Canadian Disability Hall of Fame


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 Sixth Annual Hall of Fame Induction

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall
Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles H. Tator, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
11:45 am - Reception 12 noon - Lunch

Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees 

Bradley Bowden
Bradley BowdenAthlete
Ontarian Bradley Bowden is one of the few Paralympic athletes to win Paralympic gold in both the summer and winter Games. A force for Team Canada in para ice hockey, he has competed in four Winter Paralympic Games, capturing gold in Torino 2006, coming fourth in Vancouver 2010, and winning bronze in Sochi 2014 and silver in PyeongChang 2018. He also played wheelchair basketball at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, where Canada won gold. When off the ice, Bradley, who lives with sacral agenesis, gives back to the community through his work for “All Sports All People,” a non-profit that creates inclusive sports programs in and around Simcoe County
Brian MacPherson
Brian MacPhersonBuilder
Brian has demonstrated a life-long commitment to enriching the lives of Canadians with disabilities through sport. Both as a volunteer and in his various professional roles, he has consistently sought to ensure that inclusive and accessible programs exist for anyone who wants to participate in sport. Since 2011, Brian has served as CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada. Previously, he spent 8 years as CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The list of sport-themed events, programs and services Brian has helped create or advance on behalf of people with disabilities includes the Soldier On Program, Rolling Rampage on the Hill, Parasport Equipment Fund and Paralympic Sport Schools Program.
Richard Peter
Richard PeterAthlete
Richard has been using a wheelchair since age four, when he was injured in a bus accident. His friends know him by the nickname “Bear,” which reflects not only his physique and competitive nature, but also the size of his heart. At 15, he took up wheelchair basketball and went to play professionally for 18 years, retiring in 2012. His athletic accomplishments include Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004, Paralympic silver in 2008 and a third Paralympic gold in 2012. Peter is recognized for his leadership skills on and off the court. A member of the Cowichan Tribes in British Columbia, he focuses on giving back to his community and mentoring youth with disabilities.
Tracy Schmitt
Tracy SchmittAchiever
Tracy was born a four-way amputee, but she’s never let that prevent her from achieving the many high-level goals she’s set for herself. Unstoppable Tracy, as she’s known, has climbed mountains in Nepal, captained tall ships in the Atlantic Ocean, dived on wrecks in the St. Lawrence River and won a bronze medal in alpine downhill para skiing at the Ontario ParaSport Games. She’s also worked in corporate leadership roles, served as a board member on the AODA Transportation Standards Committee and was manager of planning and integration for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto. Tracy also regularly devotes time to humanitarian causes and volunteer work in support of people with disabilities.

Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2019 Photos  

Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2011 video


Her Excellency
the Right Honourable
Julie Payette
Governor General
and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
OC, OOnt
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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, Program Analyst
Ministry of Community and Social Services

The Hon. Con Di Nino
Former Senator

John Downing, Former Editor
Toronto Sun

Dr. Arlette Lefebvre, Psychiatrist
The Hospital for Sick Children

Debbie Low, CEO
Canadian Sports Institute Ontario

Dr. Jamie MacDougall, Psychologist
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf

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

Joanne Smith
Fruitful Elements

Jeff Tiessen, President
Disability Today Publishing Group

Mark Wafer, President
Megleen Inc.