Accessibility Award Winners

Once a year, for the past fifteen years, MACAI has asked the people of our communities to identify and nominate businesses, organizations and individuals that have made a difference in our community, specifically in the lives of the individuals living with diverse abilities. The following individuals and organizations are our 2018 recipients:

2018 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Universal / Architectural Access

  • Pitt Meadows Arena - Nustadia

Leisure and Recreation

  • Bev Schmahmann – Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
  • Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre

Customer Service

  • Linda Begg – Dollar Tree Store
  • Jeanne Greene – Sales Representative with Reitman’s Clothing store
  • Phil Brian, Town Square Cobbler
  • Heather Treleaven, Coordinator Seniors Network


  • Discovery Daycare Staff
  • Tanya Baulne, Starbucks, Pitt Meadows 


  • Elena Di Giovanni, District helping Teacher, Learning Services Department, School District 42


  • The Salvation Army
  • Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program
  • Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Kidsport Chapter

2017 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Universal / Architectural Access

  • Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears
  • Sunwood Retirement Residence

Leisure and Recreation

  • Jessica Apedaile and Renuka Precanin, Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre

Customer Service

  • Paula Balascak, Save on Foods
  • Kathy Lane, Canadian Tire
  • Reitmans Clothing Store staff

Volunteer and Employment

  • Samantha Ryder, Fresh Ideas & Solutions
  • Gail Finnson, Ridge Meadows Community Living

Citizen Champions

  • Norm Seifried

2016 Accessibility & Inclusiveness Award Winners

Leisure and Recreation

  • Maple Ridge Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary

Volunteer AND Employment

  • Work BC - Employment Ready Transition Program

Citizen Champions

  • Laurie M - School District 42
  • Lorie O - Community Member
  • Carly F - Constituency Assistant
  • Age Friendly Initiative - Member at Large Steering Committee (Sheila P, Bernice R, Bob F, Carole G, Fran P)

Community recognition

  • Kevin P - Advocate