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Aga Khan Park volunteers gather with Leila Keshavjee, who carried the Pan Am flame. Ismaili Council for Canada

Thousands of visitors came out to see the Pan Am flame light up the Aga Khan Park at its inaugural event held on 5 July. Reflections — Celebrating our Cultures and Communities united the spirit of the Pan Am Games with a Silk Road theme.

Visitors enjoy the formal gardens at the Aga Khan Park. Vazir Karsan

The Aga Khan Park will come to life on 5 July when the Pan Am lantern makes an appearance at the park’s inaugural event Reflections: Celebrating our Cultures and Communities. The Pan Am flame represents the spirit of the Games taking place in Toronto this summer.

Paul Maynard MP; Mark Harper MP, Minister for Disabled People; Wayne Henderson, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Disability Group and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Sadrudin Verjee

London, 18 November 2014 — The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, attended the fifth annual Disability Colloquium at the Ismaili Centre. The forum provided some twenty-eight charities with the opportunity to dialogue on raising disability awareness and fostering ways that can help to create a more inclusive society. Organisations in attendance included SCOPE, MENCAP and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities.

More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities – approximately 15 per cent of humanity – but they are excluded from full participation in mainstream society by physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. Disability Days and other initiatives organised by the UK Jamat, show that these barriers can be overcome.

Lord Coe CH KBE, the Prime Minister’s Olympics and Paralympics Legacy Ambassador, delivered the keynote address.
Ismaili Centre, London, 3 – 19 November 2013 – The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in collaboration with the Conservative Disability Group hosted the third annual Disability Colloquium, which focused on The Olympics and Paralympics Legacy – A Year On.

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