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Kelowna’s Annual Inclusion Chain

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Kelowna’s Annual Inclusion Chain

Hosted by: Pathways Abilities Society
Date: October 17th, 2018 starting at 10:00AM
Location: Kelowna City Hall, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna (Click for map)

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Earlier this month, for the first time in five years, Pathways Abilities Society was forced to postpone their annual Inclusion Chain event in front of City Hall. The event, originally scheduled for Tuesday October 2nd, has now been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 17th at 10am and will feature Mayor Colin Basran reading the official Proclamation declaring October Inclusion Month in Kelowna.

“We’ve always tried to maintain our scheduling of the Inclusion Chain on the first Tuesday in October, but this year we felt we had no choice but to delay it”, says Adam Less, whose company Propeller works with Pathways and helps organize the event.

“The event is intended to showcase the diversity of our community and celebrate inclusion. The fact that we have many who attend who require assistance means we have to consider all conditions for the event so that it can truly be inclusive. With the weather forecast this year calling for heavy rain, storms, and even lightning, we just felt it wouldn’t be fair to do the Inclusion Chain when some who may have wanted to attend wouldn’t have been able to due to the weather”, says Less.

Kicked off five years ago, the Inclusion Chain was created by Pathways, a local non-profit society providing services for individuals in the community with diverse abilities. Each year at the event, following reading of the official City of Kelowna proclamation, all those in attendance join side-by-side along Water Street to create a diverse, ‘human chain’ for the singing of the National Anthem.

“All individuals matter regardless of their ability”, explains Pathways’ Executive Director, Charisse Daley.

“This is an important event for us to raise awareness and acknowledge the contribution of all individuals in the community. While it was disappointing to have to move the event this year, we’re pleased we were able to coordinate a new date that works for the City and allows the Mayor to attend”, Daley adds.

The Inclusion Chain is open to the general public. Anyone wishing to attend and participate should plan on being outside City Hall on Water Street no later than 10am on Wednesday, October 17th. Refreshments will be available and the event is scheduled to take approximately half an hour.

Wednesday will be a busy day for the society as later in the day Pathways, along with Century 21 Assurance Realty, will host a ‘Heroes of Diversabilities’ mix & mingle at the Century 21 offices downtown from 5-7pm.

The ‘Heroes of Diversabilities’ initiative celebrates local businesses employing individuals with diverse abilities. The mix and mingle is open to all members of the business community, allowing business members to network and learn more about customized employment opportunities offered by Pathways.

For more information please contact Pathways at 250-763-4837