The City of Pickering received a Champion Award for going beyond requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to remove barriers in workplaces and communities. The provincial award recognized the City as a leader in supporting accessibility awareness at its 2017 event Canada 150 Youth Forum: A Confederation Journey 1867-2067.
This information and active living fair inspired more than 700 youth in the city to share ideas about how they can help make Pickering and Canada more inclusive and accessible in the future. The free event encouraged participants to start to think about how their future employment could be improved with efforts to make the province fully accessible. Participants engaged in a range of activities including career planning, 3D prosthetics printing, breakdancing performances, and accessible sports.
“As an award-winning municipality, the City of Pickering is proud to be recognized for its innovative and engaging efforts to promote accessibility,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “It is important that we continue to champion accessibility, raise awareness about the benefits of inclusion, and foster positive change in our community.”
The award, named after Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor, recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in supporting awareness of accessibility issues in Ontario.
Visit pickering.ca/accessible for more information on the City’s initiatives.