Gary Wright Humanitarian Award

The GARY WRIGHT HUMANITARIAN AWARD was established in honour of Gary Wright, the founder of Friends of We Care, and is presented to a member of the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry who has contributed to the improvement of the community at large.


2017 Winner – Kevin Collins

Kevin was the Easter Seals Provincial Ambassadors “Timmy” in 1976, 15 years later, he joined the organizations as Manager of Corporate and Special Events. In 1999, Kevin became the Executive Director of Friends of We Care, and through his tenure over the organization, raised over $20.5 for Easter Seals Canada. Holding this role until early 2017, when Kevin returned to his roots at Easter Seals Ontario, taking on the role of President & CEO.

Kevin strength was his relationships with members of the food service and hospitality industry, but his passion was the We Care Ambassadors. Working with these various companies within the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry across Canada it allowed him to maintain his involvement with many kids with disabilities – allowing them to focus on their abilities.

Kevin has worked with minor hockey for decades.  It began with the Wexford Raiders organization where he managed their AAA Bantam and Midget teams. E moved on to the Aurora Tigers Jr. A team where he was an assistant manager for four years, winning the Royal Bank Cup Canadian National Title in 2004.  Kevin now volunteers with the Barrie Colts as the Manager of Social Responsibility, establishing and maintaining the teams billet program.

Kevin has been the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals. In 2012, Kevin was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Bloorview School Authority.  He is a Member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, York Garrison, a member of the Regimental Support Group for the 32 Service Battalion and a member of the Order of St. George In 2013, Kevin was awarded Newsmaker of the Year -Trillium Awards, Ontario Restaurant News. In 2014, Kevin was nominated for the Premier’s Award through Georgian College.

Friends of We Care would like to thank and congratulate Kevin Collins on being awarded the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award.

Past Winners of the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award:

  • 2016 Ms. Bernice Blomme
  • 2015 Mr. Kevin Frankish
  • 2014 Mr. David Abrams
  • 2013 Mr. Don LeBlanc
  • 2012 Mr. Mark Cator
  • 2011 Mr. Eddie Sokoloff
  • 2010 Ms. Carol Moffatt-Bailes
  • 2009 Mr. Brian Orr
  • 2008 Mr. Hugh Kelly, Mr. Dave Wilcox (P)
  • 2007 Mr. Peter Noble (P)
  • 2006 Mr. Terry Lindermann
  • 2005 Ms. Virgina (Gini) Norris
  • 2004 Mr. Jim Grieb
  • 2003 Mr. Jim MacPherson
  • 2002 Mr. Sheldon Kofsky
  • 2001 Mr. Grant Gillard
  • 2000 Mr. Gary Marshall
  • 1999 Mr. Len Lundberg (P)
  • 1998 Ms. Kathy Starr
  • 1997 Mr. Robert McNutt
  • 1996 Mr. Bruce Curtis
  • 1995 Mr. Dick Burgess (P)
  • 1993 Mr. Ted Graham
  • 1992 Mr. Harrison McCain, Mr. Wallace McCain
  • 1991 Mr. Ron Joyce
  • 1989 Mr. Gray Steele
  • 1988 Mr. Bill Farr
  • 1987 Mr. Gary Wright(P)