Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Celebrate Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay
April 18, 2012 / 5:00 PM
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Man in Motion World Tour that Rick Hansen completed in 1987. As part of the Anniversary Relay, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be celebrating local heroes at events on May 16 and 17.
For two years Rick Hansen wheeled in a wheelchair through 34 countries on four continents. The Anniversary Relay recreates Rick's original route as a global invitation to join in his journey towards a cure for spinal cord injuries and create a more inclusive society, as well as inspiring a new generation to dream, to take action, and to continue changing the world.
On May 16 and 17, 2012, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will participate as 25th Anniversary Celebration Communities, recognizing local heroes in the community who are making a difference in the lives of others. Two local medal bearers will carry the Rick Hansen Medal as part of its cross- Canada journey and stop at local community celebrations. The two medal bearers, Nathan Bragg and Gordon Kirkland, were selected as part of a community survey with the input of the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues (MACAI) serving as the final jury for nominations.
Greg Turnbull, past chair of MACAI and one of the organizers of the community celebration events for the 25th Anniversary Relay, noted, "I am very proud that we have been selected as the sites for two community celebrations. Nathan and Gordon are great citizens, great volunteers and amazing examples of how we all need to focus on how many people in our communities, working together, are making a difference."
The celebration in Maple Ridge will be held on May 16 in Memorial Peace Park from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The medal arrives at 6:00 pm, carried by 18-year-old Maple Ridge Secondary School student Nathan Bragg, the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society's 2010 Junior Athlete of the Year. The event will include live music, displays and a brief ceremony as the medal arrives on the bandstand.
The next day, Thursday, May 17, the medal will travel from Maple Ridge to Pitt Meadows and be part of a special celebration at Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Live music, a barbeque and other events will serve as a backdrop for the medal ceremony, featuring Medal Bearer and Pitt Meadows resident Gordon Kirkland, a successful humour writer and novelist and advocate for accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Turnbull added, "This event is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our communities and the people who have been strong advocates for Rick's vision on how they live their lives. MACAI is an example of how accessibility and inclusion is now part of the way we do business in our communities, and what has happened to make them more inclusive and accessible since the Man in Motion World Tour ended in 1987."
For more information, please contact:
Recreation Access Coordinator, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services
- Nathan Bragg, Bio [PDF, 44KB]
- Gordon Kirkland, Bio [PDF, 43KB]
- Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay - Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows route maps: