Media Release

June 5, 2012

The Regional Municipality of York hosts accessibility celebration

June 3 to 9 is National Access Awareness Week
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is hosting a National Access Awareness Week public celebration event on Wednesday, June 6 in the Great Hall of the York Region Administrative Centre. Presented by the Municipal Staff Reference Group (MSRG), the event recognizes the work being done to make programs and services more accessible for people with disabilities. 
WHAT:  National Access Awareness Week public celebration event
WHEN:  Wednesday, June 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:  York Region Administrative Centre
 17250 Yonge Street, Great Hall
 Town of Newmarket
WHO: • Vito Spatafora, Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor and Chair of the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee
• Alf Spencer, Director of Outreach and Compliance with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
• Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner, Community and Health Services Department
• John Cairns, motivational speaker
• Voices of Joy Choir
The celebration features motivational keynote speaker John Cairns, who will share his story of how he found passion, purpose and a life of hope after he lost an arm and leg in a rail accident. Three songs will be performed by the award-winning inclusive musical group, Voices of Joy Choir.
The MSRG is a community partnership of accessibility professionals from York Region, York Regional Police, local municipalities, hospitals and school boards.
National Access Awareness Week was established in 1988 in response to a request by Rick Hansen following his Man in Motion World Tour. Its primary goal is to bring communities together in a spirit of partnership to affect meaningful change and work towards full participation and equal access for people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian life.

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Media Contact: Laura Kucharchuk, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext.1207 / Cell: 289-221-4074

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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