International Day of People with Disabilities: Keynote Barbara Hall

New Circles Community Services and Harmony Place Support Services are pleased to celebrate the 2013 International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD).

We are honoured that Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner for the Ontario Commission for Human Rights will deliver a keynote message.

This wonderful initiative has been led by New Circles’ Program Assistant, Alphonse Kayitayire. Alphonse was inspired to conceptualize this event by his many years of experience working in areas of human rights and with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Alphonse shared, “I know that Canada is one of the countries that is pushing human rights, particularly for people with disabilities. I wished to bring more exposure to the issue.” As New Circles strives in building a space of respect, caring integrity and diversity, he felt that IDPD was an opportunity to bring more awareness to accessibility.

The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted in New York on December 13, 2006. This Convention, to which Canada is State Party, aims to ensure that all people living with disabilities around the world are fully enjoying their human rights. Each December 3rd, the global community celebrates the International Day of People with Disabilities. The theme adopted by the United Nations for this year’s observance is “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.

It is in this context that New Circles Community Services, in partnership with Harmony Place Support Services, is taking an initiative to organize an event in order to humbly contribute to supporting human rights of those who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. We wish to strengthen the full inclusion of all people in effectively participating as equal members of our community.

New Circles Community Services will deliver a free Mobile Mall of gently used clothing and other basic necessities to clients of Harmony Place Support Services.

We acknowledge and thank Harmony Place for the wonderful work they do to create opportunities and a supportive environment that encourages the growth and development of people with disabilities. Please visit them online at .


New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.