Friday, Nov 11, 2016
Simpson recognized for years of local service
arliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General for Corrections Laurie Throness, on behalf of Premier Christy Clark, will present John Simpson, a well-known Chilliwack citizen, with the province’s newest honour, the Medal of Good Citizenship.
The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 31, 2016, at the Communitas Supportive Care Society offices, 45966 Yale Rd., Chilliwack.
Launched in July 2015 by Premier Clark, the prestigious Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.
Simpson will be honoured with the medal for his pioneering services that he offered free to people with acquired brain injuries (ABI). For more than three decades Simpson devoted thousands of hours of service and emerged as an influential advocate in the field that resulted in the formation of local and provincial supporting organizations.
It has been estimated that Simpson has provided more than 16,000 hours of free support to individuals with acquired brain injuries and their families, since the 1980s. Many of the people he helped had no funding and no one else to help them.
He set out to educate the community and professionals about ABI, establishing the first annual brain injury conference in 1982, which ran for 25 years. Simpson was also instrumental establishing what is now the BC Brain Injury Association, which has the first Lower Mainland drop-in centre for people with ABI and now bears his name.
In 1997, he founded the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association and he is still active with the group that serves more than 150 clients each year in five cities.
In 2014, under his leadership, the Brain Injury Alliance was formed, to better serve the estimated 22,000 British Columbians who have ABI. Through his advocacy, the Province contributed $3 million for services provided by community-based brain injury associations. The alliance also received $1 million endowment fund for education, employment and training for people with ABI.
Simpson is among a select group of British Columbians who will receive the Medal of Good Citizenship.
Know someone in the community you think is worthy of this award? You can make your 2017 nomination here.
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