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Toronto Catholic District School Board

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • Tuesday, December 3
  • 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Metro Hall Rotunda
  • 55 John Street

 

To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the City is hosting an event on December 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the rotunda at Metro Hall (please see attached flyer). The event will include guest speakers showcasing their stories and accomplishments as Torontonians with disabilities.

 

 

 

TCDSB Believes in Equity and Inclusion

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 
December 3, 2019

 

TCDSB is committed to ensuring that our schools and our places of work are inclusive, welcoming and nurturing. We want all staff, students and families to truly feel that they belong to our Catholic education community.
 
On December 3rd, as we recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are reminded to reflect on how we can make a difference in the lives of those who are living with disabilities. We are encouraged to provide support and assistance to enable our colleagues, our students and members of our community the opportunity to fully participate in all that our schools and workplaces have to offer.
 
To quote from our Equity Action Plan, “the work of equity calls upon each of us to act with sincerity, integrity, and commitment to ensure that everyone feels a sense of belonging, and is encouraged and supported to thrive and succeed to the best of their abilities. As we work to bring this action plan to life, let us remember to see the face of Christ in every child, every parent and every co-worker.”
 
As we continue our journey through the second year of our pastoral plan, “Rooted in Christ: we Believe”, let us remember those Catholic beliefs and values that we hold dear. We are called to recognize each individual as a child of God. We are called to believe in the worth and dignity of everyone. We are called to use our own strengths, abilities and talents to support and lift up those who need assistance, and to defend their inalienable rights to equity and inclusion.
 
We thank those who work most closely with our students who have special needs to ensure that their experiences are enriching and fulfilling, to encourage them to achieve to the best of their abilities, and to provide them with a compassionate, nurturing and loving environment.
We also acknowledge all the parents and staff who advocate tirelessly for the needs of those living with disabilities.
 
On December 3rd, let’s celebrate the beauty of each individual in our community, and the special gifts that they have to offer.
 
Sincerely,

Rory McGuckin                               Maria Rizzo
Director of Education                      Chair of the Board
 
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”—St Francis of Assisi

 
 
 
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