CFRC Storyline: Accessibility Awards & Invista Centre Covid Safety

City of Kingston is seeking nominees for 2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards and has opened Invista Centre with Covid safety measures in place.

City seeks nominees for 2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

September 15, 2020

Know a person or organization making Kingston more accessible for all residents? The City and the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards at www.CityofKingston.ca/AccessAwards.

"The Celebrating Accessibility Awards recognize how Kingston’s residents, businesses and organizations go above and beyond to remove barriers, foster inclusivity and increase engagement for those with disabilities," says Janet Jaynes, Deputy City Clerk. “The positive impacts of an accessible Kingston benefit everyone in our community.”

After consultation with members of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee, the award categories have been modified for the 2020 awards. Awards will be given out in the following three categories: to a Business, to a Community Member and to a Community Organization. Nominators will be asked to identify which area(s) their nominee’s work best reflects.

Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. Award fields for which people can be nominated include:  

  • Built Environment: a building, interior, or outdoor space purposely designed, modified, or renovated to eliminate barriers and/or enhance access for people with disabilities.
  • Customer Service: breaking down barriers that prevent customers with disabilities from accessing the services they need. Barriers include physical/architectural, technological, information or communication, organizational and attitudinal.
  • Design of Public Spaces: making communal spaces, such as trails, beaches, rest stops, outdoor play spaces, accessible parking, or outdoor paths of travel more accessible.
  • Education: identifying and removing barriers to student participation in learning at all levels from kindergarten to post-secondary and adult education.
  • Employment: employers making their workplace practices accessible to potential or current workers with disabilities.
  • Health Care: making the health care system more accessible to patients with disabilities as well as any patients’ support people.
  • Information and Communication: creating, providing, and receiving information and communications that people with disabilities can access. Accessible information and communication provide all people an equal chance to learn and be active in their communities.
  • Transportation: making the features and equipment on transportation services, including routes and vehicles, accessible to passengers with disabilities.

The Celebrating Accessibility Awards were established in 2011 to recognize members of our community who help to make Kingston more accessible for everyone. 

Find nomination forms and more information at www.CityofKingston.ca/AccessAwards

City opens INVISTA Centre with COVID-19 measures in place

September 15, 2020

The INVISTA Centre, at 1350 Gardiners Rd., is now open with four ice pads for permitted ice-use and fitness centre access as part of the province’s phase three re-opening framework and under guidance from KFL&A Public Health.  

Health and safety measures have been put in place to comply with the provincial framework and local health protocols. These measures include capacity limits, health screenings and increased cleaning and sanitization to ensure that the safety of staff and patrons is paramount.  

“We know people are excited to get back on the ice and into fitness routines,” says Bill Rogerson, Manager Recreation Facilities. "We appreciate the support of our patrons, our facility partners and user groups as we re-open this important community asset.” 

Get more information about the INVISTA Centre re-opening.

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