Tony Van der Waarde
Tony van der Waarde has amassed volumes of experience, techniques and information from over 35 years in prosthetics from around the globe.
Following his graduation from George Brown College in Toronto in 1973, Tony obtained his Canadian Prosthetic Certification after completing a 2 year internship in Edmonton, Alberta. Since then Tony has been employed in both Hospital and private Prosthetic/Orthotic facilities throughout Canada. more...
Tracy started working at Award Prosthetics in May 2002 shortly after becoming a client. Tony recognized her skills and encouraged her to work at his facility. It was a good call. Since that time she has become a devoted & dedicated employee who is extremely knowledgeable in virtually all aspects of this prosthetic facility. With a strong background in the customer service, she has terrific I.T. skills, works on funding applications, billings, etc. She also assists with consultations, fittings, and being a below knee amputee (since 1994), is sometimes a test model for new products and students at BCIT. At one point Tracy considered a career in Prosthetics. She has a strong desire to help other amputees and traveled with her husband, Larry, to Belize last year to work with the prosthetist there on their holidays. Tracy is a mentor and role model for many amputees in BC and around the world.
Larry began working at Award Prosthetics initially because he would drive his wife, Tracy, the office manager at Award Prosthetics, to & from work. In the beginning, Larry would ‘work’ as a volunteer. Showing promise and good aptitude in many areas, in September 2002 Tony took Larry on as a technician. It has worked out very well for all parties and now is a valued member of the 'family'. Larry is a dedicated and hard worker. He has become well versed in fabrication materials and techniques often coming up with innovative ideas. He is willing to try new things and open to learning, completing a CAPO Symposium Technicians course in Edmonton , June 2009.
Deborah Sproule joined AP in January 2010. She had recently returned from living in the United Kingdom for the past 16 years. Since her return to BC, she has settled in Maple Ridge. Accompanying Deb was her British husband, Jim and their Springer Spaniel, Tess. They will soon be moving into their newly renovated home in Mission.
Deborah has had the opportunity to live in several countries and many cities giving her a worldly perspective. Prior to joining AP, she had worked and volunteered in Canada , the US and the UK for 30 years in areas such as Human Resources, Public Relations and Event Management.
Madeleine is a long time client of Tony's, beginning in Edmonton in 1978. She is now filling a niche doing some contract work on a part time basis for Award Prosthetics. Her job description varies, depending on the current need or situation ~ public relations, client liaison, holiday relief & general facility help. She has been an above knee amputee since 1967 and has been a competitor in several sports. Madeleine is now mostly volunteering and sits on the boards of several societies. She also has been trained by the Amputee Coalition of Canada as one of their Certified Peer Visitors. She has recently been instrumental in creating the Amputee Coalition of BC. Madeleine has also been a test model for manufacturer's components and volunteered at the prosthetics school at BCIT, as well as a volunteer for the Prosthetics Program at BCIT. In Vancouver at the 2010 Paralympic Games, Madeleine was a Torch Bearer in the 24 hour relay.