FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 April 2019
Raising the flag on disability and inclusion
GUELPH, Ontario – This Thursday, the City of Guelph and Community Living Guelph Wellington will be hosting a flag raising to celebrate community, inclusion and people with disabilities.
The flag raising kicks off a month-long focus on disability rights, inclusion, and awareness for Community Living.
“It’s about highlighting how every person in our community has gifts and strengths,” says Laura Hanley, Executive Director for Community Living Guelph Wellington.
“Whether its inclusive employment, where the people we support are working alongside their neighbours just like you or me, or it’s asking for our communities to be more accessible, the rights of the people we support are at the centre of everything we do,” says Hanley. “Community Living Month is our opportunity to share that message, while also celebrating with all of the other great organizations who support people with disabilities.”
With May being Community Living month, agencies across Ontario are drawing attention through public awareness campaigns. On May 2nd and 3rd, community buildings and structures across the province will be illuminated in blue and green as part of the fourth annual Shine A Light on Community Living campaign. Market Square in Guelph will be lit up on May 2nd.
Friends of Community Living are encouraged to participate in the campaign by posting their photos to social media using the hashtag #ShineALightOnCL, or joining the flag raising at 1 Carden St. in Guelph, at 11:00 am.
CONTACT: Annie Knight
Marketing and Development Lead
Community Living Guelph Wellington is a not-for-profit organization that supports more than 500 adults with a developmental disability living in Guelph and Wellington County. We believe in community first. We help people with developmental disabilities connect to community for work and volunteering, places to live and recreation.