SURREY (May 31, 2020) — MLA for Surrey South Stephanie Cadieux, along with MLA for Vancouver-False Creek Sam Sullivan and MLA for Parksville-Qualicum Michelle Stilwell, have released the following statement today in honour of National AccessAbility Week (NAAW):
“Today marks the beginning of National AccessAbility Week, a week dedicated to inclusion and accessibility in British Columbia and across Canada. Today and every day, we should celebrate individual and community initiatives that help remove barriers to accessibility and recognize the amazing contributions that Canadians with disabilities have made to our province.
“Around 14 per cent of Canadians live with some form of a disability and for many, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has amplified some of the additional health challenges they face. People with disabilities are already significantly less likely to be employed — representing a vastly untapped labour market — and the pandemic has compounded this unfortunate reality.
“But as British Columbians have shown us time and again, the small actions we do to support each other every day are what amount into amazing initiatives that make our communities better for all who share them. By supporting one another, we can ensure that every British Columbian reaches their full potential.
“So take a moment to show us how you are honouring and celebrating National AccessAbility Week with a photo or video and thank an individual or organization that has helped make accessibility a reality in your community.
“Together, we can work to create equal opportunity and accessibility for all of B.C.”