Nominations open for the 2022 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2022 Celebrating Accessibility Awards which recognize a person, business or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements toward improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.

“Accessibility is more than disability. Equitable access benefits everyone in the Kingston community and everything that the community offers,” said Andrew Ashby, Chair of MAAC. “The Celebrating Accessibility Awards recognize and increase awareness of the efforts of community residents, businesses, and organizations to remove barriers, increase inclusivity, and make Kingston more accessible for everyone.”

The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), created the awards in 2011 to recognize members of our community who help to make Kingston more accessible for everyone.

According to the City, eligible nominees for a Kingston Celebrating Accessibility Award are Kingston residents, organizations, or businesses who have had a positive impact on accessibility in Kingston. The achievement should reflect a nominee’s positive impact on accessibility in the past three years (2020 to 2022.)

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to identify the area(s) that their nominee’s work best reflects: built environment, customer service, design of public spaces, education, employment, health care, information and communication, and transportation, according to a release from the City. Awards will be given out in the following three categories: Business, Community Member and Community Organization.

Learn more about the awards and submit a nomination online at Completed nomination forms can also be submitted in person at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

According to the release, the award selection committee chooses the finalists from amongst the nominations received. The selection committee is comprised of four members of MAAC, the City stated.

The City said that award recipients will be celebrated at a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

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