Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley894 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5P8
Phone: 613-735-0659
Fax: 613-735-1373

The Jason Rae Leadership Award

An Award For Exceptional Leadership

In 2018, Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, will present the first-ever Jason Rae Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the Community Living Ontario conference, September 12-14, 2018.

The award is presented to someone who best represents and champions inclusion at its fullest. Some example of how this is achieved include:

  • Being involved in the community and giving back
  • Being unafraid to speak up and help others find their voice
  • Using leadership skills with both Community Living and within the broader community
  • Being active in standing up for a person's rights
  • Believing in the abilities of others and the value of everyone in being part of the community

Grayson was the Executive Director of Community Living Campbellford when Jason joined the board and was later elected president.

Grayson was inspired by Jason's ambitions and exceptional leadership. With the support of Jason's wife, Jennifer, Grayson initiated this leadership award in Jason's memory.

Community Living Ontario will assist in promotion and hosting the annual award at their annual provincial conferences.

About Jason Rae

Proud, disciplined, gifted, living with integrity and leaving nothing undone are just a few of the ways to describe Jason Rae. He was an exemplary civic-minded role model for his community, and to the individuals he was closest to in his life.

Jason was strongly service-oriented and he did not let his disability impede his passion for life. He was a contributing member of the Trent Hills community and was actively involved with Advocates for Community Education (ACE) and the Community Living Campbellford/Brighton Board of Directors. In addition, Jason sat on various leadership boards and committees focusing on the common goal of inclusion.

Among Jason's achievements include:

Jason passed away in September 2016 at the age of 41.