TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - ACCESSIBLE MEDIA - Canada's hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help "make media accessible" through VoicePrint and TACtv- are honoured by Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) for their invaluable help in greatly improving media access in Canada.

As part of our annual salute to the great spirit of volunteerism and this year's National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), AMI is honouring the more than 600 Canadians - our own Volunteers - who day in and day out collaborate with us to make media accessible to all Canadians, particularly the 5 million of us who are vision-, hearing- and print-restricted.

"I want to deeply thank all AMI Volunteers - and Volunteers everywhere - for playing such a vital role in building a better Canada," says David Errington, President and CEO of Accessible Media Inc., which is striving to become a new model for cause-driven organizations, one that is inclusive, collaborative and is continually striving to improve and engage others.

"The theme for National Volunteer Week 2011 is Volunteers: Passion. Action. Impact," Errington continues. "That description couldn't be truer of our own corps of terrific Volunteers, who we so greatly admire and respect for all they have done to make AMI'S services, VoicePrint and TACtv so admired and respected here and abroad."

AMI will be putting the spotlight on our Canadian Media Access Volunteers in several ways, including:

  • Sunday, April 10: VoicePrint kicks off National Volunteer Week with a special edition of Contact, our award-winning interview show. The guests: VoicePrint Volunteers Bruce Kachuck and Patricia Garnett-Smith, who discuss the essential role Volunteers play at AMI and why it is so satisfying to them. Tune in at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 11: National Launch by David Errington, President & CEO and a "running celebration" at our various offices across Canada at which staff will formally salute Volunteers throughout the week.
  • Throughout the week on VoicePrint and TACtv: inspiring messages from many of our VoicePrint Volunteers on why they volunteer.

Among Volunteer comments:

"A very close friend of mine has vision loss and I know the challenges she faces on a day to day basis. Being a reader at VoicePrint is my way of giving back and it's my way of hoping to make a difference. "

"I've always had a love for the printed word, for the stories behind the headlines and the stories that pique our imagination and capture our hearts. It's about being part of a shared experience between the reader and the audience, stitching the country together one story at a time. At VoicePrint there's something for everybody."


About Accessible Media Inc.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization operating two broadcast services, VoicePrint and The Accessible Channel - TACtv, and their companion websites. AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind, with low vision, print-restricted, deaf or hearing-impaired, learning disabled, mobility impaired, in need of literacy skills or learning English as a second language, by making content accessible. More information is available at

SOURCE Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

For further information:

Accessible Media Inc.
Georgina Blanas, Director, Government, Public and Affiliate Affairs
Telephone: 416-422-4222 ext.   0981

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