The BC Rehab Gert Vorsteher Memorial Awards


The awards, which are accompanied by a $5,000 bursary, are given annually to individuals who have shown remarkable determination towards pursuing their rehabilitation goals and have, in turn, regained their personal independence. BC Rehab hosted the 2016 event in the GF Strong gymnasium and presented seven awards to recipients from across British Columbia.


The award program is designed to recognize individuals who have been faced with life-changing injuries and have demonstrated courage and perseverance in regaining their personal independence. Gert Vorsteher lived in Kamloops, BC, where he worked as a carpenter. A 1962 workplace accident left Mr. Vorsteher a paraplegic and he was sent to GF Strong for rehabilitation. Upon his death, Mr. Vorsteher left a financial gift to BC Rehab and requested that the donation be used to fund an annual awards program. To date, $355,000 has been awarded to 72 individuals with disabilities who have demonstrated incredible perseverance and determination in their journey to personal independence. Please contact the BC Rehab office for more information 604-737-6383.

2009 - 2016 GVA Winners& their places of residence

2016 recipients

  • Omar Al- Azawi , Vancouver
  • Peggy Assinck , Vancouver
  • Wanda Huynh , Vancouver
  • Christine Jorgensen , Vancouver
  • Pierce Paxton Pineau , Abbotsford
  • Cole Rutter , Maple Ridge
  • Patricia Peters , D'arcy
  • Alanna Jones , Surrey
  • 2015 recipients

  • Aleksa Cakalj , North Vancouver
  • Daniel Hunt, Vancouver
  • Riley Inge , Vancouver
  • Kulwinder Jagpal , Surrey
  • Mike Shaw , Coldstream
  • Heman Ly , Vancouver
  • Trent Seymour, Prince George
  • 2014 recipients

  • Josh Darmawan, Surrey
  • Michele Grant, Whitehorse
  • Amit Sharma, Surrey
  • Kyle Jacques, Vancouver
  • Thomas Martin, Penticton
  • Lisa Chan, Vancouver
  • Norine Chubb, Vancouver
  • Adel Othman, Vancouver
  • 2013 recipients

  • Moses Chan, Vancouver
  • Angela Choi, Vancouver
  • Sandrine Ekoko, Vancouver
  • San Hau, Vancouver
  • Mustafa Hasan, Burnaby
  • Sean Lynn, Vancouver
  • Richard Morrison, Surrey
  • Mujtaba Saloojee, Gibsons
  • 2012 recipients

  • Greg Erickson, Surrey
  • Janie Rae Gaudet, Aldergrove
  • Kyle Andrew Gieni, Vancouver
  • Byron Green, Vancouver
  • Joel Libin, Vancouver
  • Matthew Loring, Salmon Arm
  • Chelsea Stamp-Vincent, New Westminster
  • Norma Vincent, Abbotsford
  • 2011 recipients

  • Neil Broderick, Cawston
  • John Daziel, Powell River
  • Dee Fisher, Vancouver
  • Daniel LeBlanc (posthumous acknowledgment), Vancouver
  • David Parke, North Vancouver
  • Tessa Schmidt, Vancouver
  • Jeff Scott, Whistler
  • Amanda Yan, Burnaby
  • 2010 recipients

  • Greg Cahoon, Aldergrove
  • Peter Chisholm, North Vancouver
  • Kent Goulet, Vancouver
  • Brian Hickey, North Vancouver
  • Olga Kalamkarova, Vancouver
  • John Kamp, Port Moody
  • Klaus Nielsen, Burnaby
  • Alvin Schulz, Port Alberni
  • 2009 recipients

  • Ryan Schweizer, Vancouver
  • Kaspar Shouldice, Victoria
  • D.J. Lam, Vancouver
  • Dustin Paul, Vancouver
  • Jason Costa, Vancouver
  • Simon Paradis, Halfmoon Bay
  • Jennifer Watterston, Errington
  • Carla Boyarchuk, Kelowna, Vancouver
  • Applications

    BC Rehab has reopened the application process for the 2018 nominations.

    Gert Vorsteher Memorial award application

    BC Rehab has reopened the application process for the 2017 nominations.
    The next Gert Vorsteher Bursary deadline is June 30, 2017

    Gert Vorsteher Bursary Award application