Council Chambers were packed with smiling faces on October 23rd, to celebrate the Township of Uxbridge’s Accessibility Recognition Awards.
Graham Baskin, a high school student who is an ambassador for accessibility in his community, received the 2017 Township of Uxbridge Individual Accessibility Award.
Graham is an advocate for people with disabilities, he has committed countless hours of volunteer service and has advised his high school and the Township on matters of accessibility.
Mayor Gerry Lynn O’Connor said, “Graham shows that regardless of barriers, everyone can live life to the fullest.”
She continued, “Graham is the perfect example of what just one person can do to create inclusive environments for people of all abilities, and his future is so bright.”
The Roxy Theatres in Uxbridge also received an award for their accessibility efforts in the community.
The 2017 Township of Uxbridge Business Accessibility Award was awarded to the Roxy for always ensuring their business is accessible to people of all abilities.
The Roxy features a special main level with accessible washrooms, full ramps, for easy access to the theatre, and priority seating for people living with a disability.
The theatre is also very accommodating in removing barriers and they are always willing to make sure their customers feel comfortable. Whether it’s special screenings or ensuring the staff are trained to assist anyone who walks in the door, the Roxy makes sure everyone feels welcome.
“The Roxy is a fantastic example of an organization succeeding in being inclusive in the community. We hope that all businesses consider the accessibility of their business when not only completing renovations, but in delivering a service,” Mayor O’Connor said.
Cathy Christoff, the recipient of the award on behalf of The Roxy, is very thankful and hopes other businesses will step up as well, to make sure they are accessible for everybody.
She said, “I would just like to say thank you to council for [making sure] that we can have an accessibility committee in our community. It’s essential that we constantly remind businesses that you should not really open your doors unless your opening them for everyone. I hope that this will inspire other businesses in our community to reach that conclusion.”
Anyone looking to make Uxbridge more accessible and accommodating of people who live with a disability, can join the Accessibility Advisory Committee. For more information about the committee and how to join, call the Township of Uxbridge’s Deputy Clerk, Catalina Blumenberg at 905-852-9181 ext. 209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org