In May, The Town of Caledon presented its inaugural accessibility award to KeyKeeper, a Bolton manufacturer of secure night drop boxes and key drop boxes. The presentation coincided with National AccessAbility Week (May 27 to June 3).

“By creating a more inclusive and accessible workplace, KeyKeeper is creating opportunity for people with disabilities to contribute,” said Mayor Allan Thompson at the presentation. “And what better time to recognize them than National AccessAbility Week.”

“We’re honoured to receive this award,” said Jonathan Weedon, KeyKeeper owner. “It’s great that we can create a job in Caledon for a Caledon resident. It’s a win-win situation.”

The Accessibility Award for Business recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership in the promotion of awareness of accessibility and disability issues, as well as the removal of barriers to accessibility.

The Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) selects an award winner based on nominations received from the community, with final approval from town council. Nominations are evaluated using a scoring matrix to ensure impartiality. Nominees are granted points for achieving accessibility in a variety of categories, including the business’ building environment (both internal and external), customer service practices, information and communication, and employment practices.

Overall, the award recipient is expected to demonstrate actions that inspire both its workforce and the community and contributes to the integration, independence and overall improvement of the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

The Accessibility Award is an “opportunity to raise awareness and to help people understand what accessibility is all about,” said Maureen Tymkow, AAC chair.

Photo, from the left: Councillor Johanna Downey, Maureen Tymkow (AAC chair), Mayor Allan Thompson, Bianca Nam (award designer and Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School student), Jonathan Weedon (KeyKeeper owner), Councillor Annette Groves, Dely Farrace (AAC vice-chair), Councillor Barb Shaughnessy. Town of Caledon photo