Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

November 16, 2010 17:36 ET

Local Ottawa Hero Lauded for Service to Parkinson's Community

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2010) - Ottawa's own Larry Haffner has been honoured with a national volunteer award for extraordinary leadership skills, and for making a significant contribution to the lives of people with Parkinson's.

Parkinson Society Canada presented Haffner with its highest honour for volunteerism, the David Simmonds Parkinson's Leadership Award, at a special celebration in Ottawa on Tuesday. Haffner who was recognized for his dedication to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson's, accepted the award by David Simmonds, for whom it is named. As an original supporter of the Parkinson's Research Consortium, Haffner has generated vital funds to grow the Canadian Parkinson's research community in Ottawa.

"A visionary and persuasive leader, Larry has done so much to bring together Parkinson leaders, supporters, and Ottawa's medical and research community in the fight against Parkinson's," said Dennise Taylor-Gilhen, Executive Director, Parkinson Society Ottawa, who nominated Haffner for the award.

Haffner, who himself was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1997, has been a member of Parkinson Society Ottawa's board of directors (2000-2009) and secretary-treasurer (2002-2006). He was named Parkinson Society Ottawa's first honorary board member in 2009 in recognition of his many contributions to people living with Parkinson's.

"We are delighted to present Larry Haffner with the David Simmonds Parkinson's Leadership Award for he exemplifies the exceptional vision, leadership, negotiation skills, perseverance and commitment that have strengthened the voice of those living with Parkinson's in Canada," said Joyce Gordon, President and CEO, Parkinson Society Canada.

This is the 10th year that the David Simmonds Parkinson's Leadership Award has been given.

Parkinson Society Canada, with 11 regional partners and over 235 chapters and support groups, is dedicated to support, education, research and advocacy on behalf of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson's. Learn more at

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