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Active Living Conference

Friday, November 4, 2016
10:00-4:00 pm
Variety Village

Join us as we host the 20th annual Active Living Conference here at Variety Village. This one day event is popular with students, coaches, educators, families, schools, community organizations and groups interested in active living opportunities for people of all abilities.

Registrants will enjoy presentations, interactive sessions and community resources promoting inclusive sport, recreation and participation. Please wear comfortable gym attire to enjoy the rotational activities.

Delegate Registration Includes

Guest Speakers 10:00am – 11:30am
Rotational Activities 12:30 – 3:45pm
Exhibitors and Resources 9:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Inclusion – Level One Certification
See the event schedule on our ALC Flyer

Register for the event! Download the ALC Registration Form

Display Your Exhibit

Exhibitors Registration includes:
Free admission – speakers (am)
• Lunch provided – two representatives from your organization
• Contact information/promotions – resource list}
Exhibit (3m x 3m area)
• 1 Day (includes participation in morning sessions & lunch for up to two people)
• Set-up – 8:00 to 9:00am
• Take-down – 4:00pm

Register as an exhibitor! Download the ALC Exhibitors Registration Form


9:00 – 10:00am
Exhibitors/resources set up

10:30 -11:30am
Motivational speakers

11:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch (not provided)
Option: BBQ available at front entrance.
Hamburger/Veggie Burger, Drink and
Snack – $8.00

12:30 – 3:45pm
Rotational Activities
• Sledge Hockey
• Sitting Volleyball
• Wheelchair Basketball
• Run Jump Throw Wheel
• Seated Fitness
• Variety Village Tour
• Exhibitors
• Boccia/Indoor Curling
• Adapted Games
• 5 a side Soccer

Closing Remarks – Court 3

TTC Transit services.
FREE parking on site.
Wheel-Trans accessible.

Click here to download the Group Registration waiver and release form

Active Living Conference

Want to know more?

For more information please contact:
Archie Allison, Director, Access & Awareness
Phone 416-699-7167 x236
Fax 416-367-0028

Promoting Access, Awareness & Adapted Activities

Guest Speakers and Bio’s below.

Dr. Vicki Keith C.M., O. Ont., L.L.D., ChPC

Vicki Keith headshot

 Vicki Keith is one of the most successful marathon swimmers in the history of the sport, holding an unprecedented sixteen world records. Constantly surpassing the records of other swimmers as well as previous records of her own, Vicki has become, to many, the face of marathon swimming both here in Canada and around the world. Her most recognized accomplishments include becoming the first person to swim across all five Great Lakes in 1988 and for being the only person to complete the 104 km double crossing of Lake Ontario.


After her marathon swimming career, Vicki took on a new challenge – coaching competitive swimming to athletes with physical disabilities. While coaching at Variety Village, Vicki found that swimmers with physical disabilities were invited to participate in only 3 meets a year…all of them only for athletes with disabilities. She immediately started pushing the boundaries, to get the team invited to able-bodied meets. Although there were some initial difficulties, the swimmers quickly became accepted and welcomed as equals. This pattern was continued by the Provincial and National bodies to the point that swimming is now the most integrated sport in Canada.


Vicki began her volunteer career at the age of 10, when she worked with a young boy with a physical disability at the YMCA in Ottawa. She has accepted roles on the board of directors of a number of organizations including Ontario Place and Variety Village. She has assisted on numerous selection committees including the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and Ontario Sports Awards. As a volunteer coach, Vicki is known for her coaching of marathon swimmers, but she has also coached many athletes in triathlon and track and field, including one of her most interesting opportunities, when at the age of 17, she took on the responsibility of teaching blind javelin to beginners.


Vicki has coached 24 athletes with a disability to the National level in competitive swimming, 4 athletes to the international level, 6 athletes to world records in marathon swimming, Y Penguin members Chris Sergeant-Tsonos to 2 Canadian Records and a Pan-American record and Abi Tripp to a Canadian Record in competitive swimming. Vicki was selected to the coaching staff of 3 World Games and the Para Pan Am Games. Athletes who Vicki has coached include Carlos Costa, a double leg amputee, who became the first athlete with a disability to swim across Lake Ontario, Ashley Cowan, a 15 year old quadruple amputee who swam across Lake Erie in 2001, Terri Lynn Langdon, an athlete with Cerebral Palsy who set a speed record across Lake Erie, 15 year old Jenna Lambert, an athlete with Cerebral Palsy who became the first female swimmer with a disability to swim across Lake Ontario, and then Jenna’s younger sister Natalie, who became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and the first to swim across Lake Erie using the grueling butterfly stroke.


Vicki has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and service. She has received an honourary Doctorate from Queen’s University and is recognized by Coaches of Canada as a Chartered Professional Coach. In 1996 Vicki was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 2007 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 1998 her most famous arrival and departure point was renamed after her. The headlands of the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto are officially named Vicki Keith Point.


Vicki’s dream has always been to make a difference in other people’s lives. Among her many fundraising ventures, she raised $548,000 for Variety Village in 1988 and then, the following year she raised another $200,000 for Variety projects worldwide. In 2005, when the need for new opportunities for children with disabilities in Kingston, Ontario became apparent, Vicki came out of swimming retirement, and spent 63 hours and 40 minutes in Lake Ontario, completing 80.2 kilometers butterfly, setting 2 world records and raising $260,000 for the YMCA of Kingston. This brought her lifetime fundraising total to over one million dollars.

The Honourable David C. Onley

Honourable David C. Onley - Special Advisor

The Honourable David C. Onley
Special Advisor on Accessibility to Minister Tracy MacCharles
Minister Responsible for Accessibility

Mr. David Onley is well-known throughout Ontario and internationally for his advocacy and activism for accessibility. His current role as the Special Advisor on Accessibility has allowed him to raise the profile of accessibility within and outside of government, with a specific focus on better participation of people with disabilities as contributing employees and consumers in Ontario.

Previously, Mr. Onley was Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor from 2007–2014.
As Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, he adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate. His seven years of service makes him the second longest-serving Lieutenant Governor of Ontario since th‎e office was constituted in 1791.

Prior to his vice-regal appointment, Onley had a 22-year career as a television journalist for CityTV, working as Education Specialist as well as covering science and technology stories. He also worked as a news anchor with the 24-hour news station CablePulse 24.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, medals, and honorary degrees. He is a Member of the Order of Ontario, was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and also appears on the Scarborough Walk of Fame.

Megan Sherwin

Megan Sherwin

Hi my name is Megan Sherwin. I am 16 years old and I am a para swimmer on the Variety Village Flames. I have reached the Provincial and National level in swimming. I have won golds, silvers, and bronzes at various Provincial swim meets. Outside of swimming I am a grade 11 student at Birchmount Park CI. I am in the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program there. Right now I’m not sure what exactly I want to do when I go to university but I know I want to help kids with disabilities reach their full potential in all aspects of life including recreation and sport.

Active Living Conference supporters:

ontario wheelchair sports association

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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