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Disabled people honoured at City of Calgary event

(Devon McKendrick - 660 NEWS)

The City of Calgary and the Advisory Committee on Accessibility hosted an event in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Friday.

Several people received awards for their beneficial work throughout the city that helps those with many different disabilities.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says Calgary is very good at helping those with disabilities but more can always be done.

“Sometimes being diverse is not enough. Actually, we need to go forward from diversity, to inclusion. But there’s a lot more we can do, here at the City of Calgary but also throughout the community to make Calgary more invlusive for everyone.”

MP Kent Hehr attended the event as well and says he is honoured to be a part of the disabled community.

“Diversity is our strength in this country, and disabled Canadians play that role each and every day and I’m very proud to be a member of that community.”

Around 14 per cent of Canadians have some sort of disability and at least 200 thousand of those people are right here in Calgary.