Mel Hebb Awards

About

The Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award

The Hourglass Action Awards were launched in 1992 during National Access Awareness Week. That year, an hourglass symbolized the spirit of timely action the awards recognize.

In 2000, the name of the Award was changed to the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards in honour of Mr. Melbourne Hebb, (‘Wheels to Victory, The Mel Hebb Story’), a former awards committee chair. Hebb, who passed away in October 1999, was the personification of dedicated action.

To find out more about Mel Hebbs Hourglass Action Award, please visit https://www.aawns.ca/mel-hebb-awards

About

The Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award

The Hourglass Action Awards were launched in 1992 during National Access Awareness Week. That year, an hourglass symbolized the spirit of timely action the awards recognize.

In 2000, the name of the Award was changed to the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards in honour of Mr. Melbourne Hebb, (‘Wheels to Victory, The Mel Hebb Story’), a former awards committee chair. Hebb, who passed away in October 1999, was the personification of dedicated action.

Taylah Carvery presenting Community Action Award to Region of Queens Municipality (2023)
Taylah Carvey presenting Encore Award to John Smith (2023)
Taylah Carvey presenting Encore Award to John Smith (2023)
Taylah Carvery presenting Encore Award to Kendall Worth (2023)

Awards List

Open for Awards Nominations

Community Action Award: To recognize communities and municipalities dedicated to increasing opportunities for persons with disabilities in their area. This includes recreation opportunities, inclusive education, and employment opportunities, or other initiatives that lead to the full participation of persons with disabilities.  PAANS regrets that improvements to accessibility that are mandated by the Accessibility Act cannot be considered for these awards. 

Exceptional Service Award: To recognize an organization, or a member of an organization, that has gone beyond their mandate in service to persons with disabilities. 

Encore Award: To recognize a person with a disability who has significantly contributed to the community. 

Access Award: To recognize an individual, business, or group without a mandate to serve persons with disabilities, that has worked to improve access to facilities or services that increase opportunities and access for persons with disabilities, including within education, employment, recreation, or other areas of life. PAANS regrets that improvements to accessibility that are mandated by the building code cannot be considered for these awards. 

Andre McConnell Award: To recognize an individual who, has gone above and beyond their duties as a provincial, municipal, or federal public servant and has demonstrated:  

  1. A Commitment to person centered service – always putting the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities first; and  
  2. True dedication to supporting persons with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.  

Youth Champion Award: To recognize a youth with a disability (Grade 6 – 12) who has significantly contributed to raising awareness of disability issues and championing accessibility.

Do you know anyone who reflects the values and actions of one of the awards? Nominations are open!

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Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award Winners

Check out all our recipients for the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards below from 2012 to 2023. Each tab represents the year of winners.

Community Action Award

Region of Queens Municipality  

Exceptional Service Award

Joanne Bernard, President and CEO of Easter Seals Nova Scotia 

Encore Award

John Smith

Encore Award

Kendall Worth 

Access Award

Clifford Emberley, Owner of Pair-A-Dice Bistro 

Andre McConnell Award

Robert Sealby, Vice-Chair of the Village of Greenwood Commission 

Youth Champion Award

Owen Long

Exceptional Service Award Winner 

East Coast Credit Union Inc.

​​Encore Award Winner

Sheila Livingstone

​Encore Award Winner

Beth MacLean

Encore Award Winner

Joey Delaney

Access Award Winner

C.H.A.D Transportation, Danny McGillvray

Community Action Award 

Port Morien Wildlife Association, Jeff McNeil & Stan Peach 

Exceptional Service Award 

Cynthia Carrol, Executive Director, Autism Nova Scotia

Access Award 

Chrysalis House, Ginger McPhee, Executive Director 

​Andre McConnell Award 

Maria Medioli, Executive Director, Disability Support Programs, Dept. of Community Services

Community Action Award

Town of Wolfville

Exceptional Service Award – Individual

Veronica Dale, Easter Seals

Exceptional Service Award – Organization

TEAM Work Cooperative 

Access Award

Sobeys

Andre McConnell Award

Anne MacRae

Community Action Award – Recreation

Maskwa Aquatic Club PaddleAll and Paracanoe Program

Community Action Award – Education

Nova Scotia Community College

Exceptional Service Award

Dr. Brian Hennen

Exceptional Service Award

Faye Joudrey

Encore Award

Claredon Robicheau (Posthumously) – Accepted by Gerry Post

Access Award

Ambassatours/Dennis Campbell

Exceptional Service Award

Disabled Persons Commission

Encore Award

Brian Tapper

Access Award

Bill 59 Alliance

Andre McConnell Award

HRM Mayor Mike Savage

Exceptional Service Award

Louise Gillis

Encore Award

Scott Jones

Encore Award

Chase Valiant

Access Award

The Prince George Hotel

Andre McConnell Award

Anne Black

Exceptional Service Award

Amanda McCulloch

Exceptional Service Award

Simon McFayden

Encore Award

Will Brewer

Encore Award

Victoria Levack

Access Award

Jim Smithson

Access Award

Jen Briand

Andre McConnell Award

Damion Stapledon

Community Action Award

Take Action Society 

Community Action Award

Walmart, Bedford Commons  

Exceptional Service Award

Ben Marston

Andre McConnell Award

Mike Townsend  

Community Action Award

Gail Gardiner

Exceptional Service Award

Nova Scotia Community College  

Encore Award

Wayne MacNaughton

Access Award

Stella Lord  

Andre McConnell Award

Kevin Penny  

Community Action Award

The Club 

Exceptional Service Award

Red Cap Restaurant Female Bantam “A” Mariner’s Hockey Team 

Encore Award

Rilla McLean 

Access Award

Renee Forrestall 

Andre McConnell Award

Ronnie LeBlanc   

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