Canadian Honoured With Paralympic Order
It has been argued that Dr. Jackson was the founder of the Canadian Paralympic Movement; after noting the absence of a Canadian team at the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, Jackson along with several others founded the Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association in 1967 in order to send a team to the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympics. Dr. Jackson became the founding President, a position he held from 1967 to 1972. Following this, Dr. Jackson became Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games, giving up his medical practice for six months to do so. Dr. Jackson also served as Director, Vice President and President of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation from 1972 until 1984.
Dr. Jackson was presented with the Paralympic Order by IPC Governing Board Member and former President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Patrick Jarvis, at a special event held in conjunction with the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in Toronto. The event was organized by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and attended by over 700 elite corporate business people including the guest speaker the Hon. Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister of Canada. Dr. Jackson was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Paralympic Order is the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can achieve. It honours persons who have made important contributions to the Paralympic Movement, have illustrated the Paralympic ideal through their actions, have achieved remarkable merit in the Paralympic sporting world or have rendered outstanding services to the Paralympic cause.
For information about the Paralympic Order and past recipients, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/, under Awards and Events, then Paralympic Order.