BURNABY, BC--(Marketwired - December 01, 2017) - Dr. Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, along with fifteen other exceptional civic leaders who will receive the honor at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Victoria on December 14, 2017.

The Order of British Columbia recognizes exceptional individuals whose hard work, generosity of spirit and outstanding achievements have contributed immeasurably to the well-being of communities in British Columbia. It is the Province's highest form of recognition.

Dr. Birch is recognized for his research and developments in brain-computer interface and other forms of assistive technologies which have changed the lives of people with disabilities by giving them greater independence. Dr. Birch was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons in 1998. He became an officer in the Order of Canada in 2008 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

About Neil Squire Society

"We use Technology, Knowledge, and Passion to Empower Canadians with Disabilities." The Neil Squire Society is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over thirty years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 35,000 people since 1984.

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