Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia, PAANS, through its annual Access Awareness Week events and initiatives, works to promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities.


Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we foster an environment of equal participation. Our belief is that accessible communities contain more than ramps and elevators. Truly accessible communities value people, recognize ability, and celebrate diversity. We hope to inspire all Nova Scotian communities to enrich their lives by becoming truly inclusive places to live, learn, and work.

PAANS Events - 2017

  1. Flag Raising Ceremony - May 29th Parade Square, Halifax

  2. Proclamation Cermeony/Mel Hebb Awards – May 29th Province House, Halifax

  3. Scholarship Luncheon – June 2nd – Halifax Marriott Harbourfront

  4. White Cane and Dog Guide Walk- Canadian Council of the Blind

  5. Access Sketching Trip – Team Possibles/Halifax NS Down Syndrome

  6. Flag Raising Ceremony – Town of Antigonish

  7. Flag Raising Ceremony – County of Antigonish

  8. Landmark East Foundation 8Th Annual Golf Classic

  9. Town Crier – Will Brewer – Scholarship Luncheon

  10. Cape Breton Island Employment- Scholarship Presentations/Open House

  11. SCRI Society: The Club – Accessible Zumba event

  12. Defeat Depression – Walk-a –Thon

NEWS RELEASE -  - Access Awareness Week 2016 - May 29 to June 4

Nova Scotia’s 17th Access Awareness Week was celebrated May 29 to June 4, 2016 and the theme was Universal Design: No One’s Left Out.

The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission organizes events to recognize the achievements of people with disabilities in areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communications.

"Building an accessible Nova Scotia is not just an issue for a single community — this is about redefining how we use architecture and technology in new ways to benefit all our citizens," said Kim Cicchino, PAANS Coordinator.


A proclamation was read at Province House to begin the celebrations on Monday, May 30. Following this, the Mel Hebb Action Awards was presented to Nova Scotians from around the province who are making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.


A scholarship luncheon was held on Friday, June 3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Scholarships were awarded to 17 students from across the province who are pursuing their post-secondary education or training.

Other events planned this week include a Team Possibles’ Art Collective, a Defeat Depression Walk-a-Thon, a Technology on a Budget workshop from the Canadian Council for the Blind, an accessible choir concert given by the Club Inclusion and an open house by the Cape Breton Employability Associations.


PAANS promotes the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Not Without Us Project

Easter Seals Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities
Funded by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women/Province of Nova Scotia