Incredible presenters and fun workshops for Niagara’s disability community, and municipal and activity leaders. Plus… over 20 adapted sports and activities to try.
General public welcome.
Come and connect with adapted sport, recreation and activity leaders from Niagara and across the province. Learn about adaptive places and programs in the Region that are inclusive and welcoming to all, regardless of age or ability.
Community Day Line-Up…
Keynote Presentations (includes Sports Arena, Community Expo and Career Fair): 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. See below for Presenter Information
Food Trucks on Site for Lunch and Refreshments Purchase.
Workshops (includes Sports Arena, Community Expo and Career Fair)
1 – 2 pm
Activities for Seniors
Niagara Region’s Jeannette Beauregard and Diane Thomson share experiences with keeping seniors moving through physical and recreational activity. Great suggestions and examples of home and community-based activity to improve strength, stamina and balance.
1 – 2 pm
Four Niagara parasport athletes motivate with stories of inclusion and importance of community: Chris Garner (pargolfer), Tess Trojan (Special Olympian), Amber Briar (para-fencer) and Julian Caverley (sledge hockey and boccia).
2 - 3 pm
Elisha MacMillan, founder of Rhythm is for Everyone uses rhythm and movement to improve physical and emotional well-being. Join in this drum and dance experiences to meet your diverse needs and abilities.
2 - 3 pm
Every body is different in shape, ability and strength. Robynn Nierop of Imagine Yoga and Wellness shows you how to work with your body, not against it, with adapted yoga practice.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Disability Literacy 101
Inclusion champions Tracy Schmitt, Archie Allison and Jeff Tiessen, share their lived-experience to take participants on an authentic journey into diversity and inclusion education. Great for municipal seasonal/summer recreation staff.
Do you like to help?
Volunteers are needed for all areas of the event from greeting and directing people to setting up and everything in between. Have a look at the schedule to see if there's a good fit for you!
Para-Athlete Development Consultant. Four time Paralympian - gold and silver medalist. Dual-sport World Champion. Coach. Classifier. Darda shares expectations for inclusive community programming and participation.
Maureen Connolly, PhD
Enlightened Ableism. Brock Professor and founder of SNAP (Supporting Neurodiversity through Adaptive Programming), Dr. Connolly speaks candidly about ableism and program participant behaviour challenges and suggestions.
Transformational Teaching. The “Lady of the Lakes”, world-renowned marathon swimmer Vicki Keith shares incredible life experiences and her approach to leadership, with a lens on respect, responsibility and relationships.
Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
Champions of Change. International TedX speaker, Female Leader award-winner and best-selling author Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt challenges audiences to be difference-makers in their community for themselves and for others.
Hosted by ParaSport® Ontario, a disability sports organization that supports all members of the disability community in finding a sport or activity of choice. There is a sport for everyBODY!”