District to Host Accessibility Conference and Seniors’ Wellness Fair – June 2, 2017


The District of Muskoka looks forward to hosting its first Accessibility Conference and Seniors’ Wellness Fair on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.  This free all-day community event is themed “Living your Best Life in Muskoka”, and will feature over 50 exhibitors, keynote speakers, workshops, demonstrations, door prizes, light refreshments and entertainment.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend the full day, or drop in to experience part of the day’s programs and visit with exhibitors.

“We are thrilled to host this new event that celebrates the benefits of creating inclusive communities and promotes the many accessibility and wellness resources available in Muskoka,” said Sandy Cairns, Chair of the District’s Accessibility Committee and member of the District’s Community Services Committee.

The morning program will feature a keynote address from Mark Wafer, the owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Toronto, who is dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities in the workforce for individuals with disabilities and sees the clear business case for inclusive employment. Over the past 20 years, Mark and his wife Valarie have hired 120 people with disabilities to fill meaningful and competitively-paid positions in all areas of the operations, from entry-level to logistics, production, and management.  The morning program will also feature NIA (No Impact Aerobics) demonstrations and entertainment by the Fernglen Fiddleheads.

The afternoon keynote will feature award winning humourist Bill Carr, who will talk about “Living your best life in Muskoka” and offer the audience a fresh perspective on what they face every day.  The day will close with workshops from local author Peter Jennings and Graham Murray, a local paralympian and motivational speaker.  The full program schedule is available at www.muskoka.on.ca/accessibilitywellnessfair

“The District’s recent collaboration with community partners to establish a  Muskoka Master Aging Plan for Muskoka identified the benefits of promoting accessibility in our communities and connecting residents to the seniors wellness resources”, said Rick Williams, Commissioner of Community Services with the District of Muskoka.  “The Accessibility Conference and Seniors’ Wellness Fair is just one of many District programs and services in place to support people of all abilities in Muskoka.  We hope everyone will consider joining us on June 2nd  to learn more about the many programs and resources that are available locally.”

Transportation to the event is available from Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.  For more information, please visit www.muskoka.on.ca/accessibilitywellnessfair, or contact  seniorsprograms@muskoka.on.ca  or call (705) 645-2412 ext. 484.


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