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Alexandria Commission on Persons With Disabilities Seeking Award Nominees

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ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities is seeking nominees for various awards and a scholarship. Entries must be submitted by May 5.

Gerry Bertier Scholarship

This scholarship is merit-based and is given to a high school student with a disability seeking a post-secondary education. Bertier was a member of the 1971 T.C. Williams Football team, later involved in a car accident that resulted in paraplegia.

John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award

The Collins Award recognizes a person who advocates for people with disabilities and furthers the cause of equal opportunity in Alexandria.  Collins was an Alexandria resident and early advocate for people with disabilities.

Disability Awareness Awards

These awards are presented with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. They fall into two categories.

  • Category 1 – This award recognizes an Alexandria business that commits to promoting positive employee awareness of the needs of customers with disabilities or otherwise makes special efforts to render goods or services accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Category 2 – This award recognizes an Alexandria business that commits to hiring persons with disabilities or aids employees with disabilities to further their careers.

Visit to submit a nomination for the Collins Award or to apply for the Bertier Scholarship. Visit to submit a nomination for the Disability Awareness Awards.

The awards will be presented at a reception on June 13, at 5 p.m., at the American Physical Therapy Association (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100).

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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