Burlington accessibility advisory committee members given provincial award for volunteer service

Burlington, Ont. – April 25, 2012 – Two members of the City of Burlington’s accessibility advisory committee were recognized for their volunteer service to the community at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards held last night at Liuna Station in Hamilton. The event—hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration—recognizes thousands of volunteers each year who generously contribute their time to organizations across Ontario.
Ron Baliko and Arthur Rendall were each recognized for five years of commitment and continuous service with the Burlington accessibility advisory committee (BAAC).

For Baliko, who is past chairperson of the BAAC, the focus of his expertise is on the built environment and how it affects people with disabilities. He reviews site plans and provides input on construction projects like the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, which opened in 2011. In addition, Baliko was a key player in the development of the city’s recently council-approved Accessibility Design Standards.

“Volunteering with the BAAC is a very rewarding experience,” said Baliko. “Burlington has become more accessible through the work of all of our committee members.”

As a strong advocate for people with hearing loss, Rendall has worked with the city’s accessibility co-ordinator to install assistive listening devices in council chambers and to provide live captioning of council meetings. Through his actions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can participate with confidence in meetings at city hall.

“I never expected an award for the work I do to help others,” said Rendall. “It’s an award in itself when you succeed in something that benefits others.”

The Burlington accessibility advisory committee is a volunteer citizens advisory committee that provides input to staff and council about matters of accessibility. The committee works in partnership with the city to identify and remove barriers to people with disabilities and participates in public awareness activities in and around Burlington throughout the year.

The City of Burlington strongly relies upon the commitment and service provided by its volunteers. For more information about the BAAC and other citizen committees, please visit www.burlington.ca/committees.

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Media Contact:
Judi Lytle
Accessibility Co-ordinator
Tel: 905-335-7600, ext. 7865
E-mail: lytlej@burlington.ca

Communications Contact:
Kim Sopko
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7879
E-mail sopkok@burlington.ca


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