The Barrier Free Canada June 2015 newsletter

Table of contents

  1. Summary for the month of June
  2. Next steps
  3. How you can support us
  4. Contact info

Welcome to the Barrier Free Canada June newsletter and we’ll start with our summary for June.

Summary for June

The month of June was spent working to garner support from organizations of all kinds and by the end of June we were happy to report that our list of supporters has grown to 12 organizations in total.

In addition to our five founding organizations we now have seven supporting organizations. Letters from all of the supporting organizations are now posted to our website.

Our five founding organizations are:
CNIB, March of Dimes, the MS Society of Canada, the Canadian Hearing Society, and Accessible Media Inc. A list of our supporting organizations is listed below along with the date on which they signed on.

April 02
Irene Lambert
(Past president, program director)
The Low Vision Self-Help Association
West Island, Montreal Quebec

June 01
Kim White, Manager of Strategic Initiatives
On behalf of Kelly White, Executive Director
The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – NL

June 12
Louise Gillis
National President, Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

June 15
Dar Wournell
National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

June 16
Shane Holten
President, SPH Planning & Consulting Limited

June 22
Lucio D’Intino
President, Quebec Federation of the blind

June 26
Barbara Collier Reg. CASLPO. F. ISAAC
Executive Director, Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC)

We continued to spread the word about our initiative on Facebook and on Twitter; steadily increasing the number of followers on both platforms and we presently send out messages three times weekly on both platforms.

Our list of individual yes supporters also increased for the month of June but we still need a lot more persons who are willing to have their names published on our website in order to help make a difference.

In June we welcomed Stephen Trumper to our team. Stephen is a well known editor, teacher, writer, and marketer. Among his many awards are:
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the National Magazine Awards
Foundation: June 2013
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service: June 2012

Our David Lepofsky was interviewed in late May and early June over an incident which took place with regard to a female passenger whose wheelchair was badly damaged by an airline during her trip outside Canada. David gave in depth interviews to Ontario media and this incident demonstrated a clear example of a glaring need for a Canadians Disabilities Act.


Next steps

With the summer months upon us, it is going to be a challenge to maintain our momentum but we are ready for the task. We will be working to plan some strategic events for September which we hope will help to expand our initiative, increase support, and encourage more people to spread the word. We are counting on you to help us.

It is our hope that we can garner enough support that will be noticed by all Federal Parties and that the new Canadian Parliament will be convinced to enact a Canadians Disabilities Act soon after Parliament resumes.


How you can support us

You can support us in several ways.

First visit us at www.barrierfreecanada.org and read our founding principles.

Next visit our support us page and sign up as a supporter. You can also choose to have your name published on our website, receive updates such as these, or simply register your support by completing our online form.

If you represent an organization and you wish to register your organization’s support, you can send an email to us at info@barrierfreecanada.org and we will be delighted to post the name of your organization on our website.

We will even post your letter of support to our website if you give us permission and you will be able to see your letter of support by visiting http://barrierfreecanada.org/support/from-other-supporting-organizations/

You can also spread the message by word of mouth, write to or visit your MP, your MPP, and even write to your provincial Premier or provincial party leaders.


Contact info

To contact us, please send an email to info@barrierfreecanada.org.

Visit us at www.barrierfreecanada.org

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