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Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs wins 2014 Access Award

December 3, 2014 -

Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs is the winner of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award.

Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs is a unique not-for-profit service which, trains dogs for people with a range of disabilities including autism, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, mobility challenges and other challenges. In addition to assisting their owners in their daily lives, the dogs also enhance public awareness of disabilities when they are out in the community with their owners.

Announced at a public ceremony at the INVISTA Centre today, the winner was chosen by the City of Kingston in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC).

Last year the Access Award was given to Providence Care for its ABI System Navigator Service, which assists people with acquired brain injuries in finding and accessing education and health services.

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. 

The Access Award helps support social equity – one of the four pillars of the Sustainable Kingston Plan, the community-built plan to become the most sustainable city in Canada.

To find out more about this award go to www.CityofKingston.ca/accessaward.

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The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.