Neil Squire Society: Gary Birch Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:43pm EDT

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Dr. Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society has been
appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. Her Excellency the Right
Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced the
latest appointments to the Order of Canada on December 30, 2008. The
Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and service in various
fields of human endeavour. It is our country's highest civilian honour
for lifetime achievement.

    Dr. Gary Birch, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for
his contributions to the development of the Neil Squire Society, an
organization that develops programs, services and assistive technology
for people with physical disabilities, and for his determination and
ingenuity in helping Canadians with disabilities to achieve a higher
quality of life.

    "Dr. Birch has had a profound impact on the lives of so many Canadians.
Today there are over twenty thousand Canadians who are now more fully
participating in our society," said Clay Braziller, Chair of the Neil
Squire Society's Board of Directors. "This does not include the thousands
who everyday use technology developed here, or those who will directly
benefit from the work he is doing to make mobile devices accessible."

    About the Neil Squire Society

    The Neil Squire Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada
that for the past 25 years has used technology, knowledge and passion to
empower Canadians with physical disabilities. The Society has developed
innovative programs and services and some of the world's leading edge
assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. More than
20,000 people with disabilities in Canada have benefited from the work of
the Society. With about fifty staff, the Neil Squire Society has offices
and provides services to Canadian in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa,
Fredericton, and Moncton.

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