FREDERICTON (GNB) –  The Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons recognized United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities with an event held at the Delta Fredericton today.

The event was held in partnership with the Parkinson Society Maritime Region. The date, Dec. 3, has been recognized as International Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1992. The slogan chosen this year by the United Nations is: It's time to break barriers and open doors – to realize an inclusive society for all.

The audience heard from guest speakers; Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr.; who are winners of the television show The Amazing Race Canada. Premier David Alward also spoke.

The council provided a formal status update for the Disability Action Plan and information was shared about the 2014 Disability Awareness Week campaign.
“I am pleased to present the formal status of report No. 1 on the Disability Action Plan – The Time for Action is now,” said council chair Jeff Sparks. “The overall objectives of the plan are to ensure that persons with a disability have equitable access to needed services. The council will review and update the action plan annually and provide ongoing support and encouragement to those in leadership roles.”