Uxbridge Secondary School student Graham Baskin and The Roxy Theatres of Uxbridge are...

the newest recipients of the Township of Uxbridge Accessibility Recognition Awards, which are presented annually to an individual and business that are committed to accessibility and holistic inclusion within their community. The Accessibility Champions were honoured at a reception and awards presentation at the Township of Uxbridge Council Chambers on October 23.

Fifteen-year-old Graham Baskin received the Individual Award for his contributions as an ambassador and advisor for accessibility issues in his community and high school, where he is a student in Grade 10. As an active participant in several sports, activities and volunteer services, “Graham is the perfect example of what just one person can do to create inclusive environments for people of all abilities,” said Mayor Gerri-Lynn O’Connor.

The Business Award went to The Roxy Theatres, owned by Cathy and Mark Christoff, for its fully accessible facilities, including an accessible washroom, ramps and priority seating. The Roxy was praised for providing special screenings and ensuring that staff is welcoming and helpful to customers with special needs. “The Roxy is a fantastic example of an organization succeeding in being inclusive in the community,” said Mayor O’Connor. “We hope that all businesses consider the accessibility of their business when not only completing renovations, but in delivering a service.” 

The Township of Uxbridge Accessibility Advisory Committee is dedicated to promoting and enhancing a barrier-free environment for all persons, regardless of needs, to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of community life. Nominations for next year’s awards can be made at any time by emailing a completed form, available at www.town.uxbridge.on.ca, to [email protected]