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Proclamations at May 2023 Burlington City Council Meeting

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Proclamations are read at the beginning of every regularly-scheduled Burlington City Council meeting.

A proclamation is an official announcement issued by the Mayor to recognize exceptional events, groups, people, or achievements in the City of Burlington. The goal of a proclamation is to recognize and celebrate achievements, and to raise public awareness of important issues in Burlington.

For more information on how to submit a request for a proclamation, please visit the City’s dedicated Proclamations webpage.

Here are the proclamations that were read during the May 16 Council meeting. Click the links to see a digital copy of the proclamation signed by Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

The Year 2023

Burlington’s 150th Anniversary: The Year 2023

In 1873, the villages of Wellington Square and Port Nelson merged to become the Village of Burlington. In 2023, 150 years later the City of Burlington is a diverse and inclusive community that celebrates its history while embracing its present as a multicultural, metropolitan gem where people, nature, and businesses thrive, and that takes pride in protecting its beautiful natural environments, wide ranging leisure, arts and cultural opportunities, and enhancing its economic sustainability.

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May 2023

Lyme Disease Awareness Month: May 2023

Lyme disease is one of the most frequently reported vector-borne diseases and can impact the quality of life of individuals and their families in Ontario and across Canada.

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World Migratory Bird Day: May 13, 2023

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is observed on the second Saturday of May, during the peak of spring bird migration, with this year’s theme being ‘Water: Sustaining Bird Life’.

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Menstrual Health Day: May 28, 2023

This day highlights the importance of menstrual equity and public education that advocates for equitable access to proper menstrual hygiene.

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National AccessAbility Week: May 28 – June 3, 2023

National AccessAbility Week celebrates the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities and recognizes the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

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June 2023

National Indigenous History Month: June 2023

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

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Pride Month: June 2023

June is recognized as Pride Month in Canada and around the world as an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals; to reflect on the trials the LGBTQIA2S+ community has endured and overcome; and to recommit to the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community.

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Black Music Month: June 2023

Black Performance Artists and Black Musicians play an important and key role in shaping the local music arts and cultural scene. We celebrate all of our local Black musical performing artists, musicians and Black event curators of all ages in the various phases of their musical journey who continue to innovate, participate and create while living in our city.

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Month of Play: June 2023

The month of June recognizes the celebrations of Recreation and Parks Month, Seniors Month, Bike Month, National Health and Fitness Day (June 3) and the Longest Day of Play (June 21). June is a time of year where the city’s events, parks and trails come to life.

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Aphasia Awareness Month: June 2023

With increased awareness, patience and understanding, we can build a community that is inviting and inclusive to those living with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. It can be the result of a stroke.

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School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week: June 5-9, 2023

Our community recognizes and values the contributions of those individuals who serve and protect our young residents as they make their way to and from schools throughout the Burlington community.

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week: June 6-12, 2023

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, non-communicable, debilitating inflammatory skin disease, characterized by painful skin lesions, for which there is no known cure.

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