I Am Accessible Award

Each year we invite students to nominate someone they believe has demonstrated outstanding accessibility. The I Am Accessible Award is presented to recognize and celebrate UBCO faculty and staff who exemplify the qualities of an inclusive educational institution.


2019/2020 Awards

Winners to be announced April 2nd




2016/2017 Award Winners

Guests and Nominees – Dr. Cynthia Mathieson, Dr. Janet Kluftinger, Dr. Ben Tippett, Dr. Andrew Irvine, Dr. Daniel Keyes, Dr. Shona Harrison, Ian Cull, Dr. Mark Rheault, Dr. Shirley Hutchinson. Missing Nominees – Dr. Hussein Keshani, Dr. Mercedes Fernandez-Duran, Dr. Carolyn Szostak, Dr. Jan Cioe, Dr. Hugo de Burgos, Eva-Marie Kovacs-Kowalke, Dr. James Bailey, Matthew Rader, Ruthann Lee

Award Categories

The Faculty Award

Presented to an individual who epitomized inclusive education by demonstrating equitable access to learning materials and resources used in the classroom and/or lab, a positive attitude towards diverse learning needs and a good understanding that students may need different things to achieve similar outcomes in the class, and a willingness to be flexible while maintaining academic standards.

The Non-Faculty Award

Presented to an individual who was exceptional in some way that made student(s) feel welcomed and included at UBCO. This may be a staff member from Student Services, Library Services, Residence/Housing, Security, Facilities, Food Services, or any other administrative or support staff member at UBC Okanagan.

Click here to view the Award Criteria.

Award Presentation

Nominators will be notified if your nominee is selected. If successful, you will be invited to present the award (but it is not a requirement).

Cool Arts Society

I Am Accessible Award recipients are each presented with a painting created by an artist from the Cool Arts Society, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing art opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Disability Resource Centre office (UNC 214) has several Cool Arts paintings on display. Stop by for a visit and take a look!

Submit a nomination

Any student affiliated with the DRC can nominate a faculty or staff member to be considered for this award.  Click here for the nomination form: I am Accessible Award for the 2019/2020 school year. The nomination form will remain open until February 14, 2020.