Media advisory - Workers with Disabilities to Conference in Ottawa, Defending Quality Public Services on Agenda

    OTTAWA, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
delegates, observers and guests from across Canada will gather in Ottawa
September 7-9 to attend the PSAC's 2007 National Access Conference.
    Transforming Our World: Moving Forward will highlight the need to defend
quality public services for person's with disabilities. The conference will
also feature panel discussions on lobbying techniques to empower persons with
disabilities to advance the disability rights agenda. The conference is an
opportunity for PSAC members to come together to strategize, discuss and
debate issues important to persons with disabilities.
    Keynote speaker John Rae will address the issue of defending quality
public services for persons with disabilities. Rae, a public service retiree
and a veteran of the labour movement, was recently awarded the Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Ontario Coalition of Social Justice.
    Jim Derksen and Florence Pardo will be the panel speakers on "The Art of
Lobbying." Currently a policy advisor to the Council of Canadians with
Disabilities, Derksen has been active in numerous disability rights
organizations and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at conferences and
universities. Pardo is a development officer with the Regroupement des
aveugles et amblyopes du Quebec (RAAQ) (Quebec Association of the Blind and
Low Vision Persons).

    When:         September 7-9, 2007

    Where:        Westin Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Mark Rogers, PSAC Communications, (613)
560-5482; cell: (613) 323-1728

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