CPD's Joyce Fee and Jason King accept OTF plaque from MPP Jeff Leal

CPD receives 3 year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for TIMS program

On Thursday December 17, 2015, local MPP Jeff Leal stopped by the holiday lunch for Council for Persons with Disabilities to share the exciting news that it had received a $227,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

CPD's Joyce Fee and Jason King accept OTF plaque from MPP Jeff Leal
Joyce Fee, Jason King and MPP Jeff Leal. The three-year grant will be used to help with staffing and program costs for the CPD’s Time in My Shoes (TIMS) program and to develop a volunteer leadership program. TIMS is an interactive half-day session for students in Grade 6 thru 8 to develop awareness around accessibility.

Funds from the grant will be used to hire a Community Outreach Coordinator, to help bring in peer motivational guest speakers, host and promote community workshops and to help with the costs of program materials. TIMS has developed into a key initiative for the Council, helping young people better understand what it might be like to have a mobility, visual, hearing or intellectual challenge and to become aware of the challenges. Funds will also be used to expand TIMS to reach a wider audience including post-secondary students and the business community, while at the same time explore in-school delivery.

“Time In My Shoes is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain insight into, and ask questions about, what it is like to live with a disability from the unique perspective of people who actually live with disabilities.” Jason King, Access Awareness & Education Committee Chair / CPD.

The Council for Persons with Disabilities is active in the community and is working to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by promoting equality, opportunity and inclusion so that everyone can contribute and thrive. CPD is an organization that promotes 51% of staff and board leadership from persons with disabilities; empowering people to take an active role in directing the services and programs that matter to them.

The leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF helps build healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca


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