First Canadian City To Proclaim ADHD Awareness Week is Vancouver
Posted Oct 21 2011 11:35am
It’s about time! Here is some great news from Pete Quily’s blog about adults with Attention Surplus Condition (aka ADHD). Pete writes “8 years of ADHD Awareness Weeks/days in the US starting with the original nation resolution in the US Senate in 2004. Zero ADHD Awareness Weeks/days in Canada. None at the Federal level. None at the provincial level. None at the municipal level.
But I’m happy to report that on Tuesday Oct 18th The Vancouver City Council declared the week of October 16th to 22nd, 2011 as “ADHD AWARENESS WEEK” at a ceremony at Vancouver city hall. Mayor Gregor Robertson read out the resolution and I and Parks Commissioner Sarah Blyth who has gone public on having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder spoke after. Just before the ADHD Awareness week proclamation the outgoing Vancouver Poet Laureate Brad Cran in his final speech and poem to council went public that he had ADHD. Great timing! Thanks Brad. I’ll do a post later on that.
Usually it takes several months to get city hall to do a proclamation. But I worked with Vision Vancouver Parks Commissioner Sarah Blyth who had recently gone public with ADHD and Vision Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer to get this through on short notice and we were able to make this happen. Thanks Sarah and Andrea. And thanks to all the city councillors from all 3 parties who made this happen, Vision Vancouver, COPE , and NPA Vancouver .” Read Pete’s original article here