Last night, community members who have contributed to improving accessibility in the city were recognized at the eighth annual Celebrating Accessibility Awards Ceremony in City Hall.
Mayor Bryan Paterson presented nominees and winners with their certificates at the event, which he says has been a highlight year after year. “It’s a highlight because the people recognized today go above and beyond to ensure we have an inclusive and caring community,” said Paterson in a release. “I thank them for making Kingston a city where everyone can thrive!”
The ceremony also featured music by the Limestone Trio and 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.
The 2018 Celebrating Accessibility Awards winners are:
The Screening Room: Wendy Huot
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
Students from St Martha Catholic School receive a 2018 Celebrating Accessibility Award in the youth category for their volunteerism with @StopGapRamp Foundation from @MayorPaterson! #AccessibilityAwardsYGK pic.twitter.com/uTMGOWICrk
— City of Kingston (@cityofkingston) December 6, 2018
A live stream recording of the event is available on Youtube.
Begins at 8:42 mark | Keynote introduction: 16:24 | Mayor Paterson and awards presentation: 1:04:52
Photo (cropped/edited): City of Kingston