March raises awareness for disabled community


NATIONAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CENTRE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (NVRCD), joined with the rest of the world as it celebrated theInternational Day for Persons with Disabilities with a march through the streets of St. John’s.

The March attracted seventy (70) persons and began at 1 pm at the St. George the Fifth Grounds and ended at the Botanical Gardens with a short ceremony.

In attendance were Assistant Secretary of HealthInstitutions,  Suzanne Lake, cricket icon, Sir Curtly Ambrose who was happy to join the march and referred to the community as persons with certain challenges rather than “disabled;” former Director of Sports, Mervin Richards and other Ministry of Health Officials.

The highlight of the event was a poem written by Secretary of the NVRCD, Valarie Davis. The poem was based on the international theme for World Disability Day 2018:


Empowering persons with disabilities and

Ensuring inclusiveness and equality,

Will make for better society.

Let us continue the fight for total accessibility,

And for the advancement of the rights and

Wellbeing of all persons with a disability.

Promoting, empowerment means more employment,

For all those disabled person who are affected.

We need investment in health-care, nutrition and education,

As well as access to society for social and political participation

Being disabled does not define anyone.

As a matter of fact it’s a part of the human condition.

To be empowered will allow us to take

Advantage of opportunities,

And readily embrace our civic responsibilities

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