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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April 5: Just say YES to COMMUNITY INCLUSION Workshop


All Abilities Welcome - Participation sans frontières

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is proud to partner with the Wetaskiwin Public Library in bringing you a workshop which will engage persons with a disability and recreation providers, municipal staff, recreation therapists and other interested participants through an inspiring presentation and networking opportunity.

ALACD is a national network dedicated to the wellness of Canadians with a disability through healthy active living, recreation and sport.

Tuesday April 5, 2011
 10:30am - 12:00pm
Wetaskiwin Public Library, Wetaskiwin  

 Free however we request that participants register in advance

Who should attend?

Are you a recreation provider from a community centre, fitness centre or recreation facility who understands the value of including individuals of all abilities, but does not know where to

Do you work with people with a disability who might benefit from or be interested in pursuing
an active lifestyle?

Are you a person with a disability interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in physical activity? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the AAW workshop will be of interest to you.

Join us for a presentation, networking, & interactive discussions. Hear from All Abilities Welcome speaker Mia Fairley, an active advocate for persons with disabilities. Mia’s commitment to supporting active lifestyles for persons with disabilities means leading by example and getting involved.

Expected Outcomes:

Ø  Engage and empower community recreation staff;
Ø  Discover strategies on how to make programs & services more inclusive;
Ø  Come away with ideas and practical tips to create inclusive recreation opportunities;
Ø  Build awareness that anyone can be physically active;
Ø  Promote a culture of inclusion;
Ø  Offer practical tools & resources: AAW Tool Kit provided free.
To Register, email or call Manisha Khetarpal, at or (780) 361-4447


Mia Fairley is a mother of three, a high school teacher and sledge hockey coach with the Paralympic Sports Association.  Her eldest child was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in 1993.  Since then, she has been an active advocate for persons with disabilities.  Mrs. Fairley has served on numerous committees including the Association for Community Living and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association, as well as working as media coordinator for the National Spina Bifida Conference.

Mia is pursuing her coach’s certification and has attended training sessions for the Long Term Athlete Development program.  Mia and her husband are extremely active volunteers, and both have their level 2 official’s course for Alpine Skiing. Her husband currently organizes and coaches the grassroots racing program for Edmonton CADS (Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers).

Mia’s commitment to supporting active lifestyles for persons with disabilities means leading by example and getting involved.