Celebrating Accessibility Award Winners Honored at City Hall

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City of Kingston Celebrating Accessibility Award

A public ceremony in City Hall was held on Thursday to recognize this year’s winners of the City of Kingston’s Celebrating Accessibility Awards.

The seven winners, one for each category, were chosen from nominated organizations and individuals by members of the municipal accessibility advisory committee (MAAC).  The event’s guest speaker was Meenu Sikand, Founder & CEO of Accessibility for All, representing the Rick Hansen Foundation as one of its Ontario Ambassadors.

Congratulations to the nominees and to the following winners of 2017’s Celebrating Accessibility Awards:


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• Education – Jordan De Rooy, Teacher & Coach, LCVI
• Employment – Michael Moore, Costco Kingston
• Recreation – Vicki Keith, Kingston Y Penguins
• Customer Service – Deaf Mentor Grass Creek Park Summer Camp, City of Kingston Recreation and Leisure Services
• Built Environment – NORTHSIDE Espresso + Kitchen, Jessica Huddle and Cade Pentland-Boyce
• Volunteer – Volunteers of the Humanitarian Program, Independent Order of Odd Fellows
• Other – Wheelchair Rally, Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour

“Our winners, past and present, offer evidence that the Kingston community is thinking about and working toward being ever more inclusive and accessible to all,” said Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager, in a release. “Any Kingstonian looking to improve access to people with disabilities can certainly look to these winners to find inspiration.”

The Celebrating Accessibility Award was created by the City of Kingston in 2011, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), to “recognize a person, group or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.”

Learn more about the Celebrating Accessibility Awards at this City of Kingston page.


Photo (cropped): City of Kingston