Civil Rights Now’s Award-Winning Executive Director


In honour of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd, Access is pleased and proud to announce our Sixth Annual Access A+ Awards. 

Our stellar award winners for 2011 are: Vancouver based disability activist Paul Caune, Victoria author Graeme McCreath, University of Victoria professor
Dr. Audrey Yap and University of Victoria students Tanja Given and Erin Lacharity. 

Access A+ Award for Excellence in Advocacy: Paul Caune, Executive Director of Civil Rights Now, Vancouver, BC. 

Access A+ Award for Excellence in Accessibility & Accommodation: Dr. Audrey Yap, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria. 

Access A+ Award for Achievement: Graeme McCreath, blind physiotherapist and author of “The Politics of Blindness; from Charity to Parity.”  

Access A+ Award for Courage in Advocacy:

Blind student advocate Erin Lacharity, University of Victoria. 

Access A+ Newbie Award for Outstanding Enthusiasm & Commitment: Tanja Guven, University of Victoria student and newest member of the Access UVic! Board. 

I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Access Society of Disabled Students (Access Uvic) A+ Award for Excellence in Advocacy.  

I accept this reward on behalf of the Civil Rights Now! team, who deserve all the credit for any excellence in advocacy I may have accomplished. 

I also need to thank five very special people: Liz Barnett, Executive Director, North Shore Disability Resource Centre; Dr Richard Lupton, Co-Medical Director, Lions Gate Hospital; Dr James Dunne, Medical Director, George Pearson Centre; Dr Joseph Tham and Jan Fisher, the former Director of Client Relations and Risk Management, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. 

Your encouragement during some of the darkest times in my life made me the advocate I am today. 

–Paul Caune, Executive Director,Civil Rights Now!