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JMCC receives Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All grant for Play McGivney
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New outdoor playground and nature experience contributes to a more inclusive and accessible Canada

The John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) is the recipient of a $30,000 funding grant through the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Access4All Program, a Canada 150 Signature Initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for people living with disabilities.  This grant will support the Centre’s ‘Barrier Buster’ project Play McGivney, the redevelopment of JMCCs outdoor side yard into an accessible outdoor playground.  

With support from the Government of Canada, in the form of their Access4All Barrier Buster grant, as well as the support of other donors, JMCC will make improvements to their current infrastructure with the construction of a new outdoor play ground and nature experience for play and therapeutic opportunities for children and youth with special needs, their families, their friends and their community.

“We are extremely thrilled and honoured to be awarded a Rick Hansen Barrier Busters grant in support of our accessible playground project,” said Elaine Whitmore, CEO, JMCC. “Play McGivney will truly bust down barriers in our community of Windsor and Essex County by being a place where children and youth with special needs, their families, their friends and the community will be able to play, learn and adventure together!”

JMCC continues to fundraise for Play McGivney with the goal of completing this Barrier Buster project by fall 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Danielle Mulvey
Senior Manager of Communications & Community Affairs
519-252-7281, ext. 241

Rick Hansen Foundation Access4all program: On this upcoming milestone of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Rick Hansen Foundation invited schools and community groups to learn more about accessibility, identify barriers, and apply for grants of up to $30,000 to undertake and celebrate accessibility infrastructure improvements in public places and spaces. For more information on Rick Hansen’s Access4All program, please visit:

Canada 150 Signature Initiative: Canada’s 150th is an opportunity to celebrate the values of our great country with pride: values such as inclusion, diversity, compassion and access for everyone. As we celebrate these values, it’s also important that we create lasting impact. Together, we can create an accessible Canada and leave a lasting legacy for our country’s 150th. For more information on the Canada 150 Signature initiative, please visit:

John McGivney Children’s Centre: The John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC) provides specialized rehabilitation/therapy, education, child care and support services to the Windsor and Essex County community, enriching the lives of children and youth with special needs by helping them reach their full potential. In 2015-16 more than 2,800 individuals received service from one or more of JMCC’s programs. For more information on the John McGivney Children’s centre, please visit:

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