Coinciding with its 70th Anniversary, the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) changed its name to Manitoba Possible.
On March 11th, Easter Seals Canada held its inaugural Community Conference at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. With the theme Beyond Social Inclusion: Taking a closer look at the intersections of Employment, Education and Income Disparity for people living with disabilities, the conference featured several workshops, a panel discussion, and a technological innovation competition for secondary school students. That same day, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic; by the following week, Canadians were being urged by their governments to stay home.
With the closure of summer camps due to the pandemic, Easter Seals in several provinces quickly moved to develop innovative solutions. These included virtual camp and Camp in a Box (activity kits distributed to children with disabilities).
Easter Seals Canada offered its first free online workshop series for Red Shirt Day and National AccessAbility Week.
Our 100th Anniversary in Canada! Easter Seals is proud to look back on a century of working to create a more inclusive and accessible society. And we look forward to the next 100 years of helping Canadians with disabilities to live their best lives and be UNSTOPPABLE®!