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I would like to thank you so very much for your recent efforts on my behalf. The bar that you constructed for my wheelchair has been a complete success. I realize that a simple metal bar will not change the world but it has made my wanderings in it a lot easier."

Tetra client Pamela Read
(Hamilton, ON volunteers fabricated a shopping bag holder between her wheelchair footrests)









Presented by APEG BC and ASTTBC


Vancouver chapter volunteers were recognized at the 2012 Gizmo Awards.

The event also marked Tetra’s 25th anniversary, bringing volunteers, clients and funders together to celebrate a quarter-century of innovation.

Tetra’s Vancouver chapter completes more than one hundred projects for people with disabilities each year. Each project enables someone with a disability to experience greater independence and integration within their communities.

The Vancouver 2012 Gizmo Awards were held at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel in early October.  The winning projects, decided upon by fellow Vancouver Tetra volunteers, were:

(Click the pictures below for videos.)

Tools for Tykes Award

Sponsored by Telus
Modified child’s recorder
Client: Jordan Ulmer, Burnaby
Volunteer: Gregg Harris, Burnaby


Quality of Life Award

Sponsored by WorkSafe BC
Foot exerciser
Client: Caspar Ryan, Surrey
Volunteer: David Graham, Burnaby


Sam Sullivan Award

Sponsored by Tzu Chi Foundation
Roll-under crib and wheelchair infant carrier
Client: Nicole Saleh, Vancouver
Volunteers: Ron Payne, North Vancouver and Alice Kruchten, Vancouver


Innovation Award

Sponsored by Stantec
Shooting table
Client: Doug Blessin, New Westminster
Volunteer: Ryan Jackson, Kenora, ON


Community Impact Award

Sponsored by Vancouver Airport Authority
Client: Eric Molendyk, Burnaby
Volunteers: Brian Johnson, Burnaby;  James Lin and Anthony Pang, Vancouver

More info on these projects

Tetra is an independent non-profit that provides custom assistive devices to people with significant physical disabilities. Its volunteer engineers work one-on-one with those with a specific need that cannot be met by commercial aids.

Tetra was founded in Vancouver by Sam Sullivan, in 1987. Quadriplegic following a skiing accident, Sullivan asked an engineer to help design solutions for day-to-day household requirements. Tetra grew from the realization that other people with disabilities would gain independence from similar, often low-tech, “gizmos.”

If you are in need of an assistive device to overcome some sort of daily barrier, or else would like to give your technical services to help out, or donate money to enable us to continue to serve people with disabilities, please contact us at head office.


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Help support the dedicated volunteers of Tetra’s Vancouver chapter who give their time and expertise to make assistive devices for people with disabilities in the community. Your contribution will pay for the materials needed to design and build a custom assistive device. Donate now.