Recognizing those who have opened doors for people with disabilities

The 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. Founded by the CFPDP, this public exhibit was officially opened February 11, 1994 at Metro Hall, 55 John St., in downtown Toronto. A rededication ceremony was held there on November 20, 1996 when the exhibit moved to a more visible location. It is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 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.

Twenty Fourth Annual Hall of Fame Induction

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall
Guest Speaker: Paul Clark, President, TD Direct Investing & EVP TD Bank Group
11:45 am - Reception 12 noon - Lunch


Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees 

Marni Abbott-Peter
Marni Abbott-PeterAthlete
A wheelchair-basketball legend, Marnie led Canada’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team to three gold medals and a bronze in her four Paralympic Games appearances (1991,1996, 2000, 2004). She was also the flag-bearer for Team Canada at the opening ceremony of the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games. A native of Vancouver, BC, Marnie retired from elite play in 2004. Since then, she has continued to share her enthusiasm and expertise in wheelchair basketball through volunteering and coaching. Her main focus in coaching is to help develop junior wheelchair basketball athletes. She has also served as an assistant coach with the Canadian senior women’s national team.
Tim Frick
Tim FrickBuilder
Celebrated coach Tim Frick, of Pender Island, BC, molded the national women’s wheelchair basketball team into one of the most dominant squads in the history of Canadian amateur sports. But well before taking the reins of the team, he had already made history as an athletics coach for both Rick Hansen and Terry Fox. Frick led the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team to three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992,1996, 2000) and four World titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006). He helped lay the solid technical foundation on which Canadian wheelchair basketball thrives today. Just as important, he taught his athletes the value of teamwork, both on and off the court.
Terry Kelly,
Terry Kelly,Achiever
Blind since early childhood, this Newfoundland musician has released seven full-length recordings, resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and nominations for four Canadian Country Music Awards and a JUNO. A recipient of the Order of Canada and the King Clancy Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, Terry remains very active in his profession, performing regularly throughout North America and beyond. A strong advocate for social justice, he uses his music to focus attention on the needs of others, particularly the disadvantaged and people with disabilities. Additionally, through his music and public speaking, he encourages young people to strive to reach their full potential in life


Previous hall of fame inductees

Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2016 Highlights  

Click Here for Photos from this years Induction



Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2011 video


His Excellency
the Right Honourable
David L. Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada

Honorary Patrons

The Honourable
Hal Jackman,
Former Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario

The Honourable
David C. Onley,
Former Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario




The Honourable David Crombie

Founding Chair

The Honourable Vim Kochhar

Hall of Fame Selection Board

Cindy Accardi
Exec. Director, Rotary Cheshire Home

The Honourable Con Di Nino

John Downing
Former Editor
Toronto Sun

Dr. Arlette Lefebvre
The Hospital for Sick Children

Debbie Low
President & CEO
Canadian Sport Centre Ontario

Janice Martin
Former Disability Consultant Ministry
of Training, Colleges & Universities

Joanne Smith
Fruitful Elements

Jeff Tiessen
Disability Today Publishing Group