CCPSA Hall of Fame

Athletes

Berdan, Joanne (nee Bouw)

  • Year Inducted: 2005

Joanne was one of Canada’s finest Paralympic athletes during the 1980s and early 1990s. As a class 37 thrower, she was undefeated and still holds world records today in the shot put, discus and javelin for athletes with cerebral palsy. While attending secondary school, Joanne ignored those who discouraged her from participating and became involved…

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Sauve, Sylvie

  • Year Inducted: 2005

As an athlete, Sylvie Sauvé is known for far more than her excellent performances. Her involvement in the development of sports for people with cerebral palsy in Quebec, as well as her fight for the rights of people with a disability, lead CCPSA to recognize Sylvie as a person who has made her mark in…

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Easton, Robert

  • Year Inducted: 2006

Robert Easton was introduced to wheelchair sports in 1976 and first began with playing wheelchair basketball. In 1977 he took up wheelchair racing and by 1981 was a major force on the international sports scene. He held and improved on every World Record for track & field events in his class for the period from…

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Longhi, Gary

  • Year Inducted: 2006

The life of Montrealer Gary Longhi was turned upside down on August 11, 1983, when he was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 19. He remained in a coma for three months. After a long period of rehabilitation, the native Italian began cycling in 1985. He earned his first Paralympic medal at the Barcelona…

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Willows, Debbie

  • Year Inducted: 2007

From 1981 to 1991, Debbie Willows was a multi-sport athlete who represented Canada numerous times on the world stage. Always a fine competitor, Debbie was involved in several sports – swimming, slalom, wheelchair soccer and boccia. Her first International Boccia event was in 1984 in New York, where she won a bronze medal in the…

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Thomas, Ken

  • Year Inducted: 2008

Ken Thomas of Edmonton, Alberta is probably one of the most dedicated, respected and honoured athletes of the CCPSA. Ken competed in athletics, pushing his wheelchair backward with his feet. His first international competition was in 1981 in New York, where he won a silver medal. He competed internationally for the next thirteen years and…

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Bjarnason, Halldor

  • Year Inducted: 2009

After graduating from high school Halldor attended university in Winnipeg where he earned an honours degree in political science. He then attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his Bachelor of Laws degree. After graduating in 1989 he again faced some challenges in finding a firm that would allow him to article, but…

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Gauthier, Paul

  • Year Inducted: 2019

Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Inducts Four New Members Into Hall of Fame

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Builders

Halicki, Leslie

  • Year Inducted: 2005

Leslie Halicki has been volunteering as an official in the sport of Boccia since 1993. She began her involvement as a minor official, liner and timer at local events in her home province of British Columbia. She received her international referee certification in 1995. She was invited to officiate at the Paralympic Games in Sydney…

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Moore, Terrie

  • Year Inducted: 2005

Terrie Moore was a founding member of the Cerebral Palsy Sports Association of British Columbia (CPSA-BC) in 1979 and Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) in 1982. Originally a PE teacher and swim coach, Terrie changed career paths in 1982 to devote her career to being an advocate for sport for people with disabilities. Her…

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Dunn, Janet

  • Year Inducted: 2006

Educator, creator, coach and mentor all describe Janet’s current and past interaction in sport. Janet’s involvement extends for over 30 years, she is a founding member of both Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports and Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Associations, pioneered the development of a swim program and has worked at all levels of the sport system…

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Giordano, Henri

  • Year Inducted: 2006

In 1983, following a presentation by Lou Legeault (Ontario) to the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association, Henri saw a golden opportunity to start the process of establishing a Canadian sports association for people with cerebral palsy. A few weeks later, he went to Ontario to attend the provincial Games. Two years…

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Wilton, Doug

  • Year Inducted: 2007

In 1985, Doug Wilton was one of the founding members of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association. Prior to the official formation of CCPSA, he worked tirelessly towards the goal of a national organization for many years. After CCPSA was formed, Doug continued to be involved in many aspects of sport for people with disabilities….

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Van Wallegham, Marilyn

  • Year Inducted: 2008

Marilyn Van Wallegham is one of the founders of the CCPSA. Marilyn’s involvement with athletes with cerebral palsy began in the early 1980’s. A member of the Manitoba Cerebral Palsy Association approached her with information she had picked up at a conference in the United States about a new sport organization. Marilyn had already some…

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Cruise, Frannie

  • Year Inducted: 2009

For over thirty years Frannie Cruise has been and continues to be a builder – creating programs to expand the horizons of children and young adults with disabilities. She came to what was known as the Variety Treatment Center in 1976 as a recreational therapist. Working with her colleagues at the center, she developed a…

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Martin, Sharon

  • Year Inducted: 2009

Sharon has been a long time volunteer for athletes with a disability. She was introduced to sport for the disabled through her sister Jackie who also worked in recreation. She began as a sport assistant and then working her way through the ranks as Secretary, vice President and then President of CCPSA. The association held…

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Murray, Thom

  • Year Inducted: 2010

Thom Murray was one of the original founders of CCPSA in 1985. He served as president in 1995 to 2005. Under his capable leadership, Thom led the organization through a transformative stage of development.

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Kabush, Debbie

  • Year Inducted: 2019

Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Inducts Four New Members Into Hall of Fame

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Officials / Coaches

Church, Earl

  • Year Inducted: 2007

Dr. Church was a well known and respected athletics coach in Niagara when he was introduced to the world of Paralympic sport by CCPSA Hall of Fame athlete Joanne (Bouw) Berdan in 1989. From this beginning, his involvement grew over the next nineteen years to include coaching at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic…

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Blackwood, Faye

  • Year Inducted: 2010

Faye has made and is still making a great contribution to coaching athletes with disabilities. Faye began working with a small group of athletes with Cerebral Palsy in the mid 1980’s at Variety Village. She brought her experience as a member of Canada’s athletics national team and her educational background to her role as coach….

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Price-Mireau, Lori

  • Year Inducted: 2010

Lori was introduced to an after-school program for athletes with disabilities (1991). M.C.P.S.A. was running a Boccia program at the school. She was invited by the coach to come and watch a practice. She was immediately impressed with the athletes and how they loved what they were doing. Soon you couldn’t keep her away; she…

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Zorn, Donna

  • Year Inducted: 2017

Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Recognizes Donna Zorn for Her Outstanding Volunteer Efforts in Boccia

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Vander Vies, Gary

  • Year Inducted: 2018

Gary and his son, Josh, were introduced to boccia in 1996 by the Pathways Health Centre for Children and Youth in Sarnia, Ontario while they were members of the local club, the Sarnia Red Hots (now Sports for the Disabled – Lambton) and have been enthusiasts on the boccia scene ever since. In his twenty…

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