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Local businesses and not-for-profit organization recognized for removing accessibility barriers

Clarington, Ontario - Clarington Council recognized two local businesses and a not-for-profit organization for their commitment to accessibility and inclusion during a virtual ceremony held on December 2, 2020. Foodland Newcastle, Hooper’s Jewellers and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville - Grocery Delivery Program were all honoured for taking steps to remove barriers and to ensure that people of all abilities can access their services.

“Congratulations to all organizations who have taken a leadership role in our community promoting accessibility so that all residents can access services,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “It’s important to recognize accessibility success stories to inspire others to follow suit. Our ultimate goal is to create a more inclusive and caring Clarington,” added Mayor Foster.

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster, members of Council, as well as members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) were on hand to recognize these community leaders.

Each year, the Accessibility Advisory Committee selects organizations that demonstrate leadership in accessibility and work to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. One of these organizations is also chosen to represent Clarington at the Durham Region Accessibility Awards.

This year, the Accessibility Advisory Committee voted to select Foodland Newcastle as Clarington’s nominee for the Regional Accessibility Award. Foodland Newcastle has taken numerous steps to promote accessibility. For example, a staff member learned sign language to help communicate with a customer who has a hearing impairment. The customer was also hired to work at the store. Other staff members also learned sign language to help provide a more inclusive working environment.

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Media inquiries:
Municipality of Clarington
Alison Jeschke
Communications Coordinator
905-623-3379 ext. 2215 or ajeschke@clarington.net

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