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Lieutenant-Governor to Speak on Campus, Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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Written by Scott Gilbert

This Thursday, September 25th, the Honourable David Onley - lieutenant-governor of Ontario - will be coming to campus for a public lecture.

The talk will begin at 12-noon in the Science Complex atrium. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Attendees are free to ask questions following the presentation.

The event is being hosted as a partnership between the President's office and the Central Student Association's (CSA) Accessibility Working Group. This working group has a focus on barriers, and does work advocating for students with disabilities.

"The lieutenant-governor's visit to campus is inspiring because he is a strong advocate and role model for persons with disabilities," said Christi Garneau-Scott, CSA Academic Commissioner. She is also the chair of the student accessibility group. "His personal and professional success demonstrates that people with disabilities are equally capable."

Since he was three years old, Mr. Onley has lived with polio and post-polio syndrome. During his careers he was a respected broadcaster, producer, author and advocate for people with disabilities. Career highlights include working at City TV for 22 years, and as an anchor at CablePulse 24. Last September, he became lieutenant-governor of Ontario.

His public-service life involves chairing the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, and serving on the SkyDome Accessibility Council as well as the Air Canada Centre Accessibility Committee.

In 2008, the University of Guelph-Humber gave him honorary degree.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338/ , or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982/

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