Carnival in New West celebrates diversity and inclusivity

One of posAbilities’ most anticipated community inclusion events of the year is back by popular demand.

Celebrate diversity and inclusivity of all ages and abilities at the Aegis West Carnival on Friday, Aug. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sapperton Park. There will be interactive games, engaging crafts, live entertainment, face painting, sports activities, plus food and treats.

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“As a free event, this carnival welcomes individuals who may face vulnerability to exclusion, to expand their social horizons in an accessible space,” said a news release. “Attracting the attention of local community businesses and city clubs, this event is evolving into a hub for connection and collaboration.”

Persons with developmental disabilities from posAbilities’ Aegis West program have been collaborating with New Westminster’s Neighbourhood Small Grants since 2012. Together, they have been creating projects which range from an open-to-community mural, to providing free gently-used clothing to community members, to teaching ASL to local elementary school students through songs, to hosting a summer carnival in the park. Each of these projects, from one-day events to months-long endeavours, foster inclusive opportunities for community within posAbilities to meet and connect with the greater community of New Westminster.

“The various projects over the years could not have happened without the ongoing support of the Neighbourhood Small Grants and posAbilities. We look forward to many more years of collaboration for the overall benefit of the communities in which we live,” said Amy Chang, team leader of posAbilities.

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