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City’s Access Award winner to be announced on December 3

November 26, 2013 -

At a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the City, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), will honour the winner of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award. The Independent Living Centre will also issue its awards during the festivities, which take place on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

"The Access Award recognizes community members and organizations who have shown leadership in promoting accessibility," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "The award is a way of showing our appreciation and celebrating the efforts and initiatives that make Kingston more accessible for all."

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. (Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.) on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St. Assistive listening devices will be available. For any other assistive needs, please contact Cheryl Hitchen at 613-546-4291, ext. 4806 or email chitchen@cityofkingston.ca

2013 Access Award Nominees:

  • Martha's Table - for their efforts to make their facility accessible and thereby allow everyone to fully participate in their meal and drop in programs.
  • Choosing Safe Program at Ongwanada - for its initiative that teaches Ongwanada clients safety skills as they relate to the home and community and enhances the group members' decision-making skills.
  • 4Paws Academy - for its new service dog training school that trains dogs for children who have autism, epilepsy, anxiety disorder and mobility issues.
  • Kingston Foot and Ankle Clinic and Orthotic Centre - for their efforts to make their clinic accessible for all people with disabilities.
  • Eelke (Al) Hiddema - for his contribution, for more than a decade, to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Kingston Branch and the Kingston Hard of Hearing Club.
  • Providence Care ABI System Navigator Service - for its efforts to assist people with acquired brain injuries in finding and accessing education and health services.
  • Crossroads United Church - for its efforts to make its facility more accessible.
  • Glee Club at Community Living Kingston - For celebrating its musical group of clients.

Last year's winner was H'art School for its fully-accessible, mixed-ability performance space "The Box," at 237 Wellington St.

The Access Award's selection committee includes the Chair of MAAC and members from its Built Environment, Information/Communication/Employment and Transportation working groups. To find out more about this award go to www.CityofKingston.ca/accessaward.

Established in 2011, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award recognizes a person, group or organization making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.

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