Celebrating our Hamilton Community
It was a fantastic night because of the people who came together. We celebrated the strong Hamilton community at the beautiful Waterfront Banquet and Conference Centre, looking onto Lake Ontario on a warm and rainy June 20. It was the 13th year we hosted an event to honour our community at this venue – a relationship that reflects the longevity, respect and connection among all our partners. You could feel the positive energy in the room as SCIO volunteers, staff, clients, health care professionals, corporate partners, family and friends talked, laughed and shared. We are grateful for the good turnout from our friends at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and all those who took the time to celebrate the work we do together, spearheaded by SCIO’s Peer Support Co-ordinator Ron Rattie and Regional Services Co-ordinator Rob Murphy.
Great thanks to our warm and personable MC for the evening, HHS physiotherapist Diana Herrington, who kept the show moving and the laughs coming. Our keynote speaker, educator Kristy Luker, spoke from the heart about the journey she and her husband Gary have been on since he sustained an SCI six days before their wedding. There were nodding heads, as so many people with SCI and family and friends in the audience could relate to every word. As Kristy said “no two experiences are the same” for people with SCI or their families, but it was clear there are common bonds and shared emotions.
Congratulations to the deserving award recipients of the evening, whose contributions have been outstanding and who have helped make the Hamilton community as powerful and effective as it is:
- Matt Sagan, Hamilton Peer Support Volunteer of the Year
- Ann Hammer, Hamilton Health Care Professional of the Year
- Anne-Marie Covello-Baxter, Hamilton Community Partner of the Year
We could not have hosted the evening without our generous sponsors. Thanks and appreciation to:
- Wright Rehab, Reception Sponsor
- CathetersPlus, Dessert Sponsor
- Alert / Best, Community Sponsor
- Coloplast and Hollister, Preferred Medical Suppliers Sponsor
- IBC, Premier Provincial Partner
Special thanks to our kind volunteer photographer, Caitlyn Spero.