The 2016 Inclusion Awards were presented at City Hall on November 15 to honour individuals, organizations and businesses that strive to be inclusive and have made a significant contribution in Charlottetown as a result.
"Every day there are businesses, organizations and individuals who go out of their way to help others and improve the experiences of those around them," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "The Inclusion Awards give us an opportunity to honour those who have helped make our city more accessible and inclusive and let them know we appreciate the work they do."
The Inclusion Awards are presented bi-annually at a private ceremony. The recipients are chosen based on nominations and selections by the City’s Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities.
"Removing barriers for persons with disabilities is a commitment that we have made and one that has received tremendous public support," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities. "It’s important that we take time to thank those who help ensure all citizens in the Capital City have access to services and programs for living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle."
The 2016 Inclusion Award recipients are:
• Home Depot – for partnering with the Spinal Cord Injury-PEI Inc., and donating construction materials for the Stop Gap project, which provides brightly coloured ramps to businesses so that they can become more accessible.
• John Lecky & Company Inc. – for mentoring employees and creating full-time employment for persons with disabilities over the years.
• Merchantman Pub – for addressing an accessibility issue for persons with hearing impairment by providing seating arrangements and soft surfaces that that make it possible to more successfully participate in conversation and engage socially when in the restaurant. In addition, staff are mindful of the needs of those clients whose hearing is impaired.
• Murphy’s Community Centre – for the installation of a new chairlift to improve accessibility and provide access to all areas of the community centre.
• Habitat for Humanity ReStore – for continuing to be an important volunteer placement for several young adults with autism. Staff at the store give the volunteers a sense of belonging and accomplishment, and help build their skills.
• Kenneth Murnaghan – for his role as President of the PEI Brain Injury Association and for being instrumental in creating and promoting an environment supportive to persons with brain injuries. He works on many awareness campaigns to prevent brain injuries on PEI. He is also involved in many fundraisers for the Association and has been the driving force behind the promotion of bicycle helmets and using helmets in other Island sports.
• Belvedere Funeral Home – for constructing an accessible addition to the funeral home and building a new wheelchair ramp for visitors to improve access to the building.
• Holland College – for installing a lift in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall to improve stage access for performers.
• Server Sitters – for hiring several clients of the PEI Council of People with Disabilities and continuing to be an advocate in the community for the hiring of people with disabilities.
To recommend an individual, business or organization for the Inclusion Awards, please contact City Hall at: 902-566-5548.
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