SOFF celebrating inclusion through innovation with inaugural awards


Award recipients will be honoured at BACI Ball
Monday September 26, 2011 — Ryan Rogers

This November at the BACI Ball, the Sharing Our Future Foundation (SOFF) will be celebrating diversity, innovation, equality and accessibility in Burnaby with the inaugural presentation of the Inclusion through Innovations Awards.

“At BACI our primary goal is to advance the inclusion of people of all abilities, whether it’s economic, social, recreational inclusion in all aspects of society,” says senior manager of communications and resource development for the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) Carol Broomhall.

There are two award categories, one for an individual and another for an organization, which have used social innovation strategies to advance the inclusion of people of all abilities in Burnaby.

“It’s not only important to celebrate the good work being done, but to hold it up as an inspiration and a model for others who may not have thought of the possibilities for creating opportunities for people of different abilities in the workplace or in other areas of our community,” adds Carol.

Executive director Richard Faucher adds that collaboration is essential to making meaningful positive social change.

“To solve our social problems we’ll need to collaborate, and not just in the social service sector. We need to expand and bring everybody to the table and talk about inclusion in a different way,” says Richard.

“We work in a city that has identified inclusion as a pillar in the social sustainability plan, so having an award about inclusion at a time when inclusion has become important is timely.

“Everybody has a role to play in this, so we’re hoping that opening this up a bit will lead to that.”

Everyone is encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations who are supporting the advancement of inclusion in innovative ways.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 14, and the nomination form can be found by clicking this link.

Nominees may have had an impact on accessibility to employment and business opportunities, improved access to educational, social and recreational opportunities, and/or an increased availability of more social housing for people of all abilities.

The winners will be selected by the SOFF board based on the impact, scope and method of the innovations applied to create an inclusive community.

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