BHB celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

Wednesday 25 November 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) will celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday 3 December 2020 with a motorcade from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI), through Hamilton.

Recognising this year’s theme “not all disabilities are visible”, the organising committee sought to have an event where those with disabilities were purposefully made visible.

“The planning committee of department employees and family representative decided on a motorcade where our clients with intellectual disabilities will be chauffeured along a route where members of the public can wave, cheer and toot in support. We want participants to know we appreciate them and see them as important members of our community,” said MWI Clinical Director of Intellectual Disabilities Morrisa Rogers.

Clients will help decorate the 10 vehicles they will travel in. Police will escort the procession along the route. The motorcade will depart New Dimensions at MWI at 10:30am, travel down Hermitage Road to Middle Road along Barker’s Hill and Palmetto Road, stopping at Dame Marjorie Hope Academy. It will then proceed to K Margaret Carter Centre, along Happy Valley Road, down King Street to Reid Street, up Queen Street and onto Church Street, passing City Hall and stopping at Aging & Disability Services. The motorcade will then travel to Dellwood Middle School, along Parson’s Road, Montpelier Road, down Corkscrew Hill onto Point Finger Road, South Road and back to MWI.

Minister of Social Development and Seniors the Honorable Tinee Furbert JP MP will start the procession.

“Our clients are looking forward to this event,” said Ms Rogers, “I really encourage members of the public to come out and show their support on Thursday 3 December.”

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.