Northern College to Host 26th Annual Awareness Day and Wheelchair Rally

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College Timmins Campus is preparing to host its 26th annual Awareness Day on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Awareness Day aims to give students and members of the public a deeper understanding of the challenges and difficulties faced by people with disabilities.

Awareness Day activities at the Timmins Campus will begin with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., followed by the highly-anticipated annual wheelchair rally. Members of the public are invited to register for the wheelchair rally in teams of four by calling Monique Fortin at 705.235.3211 ext. 2103 or Shanna Lecuyer at 705.235.3211 ext. 2272. Closing ceremonies and an award presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m.

“Awareness Day is an excellent opportunity for us to champion our commitment to maximizing access to education for all learners in our region,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Our talented Accessibility Services and Advising staff provide a wide variety of essential services that help students with all levels of ability achieve success. Today is their chance to shine.”

As part of Awareness Day activities, Northern has invited special guest speaker Angie DeMarco to host a personal and professional development session titled Learning Disability – Neuro-Diverse NOT Neuro-Deficit. The presentation will be free and open to the public, and run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“We hope that this year’s attendees take away an understanding that disabilities don’t have to stand in the way of someone achieving their personal, professional or educational goals,” says Jim Chalmers, Accessibility Advisor at Northern College. “We are very proud of the legacy we’ve established with Awareness Day, and we plan to continue hosting this important event for many years to come.”

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Media Contact:

Stephen Saarinen
Marketing and Communications Officer
705.235.3211 ext. 2276
saarinens@northern.on.ca