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AccessAbility Day 2018 - a healthy body and mind

May 14, 2018
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A healthy body and mind are critical elements to your overall health. Join the City of Ottawa for its AccessAbility day on Thursday May 31, 2018. You must register by May 24!

The day will focus on health and will feature a panel discussion with three Paralympic athletes and a possible future Paralympian. Don’t miss Tyrone Henry, Jason Dunkerley, Todd Nicholson and Collinda Joseph as they discuss their athletic careers and how they maintain a healthy mind and body. Come and find out what makes these athletes excel!

Tyrone Henry won a silver medal in Para Hockey for Canada at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Tyrone first saw para-hockey while a teenager, and, though able-bodied at the time, it struck him as something he wanted to play. A mere six months later a car accident would leave him a paraplegic and he quickly turned his thoughts back to para-hockey. In a few short years, he joined Team Canada and has never looked back.

Tyrone Henry competes for Team Canada against Korea in Para Hockey

Jason Dunkerley is a five-time Paralympic medalist. Jason grew up in Northern Ireland with two brothers who were also blind. Encouragement from his parents to play outside with other children, and support from teachers in trying a variety of different sports, instilled a love for physical activity, which has been a defining part of Jason’s life. Jason has been a member of Canada’s Para Athletics team as a middle distance runner since 1998, and has lived and trained in Ottawa since 2003 as a member of the Ottawa Lions track club.

Todd Nicholson has pretty much done it all for Canada at the Paralympics. A former three-time Paralympic medalist in Para Hockey, Nicholson competed in five Paralympics and served as the Chairperson for Athletes Council from 2010 to 2017. Todd was the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team that was in PyeongChang for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Todd was elected to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Order of Ottawa in 2017.

Todd Nicholson is a five-time Paralympian who served as Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea

Collinda Joseph is a future Paralympic hopeful in wheelchair curling. She is aiming to make the 2022 Paralympic Team. In the meantime, the busy mother of two, remains an advocate for accessibility. She currently provides her built environment expertise in her work on Employment and Social Development Canada’s Accessibility Task Team, which is responsible for creating federal accessibility legislation. In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2015, Collinda was recognized as a member of the Petro-Canada FACE (Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence) program.

Collinda Joseph is a future Paralympic hopeful in wheelchair curling

Following the panel discussion, you will want to stick around for the rest of the day!

A resource fair featuring health-related services will run from the morning until early afternoon. Health and wellness presentations will follow in the afternoon and will include:

  • Connecting on Health Topics from Anywhere
  • Living Well… It's a balancing act
  • Have that talk about mental health

A networking lunch will be provided by Krackers Katering, a social enterprise that increases employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities.

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following disability-related supports are in place for the event:

  • American Sign Language and continuous real-time captioning will be provided for the morning presentations
  • Personal Attendants will be on site for the entire even
  • TFM Loop system is available
  • Scent sensitive venue  

Para Transpo customers may pre-book transportation to AccessAbility Day beginning at noon on Tuesday May 29. 

Please indicate any additional disability-related accommodation needs at the time of registration.

To find out more or to register, visit the AccessAbility event page on

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