Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) invites nominations for 2015 Mel Hebb Hour Glass Action Awards

Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2015 Mel Hebb Hour Glass Action Awards. This year the Awards will have a youth (up to age 30) focus to reflect our theme of Youth: The Future of Ability.  The Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards recognize Nova Scotians for their contributions to the lives of persons with disabilities. These contributions are diverse in nature and come from a wide variety of sources. Therefore, we are pleased to accept nominations for awards in the following categories:

●    Community Action Award: To recognize communities and municipalities dedicated to increasing opportunities for youth with disabilities in their area. This includes recreation opportunities, inclusive education, and employment opportunities, or other initiatives that lead to the full participation of youth with disabilities.

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

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

●    Access Award: To recognize an individual, business, or group without a mandate to serve youth with disabilities, that has worked to improve access to facilities or services in a given area, that increase opportunities and access for youth with disabilities, including within education, employment, recreation or other areas of life. While changes made to a building specifically to improve accessibility are eligible, 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 youth with disabilities first; and

2.    True dedication to supporting youth with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.
PAANS would like you to help us recognize youth and organizations in your community who have made a contribution to the inclusion of youth with disabilities in our province by submitting your nominations for the 2015 awards. The awards presentations will take place during Access Awareness week 2015 – May 31st to June 6th.  In order to be considered for an award, nominations must be received in the PAANS office no later than Friday, April 17, 2015. Nominations forms are to be sent either by mail, fax, or email.

History of the Awards

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, a former awards committee chair. Hebb, who passed away in October 1999, was the personification of dedicated action. Information on Mr. Hebb and past award recipients is available on our website:

Further information and application forms available from:

Partnership for Access Nova Scotia (PAANS): A committee of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities
PO Box 38034, Stn Burnside  Dartmouth, NS  B3B 1X2
(P) 455-6942 or toll free 1-866-696-7536  (F) 454-4781