Lieutenant Governor of Ontario joins Easter Seals to celebrate the United Nations International Day of the Disabled.

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Easter Seals Canada is pleased to welcome the
The Honorable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as we join in
celebrating the International Day of the Disabled and to pay tribute to our
National Corporate Sponsors. The International Day of the Disabled is marked
on December 3rd and will be honored at a reception taking place on Friday,
November 30, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Delta Chelsea Hotel 33 Gerrard Street West,
Toronto, Ontario.
    Easter Seals Canada is pleased to recognize our national sponsors as
partners in our mission to enable independence and active living for those
individuals and their families who are affected by a disability.
    "I am truly honored to be part of the Easter Seals celebrations of the
United Nations International Day of the Disabled and to support such a worthy
cause" stated His Honor "For the last several years I have had the pleasure of
supporting Easter Seals and I personally have witnessed the impact of their
significant work on the lives of countless Ontarians.
    In Canada over 3 Million people live with a disability and it is
estimated over 600 Million worldwide. Since 1922 Easter Seals across Canada
has provided support, services and equipment designed to enhance independence.
In Canada Easter Seals serves about 65,000 people directly and including
family members Easter Seals impacts almost a quarter million people. Through
our federation of provincial organizations we are the leading provider of
services to children and adults with disabilities. Easter Seals is a prime
provider of wheelchairs, mobility and accessibility aids. Operating 22 summer
camps for children with disabilities and their families, Easter Seals provides
an opportunity to share in recreational activities while enhancing
independence. In most major cities across Canada Easter Seals provides skills
development and job placement services. "We are proud to be the leading
non-profit service provider in Canada and with the continued support of our
corporate sponsors we endeavor to serve even greater numbers of children,
youth and adults affected by a disability" stated Max Beck, CEO Easter Seals
    The annual observance of the United Nations International Day of the
Disabled, December 3rd aims to promote an understanding of disability issues
and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well being of people with
disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from
the integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of political,
social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the Day is based on the goal
of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by
people with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled People, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.

For further information:

For further information: on the International Day of the Disabled and
Easter Seals Canada's tribute to sponsors or to donate, please contact Max
Beck at (416) 932-8382 ext 223 or visit our website at

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