On December 3 the City of Vancouver hosted a special event to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Roundhouse Community Center in Yaletown. The event featured live entertainment, a welcome from Mayor Robertson and a craft fair representing art created by persons with disabilities. The motto of the event was “To celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and the possibility of a world where everyone belongs.”
Day Program Director, Jen Kazda shares her experience with us:
L’Arche was given the opportunity to set up a table to share our art with the community. The Emmaus Center helped to prepare for this special event by creating Art Cards and stamped wrapping paper to sell. Neighbours Helping Neighbours helped out too by baking gingerbread and sugar cookies.
Melina, Delinda, Theresa, Jill and I represented the L’Arche day programs at the event. We had a lot of fun setting up and displaying our items. The event was well attended and our Art Cards were very popular. Everyone had a great time meeting the other artists and we were frequently on the dance floor taking in the live music. We even got to meet the Mayor!
The motto of the event really captured the spirit of the event and the people in attendance. We look forward to next year’s celebration!