Celebrating Cota' 45th Anniversary: Inspiring Change Event

In September 12th, Cota celebrated its 45th Anniversary with staff, individuals who receive our services and partner colleagues. This event marks a milestone in Cota’s journey as an organization as we introduced our first ever Inspiring Change Awards. The reception featured art from the 220 Oak Street Art Program and performances from Wendell and Bruce, musicians from the documentary Lowdown Tracks.

Cota staff attending 45 Anniversary Event Inspiring change awards
Cota's 45th Anniversary Celebration
Cota staff attending 45 Anniversary Event Inspiring change awards
Cota's 45th Anniversary Celebration

The awards ceremony opened with a traditional drum ceremony performed by Pat Melnick (Cota). Then the guest speaker, Jeff Adams (a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion), spoke about facing challenge and overcoming obstacles.

Jeff Adams guest speaker talks about hearing that sound of support
Jeff Adams, Guest Speaker

Pause to look around you, you are surrounded by excellence. And listen for that sound of support.

Jeff Adams (Guest Speaker)

Staff, individuals who receive our services and partner organizations celebrated in our first ever Inspiring Change Awards. Cota recognized:

  • three clients and their service providers: Leroy and Christine, Alice and Doreen, and Victorina and Shireen
  • one initiative who is inspiring change through innovative service delivery: the Community Paramedic Led Clinic partnership
  • an individual who is making a difference at the systems level: Mark Shapiro
Individual receiving services from Cota awarded for her resilience - inspiring change awards - embracing Cota staff
Inspiring Change Award Recipient
Individual awarded for recovery journey and shaking hand of CEO of Cota
Inspiring Change Award Recipient
Individual holding award for inspiring change awards Cota event
Inspiring Change Award Recipient

Thank you to all those who shaped the event and celebrated with us!

Cota staff and individual receiving services attending inspiring change awards event
Staff with individual who receives Cota's services

Thank you for the beautiful afternoon. I want to let you know that Cota’s tenants are the real inspiration to me. They totally rock! I also want to let you know that I am inspired by Cota’s team that work with Cota tenants every single day. Thank you for the invitation and for allowing me to share in such an inspiring day.

*Miriam Johnston

*Manager Supportive Housing & Community Services Unit Mental Health and Addictions Branch Strategic Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Mark Shapiro accepting award at the inspiring change awards
Celebrating Mark Shapiro's contributions,
Awarded Inspiring Change Award
Community Paramedic Led Clinic award for successful partnership innovative service inspiring change award event
Community Paramedic Led Clinic,
Awarded Inspiring Change Award

Cudos to all of you. The 45th Celebration was outstanding! Excellent speaker, awards, food and feeling within the room. Congratulations.

Shelley Birenbaum
45 anniversary celebration cake at inspiring change award event
Celebration Cake at 45th Event
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