Easter Seals Canada was awarded The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) Tourism Industry Award of Excellence for Accessible Tourism for its Access 2 Card and Disability Travel Card programs.
Easter Seals Canada launched the 21st Century Skills & Leadership Program. Sponsored by RBC and now available in six provinces, the program is geared towards supporting young adults between 15 and 29 years old in positioning themselves for future success in the workplace and in life by providing them with skills development, coaching, networking, and real-life workplace and/or volunteer experience activities.
Having already competed for Canada in Wheelchair Basketball in the 2015 Parapan American games in Toronto and the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio, Easter Seals alumnus Liam Hickey won a silver medal for Sledge Hockey at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.
Bill C-81 was passed by the Senate with amendments on May 13th. Amendments were accepted by the House of Commons on May 29th and Royal Assent was received on June 21st.
The President & CEO of Easter Seals Canada and the President & CEO of Easter Seals Ontario, along with Easter Seals Ontario’s Provincial Ambassadors, presented the first sheet of 2019 Easter Seals stamps to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill to launch the annual March is Easter Seals Month campaign.
On May 29th, Easter Seals Canada launched Red Shirt Day, an annual initiative to raise awareness and promote dialogue about accessibility and inclusion of people living with disabilities that coincides with National AccessAbility Week.
Easter Seals Canada’s 100,000th Access 2 Card was issued.
Amway Canada was presented with Easter Seals Canada’s Patron Award for its significant contribution to Easter Seals Canada and for demonstrating strong support for people in Canada living with a disability.
D.P. Murphy Inc. was presented with Easter Seals Canada’s Community Partner Award for demonstrated excellence in partnering with Easter Seals to promote access and inclusion, as well as enhancing the independence, well-being, and quality of life of Canadians living with disabilities.
Canadian performer Jann Arden was the special guest host at Easter Seals Alberta’s “Brunch Reinvented”, an event to raise funds for Camp Horizon.