In what promises to be a unique opportunity of engaging conversations around community inclusion, politics, and advocacy, as well as the challenges that come with ocean rowing, Community Living Ontario will be hosting An Evening of Possibilities with John, Colin and Michael.
A fundraiser for the organization’s A Million Possibilities Campaign, the October 25th event at the Centre for Social Innovation (192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto) will have attendees hearing from compelling speakers with differing perspectives on how to make inclusion a reality for all of us. Money raised will be directed to Community Living Ontario’s youth, family and advocacy initiatives, as well as its urgent priorities.
The Honourable John Baird will share stories of his time as Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and insights on how he overcame often turbulent times to assist in creating a more inclusive society.
Michael Jacques will discuss how Community Living Ontario’s youth initiative Re:Action4Inclusion enabled him to triumph over barriers in his life. He will also discuss how he now advocates for people who have an intellectual disability to be included in their community.
The evening’s third speaker will be Colin Sanders. In December of 2017, he will be rowing 4,000 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean by himself to raise money for the A Million Possibilities Campaign. Colin will take attendees through what it takes to prepare and train for his incredible journey, as well as how he and his family have benefitted from the Community Living movement.
Gurvir and Sara Singh will handle MC duties and facilitate an engaging Q & A session with the speakers. The sisters founded Broadening Horizons, a not-for-profit organization that educates youth about social justice issues and the arts in the Greater Toronto Area.
An Evening of Possibilities takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and people can purchase their tickets by clicking here.
Update Friday Staff