T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award

T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.

In memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy's values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.

Nominations are now closed for the 2019 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Award Criteria | About T. Roy Adams

2019 Winner: Dan Bouwman

Tom Rankin, recipient of the 2017 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with Regional Chair Alan Caslin

Dan Bouwman, recipient of the 2019 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with City of Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, Regional Councillor Barbara Greenwood and Regional Chair Jim Bradley

Dan Bouwman is the 2019 recipient of the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award in recognition of his dedication to community service.

Dan's passion for making nature accessible to all, regardless of abilities, began with his desire to give back to the community that had given him so much. His efforts have focused on making nature a place for all people to enjoy. This passion was made all the more personal with the birth of his granddaughter, who was born with a rare defect.

Over the following years, his dedication to the development of Heartland Forest has seen the additions of:

  • Wheelchair accessible trails
  • Largest accessible tree house in Canada
  • Fishing pond made accessible with a deck
  • Accessible playground
  • Accessible mini-putt course
  • Toonie Toots Train and Station
  • Fully accessible nature centre

Dan's devotion to inclusiveness has not just preserved the geographical landscape, it has also reshaped our community. The accommodations he has made for those with accessibility needs have provided opportunities for all families to appreciate being together and spending their quality time in nature.

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