Third Annual “Concert for Inclusion” a Huge Success

Toronto, ON – ParaSport Ontario wrapped up the third annual Concert for Inclusion which helps support the ongoing coordination of developmental and competitive sport programs for persons with a physical disability throughout the province of Ontario.

A diverse group of talent was on hand to celebrate ParaSport athletes at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The evening kicked off with a reception featuring some great food and drinks and a silent auction. Orange Lounge Recording artist Justin Hines and Jackie Richardson were hands down the crowd favorites of the evening. Some of Toronto’s top performers including Andrew Craig, Tommy Gilham and Matt Dusk were also on hand to showcase their tremendous talents.

Host for the evening Mr. Patrick Jarvis, a true advocate for Paralympic Sport both nationally and internationally was presented with ParaSport Ontario’s most prestigious award, the Dr. Robert W. Jackson Medal of Distinction.  In addition, Petro-Canada, Pfizer Canada and Air Canada were all recognized for their corporate contribution to Canadian Paralympic sport and athletes.

Concert for Inclusion Chair, Janice Martin said “The evening was a night to remember! The funds raised at this event will go a long way to continuing the great programs that ParaSport Ontario provides to athletes with a physical disability in Ontario.”

ParaSport Ontario started hosting the most prestigious Multi-Sport Games in Ontario for athletes with a physical disability, with the first set of Summer Games in 1975. In 2006 the organization hosted its inaugural Ontario Winter ParaSport Games in Huntsville. The tradition of hosting Multi-Sport Games provides athletes with their first experience of competing in a Multi-Sport Games environment before heading off to national and international competitions.

Today, ParaSport Ontario works with different communities across the province to create sports clubs for persons with a physical disability as well as provides a grass roots development program called Ready, Willing & Able, a program aimed at getting young and newly injured people active in ParaSport. ParaSport Ontario currently has 16 affiliated clubs including the Mississauga Cruisers and Variety Village, plays an active role on the Toronto Accessible Sport Council and is an affiliate member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who added to the success of this year’s Concert for Inclusion, including Shoppers Home Health Care, Comstock, Elenchus Research Associates, Counterpoint Engineering, Chicago Title and Sunrise Medical.  Special thanks to the many other sponsors who provided both financial and in-kind donations which added immensely to the huge success of the event.

For more information on the Concert for Inclusion please contact Matt Rhodes, Communications Manager at (416) 426-7030 or by email at