Daniel Vézina

April 2010

Throughout his career, which began in the early 1990s, Daniel Vézina has helped hundreds of disabled people to develop their potential and build their self-confidence and independence. The executive director of the Centre d'intégration à la vie active pour les personnes vivant avec un handicap physique (C.I.V.A.) concentrates on people’s potential rather than their limitations. Daniel Vézina is a leader who motivates his agency and its clientele to constantly push their limits.

Out of a conviction that the disabled can and must actively participate in the life of their community, Daniel Vézina set up dozens of sports and cultural activities, including wheelchair basketball and bocce. He considers these activities essential communications and promotional tools for raising public awareness of disability issues, increasing C.I.V.A.’s visibility and recruiting its target clientele.

The many cultural activities developed at his urging include exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and St. Joseph’s Oratory, theatrical productions in local schools, the reproduction and decoration of a boat as part of the festivities surrounding the reopening of the Lachine Canal in 2002, and a 12-day cultural tour of Paris.

Daniel Vézina continues to involve C.I.V.A. in many partnerships with community, provincial and national organizations and rehabilitation centres in order to improve the accessibility and quality of services offered to the disabled.

Centraide has supported the C.I.V.A. since 1972.
Daniel Vézina is the winner of the Gilles Cousineau Award 2010.