a new record at the time, as the first Canadian winter sport athlete to win four medals at a single Olympic or Paralympic Games. Over the course of her career, she won dozens of medals across all disciplines at International Paralympic Committee World Cups and won the overall World Cup title in 2003.

Wisniewska started alpine skiing at age five as a form of physiotherapy for cerebral palsy and raced able-bodied skiers as a member of the Sunshine Ski Club in Banff, Alta. until age 18, when she decided to try racing against competitors with a disability. She swept the 1994 national championships in the standing category in all disciplines, was named to the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team in 1995 and was crowned the 1996 world champion in Super G in Austria. She would go on to multiple podiums at the 2000 World Championships in Switzerland and would also compete at the 2009 World Championships in Korea.

Wisniewska originally retired after a concussion in 2003, before making a comeback in 2007 to compete at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games on home soil. Her determination is greatly admired by her teammates and staff members who surrounded her throughout that time.

In 2007, Wisniewska was honoured for her accomplishments with a place in the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, the first Paralympian to receive this honour.

Since her retirement from competition in 2012, Wisniewska has continued to give back to the sport, volunteering with youth skiers at national championships and at Carving the Future camps held by Alpine Canada.

Wisniewska is currently a Senior Exhibitions Manager at The National Gallery of Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in art history from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree in political science and history from McGill University.

One of Canada’s most prolific Paralympians, Colette Bourgonje competed in a remarkable 10 Games across summer and winter and brought home a total of 10 medals. Bourgonje retired from competitive sport following the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Bourgonje, who grew up in Porcupine Plain in northeastern Saskatchewan, competed nationally in cross-country running before a car accident in 1980 saw her eventually turn towards two Para sports – first, wheelchair racing in summer and then also cross-country sit-skiing in the winter.

She has broken down barriers ever since. She was the first wheelchair user to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan’s Physical Education department and became a teacher in the subject thereafter.

She made her Paralympic debut at Albertville 1992 and then was the first Canadian woman to compete at both a summer and winter Paralympic Games when she raced at Barcelona 1992. She won two bronze medals at that summer Games. At the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games, she captured her first two silver medals on the snow. She was Canada’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer at those Games, as well as at Torino 2006

At Vancouver 2010, she won Canada’s first-ever Paralympic medal on home soil, a silver in the women’s sitting 10km cross-country race.

In total, she claimed four bronze medals in wheelchair racing, and six medals in sit-skiing – three silver and three bronze. Her Paralympic career spanned 22 years – Albertville 1992, Barcelona 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Atlanta 1996, Nagano 1998, Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014.

Bourgonje’s influence and involvement in the Paralympic Movement goes well beyond her success on the field of play, as she has been an instrumental member of the Canadian sport community for decades.

She is an advocate for healthy living and the value of physical activity, acting as an ambassador for Saskatchewan’s In Motion program to increase physical literacy. She coaches cross-country skiing to Para athletes and is the Para Skiing Development Coordinator for SASKI Skiing for Disabled, which is run by volunteers and provides opportunities for athletes with disabilities in snow sports. She took an active interest in the growth of her sport as an athlete representative on the Para nordic technical committee while competing, and today acts as a mentor at development camps.

A true believer that everyone should have access to sport, she is always looking to introduce more people with disabilities to the power of the sport. She notably discovered one of Canada’s rising Paralympic stars Brittany Hudak, noticing the young woman at a Canadian Tire in Prince Albert. Bourgonje approached her and asked if she’d ever tried Para nordic skiing or knew of the Paralympics. The answer was no, but flash forward to the present and Hudak is now a Paralympic medallist in the sport.

She regularly spreads her message that attitude is everything: it is how one reacts to obstacles that is the answer, and limitation is only a perception. “Dream big, believe in yourself, attitude is everything” is among her positive lessons, and it is something she lives by every day.

Bourgonje, who is of Métis heritage, has been recognized throughout her career for her many accomplishments. A pioneer for sport in her home province, you can find both a street named Bourgonje Crescent and an elementary school called Colette Bourgonje School in Saskatoon, which is appropriate as she worked as a teacher in the city for many years. She was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named Saskatchewan’s female athlete of the year in 2010. She is a member of the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

The Prince Albert resident was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

At Vancouver 2010, she received the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, presented by the IPC to “someone who is fair, honest and is uncompromising in his or her values and prioritizes the promotion of the Paralympic Movement above personal recognition.” A rather accurate depiction of Bourgonje and how she has contributed to Para sport throughout her storied career.

A pioneer in Para alpine sit skiing, two-time Paralympian Josh Dueck reached the highest levels of his sport and remains an influential figure off the field of play.

Born in Kimberley, British Columbia, Dueck was destined for the slopes. He loved being on the snow and was a freestyle skier before an accident on the ski hill forced him to change his plans slightly. That still definitely included being on skis though, and he turned his attention instead to Para alpine skiing. Five years later he was competing – and winning – at the 2009 world championships.

He then made his Paralympic debut in his home province, suiting up for Canada at Vancouver 2010 where he won a silver medal in the men’s sitting slalom race.

In the ensuing years before the next Paralympic Games, he made waves by becoming the first person to complete a back flip on a sit ski. The daring and impressive feat gave him worldwide acclaim, including an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show and a nod as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.

He also recovered from a shoulder injury that saw him consider retirement before deciding to try and end his career on a high note.

Ultimately, Dueck was one of Canada’s stars at the Sochi 2014 Games. He captured his second Paralympic silver medal, this time in the downhill, before claiming a gold medal in the super combined. Thanks to his performance, he was named the nation’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.

In addition to his Paralympic achievements, Dueck also secured multiple World Cup and world championships podiums. He also captured a gold and bronze medal at the X-Games.

Well-respected for his successful exploits on the hill, Dueck is also a valued member of the international sport community for his work to advance the Paralympic Movement and inspire others to find their paths. Since his retirement from the sport following Sochi, Dueck has continued to be an active and strong voice.

He was a member of the CBC broadcast team on the ground at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, bringing the stories of Canada’s Paralympians back home and using his unique insight and expertise to enhance the commentary.

He is passionate about sharing his story about overcoming odds to make a difference through various speaking engagements, in the hopes of inspiring others to pursue their limits. He and his wife Lacey also provide mentorship for those who have experienced a life-altering injury. Through empowerment, Dueck celebrates growth and healing, and shows what is possible. His personal mantra is that passion plus perseverance equals possibility.

Heavily involved with many pursuits that promote active living, Dueck has acted as an ambassador for such organizations as High Fives Foundation, Rick Hansen Foundation, and Wings for Life. He is a peer mentor for Spinal Cord Injury BC, president of the Live it Love it Foundation promoting outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities, and a director on the TELUS Community Board in the Thompson Okanagan region.

In September 2018, he was named executive director of Freestyle BC where he can directly impact the future of Canada’s freestyle skiers who are similarly vying for international success.

A Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipient, Dueck was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, which was an evening he will never forget as he was able to celebrate his sports story one more time with his now late parents, Peter and Vickie Dueck.

Viviane Forest’s resume is highlighted by her multiple Paralympic medals – in both winter and summer sports – but the real story about this phenomenal athlete is how she overcame adversity to earn all her success.

The biggest example is her performance at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Forest was Canada’s poster girl in the lead-up to the Games as she looked to become the first Canadian female Paralympian to win a gold medal at both a winter and summer Paralympics. Formerly a champion goalball player, she was making her winter Games debut in Para alpine skiing on home soil.

The visually impaired Montreal native, who was born with four percent vision, opened with a silver in the slalom and followed it up with a bronze in the giant slalom, before she achieved her historic gold in the downhill.

But in that victorious race, Forest crashed after the finish. She was unable to stop because she could not put weight on her leg, which she had injured earlier in the competition. She was later diagnosed with a broken wrist and a concussion.

But rather than store her skis, Forest persevered to complete her two final races. With her guide Lindsay Debou, Forest battled intense pain and a bandaged swollen hand to take the silver medal in both the super-G and super combined over the next two days. She finished Vancouver 2010 with a podium finish in all five races for a total of one gold, three silver, and one bronze medal.

She received the Best Games Debut award at the 2010 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards for her remarkable results at her first Paralympic Winter Games. Viviane became the first Canadian woman to win gold in both the summer and winter Paralympics.

In 2012 Viviane returned to the alpine race circuit winning a silver and a bronze at the World Championships in La Molina, where she started her alpine podium ascent 5 years earlier. Unfortunately, the injuries she sustained in 2010, even after surgery and physio did not fully heal and in March 2013 Forest announced her retirement at age 33. Her last run was at the Canadian national championships that spring. Her honorary guide on her final race was none other than Canada’s athlete of the 20th century Nancy Greene Raine, the 1968 Olympic downhill champion.

Forest’s fast track to success in Para alpine skiing was extraordinary. She completed only one year of competition on the Canadian and North American skiing circuit with Canada’s development team before she was invited to join the national squad in 2008. Forest then produced two excellent seasons in 2009 and 2010. On the 2009 IPC World Cup circuit, she won the season overall Crystal Globe in the women’s visual impaired category.

The 17-time World Cup winner was so fast when she started that she won 13 of her first 14 races and went through eight guides before finding a skier who could keep up.

Before she made the switch to the slopes, Forest was already an accomplished Paralympian, winning two Paralympic Games gold medals in the sport of goalball at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. She retired from goalball in 2005 after suffering a concussion and subsequently moved to Alberta to become a French translator. That’s where she found a love for ski racing.

It may have been in goalball and Para alpine skiing that Forest made a name for herself, but she has played a number of sports throughout her life. Starting at the age of four, when she announced to her grandfather that she wanted to go to the Olympics, she has participated in hockey, ringette, karate, judo, track and field, cycling, and provincial level swimming. She ultimately discovered goalball and earned a spot on the national team in 1997.

Now living in Edmonton and a registered massage therapist, Forest has remained close to Paralympic sport. She skis with adapted ski programs and coaches goalball, and is actively involved in sport and recreation programs for people who are visually impaired.

Forest also continues to inspire as a public speaker at corporate, educational and community events. Her critically acclaimed presentations with genuine and strong themes have motivated thousands to be active and reach for their goals and dreams.

Wheelchair basketball star Joey Johnson was considered one of the best power players in the world throughout a career that lasted nearly two decades. He was renowned for his intensity and toughness in the paint and his ability to generate plays by creating space for himself and his teammates.

Johnson was a force for the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team from 1995 until 2012. Over the course of his career, the native of Winnipeg competed at five Paralympic Games, capturing three gold medals (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and London 2012), and one silver (Beijing 2008). He also competed at four world championships, coming home with the world title in 2006, and claimed the crown at the 1997 U23 world championships.

He made his Paralympic debut at Atlanta 1996 at the age of 21, and from there used his tireless work ethic, focus, and passion for the game to become one of the best in the world.

One of the best tournaments in his career was at the 2012 London Games, where he averaged 63 percent from the free throw line (the same as star teammate Patrick Anderson) and an impressive 56 percent from the field as Canada took the gold medal

At age eight, Johnson was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease and he began playing wheelchair basketball the following year after being introduced to the sport by a friend.

Johnson has been around the world with wheelchair basketball. In addition to his exploits with the Canadian team, he played the sport professionally in both Australia and Germany.

In fact, he was a big star with the RSV Lahn-Dill club team in Germany. He captured seven German league titles in eight years and seven of eight German Cup crowns, winning both trophies six times in the same year. Lahn-Dill also collected four Champions Cup championships in that stretch, while reaching seven finals. Johnson was one of the first Canadians to really make a name for himself playing professionally overseas and as such is a recognized star in the sport across the globe.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he also played collegiate wheelchair basketball.

After he retired from wheelchair basketball following the London 2012 Games, he moved back to Canada from Germany and worked in sales for almost four years. But the sport called him back in 2015 when he accepted an assistant coaching role with the British national wheelchair basketball team. He was on duty for Team GB at Rio 2016.

Two years later he was offered the same position with the Canadian men’s national team where he shares his expert knowledge of the international game and instills his values on and off the court with the next generation of players. Most recently, he was on the sidelines as Canada punched its ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a silver medal at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games.

In 2013, he became the first athlete with a disability to be inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. One of the most decorated athletes to ever come out of the province, Johnson has always returned to roots, and has helped to reinvigorate the wheelchair basketball community in Manitoba.

One of wheelchair rugby’s greatest-ever players, Garett Hickling was an influential leader on the Canadian national team for 20 years during a very successful career. Feared by the opposition for his toughness, hard hitting and scoring ability, Hickling’s many talents were instrumental in Canada becoming one of the world’s top countries in the sport.

Hickling burst on the international stage earning tournament MVP at the first three world championships in the sport (1995, 1998, and 2002) – including Canada’s breakthrough gold medal performance in the third iteration of the event. Hickling was also one of the trailblazers in the worldwide popularity of the sport competing at the first five Paralympic Games that included wheelchair rugby – Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012.

He helped Canada to the podium in four of his five Paralympic Games participations. He owns a silver medal from 1996, 2004, and 2012, as well as a bronze from 2008. Canadians came to learn more about this quiet leader as he made headlines as Canada’s Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer at the London 2012 Games. At those Games, it was Hickling who generated a key turnover and scored the winning goal in the final seconds of Canada’s semifinal against their U.S. rivals.

Throughout his 20 years as a top-level athlete, Hickling battled through many injuries. He had to have his neck realigned in 2005 in a 10-hour surgery, he ripped his left triceps in 2008 and in 2011 he separated his right shoulder.

In addition to his accolades at the Paralympic Games, Hickling has five world championships medals (gold, two silver, and two bronze).

As a youngster, Hickling was always very active in sport. Born in Mica Creek, he grew up in British Columbia and played many sports including hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

In 1987, at age 16, Hickling and two friends were hiking an unfamiliar B.C. trail at night when they fell off a cliff and dropped more than 300 feet; one of his friends died and the other was severely injured while Hickling was left a quadriplegic. Hickling tried many wheelchair sports, including basketball and road hockey before tackling wheelchair rugby about five years after his accident.

Hickling was recruited into the sport in 1993 by Duncan Campbell, one of the sport’s creators and key builders: “He got me to come out, [I] hit my first guy – knocked him out of his chair – and haven’t looked back since” Hickling said when he was featured on CNN’s Human to Hero series in 2012.

The wheelchair rugby legend has returned the favour by helping the next generation of players. He is extremely well-respected in the community, and has been a role model for many, including Paralympians Mike Whitehead, Travis Murao, and Cody Caldwell. Now living in London, Ont., he is also involved in the sport today as a coach and recruiter, sharing his knowledge and experience.

In recent years, Hickling has been deservedly recognized for his immense contributions and achievements. In 2015, he became the first wheelchair rugby player to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Campbell was inducted the same year in the pioneer category. He is also a member of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in Kelowna and the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Hall of Fame.

And last year, Hickling’s name was etched in the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Hall of Fame.


Induction year: 2011

Dr. Church was already well-known and respected athletics coach when he was introduced to the world of Paralympic sport in 1989. His involvement grew over the next 19 years to include coaching in four Paralympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004) in addition to many World Championships and other international events. He was part of the coaching staff of the first fully integrated athletics team at the 1994 World Athletic Championships. Dr. Church made an extraordinary contribution to the sport of throwing for athletes with cerebral palsy. Many of his athletes, including three time Paralympic gold medallist, Joanne Berdan, have earned world and Paralympic medals and credit Dr. Church for providing them with the boost they needed to make it to the next level. Dr. Church brought credibility and professionalism to the sport of Para-athletics and pushed the physical boundaries of athletes with a disability. A former Executive Director of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sport Association, he helped build relations between the organization and other sporting bodies such as Athletics Canada. He has served as a mentor to many Para-Athletics coaches and is an advocate for equal opportunities for the education of parasport coaches and athletes. He is esteemed by coaches and athletes across Canada and around the world, and continues to be an executive of the Coaching Association of Ontario. He is also actively involved in both the Canadian and International Olympic Academies.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball

​Tim Frick of Pender Island, B.C. once coached Rick Hansen and Terry Fox and was the head coach of Canada’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team from 1990 to 2009. He led Canada to an 11-year winning streak, an unprecedented three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992, 1996 and 2000) and four consecutive World Championship titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006).

An innovative coach who spearheaded major innovations in sport development and sport science, Frick solidified Team Canada as one of the most dominant teams in the history of Canadian amateur sports.

“Tim Frick has left a 30-year legacy of excellence both on and off the court,” said Arley McNeney of the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association. “He remains a passionate builder within the wheelchair sports community and continues to advocate for wheelchair athletes at all levels.”

In 2013, the University of British Columbia alumnus was inducted into the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame just a few months after receiving the same honour from Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Hall of Fame. In 2009, Frick received the Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coaching Association of Canada and in 2008 he won the Jack Donahue Coach of the Year Award.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee established the Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award in 2010. It is presented once every two years to a Paralympic Games coach, following the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Frick first met Rick Hansen in 1977 as a physical education student at UBC. He coached the Canadian wheelchair hero in marathons and also helped launched the world famous Man in Motion Tour. Frick coached Terry Fox in track and wheelchair volleyball, and played with him in wheelchair basketball. He also coached track at the 1980 and 1984 Paralympic Games.

Inducted in 2015
Sport: Para swiming

Wilf Strom (Winnipeg, Man.) blind sports: As the Canadian Blind Sports national swim coach in the 1980s (including the Paralympic Games in 1980, 1984 and 1988), Strom coached an extremely successful group of swimmers, including Tim McIsaac, Mike Edgson and Carla Qualtrough. Among his many innovations, Strom developed the tapping system, a significant breakthrough in the sport. People called “tappers” stand at the end of the pool and use a pole to tap the swimmers when they approach the wall, indicating when the swimmer should turn or end the race.

Inducted: 2017

Ozzie Sawicki (Cochrane, Alta.) is a Canadian Chartered Professional Coach who has been involved from entry-level recreational sport delivery through to world-leading high performance sport at the national and international levels for over 25 years.

Sawicki was the head coach and program director of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team from 2000 to 2004, head coach of the Para Athletics program with Athletics Canada from 2009 to 2011 and performance advisor to the Canadian Para Equestrian Team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

At the Salt Lake City Paralympic Games in 2002, Sawicki was head coach of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team which won 12 of the total 15 medals earned by Team Canada at those Games. Most recently, he was incredibly proud to serve as Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. In Sochi, Canada achieved its performance goal, placing third in the gold medal count — with seven gold, two silver, and seven bronze.

Sawicki’s blending of an exceptional expertise in data methodologies, trend analysis and systems design, combined with an extensive knowledge of sport at the technical and strategic levels has created an area proficiency unique in sport and dedicated to ensuring evidence-based solutions.

A pioneer in wheelchair curling internationally, coach Joe Rea was the mastermind behind Canada’s golden years in the sport between 2006 and 2014 and a significant figure in the sport’s development and growth.

Curling has been a part of Rea’s life for decades. He started participating in the sport when he was 14 and played competitively for over 20 years. His entry into high-level national competition as a coach was in 1993 when he guided his provincial junior team to a bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Championships. He also coached Team BC to a silver medal at his first Canadian Championships in 2004.

In 2003, Rea first got involved with wheelchair curling and in 2005 he was Canada’s team leader at the world championships. He was handed the coaching reigns in 2006, the same year the sport made its Paralympic Games debut. At the Torino 2006 Games, he was part of history as he led Canada to the first-ever wheelchair curling gold medal at the Paralympics.

That launched a series of successes still not duplicated in the sport. Canada won three world championships gold medals in 2009, 2011, and 2013. The nation also defended its Paralympic crown twice, winning gold at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 as well.

Rea retired as head coach of the Canadian national team with three Paralympic gold medals in his trophy case.

As a coach, Rea believes in collaboration and compassion, and he worked hard to problem solve and work with his athletes to find the best individual solutions for them to perform their best. He also put a focus on becoming a better coach himself and coach development overall, developing new techniques and drills to advance the sport.

Rea is also known for his great technical aptitude, which has been a great asset not only in his curling career in a sport where precision and tactics are a must to succeed, but in his professional career as an electrical/instrument team leader for a forest products company (Canfor Northwood Pulp).

An avid sportsman and boater, Rea has collected five Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards in his career. At home in Prince George, the 61-year-old and his wife Colleen have a combined six children and two grandchildren.

Not mentioned on the scoresheets is that Rea is also a great humanitarian.

Over the years, he and his wife have provided a safe and loving home for over 28 foster children for varying lengths of time. With a belief that every child needs a break, there are many youths in their community who have benefitted from their generosity, kindness, and caring attitude.


Induction year: 2000


  • Was the founding president of the International Paralympic Committee
  • 1979-1989- Founder, President and Chairman of the Canadian Sports Fund for the Physically Disabled
  • 1971-1975- Founder and President of the Alberta Wheelchair Sports Association
  • 1966-1976-National Coach, then from 1971 to 1980 Chef de mission with the Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • 1970-1986- National Governor with the Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • 1974-1976-Treasurer and from 1986 to 1991, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • 2001-Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Leuven University, Belgium
  • 1999-Officer of the Order of Canada
  • 2002-Recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2004-Edmontonian of the Centaury and in 2005, Albertan of the Century

Dr. Robert Steadward is a world leader in disability sport, author, teacher, and sport scientist. It is through his efforts that persons with disabilities are now able to compete in the Paralympic Games now ranking among the largest and most well respected sporting events world-wide. Dr. Steadward was the Founding President of the International Paralympic Committee, a role that he served for 12 years. He was elected as an IOC member in 2000 and is Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

As an academic promoting the inclusion of athletes with disabilities, in the past 30 years Dr. Steadward has delivered over 300 speeches and his curriculum vitae chronicle over 150 publications. Dr. Steadward’s creation and coordination of Vista ’93, an inaugural conference during which over 160 international scientists, coaches, athletes and sport administrators converged to discuss many issues in the field of disability sport, served to lay the foundation for subsequent Paralympic Congresses throughout the world.

Today, among many other endeavours, Dr. Steadward remains intimately involved with the Steadward Centre, originally called the Rick Hansen Centre, a lifestyle centre for persons with disabilities that he founded. In his career, he was appointed as an Honorary Life member of the Paralympic Sports Association, The Alberta Wheelchair Sports Association, the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. He owns several awards, such as the King Clancy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadians with Disabilities, the Robert Jackson Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the promotion and development of wheelchair sports, as well as the Bryce Taylor Memorial Award presented annually by the Sports Federation of Canada to the nation’s Outstanding Sport Volunteer.

Induction year: 2001


  • 1994-Selected by the Sports Illustrated
  • 1976-Organized the Olympiad for the Physically Disabled, Toronto, Canada (also referred to as the TORONTOLYMPIAD)
  • 1967- Founded the Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association
  • 1993-Was a precursor for the creation of the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Movement started arguably when Dr. Robert Jackson attended the 1964 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Canada did not compete at the games but Jackson, a medical student then, who was working as an orthopedic consultant with the Canadian Olympic Team in Japan, witnessed the games firsthand. He questioned as to why the Canadian team was not participating in the games. Dr. Jackson was interested in viewing the games because of a prior opportunity to see them in England in 1961.

Dr. Jackson, who had met Sir Ludwig Guttmann at these games, decided to approach him again in Tokyo to note his disappointment with Canada’s absence. In 1967 Jackson along with several others thus founded the Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association in order to send a team to these Games and Jackson became the founding President, a position he held from 1967 to 1972. In 1972 Jackson accepted the responsibility for organizing the 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled (also referred to as the TORONTOLYMPIAD) to be held in Toronto, parallel to the Olympic Games in Montreal. Also as a result of these games and Jackson’s leadership the pre-cursor for the Canadian Paralympic Committee was created. Jackson also served wheelchair sport at the international level with roles as director, vice-president, and president of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation from 1972 until 1984.

In 1991, Dr. Jackson was appointed as the Chief, Department of Orthopedics at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. In 1993 he was named Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and, in 1997, Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London, as well as Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Jackson passed away on January 6, 2010.

Induction year: 2003


  • Rick Hansen’s ‘The Man in Motion World Tour’ of March 21, 1985 to May 22, 1987, raised over 26 million dollars for Spinal cord research.
  • The President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute.

Rick Hansen certainly became a successful wheelchair athlete, but also devoted his life to improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. In 1985,motivated by his success, and desire to make a difference in how people with a disability were perceived, he embarked on the record-setting Man in Motion World Tour. Along the way, he inspired others to pursue their own dreams, raised the world’s awareness of the potential of people with disabilities, and became a testament to the remarkable potential that lies in the human spirit.

His Tour of March 21, 1985 to May 22, 1987, raised over 20 million dollars for spinal cord research. Today, he is the President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute. Hansen also spends time in schools, committed to being a positive role model to children increase the awareness of sports for people with a physical disability. Hansen has been a great ambassador of the Paralympic Movement in Canada.

Induction year: 2003


  • 1970 – Formed the Alberta Amputee Ski Association
  • 1970 – Important role in setting up the Japanese Handicapped Ski Association.
  • 1976 – Founded the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS)
  • 1974 – Received his first of three Alberta Achievement Awards
  • 1980 – Inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1991 – Inducted into the Canadian Skiers Hall of Fame
  • 2000 – Was honored as a Member of the Order of Canada

To say that Jerry Johnston is the key figure in the disabled skiing and the Canadian Paralympic Movement is definitely an understatement. Almost 40 years ago Jerry began teaching skiing to people with mobility impairments at his Sunshine Village Ski School in Banff, Alberta. He had only one such student initially but the experience launched a lifetime of teaching, mentoring and promoting the sport in Alberta and throughout Canada. During the 1960s, Jerry took on more students and formed the Alberta Amputee Ski Association in 1970. Not limiting his efforts to Canada, that same year he played an important role in setting up the Japanese Handicapped Ski Association.

Jerry then founded the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) in 1976. Thousands of people with disabilities have learned to ski through programs run by CADS member organizations. In addition to his pioneering role with CADS, Jerry has been closely involved with the Canadian Paralympic Movement for well over 20 years. With his induction into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame, Jerry adds to a long list of achievements and honours. Jerry also co-authored a definitive manual on teaching skiing to people with a disability which is used around the world. Whether working at the grassroots or Paralympic levels, Jerry Johnston has ensured that the sport he loves is open to everyone.

Induction Year: 2005
Sport: Wheelchair Rugby


  • 2004-Canadian National Championship trophy was redesigned and renamed the Campbell Cup
  • Recipient of the Robert W. Jackson Award.
  • Recipient of the BCWSA Volunteer Achievement Award.
  • Recipient of the CPA Achievement Award.
  • Recipient of the BCWSA Millennium Award.
  • Recipient of the Sport Achievement Award.

Duncan Campbell is acknowledged throughout the world as the groundbreaking creator of the sport that is today called Wheelchair Rugby. In 1976 he, and a small group of friends, developed the basic rules, regulations and chair design that form the basis of this high impact, hugely popular Paralympic team sport. Duncan (a.k.a. The Quadfather) is still active in the sport as a player, recruiter, motivator, teacher and tactician for rugby in BC. He is a current member of the BC Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team and a former member of the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team.

As a mentor to great players such as Garett Hickling and Ian Chan, Duncan has played a major role in the past and current success of Canadian wheelchair rugby. As he continues to recruit and develop great new talent, Duncan remains a major player in the sport in Canada. Duncan earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta. He has worked as a Recreation Therapist at the G.F. Stronge Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver since 1991, where he has introduced countless numbers of Canadians to wheelchair sports and given them the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed in life and in sport.

Induction year: 2007


  • International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Board Member, Chairperson of Development Committee
  • CPC President (1998 – 2006)
  • 2010 Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Board Member (2003 – present)
  • IOC 2012 Coordination Commission (2005 – present)
  • Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee (2000 – present)
  • IOC 2012 Games Evaluation Commission, Member (2004 – 2005)
  • IPC Development Conference, Facilitator (2004)
  • Minister of State’s (Sport) Work Group on Sport for Persons with a Disability (2003-2004)
  • Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation Board of Directors (2002 – 2003)
  • Canadian Federal Sport Advisory Committee -Secretary of State for Amateur Sport. (2001 – 2002)

Paralympian, Patrick Jarvis competed at the 1990 World Championships in Assen in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and javelin, as well as in the 800m and 1500m at the 1992 Paralympic Summer Games in Barcelona. His competitive experience has proven to be a real asset for Jarvis as he moved into the area of team management. He served as part of the Canadian team mission staff both at the 1994 World Athletic Championships for Disabled in Berlin, as a Sport Coordinator at the 1996 Paralympic Summer Games, and as the Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano.

In the last 12 years, Patrick has made the greatest impact with the CPC as he presided over Canada’s best-ever finishes at Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and he successfully expanded CPC’s role from Games to a Movement based organization. Jarvis was one of the 13 members on the IOC Evaluation Commission mandated to analyze bids and perform site inspections of the five candidate cities of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. In March 2005, he received the 2004 Leadership Award at the 32nd Annual Canadian Sport Awards to recognize his outstanding contribution as a sport leader. Patrick has been appointed by the IOC/IPC to serve on the London 2012 Games Coordination Committee.

In his ‘other’ life, Jarvis is a Certified Engineering Technologist with a degree in Education. He is the owner of Amarok Training Services, a technical training firm specializing in job performance management, providing consulting, facilitation and training delivery services.

Induction year: 2011

Senator Fairbairn represented the Government of Canada at the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games. While at those Games she learned that there might not be enough money to send a team to next Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. To help remedy this situation, Senator Fairburn founded a group, “Friends of the Paralympics”, to raise money for the Canadian Paralympic Committee and its athletes. This group became a strong political and fundraising voice for the Canadian Paralympic Movement. Following the Sydney Games in 2000, she helped found the Canadian Paralympic Foundation and became its Chair, with a goal to ensure long-term financial support for Paralympic athletes and the CPC.

During her distinguished career, Senator Fairbairn has been a noted journalist, senior legislative advisor to Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and the first woman to be named Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Sports

​A pediatric rehabilitation physiotherapist, Dunn’s 40-year involvement in sport has mirrored the progress of athletes with a disability in Canada. Originally from Ogema, Sask., Dunn attended the University of Alberta where she began her involvement with the Alberta Wheelchair Sports, Alberta Amputee Sports and the Edmonton Paralympic Sports Association. She was the one of the founding members of the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association and the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association.

In the 1990s Dunn was instrumental in the movement to allow swimmers with a disability to be integrated within national and provincial associations. She is also known for helping develop the classification system in swimming, which now serves as the international model.

“Janet Dunn has an outstanding record of working vigorously to build youth participation in swimming, the development of the international Paralympic movement, and competitive sporting opportunities for children and athletes with disabilities,” said Paralympic wheelchair racer Robert Easton. “Her leadership, perseverance and dedication over decades have resulted in Canada being recognized as a world leader in developing swimmers with a disability.”

Dunn was a coach on Canada’s Paralympic teams in 1984, 1988 and 2012 in wheelchair athletics and swimming. She has been Swimming Canada’s National Development Para-Swimming Coach since 2009, helping athletes prepare for London 2012 and Rio 2016.

A graduate in physiotherapy from the University of Alberta, Dunn was inducted into the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, made an Honorary Life Member of the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association in 1989, honoured by the Province of Alberta in 1987 and 2005 and has earned numerous City of Edmonton awards. She is now based in Victoria, B.C.

Induction year: 2013
Sport: Wrestling, goalball, judo, athletics

​John Howe has been a trailblazer for five decades for athletes with a visual impairment. He is a founding member of the Canadian Blind Sports Association and was involved in the development of numerous sports for athletes with a visual impairment.

Howe coached visually impaired athletes at three Paralympic Games, two World Championships, three U.S. Nationals, 10 Canadian Championships and Paralympic trials, and the Ontario Summer Games between 1975 and 2011. Many of his high school athletes were successful at the Paralympic level, including Jacques Pilon, Eric Lambier, Pier Morten, Bill Morgan and Jason Dunkerley.

“I have seen many coaches in my career, and John is one of the few who has the ability to be firm when needed, but always gives encouragement for the athletes to focus and achieve a higher standard,” said Ted Beare, former sports editor for the Brantford Expositor. “He is well liked and respected by his athletes, and because of this they always strive to do their best.”

After graduating from teachers college in 1966, Howe was hired as physical education teacher at the Ontario School for the Blind, now the W. Ross Macdonald School for Students who are Visually Impaired, Blind and Deafblind, in Brantford, Ont. In his first year, he introduced his students to wrestling and had them competing against local high schools. The second year he formed a high school cross country team where his athletes also competed with local schools. After observing the first World Games for the Physically Disabled in Stoke Mandeville, England in 1974, he introduced goalball at the first Canadian Games for the Physically Disabled in 1976, and promoted its development provincially and nationally.

Howe has served on numerous committees provincially and nationally to assist in the organization of sports for blind and visually impaired athletes, and has run workshops and written articles to promote sports for blind and visually impaired children and adults.

He has received several awards including the Certificate of Appreciation for the Development of Disabled Sport in 2005, the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Blind Sports Association in 1980, and the 25-year Award for Volunteer Service from the Ontario Blind Sports Association.

Inducted in 2015   

Audrey Strom (Winnipeg, Man.) blind sports: As the first Chairperson of Swimming for the Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA), as well as the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) in the early 1980s, Strom worked to ensure that innovative rule changes for blind swimmers, such as tapping, were instilled in the ISBA and later the International Paralympic Committee swimming rules. Integration of blind swimmers was possible in Canada due to the rule modifications and coaching materials developed by Strom, whose work has helped shape where we are today in para-swimming.

Inducted in 2015    

Gary McPherson (Edmonton, Alta.) wheelchair sports: McPherson spent more than 20 years in wheelchair sports administration, including eight years as president of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA), prior to which he acted as the association’s general manager. While general manager for the Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball team, it became the first Canadian team to qualify for the final four of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Inducted in 2015

Dr. Donald Royer (Sherbrooke, Que.) multi-sports: For over 40 years, Royer has been a tireless advocate of athletes with a disability as a coach, referee, researcher, team leader, judge, board member, administrator and federation delegate in the sports of wheelchair basketball, athletics and powerlifting. He served as a team manager or team leader at 13 Paralympic Games. Royer has also conducted many international clinics and training camps, introducing wheelchair sports to countries around the world.

Inducted: 2017

A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, and a mother of four, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough is a champion in her commitment to addressing inequality and diversity.

The current Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Delta, B.C. has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Qualtrough has been visually impaired since birth.

Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, she has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Qualtrough was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, she won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals in swimming.

Qualtrough has degrees in political science from the University of Ottawa and law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Qualtrough was honored with International Women’s Day recognition by the International Paralympic Committee in 2016.

Inducted: 2017

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.

Inducted: 2017

Maureen Orchard (Winnipeg, Man.) has revolutionized the sport of wheelchair basketball at home and abroad. She brings more than 30 years of experience and dedication to the sport.

Currently the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) secretary general, Orchard began volunteering in wheelchair sports in 1985 as treasurer of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA). She was a key player in the establishment of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association (CWBA) – now Wheelchair Basketball Canada – in 1993. She served as President of the CWBA from 1993-1998 and was inducted into the CWBA Hall of Fame as a builder in 1998.

In 1991, Orchard became involved with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF). She has been a key player in the organization and delivery of major international wheelchair basketball, has served on numerous boards and committees and received numerous awards and recognition.

Orchard also assisted the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Classification Commission with the development of a new Player Classification and Identity Card System introduced at the 1996 Paralympic Games. Orchard designed the database, which is still in use today, and worked alongside Don Perriman to ensure it was accessible to all individuals interested in wheelchair basketball.

With her vision and leadership, Orchard spearheaded the introduction of age-specific IWBF World Championships for both junior men and junior women. The inaugural Men’s U23 World Championship was hosted in Toronto in 1997. The first Women’s U25 World Championship took place in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2011.

Orchard was inducted in the builder category to the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sport has always been a part of Kathy Newman’s life, providing many opportunities for personal growth and for sharing her passion for sport with others. She has worked tirelessly for more than three decades to increase the awareness of athletes with a disability worldwide, and wheelchair sport in Canada would not be the same without her.

A recognized leader in sport for athletes with a disability nationally and internationally, she was the executive director for BC Wheelchair Sports Association for 25 years where she brought a visionary and innovative approach to marketing and fundraising, event planning, strategic planning, governance management and policy development.

Among her many accomplishments is being instrumental in bringing a number of groundbreaking events to Canada including the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships. The wheelchair rugby worlds, for which she was co-chair, set records in attendance and merchandise sales at the time and also brought webcasting to its fans. It is still considered one of the most successful and highest quality international wheelchair rugby events ever hosted.

She also was a key leader in organizing the 2004 Canada Cup, the international wheelchair rugby tournament which features eight of the top teams in the world. The tournament is still played today, every two years, and is a highly-anticipated event on the calendar.

Her efforts and influence also helped establish the Bridging the Gap program, which introduces people with disabilities to wheelchair sports like basketball, tennis, and rugby. It started in her home province of B.C. and was then expanded across the country. The program has introduced so many people to Para sport, including athletes who would ultimately become Paralympians.

Newman has been aptly recognized in the Canadian sporting community many times for her significant contributions.

In 2006, she was named to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity’s (CAAWS) Women of Influence list. She was also awarded the “In Her Footsteps” award, which recognizes significant contributions by women to girls and women in sport in 2010.

In 2012, Newman received the Daryl Thompson Award for lifetime achievement thanks to her more than 30 years of leadership and advocacy in disability sport. Sport BC presents the award annually to a British Columbian who has contributed to sport in an extraordinary way over an extended period of time. Past winners include Rick Hansen (1986) and Terry Fox (1980).

Coaches B.C. also offers the Kathy Newman Adaptive Sport Coach Grant to assist with the education, professional development, training and/or certification of coaches who work with athletes with disabilities.

A thoroughly respected leader and administrator, Newman’s influence on the development of Para sport hits all regions – local, provincial, national, and international. She has tirelessly worked to make sport more accessible for people with disabilities, and her involvement – whether it be developing or enhancing programming, hosting events, recruiting new athletes, advocating for more resources, or a number of other contributions – has had an immeasurable impact on the Paralympic Movement in Canada.

Newman remains a member of the Board of Directors of both Wheelchair Rugby Canada and Wheelchair Basketball Canada today, and is also the chair of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation’s Competitions Committee.

Inductees are featured in the Olympic and Paralympic Gallery Exhibit at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada’s Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.