News release

City Recognizes National Access Awareness Week Through Sport

Local government | May 25, 2015

The City of Mississauga is raising awareness about National Access Awareness Week taking place June 1 to 7. The City is recognizing staff who deliver exceptional accessible customer service and highlighting the importance of how sports can be inclusive for all.

“Sport events like the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games bring people of all abilities together,” said Laura Piette, Director, Recreation.  “We’re working to build stronger relationships with community-based parasport organizations and adding new parasport programs to our program mix so that residents of all abilities can experience the benefits of recreation.”

Earlier this week, recreation staff attended a training session called “Changing Minds, Changing Lives”. The session focused on how to influence persons with a disability through sport. Staff had the opportunity to try sitting volleyball, sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball.

At the training, the City recognized three employees for their exceptional accessible customer service with the presentation of Mississauga’s Exceptional Accessible Customer Service Award to:

“It’s important we acknowledge front-line staff and the difference they make,” said Diana Simpson, City accessibility coordinator. “Interactive training sessions like this provide staff with a deeper understanding and appreciation of how sports can positively impact and benefit persons of all abilities.”

For more information about the City’s plan to improve accessible customer service click here or contact Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or

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