Congratulations to Isabel Ward of Ingersoll, Ontario, who was recently awarded Parkinson Society Canada’s volunteer honour, the David Simmonds Parkinson’s Leadership Award.
A devoted volunteer with Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario and Parkinson Society Canada, Isabel has given a tremendous amount of time and energy to the Parkinson’s cause.
“Isabel Ward is a tireless volunteer and advocate for Parkinson’s. She is an excellent example of sharing knowledge, expertise and wisdom. A true leader, Isabel is devoted to making the world a better place for Canadians living with Parkinson’s. We are delighted to celebrate her volunteer contributions,” said Joyce Gordon, CEO of Parkinson Society Canada.
Isabel’s dedication to the Parkinson’s community is reflected in her own words “Get involved. Give back. Make a difference.”
She began volunteering for Parkinson Society Canada and Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario after her husband Allan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When she retired from her career as a secondary school teacher, she quickly increased her volunteer involvement.
An active fundraiser, Isabel has been involved in several campaigns to raise funds for Parkinson’s research and support services in Canada. As facilitator of the Woodstock Parkinson’s Support Group, she provides information and support to people with Parkinson’s and their families.
Among her many contributions as a volunteer, Isabel has served as Chair of the Advisory Board of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (2001-2011) and as a member of Parkinson Society Canada’s Board of Directors (2000-2006). Many committees, such as the Ontario Advocacy Committee and the National Support Services Committee, benefited from her leadership skills.
“Isabel continues to be a source of inspiration and a role model for many of us who are fighting hard to create a better world for those living with Parkinson’s,” said David J. Lipson, former member of the Board of Parkinson Society Canada and Advisory Board of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.
The David Simmonds Parkinson’s Leadership Award honours the contributions and charisma of David Simmonds, past Chair of Parkinson Society Canada (1999-2001) who, through his exceptional vision, leadership, negotiation skills, perseverance and commitment, redefined and strengthened the voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s.