King's recognized for leadership in inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities
The King's University has been named the recipient of the Inclusion Alberta Leadership award. The award is the most prestigious award presented by Inclusion Alberta, a nonprofit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The award was presented at the President's Reception of the Inclusion Alberta Family Conference held in Edmonton April 7 and 8.
"We thoroughly enjoy our community members who come to us through Inclusion Alberta,” said The King's University President Dr. Melanie Humphreys. "Each student is a gift and enriches King's. Partnering with Inclusion Alberta is a tangible way to live into our commitment as a university to the belief that every person matters and has important things to contribute."
According to Inclusion Alberta, the award is only presented when an individual or organization "truly demonstrates exemplary leadership in advancing the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities." The King's University has been recognized for making an "invaluable and lasting difference to Albertans."
The King's University Associate English Professor Tina Trigg, who is on the Inclusive Post-Secondary Advisory Board at King's, says "Inclusive education begins with the belief that all persons are equal and valued members of society; this view aligns with a Christian understanding of every individual being created in the image of God and for His glory.
"As King’s students, faculty, and staff have consistently demonstrated since the partnership with Inclusion Alberta began, community is built by our actions everyday – and every person matters," Trigg said.
The King's University is the only Christian liberal arts university in Northern Alberta. King's seeks to inspire and equip learners to bring renewal and reconciliation to every walk of life, and to help build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.