Nomination for Best of Halifax: Activists

Joanne Larade, who passed away this spring, has been nominated for Best of Halifax: Activists.

Joanne Larade, one of the board members of No More Warehousing who passed away this past spring, has been nominated for best activist in Halifax. Please help us get her as many votes as possible.

James McGregor Stewart Award


Speaker Kevin Murphy presents Jen Powley with the James McGregor Stewart Award.

The James mcgregor stewart society presents Jen powley with the james mcgregor stewart award

The James McGregor Stewart Society presented Jen Powley, founder and president of No More Warehousing: The Nova Scotia Association for Inclusive Homes and Support with the James McGregor Stewart Award on June 27th, 2019.

The award is presented to an individual with a disability that demonstrates leadership, effective advocacy and outstanding personal achievement.

Jen was selected as Warren Reed, co-founder of the James McGregor Stewart Society, says “In Jen Powley our selection committee found a person that… leads and excels regardless of barriers. Jen is a force of nature”. Her founding of No More Warehousing and the work surrounding her advocacy for persons with disabilities played a prominent role in her selection for the award, as well as her support for refugees and publication of her memoir “Just Jen”.

The award is presented in honour of James McGregor Stewart, a graduate of the Dalhousie Law School in 1914. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was denied due to his physical disability. Despite the discrimination he faced, he went on to become the head of a prominent law firm in Halifax and was Chairman of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors.

Lois Miller Tulip Award

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Carrie Ernst, executive director of Independent Living NS, presents Jen Powley, president of No More Warehousing, with the Lois Miller Tulip Award.


Independent living nova scotia presents jennifer powley with the lois miller tulip award

ILNS presented the Lois Miller Tulip Award to Jen Powley, founder and president of No More Warehousing: The Nova Scotia Association for Inclusive Homes and Support as well as a long-time disability rights advocate who has contributed to disability supports and accessible transportation. 

This annual award recognizes a person, group, or organization that exemplifies the spirit of independent living.

“The Lois Miller Tulip Award was created to honour those in our community whose tireless and active leadership achieve positive changes for people living with disabilities,” Carrie Ernst, Executive Director of ILNS says. “Jen Powley has contributed so much to the disability community and she continues to be a voice for individuals with disability especially as the founder for the No More Warehousing initiative.” 

The award was presented to Jen on Independent Living Across Canada Day, June 3, at ILNS’ open house. ILNS members, community members and Lois Miller herself gathered to enjoy some refreshments, learn about ILNS’ programs and services and acknowledge Jen’s contribution to persons with disabilities.

The Lois Miller Tulip Award is named for one of ILNS’ previous Executive Directors, Lois Miller, who was at the helm of ILNS for 13 years and positively contributed to the lives of Nova Scotians living with disabilities during her time with the organization.