“Glenda Tennyson has made it her life’s work to fight for the rights of people with disabilities,” Andria Spindel, CEO, Ontario March of Dimes, said. “Glenda, who contracted polio in childhood, continues to be a dedicated and outspoken advocate for disabled members of the community. While raising public awareness of the needs in the community, she has succeeded in breaking down many barriers in the areas of education, housing and transportation.” Glenda Tennyson, along with 18 other recipients, was presented with the award at a Queen’s Park ceremony on June 26 by the Honourable Hilary M. Weston, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Citizenship, Culture and Recreation Minister Helen Johns.
“Every one of today’s award recipients has gone far beyond the simple call of duty,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “Your concerted efforts to help others have made a real difference to your community and to the quality of life in this province. You share a common desire to make the world around you a better, fairer and more accessible place for all.”
The award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have spearheaded widespread changes in the areas of access, services, supports and rights for persons with disabilities in communities across Ontario.
“It is an honour to receive this award,” Glenda Tennyson said. “I have made so many friends and have learned so much as a volunteer. It is so gratifying to assist Ontario March of Dimes, such a valuable organization which treats its volunteers so wonderfully.”
Glenda Tennyson contributed her expertise to the Ontario March of Dimes’ Scott Street Advisory Committee. The committee coordinated
the pooling of resources by Ontario March of Dimes Niagara Housing Authority and the Ministry of Health to retrofit an apartment complex and provide 10 accessible units to persons with physical disabilities. In 1999, Glenda Tennyson took on the leadership of Ontario March of Dimes’ Niagara DesignAbility Committee. DesignAbility matches volunteer designers and inventors with people with disabilities who require devices that are not commercially available.
“Glenda’s commitment to ensure barrier-free design of services and public facilities in her community is inspirational,” Jocelyne Gagne, Regional Director, Ontario March of Dimes, said. “She is tireless in pursuing change and influencing businesses and local politicians to make buildings accessible to persons with physical disabilities.”
In 1999, Glenda also joined the Ontario March of Dimes Provincial Board of Directors and assumed responsibility as the Chairperson
of Ontario March of Dimes’ Post-Polio Chapters across Ontario. Currently, Glenda is Vice Chair of the Ontario March of Dimes Regional Advisory Committee South Region.