Americas Oct 24, 2011
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE CANADA: Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee awarded nine individuals and organizations at his annual accessibility and inclusion awards at Charlottetown City Hall last week.
Jamie Trowsdale and Tommy Ling were recognized as “difference makers” in the community for their work on the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour.
The mayor’s inclusion awards are given to individuals and organizations that make a significant contribution as a model of effective inclusion in the community.
Awards were handed to The Academy of Learning, Dick St. John, D.P. Murphy Inc., The Island Gymnastics Academy and the West Royalty Fitness Centre (The Spa).
The Accessibility Awards, which are given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their significant contribution to enhanced accessibility for the citizens of Charlottetown, were given to the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic, Cows Creamery Store, Heath MacDonald and KenMac Energy.
Lee said the awards honour individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond what the city’s zoning and development bylaws dictate.
“They have made their property accessible for all citizens whether they were required to do it or not,” Lee said.
“Tonight we recognize employers who include people with disabilities in their workplace and we also recognize organizations that make every effort to ensure that their programs include everyone in our community.”
Lee thanked councillor Jason Coady, chair of the city’s accessibility committee, for his hard work on this important issue.
“This committee was responsible for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Community Celebration which was a highly successful event for our City,” Lee said. Coady takes the matter to heart.
“It is very important to me that all of Charlottetown’s citizens have access to the products, services and programs they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle.”