Russell Havill - KACL Honourary Life Member
Under section 3.2.4 of the Association’s bylaws “Honorary Life Membership” may be conferred by the KACL Board of Directors on any person who over the years has made an outstanding contribution to the Association, and who has by his or her support and model, exemplified the high ideals of the Association. The award is not made lightly and in the entire life of the Association the award has only been given out 3 times to Lil Bays, Charlie Strachan, and Bill Grant. This year the Association recognized its 4th Honourary Life Member - Russell Havill.
Russell was first appointed to the Board of the Kenora Association for Community Living in 1993, He has been re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. He was elected 2nd vice President from 1994 to 1998 and Vice President from 2010-11.
He was elected as a Board Member At Large to Community Living from 2003-2005.
He has spear headed numerous campaigns in the Kenora area to have institutions closed, to have ODSP increased and assisted in many other advocacy efforts with local MPP and MPs. He has represented persons with special needs in many committees and organizations including PUSH, and Accessibility Committee and has acted as the voice for many consumers with balance and respect. He has contributed as a volunteer in other organizations for which he has received various certificates of appreciation.
He has been previously recognized by Community Living Ontario when he received the James Montgomerie Honour Award for his strong commitment to promoting inclusion and equality for people with intellectual disabilities
In nominating Russell for this Provincial award Dave Barber, then President of Community Living Ontario indicated,
There is no querstion that Russell has contributed significantly to achieving the Goal of Community Living Ontario and the self-advocacy movement through his work with the Kenora Association for Community Living, the Kenora People First and of course our Community Living Ontario’s Self-Advocacy’s Council
Congratulations Russell Havill - on this well deserved honour.