R-PATH moves Toronto Community Housing�s accessibility agenda forward at People in Motion Show

R-PATH moves Toronto Community Housing�s accessibility agenda forward at People in Motion Show

June 13, 2014

Toronto Community Housing�s partnership with the Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing (R-PATH) Committee underscores our commitment to collaborate with residents in addressing the accessibility needs of people with physical disabilities living inour communities.

Formed in 2013, R-PATH works as a team with staff to promote quality and equality in accessibility forToronto Community Housing residents. R-PATH provides a practical lens to the corporation when we consider accessibility in common spaces, in-suite repairs, policies and procedures, project planning and communication with residents.

R-PATH Committee Members photo

R-PATH Committee Members from left to right: Lene Andersen, Arfan Shahriyar, Cathy Birch and Joe Knapper

On June 6 and 7, 2014, R-PATH represented Toronto Community Housing residents at the People in Motion show, Canada�s largest annual disability tradeshow. Held at Toronto�s Exhibition Place, the event showcased products and services that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

�It�s important for Toronto Community Housing to be connected to accessibility,� said Greg Spearn, Interim President and CEO. �The contribution that R-PATH is making is critical to our responsiveness to current and future residents with physical disabilities.

�I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all R-PATH members for their commitment to helping us provide quality service and build stronger, more inclusive communities,� Spearn added. �We look forward to continued consultation and engagement with the committee as we strive to be a landlord of excellence.�

"R-PATH is about residents advocating for residents,� said Cathy Birch, the committee�s chair. �It was important for us to be here to be exposed to the new processes, ideas, technology and equipment available in the marketplace so that we can help Toronto Community Housing make informed decisions about accessibility.�

Photo of The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with Cathy Birch, R-PATH Chair

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with Cathy Birch, R-PATH Chair

In addition to performances, activities and seminars, the event also featured Paralympic athletes and special guests. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, gave opening remarks and toured the exhibition to meet with participants and exhibitors.

Cathy Birch met with the Lieutenant Governor, who left a lasting impression on her. �He is such an advocate for accessibility issues because of his own life experience,� said Birch. �He�s such an inspiration, and because of him, residents will be able to move forward with accessibility in this city and this province.�

 

Photo of RPATH members with Toronto Community Staff

Front row, left to right: Lene Andersen, R-PATH member; Arfan Shahriyar, R-PATH member; Cathy Birch, R-PATH Chair; Joe Knapper, R-PATH member

Back row, left to right:� Jacqueline Daley, Manager, Accessibility Programs; Bruce Malloch, Director, Strategic Communications; Lenna Bradburn, Vice President, Resident and Community Services; Maurice Brenner, Managing Director, Diversity, Fairness and Human Rights; Sheila Penny, Vice President, Facilities Management; Greg Spearn, Interim President and CEO; Cynthia Summers, Commissioner of Housing Equity; Graham Leah, Vice President, Asset Management; Leslie Gash, Development Director

Read more about Toronto Community Housing�s achievements in improving accessibility�here [PDF]. Visit our accessibility webpage at�www.torontohousing.ca/accessibility.