Each year, Parkinson Canada accepts nominations for four national awards to celebrate the dedication, leadership and generosity of extraordinary volunteers who share our vision of a better life with a brighter future for Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. Descriptions of the awards are below.

Parkinson Canada is grateful to those individuals who took the initiative and time to recognize their Parkinson’s colleagues and friends with a nomination for the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal award in 2012. We are pleased to acknowledge the 60 recipients who have been honoured for their work and service in the field of Parkinson’s disease.

David Simmonds Award • This award honours the unique contribution and charisma of David Simmonds, the chairman of PSC from 1999 to 2001, who through his exceptional vision, leadership and negotiation skills, perseverance and commitment, redefined and strengthened the voice of those living with Parkinson’s in Canada. The recipient of this award will be someone who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills which have resulted in a significant contribution to the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

Dr. Morton Shulman Award • This award is intended for an individual or organization that, through fearless advocacy and an ability to make change, has made life better for Canadians with Parkinson’s and their families. Exemplifying the creativity, energy and tenacity of the late Morton Shulman to influence and make a difference in the face of adversity is a key attribute of all those recognized by this award.

Spirit of Philanthropy Award • This award honours outstanding volunteer leadership in raising funds for and awareness of Parkinson’s disease in Canada.  The recipient of the award will  exemplify the spirit of giving through the sharing of resources, time, and expertise to achieve a higher level of volunteerism and philanthropy.    Individual attributes include generosity of spirit, passion for Parkinson Canada’s mission, and the ability to influence and engage others in  increasing donations.