Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua issued a statement following a ceremony at Vaughan City Hall to celebrate three winners of the inaugural Accessibility Champion Awards:
“Tonight, we honoured three members of our community whose ongoing efforts exemplify what it means to be an accessibility champion. Through Vaughan’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), we are working to ensure access for residents and visitors with disabilities.
The winners are:
- Nickie Saladino – An educational assistant at Blessed Trinity Elementary School, Nickie works with children with a variety of disabilities.
- Reena – A non-profit organization established in 1973 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as an alternative to institutions, Reena promotes independence, personal growth and inclusion.
- Vaughan Mills Mall – As a fully accessible building, the mall has several accessibility features, including family restrooms, as well as wheelchairs and scooters.
Earlier this year, Vaughan was the recipient of the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. This award is named after Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor and recognizes accessibility champions who raise awareness about the benefits of inclusion and foster positive change in their communities.
“I am honoured to work with individuals who are passionate about accessibility and can help us achieve our goal to leave no one behind,” said Mayor Bevilacqua