Your 2017 Fall Supporter Newsletter is here!

Congratulations! You are making a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities!

Your Fall Supporter Newsletter is dedicated to exciting news about the future of accessibility in Canada and the momentum we’re building with the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM  (RHFAC) initiative.

Beginning with an opening message from Brad McCannell, VP of Access and Inclusion, each story features key updates and information about the accessibility programs and RHF leadership you support.

Thank you again for being a key partner in the movement to remove barriers in the place where we work, live, learn and play.

Enjoy your newsletter. And best wishes for a fantastic fall and wonderful Christmas Season!

Yours for a more inclusive Canada,
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Renée Eaton
Director, Community Giving
Rick Hansen Foundation

PS. If your newsletter inspires you to make a special holiday donation, simply click the yellow Donate button at the top or bottom of your newsletter, or visit us online at www.rickhansen.com.

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Barrier Buster Projects

Guest Message


My name is Brad McCannell. Some of you may remember my first update in March 2016 about the need for accessibility in Canada. Today, I’m excited to share the solutions.

But first, let me describe the challenge.

The Promise of Better Lives

Accessibility in BC

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is committed to removing barriers to accessibility in the built environment. The long-term goal is to make the places where we live, work, learn, and play fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2050.

Learn how, with the support of the BC Government, we’re moving closer to realizing this goal.

Vimy 100!

How Accessibility Ratings Work

Supporters like you continue to ask about the process behind rating the accessibility of public spaces and buildings.

Read more about how trained RHFAC professionals helping to change the way people experience the places we work, live, learn and play.

Canadians and Accessibility

Life Changing Training

We’re thrilled to announce an exciting partnership between RHF and Vancouver Community College.

Read more about how this new partnership is changing the lives of the participants.

Youth Accessibility Champions

Your Survey Results

Wow! We estimate that over half of donors to the Rick Hansen Foundation give to 11 or more charities!

You are all “super donors” – dedicated to making a positive impact through the charities and non-profits that you support.

Read more about the incredible responses donors like you submitted.

When asked what inspired a donor’s first gift, one individual told us:

“This foundation demonstrates that every life matters. Each one of us has the skills to contribute to the well being of others. Our lives will just keep getting better when we support each other.”

Canadians and Accessibility

Making Neighbourhoods Accessible

RHF provided an Access4All Barrier Buster grant to make the new CNIB Community Hub in Toronto more inclusive.

Learn how technology is breaking down barriers and helping to create one of the most accessible neighbourhoods in Canada.

BC Job Creation Partnership Project

Rick Has A New Book!

Thirty years after making history with his Man In Motion World Tour, Rick has released 30 years later: A Celebration of Courage, Strength and the Power of Community by Jake MacDonald. This special coffee table book includes never-before-seen photos and stories from Rick and his team.

A look back on a seemingly impossible dream, this book will inspire you to believe that anything is possible. Get your copy online today at Indigo or Amazon!

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Neil Squire Solutions

A Little Technology, A Lot of Independence

We’re excited to announce that our new Solutions website is live! Watch our new video (below), read our Solutions blog, and follow Solutions on Instagram.

Neil Squire Solutions: A Little Technology, A Lot of Independence
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Farah’s “Journey to Success”

A Solutions for Employment Success

Farah, who was working part-time in a senior facility as a Dietary Aide, was interested in upgrading her qualifications when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and arthritis. “I started feeling low every day with my health problems,” she says.

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She was referred to the Neil Squire Society’s Solutions for Employment program, which helps people with disabilities and injuries find and maintain employment. The team worked with Farah to figure out her strengths and how to best upgrade her skills.

Eventually, Farah went back to school at the age of 50 and graduated with a Diploma in Social Services. At the same time, she participated in the Neil Squire Society’s Computer Comfort program to hone her computer skills.

Today, Farah is working as a Settlement Worker. “I am still in contact with [my case manager] and always take her advice where I need,” she says. “She is my mentor, without whom I would not be able to complete my journey to success.”

Visit our website to read Farah’s success story.

Cody’s First Job

A Working Together Success

Cody, who has autism, is an enthusiastic 15-year-old who wanted to have a “real job” so he could earn some money. His intellectual disability means his processing may be a bit delayed, but his will to do his best is always on point.

Roch Fortin and Cody

Through the Neil Squire Society’s Working Together program, Cody was connected to Maple Roch, a social enterprise that procures and sells maple syrup.

Over the summer, Cody played an important role in the day-to-day running of the business. He greeted customers, stocked products on shelves, prepared and served energy drinks made with maple syrup, and helped keep the shop clean. He also created posters and signage for use at the farmer’s market.

“Cody is an excellent worker. His enthusiasm is amazing! He loves to come here every single day,” says Mirjana, the Office Coordinator at Maple Roch. “[The Working Together program] could change an entire generation of those that are vulnerable, and an entire mindset of employers and employees.”

Although Cody is back at school now, he has been offered employment at Maple Roch for next summer!

Visit our website to read Cody’s success story.

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Amanda expresses thanks for Tanabe Bursary; make children smile with art; World CP Day recap; Online Auction returns; #FashionWithoutLimits in 1 week!




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Stop Gap Fund Raiser

This year’s Ramp Up will be held will be held at the beautiful Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park on November 21st from 6:00pm – 9:00pm! if you are unable to there check Canada helps website or click on link  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/stopgap- foundago ttion/gclid=CjOKCQiAl8rQBRDrARlsAEW_To8551p5f5AVOtV MPf5TjLFTflOq7_xCPSzzHE-lAlu7-8EGcBtWEgaAibwEALw-wcB

All  funds raised during this event will go towards furthering our awareness raising goals and helping bring Community Ramp Projects to more communities across Canada.


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Christmas craft fair

Another Successfully year, thanks to every one involved and the volunteers,we would like to thank all of the vendors and also thanks to Lorraine and Jade Young  for  their organization,  and thanks to Ken for being the MC for the event, thanks to our volunteer Stephanie for looking after our snacks and Florence Schultz for her selling 50/50 Draws

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