Eight awards were handed out Sunday night during the first Special Needs Award Evening, hosted by the Special Needs Advisory Committee.
Recognizing their outstanding contributions toward enabling individuals with special needs in the community, the Moose Jaw Lions Club, Canadian Tire, Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions Club, Moose Jaw Diversified Service, Sarcan, Victoria Wright, Partners in Employment and the Moose Jaw Shrine Club, were honoured during the event.
Chairman of the board, Colin Rosnes said being that Dec. 3, was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it seemed only right to recognize those in the Moose Jaw community who have gone above and beyond for those with special needs in our community.
“They are valuable people in our society and when you enable them to succeed, the more of a contribution they can make to society … and then what happens is that others with special needs see this and it prompts them to go out and do what they can as well.
Rosnes said when you empower those with special needs, you are empowering the entire community.
Also on hand Sunday night was Mayor Glenn Hagel, who gave a small speech congratulating the winners and said he was honoured to be a part of the event.
He said “I know I say Moose Jaw is healthy city with a healthy community, however what makes a healthy community is a place where everybody can participate.”
Before the awards portion of the event began, Hagel along with a handful of those in attendance came together to sign the official proclamation declaring Dec. 4 – Dec. 10, Persons with Disabilities Week, in Moose Jaw.
In a news release sent out by the Government of Saskatchewan, it said International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an important day because it makes visible those with disabilities in all Saskatchewan communities.
“(It) promotes a better understanding of disabilities issues among all Saskatchewan people,” said social services minister June Draude.
“Our government looks forward to continuing to work and help integrate people with disabilities into every aspect of the social, political, economic and cultural life of our province.”
Rosnes said he hopes this is the first of many recognition nights in Moose Jaw and is looking forward to the future.
If you would like more information on the board or would like to get involved with the Special Needs Advisory Committee, call 692-5879.