The 2014 Inclusion Awards were presented at City Hall on October 12 to honour individuals, organizations and businesses that strive to be inclusive and have made a significant contribution in Charlottetown as a result.
"These awards were created to recognize those who have helped make our city more accessible and inclusive of all citizens," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "Each year, we honour employers who include people with disabilities in their workplace, organizations that offer all-inclusive programs and business people who work hard to make their establishments accessible. Our city continually improves because of these people. We appreciate the work they do and thank them for what they have done for our City."
The Inclusion Awards are presented annually at a private ceremony held at City Hall. The recipients are chosen based on nominations and selections by the city’s Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities.
"The businesses and people who receive this award are chosen because they have gone above and beyond what is required in the City’s Zoning and Development Bylaw," said Councillor Jason Coady, Chair of the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities. "In some cases, the recipients have also gone above and beyond what might be expected of them in the workplace. The Inclusion Awards give us a chance to honour the efforts of those who help ensure all citizens in the Capital City have access to the services and programs required to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle."
The 2014 Inclusion Award recipients are:
• James Warren – for his advocacy work at UPEI for persons with disabilities and his commitment to training Tremploy clients to work at the UPEI cafeteria. Tremploy is a non-profit organization that provides adults who have an intellectual disability with vocational training, life skills training, life enrichment and support services.
• Yellow Cab – launched the first wheelchair accessible taxi in Charlottetown. It operates from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., but is expected to expand to operate 24-hours per day.
• Richard Montigny – for his lifetime commitment as a passionate advocate of equality for Islanders with disabilities.
• Kwik Kopy – for its inclusive hiring practices and workforce policies that ensure people of all abilities are able to build their skills and independence and obtain gainful employment.
• Mark MacIntosh and Bill McFadden – for creating and performing a play that encourages people to look beyond disabilities to accept and respect one another as equals.
• Sporting Intentions – for its inclusive hiring practices and workforce policies that ensure people of all abilities are able to build their skills and independence and obtain gainful employment.
• Carolyn Bateman – co-founder of the Stars for Life Foundation, which provides life-long learning opportunities for young adults with autism and provides support for families with autistic children.
To recommend an individual, business or organization for the 2015 Inclusion Awards, contact City Hall at: 902-566-5548. Nominations are reviewed by the City’s Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities and announced each Fall.
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