ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

June 10, 2008 14:14 ET

Lieutenant Governor Steps Up for Kids' Treatment Centre

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be the distinguished guest on June 19th when ErinoakKids, the Children's Treatment Centre serving Ontario's Central West region, honours its supporters and renews its commitment to children with disabilities.

When Lieutenant Governor Onley became The Queen's representative in Ontario in September of 2007, his championing of the cause of people with disabilities achieved a new, higher level of public attention. Yet his accomplishments as a news anchor, host and producer with post-polio syndrome were already well known - particularly in Toronto. As Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability, he became a symbol that abilities are what count - and it's this common cause that brings him to visit ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, with its 37-year history of championing the cause of children with disabilities.

"The Honourable David Onley's longstanding example that abilities can tower above challenges symbolizes what inspires us at ErinoakKids, and motivates the donors and volunteers we will honour on June 19th," ErinoakKids President and CEO Bridget Fewtrell said. "We're delighted that His Honour will join us for this historic event."

Founded in 1971 as the Credit Valley Association for Handicapped Children, the organization became Erinoak Serving Young People with Physical Disabilities in 1987. In 2007, after a period of significant growth, it updated its name to ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, reflecting its commitments to the breadth of population it now serves, and to the cause of kids with disabilities - their care, treatment and development to be all they can be.

His Honour's accomplishments go far beyond broadcast. He wrote a bestselling novel, co-founded the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada, and is widely honoured for supporting those with disabilities.

Each year, ErinoakKids helps more than 9,000 children in Peel, Halton and Dufferin and for some of its programs, in Wellington and Waterloo. The event takes place June 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ErinoakKids, 2277 South Millway in Mississauga. Media are welcome.

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