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For over 30 years, Ron Ross has volunteered his time and efforts to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities. In 1980, Ron was the recipient of the Vanier Award for Outstanding Young Canadians for his community involvement in sports and activities for the disabled, including Chairing the Northwestern-Northeastern Summer Regional Games for the Disabled in 1979. Since then, Ron has been involved in a wide range of initiatives for people with disabilities. These activities include the Housing Standing Committee, multiple boards for the HAGI, Wilderness Discovery programs at Shebandowan Lake, Support Services Standing Committee, President of the Fish & Game Board, and as an advocate working with Citizens with Disabilities-Ontario and Canadian Citizens with Disabilities. In his current work with PUSH Northwest, Ron works to remove barriers to inclusion faced by people with all types of disabilities in Northwestern Ontario. As a leading figure in disability awareness and advocacy, as well as a longstanding volunteer, it is an honour to recognize Ron with a Spirit of Thunder Bay award.