PRESS RELEASE: Non-Profit Awards Program Honours Trailblazers Highlighting Inclusivity, Creativity and Ability in Ontario

The Inspiring Possibilities Awards: Nominations Are Now Open

For Immediate Release//Toronto, Ontario, July 20, 2023 

Celebrating the people and organizations making a positive impact on the 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families living in Ontario, Community Living Ontario’s (CLO) Inspiring Possibilities Awards are now open for nominations.  

Winners will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in-person at CLO’s Inspiring Possibilities AGM & Conference, happening in Ottawa September 27-29. The awards will be presented by CBC personality and keynote speaker Ali Hassan.  

“Honouring trailblazers through our Inspiring Possibilities Awards offers an opportunity to highlight inclusion and acceptance and to empower people with intellectual disabilities,” explains Chris Beesley, CEO, Community Living Ontario. “Nominees and award-winners alike illustrate the ability to affect societal change in positive and innovative ways.”

CLO’s 2023 Inspiring Possibilities Awards:

  • Changemaker Award: Celebrating an individual or group that has made a significant impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Inclusive Media Award: Honouring an individual or organization that has utilized social media, television, radio, film, or print media to raise awareness, promote inclusion, and positively impact the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Innovation in Accessibility Award: Celebrating an individual or organization that has developed innovative solutions to make the world more accessible and/or inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Jason Rae Award: Awarded to a person with an intellectual disability who has demonstrated leadership and given back to their community.

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 pm on August 10, 2023. Those interested in nominating a deserving person or team can fill out the nomination form:  

For more information and eligibility criteria, visit: 


Community Living Ontario is a nonprofit organization with 115 local associations dedicated to helping people who have an intellectual disability, and their families advocate for meaningful inclusion in their lives and communities. Learn more at   

For more information about the awards or to book an interview, contact Nicholas Wong, Communications Lead, Community Living Ontario, at: 416-447-4348 ext. 234 or