Gary Tinker Federation Honoured By Premier

Friday, November 03, 2006 at 15:42



The La Ronge-based Gary Tinker Federation for the Disabled received its Spirit Award for Community-Based Organizations today.


Premier Lorne Calvert made the presentation this morning in La Ronge.


The Gary Tinker Federation is one of five groups to receive the award, in this, its inaugural year.


The federation was created after Tinker, who has cerebral palsy, completed a 650-km walk on crutches from La Ronge to Regina in 1989 to raise awareness about disabled issues.


The organization primarily helps northern people with disabilities in the area of training and employment.


Meanwhile, some residents from Cumberland House and Prince Albert were honoured today for saving two lives last year.


In February, 2005 a conservation officer and a Mountie were stranded on thin ice and required the help of local citizens to get off a nearby lake.


This morning at Cumberland House town hall, medals were presented to the rescuers by the province’s top RCMP commander.


Awards were also given to RCMP members with 20 to 25 years of service.