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Acton receives top inclusion award

By May 5, 2022No Comments
Robin Acton, president of Inclusion Canada, is this year’s recipient of the Bruce Uditsky Award, the most prestigious award presented by Inclusion Alberta. Acton is the past president of Inclusion Alberta and is a committee member on the Rotary Employment Partnership program that promotes the hiring of persons with developmental disabilities in Lloydminster. Photo by Videre Images by Jason Whiting

 

Lloydminster resident Robin Acton is the toast of Inclusion Alberta this spring.

Acton is the recipient of the Bruce Uditsky Leadership Award, the most prestigious award presented by Inclusion Alberta.

The long-time resident is the current president of Inclusion Canada and the past president of Inclusion Alberta.

Inclusion Alberta is a non-profit that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Uditsky award is presented to individuals or groups whose inspirational leadership efforts have made an invaluable and lasting difference to Albertans.

Acton was presented with the award during the virtual 2022 Inclusion Alberta Awards on April 8-9 with accolades for her continuing to trickle in from communication channels.

Inclusion Alberta CEO, Trish Bowman, noted they are fortunate and grateful to have had Acton’s leadership in the inclusion movement.

“Robin’s steadfast commitment to the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities has had life-changing impacts on the many families she has offered support and guidance to over the years,” said Bowman in a recent email.

“Her leadership with Inclusion Alberta, Inclusion Lloydminster and Inclusion Canada has contributed to making important systemic advancements in inclusion in our communities and been an inspiration to countless families on the importance of taking up advocacy for inclusion.”

Acton was on hand at the Russ Robertson Arena in early April when Ulmer Chev dealer, Ross Ulmer, donated $100,000 to Inclusion Canada.

That matched the $100,000 the Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers hockey team donated to Inclusion Lloydminster as the prize for winning the 2022 Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup.

Acton also played an integral role in the forming of the local Rotary Employment Partnership in Lloydminster and sits on the committee as a Rotary Club of Lloydminster member.

Rotary president, Tara Ferguson, says Acton deserves the award for the work she has done and continues to advocate for with regard to creating inclusion for those with developmental disabilities.

“We have seen this first hand in our Rotary club with the work she does with our Rotary Employment Partnership committee,” said Ferguson. 

“The knowledge and insight she is able to bring to this committee had helped lead us to success in furthering inclusion in our own community and creating life-changing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities through our Rotary club’s partnership with Inclusion Lloydminster.

Acton didn’t reply to our request for comment before press time.