City of Pickering

Thematically, the Canada 150 Youth Forum has been designed from the top down to pervasively model excellence in accessibility and inclusion throughout its many facets described below.  It will actively engage and motivate youth to think well beyond AODA compliance, and challenge them to stretch to envision the fully accessible and inclusive future of Pickering, Ontario and Canada.

Our breakout sessions include:

1)Wheelchair Basketball / Sledge Hockey (in partnership with the Whitby Abilities Centre)
2)Therapeutic Paws of Canada (volunteers providing animal resources for human needs - physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization)
3)Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue (provides native species wildlife education which emphasizes the importance of teaching young people about coexisting with indigenous species)
4) Introduction to Film & Television Workshop
5) Art & Mural workshop (Canada 150)
6) Budget, Planning for your future / YMCA Gambling Program
7) Lounge & Games Room – Lounge will include a “speakers corner” for youth to talk about Canada, what they think it will / should look like in 2067
8) Drumming/Aboriginal Dance
9) Break Dancing & Graffiti Demonstrations & Contest
10)Durham Region Police Services (DRPS) - Online Safety and Cyber Bullying
11) Teen Art Show viewing and voting (2)
12) Bow & Arrow (Archery) Workshop

The information and educational portion of the event also includes 35 vendors/agencies who will be hosting inclusive, interactive, hands on activities and sharing information to educate the participants on their community, educational opportunities and options for inclusive growth, including

1) OCAD University (a recognized world leader in inclusive design and accessibility)
2) City of Pickering Accessibility Advisory Committee  (an 11 member-strong team of community experts in accessibility and advocates for inclusion)
3) Durham Region Police Services (DRPS) (lead partner of the DRP Children's Games for disabled children for 32 consecutive years)
4) University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
5) Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) - (a corporate leader in diversity and inclusion)
6) Durham Region Health Department
7) Canadian Armed Forces
8) Enhanced Day Program Inc. (delivers services in Durham Region to youth and adults with special needs, including those with complex behaviors)