June 2nd, 2016

Press Release- Community rally invites Waterloo Region to choose dignity, inclusion



For Immediate Release


KITCHENER, June 2, 2016- On June 16th, the fourth annual Count Me In Rally will take to the streets in support of inclusion and dignity.


Part of the I Choose Dignity movement and in partnership with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, every member of Waterloo Region is invited to take a stand for inclusion and belonging.


“We’re asking the community to take more responsibility for including people with a disability and others who are marginalized, by recognizing that each person’s presence is integral”, invites Maria de Boer of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.


Joining her and more than 300 residents at Carl Zehr Civic Centre, will be MPP Catharine Fife, Cornell University’s Carol Blessing and House of Friendship’s John Neufeld. Among other local dignitaries, each will share stories of belonging and inclusiveness.


“I Choose Dignity is a community movement focused on embracing and accepting all of our citizens,” notes Maria de Boer of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. “Count Me In is a wonderful opportunity to gather together for a common cause.”


This free open-air family event offers a light dinner from Fo’Cheezy and dessert from Fro-zen Trolley, as well as face painting, arts and crafts from the Kitchener Public Library, Artshine and Bre Ceative. Jump at the chance to participate in Artist in Residence’s Sarah Granskou’s latest project, a felt-tree built from the leaves of the Count Me In Rally.


Interested in attending? Can’t attend, but want to join in this amazing day?

Visit ichoosedignity.com for event details and how you can join the movement from where you are.


About I Choose Dignity:

I Choose Dignity is a movement born out of a wish to share with the community all of the wonderful skills and talents each citizen has to contribute. With our fellow community members, together we say, “Here we are. We want to contribute. We are part of this community and we have a lot to offer.” We want to celebrate your gifts and ours. Championed by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.


About Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region:

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region was founded by parents of children with developmental disabilities, as a way to build friendship and nurture community in Waterloo Region.

Community. Dignity. Belonging.



Related event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/852042134924103/


For further information: Annie Knight, Communications Coordinator, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, Tel: 519-741-0190 x226, aknight@eafwr.on.ca



Downloadable file: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Count Me In Rally 2016