2019 Proclamation:

Community Inclusion Month (October)

WHEREAS Community Inclusion Month is a celebration of community inclusion throughout the Province of British Columbia, and

WHEREAS Canada ratified the United Nations’ historic Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010, and

WHEREAS the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community enables all people to contribute their gifts, talents and abilities, and to secure their rightful place at home, at school, at work, and in the community, and

WHEREAS a thriving community requires the inclusion and participation of all its members, and

WHEREAS the participation of persons with disabilities as valued members of the work force benefits community as a whole and reflects the provisions of the Convention, and

WHEREAS the Province is committed to enhancing inclusion, thus ensuring that persons with disabilities participate fully in societal life;

NOW KNOW YE THAT we do by these presents proclaim and declare that the month of October 2019 shall be known as

“Community Inclusion Month”

in the Province of British Columbia.

The theme for Community Inclusion Month 2019 is: “The Future is Accessible”

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