First Disability Pride Walk held in New Glasgow

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A small sea of people made up a rainbow to show disability pride on Saturday morning as they gathered just outside of Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow before making their way to Summer Street.

The event was the first Disability Pride walk to be held in Pictou County, although others have been held across the province.

The crowd began to cheer and wave their signs as the walk began from the parking lot and made its way down East River Road to the honking horns of nearby cars in support. Around the corner near Shoppers Drug Mart and down the hill to Summer Street, the walk ended at the Summer Street organization where everyone filed in for refreshments, hot beverages and a break.

“They were quite surprised because we’ve never done anything like that before,” said Blanche Bonvie, president of the Summer Street Participation Council.

The first event was a hit with a great turn out of participants for the walk, entertainment and a thank you to participants from Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn and Bob Bennett, executive director of Summer Street.

Bonvie added that everyone was hyper and excited for the day and excited to show the pride each and every one of them has for their disability. From visible to invisible disabilities all were represented at the march and many friends, supporters and allies joined in to support those walking.

The goal of the walk was to show pride and acceptance as well as awareness for disabilities of all kinds and allow those who face disabilities to be proud rather than feeling shame for having a disability.

As Bonvie simply put it,” Just for everybody to show their true colours.”

Participants in Saturday’s Disability Pride Walk waved signs and walked with banners for the first Pictou County event. (Brimicombe photo)