On the evening of October 10th, at the book launch of William Stevenson’s “Past to Present“, The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, opened the evening and spoke to the DAREarts Governors’ Council members about the importance of accessibility for all, not only in the physical environment but also through education and the arts.
|The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, accepting
the invitation to become an Honourary Patron of DAREarts.
Accessibility is the overarching theme of his mandate. He has defined accessibility as that which enables people to achieve their full potential, and believes that true accessibility occurs when disabled people can fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Ontario. This aligns with DAREarts, as we enable children who are challenged by life circumstances to access the arts and culture experiences that they could not have otherwise. Because accessibility includes equal access to opportunities like education, His Honour is expanding the Aboriginal Youth Literacy Programs to include computer literacy initiatives. This too aligns with DAREarts Nee-tum-ochi-bek (First Roots) programs with northern Aboriginal youth where we work with the community and youth using programs such as Photoshop, Garage Band, and Final Cut.
In a 2007 press release from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he states, “David Onley is a respected author, broadcaster and tireless champion for persons with disabilities. Through this work, he has demonstrated the qualities needed for such an important position. He has loyally served the province and his country in a number of roles, and I’m confident as Lieutenant-Governor, he will continue to do so.” His Honour was appointed Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor following a distinguished career as a broadcaster. He has championed disability issues for many years; he served as Chair of the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, and was an accessibility council member, for the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre.
|William Stevenson personally autographs his newest book, “Past to Present” for
The Honourable David Onley, with Marilyn Field, Founder of DAREarts.
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario truly believes in the values of DAREarts and understands the impact that the program can have on the children and youth who are facing life challenges. During his introductory remarks to members of the DAREarts Governors’ Council, he accepted the invitation to become an Honourary Patron. DAREarts is thrilled to have The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario join His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as Honourary Patrons.