(Gordon and Barbara Drummond, are pictured in the Town of Peace River Council Chambers after receiving the Award of Excellence in Employment on Monday December 12, 2016.)

Leading By Example

Local business owners honoured for improving accessibility for their employees.

During a ceremony at Town Hall on December 12  Gordon and Barbara Drummond were given the Premier’s Council Award of Excellence in Employment. They won for the advocacy work they have done for Peace River’s disability community and their families. They are well-known for their generosity and commitment, particularly for people with developmental disabilities.

For many years Gordon and Barbara have provided a wide range of supports and initiative that contribute to an inclusive community for persons with disabilities and their families in the Peace River region.

Gordon, a former teacher, is committed to advocating on opportunity and equal treatment, inclusion and the celebration of individuality. Gordon is an avid cyclist who rides to raise funds and awareness for kids with Cancer. In 2009 he rode across Canada.

Barbara has been actively involved in engaging with provincial government leaders regarding employment initiatives for adults with disabilities.

Barbara and Gordon sponsor several soccer teams, and of course, they donate plenty of coffee and doughnuts. They also support school and soccer programs in their community by providing fundraising and mentoring supports.

As Tim Horton’s owners, Gordon and Barbara employ several individuals with disabilities and support them in reaching their full potential. Gordon and Barbara have made accommodations to their storefront schedule and workplace policies to respond to what their employees with disabilities need to be included and successful in their roles.

Gordon and Barbara are leaders in their community and are modeling the way for inclusion.

About the Award

These awards recognize Albertans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive changes that create inclusive, barrier-free communities where persons with disabilities can fully participate. The awards are: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award, the Marlin Styner Achievement Award and Awards of Excellence in Education, Employment, Community and Public Awareness. [More Info]