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May 17, 2016

2016 James McGregor Stewart Award

We proudly announce that Clary Stubbert is the winner of the 2016 James McGregor Stewart Award.

In a  ceremony on May 20th, Clary will be presented with a $1000 cheque by Josh Cassidy, world champion wheelchair marathoner.

The Award recognizes leadership, effective advocacy and outstanding personal achievement of a person with a disability.  “The award honours the resolve shown by Stewart”, says Warren Reed, a co-founder of the Society.  “In Clary our selection committee found a person that, like Stewart, leads and excels regardless of barriers”.

Says Anne Camozzi, his nominator: "I nominate John "Clary" Stubbert for the James McGregor Award for his international Paralympic athletic performance and leadership, for his outstanding service to clients as a rehabilitation supplier specialist, and for his advocacy, mentorship, education and support to the disabled all the while living with spina bifida. Clary was my rehab specialist who mentored me and trained me to use both a manual and power wheelchair. His dignity, respect for the whole person, humour and energy to make a person's life better is inspirational. His own personal energy, diligence, and commitment is infectious. His belief in equality and access has made me strive for greater independence and acceptance of my disabilities and advocate and work for others as a leader as he does. I knew nothing of his stellar international, national and provincial achievements in basketball until he humbly spoke to me of starting an Antigonish team. While caring for his many clients spread all over northern Nova Scotia and his aging parents and his own health issues, Clary continues in leadership roles in advocating athletics for the disabled. I can't think of a better candidate for this award."

Stubbert, from Bayfield, Antigonish County, was inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 and played on the national team.

The Award recognizes the spirit of Mr. James McGregor Stewart who overcame many barriers, despite a disability resulting from polio. First in his class at Dalhousie Law School in 1914, he was also President of the Students' Council. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was not successful, due to concerns expressed about his physical condition. Nevertheless, Stewart went on to head a Halifax law firm that became the present day Stewart McKelvey. He was Chairman of Dalhousie's Board of Governors.  In 2000, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of Canada’s ten greatest lawyers.

The Award was established by friends of the Society through the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, an organization that supports philanthropy across the province.

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