Each year, the province of Ontario presents the Community Action Award to people who are dedicated to promoting the acceptance and participation of persons with disabilities in their communities. The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship is committed to promoting the dignity, independence and potential of persons with disabilities in Ontario.
Dave Harshaw, a volunteer with Ontario March of Dimes’ Rental Recycle Equipment Program in Windsor for more than 12 years, has been instrumental in expanding the program to serve many more people with physical disabilities, despite limited budget constraints. He volunteers three to four days a week, maintaining over 400 pieces of equipment. The Rental Recycle Equipment Program provides wheelchairs, crutches, ramps, lifting equipment and other devices on a short-term or long-term basis.
“Dave Harshaw is ready to help out at any time and can fix just about anything, such as manual and electric wheelchairs, scooters, and bath aids, to ensure that all devices continue to be maintained in good condition,” Tim Manley, Regional Director, Ontario March of Dimes, said. “Dave understands the needs of people with physical disabilities because he has had to overcome his own challenges, having cerebral palsy and using a wheelchair himself. He is a kind and generous person and goes out of his way to touch the lives of people with disabilities, by giving them the tools they need and the confidence to fully integrate into the community.
“Through his unique ability to break down barriers, Dave is an inspiration to us all and most deserving of the 2001 Community Action award. Congratulations.”