2023 IL Awards Winner – Business Award

December 15, 2023

Photo of her Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland Labrador, the Honourable Joan Marie Aylward with award winner Katherine Peddle, shaking hands. Title reads 2023 IL Awards Winner. The Empower logo is in the lower right corner.

The recipient of the 2023 Business Award for Independent Living goes to Katherine Peddle, owner of Oral Health Centre and Mobile Smiles.

Katherine has been a business partner of InclusionNL for the last few years. She recently applied and was successful in receiving an EAP grant to ensure her new business, Oral Health Centre in Paradise is barrier free. The Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art accessibility features that support comfort, confidence, integrity, and independence.

Since the concept of her business was first formulated, Katherine immediately wanted to ensure her facility was accessible from many perspectives. Upon opening the Oral Health Centre, she has incorporated a sensory friendly room for those needing this space, a hydraulic lift and accessible seating for examinations, an accessible washroom with automated doors, a ramped entrance in the back of the location and leveled front entrance. She has commissioned a storyboard to be created of the dental hygiene experience and provides advanced orientation time if required by a patient to become more familiar with the Centre.

Congratulations Katherine!