The Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero Award is presented at the Biennial meeting to honor an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to our understanding of 22q11.2 and personal qualities including:
  • Commitment (number of years of service)
  • Hard Work (hours of service)
  • Devotion (selfless hours of service)
  • Collaboration and Inclusivity (with sister organizations and the research and healthcare community at large)
  • Along with making a national and international impact on individuals with 22q11.2DS and/or their families and caregivers

2018 Recipient: The Dempster Family Foundation Canada

Congratulations to the Dempster Family Foundation Canada, who received the Unsung Hero Award on July 13th, 2018, at the 11th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference in Whistler, BC.

The Dempster Family Foundation Canada has been raising awareness and money for 22q since Ryan Dempster's (USA Major League Baseball Player) daughter, Riley, was born in 2009. The Dempsters formed the Dempster Family Foundation Canada and hosts golf annual tournaments to raise money to assist people affected. This year, the Dempster Foundation Canada provided financial assistance to the 22q Family Conference in Whistler.

The Unsung Hero award was received by Mr. Wally Dempster, the father of Ryan.

Prof. Peter Scambler presents the Unsung Hero Award to Mr. Wally Dempster.

Maria Kemper, Wally Dempster, and Donna McDonald-McGinn.

Previous recipients

2016 - Maria Kamper, President of 22q Foundation Australia and New Zealand

2014 - Sheila Kambin, President of the International 22q11.2 Foundation, Inc.

2012 - Julie Wootton, Chair of Trustees of Max Appeal! of the United Kingdom