“Persons with disabilities have a significant positive impact on society, and their contributions can be even greater if we remove barriers to their participation. With more than one billion of persons with disabilities in our world today, this is more important than ever.”
Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, message on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2012
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The main program of the observance for International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Vegreville will be to celebrate the accomplishments that Persons with Disabilities have made in our community. The Vegreville IDPD committee have organized a PANCAKE BREAKFAST on December 1, 2017 at the Senior Citizen Sunshine Club, from 10:30 AM – 1:00PM. We will have a silver donation for the Vegreville Food Bank and Senior Citizen Sunshine Club. This celebration will recognize various businesses in Vegreville, who have hired Persons with Disabilities. These employers have made significant strides by creating an environment of inclusiveness, and at the same time providing an understanding that Persons with Disabilities have skills and talents that far exceed expectations.
As we progress in this vibrant community, this year’s theme – “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.” – defines what we have been working towards for our community and all its residences. Vegreville is a very sustainable community; and all citizens that reside in our great community have shown outstanding resiliency with all the challenges that we have experienced.
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So please join us on December 1st to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities for a PANCAKE BRUNCH on December 1, 2017 at the Senior Citizen Sunshine Club, 4630-49 St. from 10:30 AM – 1:00PM. A special guest from the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities will be attending, VegMin’s Readers Theatre will provide a little entertainment. This is free and open to the public. Awareness is not for just one day.
Derek Christensen, Employment Facilitator – EmployAbilities