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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & ADVOCACY A-
Increased awareness of the Conductive Education® Program.
Elected officials at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Province House in Halifax and the House of Commons in Ottawa delivered resolutions to all Members in each respective assembly about March of Dimes Canada and the importance of our Conductive Education® Program which are part of the permanent legislative records. The Nova Scotia initiative also featured a learning forum about Conductive Education® that attracted more than 50% of the Province’s elected officials. Further national outreach was conducted through a published in-depth article about this program in The Hill Times (print and web editions) and delivered to every MP, staffer and Senator across Canada, as well as reprinted in one MP’s householder, which was delivered to approximately 45,000 households in Toronto.
Finalized the Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Canada (IEPC) and attracted new partners.
The IEPC project produced Canada’s first training tools on how to welcome and include people with disabilities at emergency reception shelters in the event of an emergency. Copies were requested by officials in more than three dozen municipalities in Ontario, and the project was singled out by the Minister of Community and Social Services as the most outstanding AODA training and awareness project during 2010-2011. As a result, our current outreach for partnerships has been extended.
Making 2010 municipal elections meaningful for consumers.
Partnering with Community Living Toronto, CNIBNIBNIB, Canadian Hearing Society, Holland Bloorview, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and more, March of Dimes co-presented Toronto’s first Mayoral Candidates Debate on Disability Issues in June, 2010, which was moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and made available through YouTube, Facebook and various traditional media. Another first: our national office at 10 Overlea Boulevard served as the designated, fully-accessible polling station for the Ward and the demonstration centre for Toronto’s new accessible voting terminals for the October municipal election. The Government Relations Department also hosted a learning forum on governance and voting for consumers, lead by Dr. Neil Tomlinson, Chair of Ryerson University’s Politics and Public Administration program. Our community engagement work on this front was recognized with a special plaque awarded by the City of Toronto.