T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award

T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.

In memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy's values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.

Award Criteria | About T. Roy Adams

2018 Winner: James Rennie

Tom Rankin, recipient of the 2017 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with Regional Chair Alan Caslin

James Rennie, recipient of the 2018 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with City of St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, Regional Councillor Tim Rigby and Regional Chair Alan Caslin

James Rennie has made a tremendous contribution to increase the quality of life and autonomy of people with physical limitations. The impact of the devices he has created and constructed has benefitted many individuals in Niagara.

  • He has volunteered with the Tetra Society Hamilton-Halton-Niagara Chapter since 2008 to help people with disabilities achieve an independent and fulfilling life by designing and constructing personalized assistive devices
  • James understands that the simplest device can change one individual's ability and life. The projects he has worked on range from simple daily living skills to vocational and recreational.
  • James has contributed his creative designs and constructive skills to 24 projects which amount to over 1500 hours of volunteer service
  • Two types of projects that have become universally beneficial to many organizations and individuals are:
    • Accessible Cribs that assist individuals who are confined to a wheelchair to independently look after their child
    • Bocce Ball Launchers, for Brock Niagara Penguins, BCM International Canada (Handi-Camp) and Heartland Forest to provide a mechanism for individuals that previously could not participate in the sport
  • Other projects for individuals in Niagara include ramping systems and platforms for home access, a modified scooter seat, personalized trays for eating and working, camera mounts for wheelchairs and a footrest for a racing wheelchair

The impact of the devices he has created and constructed has benefitted many individuals in the Niagara region.

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