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Music Mates Inc. wins 2015 Access Award

December 3, 2015 -

Music Mates Inc. is the winner of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award.

MusicMates is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating social opportunities for children, youth and adults through music. Director, Shera Lumsden has seen the difference music makes in the emotional, physical and social development of children, youth and adults with special needs. Programming is designed to encourage social skills and create friendships. Programs offer children, youth and adults the opportunity to make friends, learn sign language, and practice important social skills, all through the use of music!

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). Four other groups received a nomination, including: Driving Miss Daisy, The Independent Living Centre of Kingston, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Y2K - Kingston Youth Strategy.

Last year, the Access Award was given to Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs, 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.

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. 

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

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 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. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.