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The Honourable Yonah Martin (Congratulations on 2016 King Clancy Award)

 

Honourable senators, please join me in recognizing our colleague Senator Yonah Martin as one of three Canadians receiving the 2016 King Clancy Awards, presented annually in recognition of outstanding personal achievement and important contributions in support of Canadians living with disabilities.

In addition to Luke Anderson and Warren Jestin, Senator Martin received this important award last week, on February 6, from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. These annual awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of people with disabilities, as well as those who have made important contributions on their behalf.

Since her appointment to the Senate in 2009, Senator Martin has frequently supported initiatives directly relevant to persons with disabilities.

Active in the Paralympics, Senator Martin provided assistance to the Korean Paralympic team during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and she was appointed honorary adviser to the Korean Paralympic Committee in recognition of her support.

Since 2012, Senator Martin has co-chaired, with our own Senator Munson, the Rolling Rampage on the Hill, an annual event on Parliament Hill aimed at promoting the sport of wheelchair racing and showcasing Canada's elite wheelchair athletes.

In 2015, Senator Martin brought forward a unanimously adopted Senate motion, along with Senator Jim Munson, to recognize June as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month. Senator Martin is a champion of the values of diversity and inclusivity: values that are central to the lives of persons with disabilities. The King Clancy Awards celebrate the ability and remarkable power of the human spirit.

Honourable senators, please join me in congratulating the Honourable Yonah Martin, a dedicated Canadian, on receiving this award.