Access Awareness Day and Access Awareness Week
Celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June, Access Awareness Day is a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about disability, accessibility, and social inclusion.
Access Awareness Day has been made possible because of dedicated and inspired individuals who understand the importance of social inclusion; the recognition that both the right and the opportunity to participate in all aspects of human life enable individuals and communities to celebrate their diversity and recognize their responsibilities.
Access Awareness Day is ultimately about more than just one day a year. It is a call to respond creatively and purposefully to build a society where barriers to inclusion are removed, and to ensure the independence, self-esteem, dignity, and security of all citizens.
Sidney Meet Up Network of Women in Business will be organizing an evening of Bowling and we invite some of our residents of the Saanich Peninsula who are handicapped to join us and partake in the celebrations of the evening and help us raise awareness for this great cause
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) is a non-partisan, charitable organization that was established in 1966. SPARC BC focuses on social justice issues and works together with communities on:
- Community Development
- Income Security
- Social Planning
Our core priorities include:
- Research on community social issues
- Public Education
Our Networks and Relationships:
- CSPN (Community Social Planning Network)
- BC CAN (BC Community Accessibility Network)
The Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. works with communities in building a just and healthy society for all.
The definition of “just and healthy” as adopted by the Board of Directors includes four principles:
Equity: The recognition that some individuals or groups require more or less than others to flourish, and that some individuals or groups are capable of contributing more to address deficiencies and promote fairness of distribution.
Social Inclusion: The recognition that both the rights and the opportunity to participate in and enjoy all aspects of human life enables individuals and communities to celebrate their diversity, and recognize and act on their responsibilities.
Security: The recognition that individuals and communities flourish when they have confidence in their surroundings as safe, supportive and stable environments.
Adaptability: The recognition that sustainability requires resilience for both individuals and communities, and the ability to respond creatively to change.
SPARC BC works to reflect its internal values and its mission in all of its advocacy, public education and research work.
Social Justice: We strive for a just and healthy society in which social, economic, environmental well-being are indivisible, through advocating for equality, fairness and dignity for all.
Inclusion: We are committed to achieving access and the full participation and engagement of all in our diverse society by fostering communication, leadership, partnership, and collaboration.
Integrity: We are independent, accountable, and non-partisan.
Learning: We seek, develop and share knowledge and understanding which encourages citizen participation and informs innovative, effective planning and decision-making.