Help us Recognize our volunteers...

Each year CADS recognizes those members and volunteers who have contributed in many and varied ways in the promotion and development of Adaptive Snowsports in Canada. Download the nomination form here. Deadline for submission is February 22, 2017

2016 Winners

Karl Hilzinger Award Recipients / CADS Lifetime Members

This award is given to the person who has given exceptional service to CADS and to their division/program/club for a number of years.
2017 Jamie Spencer
2016Murray Bedel
2015Bernie Simpson
2014Bruce Lebans
2013Clay Dawdy
2012Rick McColl
2011Tom Abernethy
2010Bob Gilmour
2009Bruce Meredith
2008Tony Crook
2007Jimmy Colligan
2006Nip Bradford
2005Ron Prince
2004Marg Tibbo
2003Al Matille
2002Kim Atkins
2001Brian Skrine
2000Gord Temple
1999Bob Vickers
1998John Boucher
1997Henry Wohler
1996Elton Irwin
1995Geoff Hayward
1994Ted Rhodes
1993Gwen Alcock
1992Earl Olson
1991Herb Bradley

Jerry and Annie Johnston inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame on Nov 6, 2013

Click HERE to view a photo from the ceremony and Jerry and Annie’s page from the programme

Jerry and Annie Johnston, Builders Kimberley, British Columbia, husband and wife team Jerry and Annie Johnston played a profoundly influential role in the growth and development of the sport of skiing for people with a disability. As a young ski instructor in Alberta in 1963, Jerry introduced the first program for disabled skiers in Canada and in 1976 he founded the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing where he served for nearly 30 years as executive director with Annie’s dedicated administrative support.

The Canadian Disability Hall of Fame provides permanent recognition of outstanding Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with physical disabilities.

Nominations to the Hall of Fame come from sources across Canada – community groups, private citizens, associations and organizations of and for people with physical disabilities.

Nominees are chosen each year by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Board in the category of Builder, Achiever or Athlete. The inductees are individuals who truly have made a difference – those who have opened doors for people with disabilities in the areas of sports, education, employment or housing.

Al Matile
July 6, 1941 to March 6, 2015

John Allan (Al) Matile Born July 6, 1941 and taken from us March 6, 2015.

A man’s man and a fiercely proud grandfather. He is now skiing untracked powder without a snowboarder in sight.

Survived by his wife Marilyn and three children John (heather), Heather (Dennis) and Eric (Shannon). Grandchildren Justin, Hayden, Rachael, Ryan, Robert, and Rebecca. Sibblings: Geraldine, Elva, Edward, and Sandra. In place of a funeral we will be having a celebration of life sometime in late April.

In lieu of flowers Al’s two favourite charities were the Tom Baker Cancer Centre or the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing national chapter.

“through the valley of death I will fear no evil because I’m the biggest meanest son of a gun in the valley”

Henry Wohler 

1942 – 2015, CADS has lost a Founding Father and a very good friend.

Click Here for memorial information and thoughts from some CADS Members. 

Henry Wohler of the Laurentian Adaptive Snow Sports program was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Metal in 2012 for his dedication to Teaching Disabled

Click HERE to read the full story from the Montreal Gazette.

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