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December 6, 2018 -

What do a group of school-aged youth, an aerial acrobatics artist, and a doctor all have in common?  We won't leave you guessing.

This diverse set of individuals is part of a community that is helping to create a more inclusive Kingston. Today, their contributions to improving accessibility in the city were recognized at the eighth annual Celebrating Accessibility Awards Ceremony, held in Memorial Hall.

Created in 2011 by the City in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), these awards recognize people, groups and organizations that are making contributions beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.

"Year after year, this event is always a highlight," says Mayor Bryan Paterson, who presented nominees and winners with their certificates. "It's a highlight because the people recognized today go above and beyond to ensure we have an inclusive and caring community. I thank them for making Kingston a city where everyone can thrive!"

The 2018 winners of the Celebrating Accessibility Awards:

Built Environment

The Screening Room: Wendy Huot

Customer Service

Quarry Medical: Dr. John Nuttall and Foot Care Nurses


H'art Centre: MixAbilities Artist/Educator Training Program


Pita Pit: Alex DesRochers


Kingston Circus Arts: Accessible Circus for Everyone - Erin Ball


Kingston Elite All-Star Cheerleading: Team Volunteers and Coaches


St. Martha Catholic School: Stop Gap School Project


Downtown Kingston- Rotary Comfort Zones at Santa Claus Parade

In addition to the awards, attendees were treated to a keynote address from motivational speaker Nick Foley the founder of Good Sport, the non-profit organization Move for Inclusion, and co-founder of WE BE US as well as  music by the Limestone Trio. This event was live-streamed, and available to view online at: