Jennifer Keeping AccessAbility Centre to celebrate fifth anniversary
SYDNEY — The Jennifer Keeping AccessAbility Centre at Cape Breton University will mark its fifth anniversary with a celebration Thursday.
The celebration will take place from 12-2 p.m. in the Student Learning Commons located in B Block at Cape Breton University.
The Jennifer Keeping AccessAbility Centre ( JKAC) opened in 2005 and, under the direction of Mel Clarke, the disability resource facilitator at CBU, the JKAC has exceeded any and all expectations.
“Since 2005, Cape Breton University's Jennifer Keeping Centre has been helping students with disabilities reach their full academic potential,” says Lesley Tucker, one of the celebration’s organizers. “From its focused beginnings, the centre has grown into the vibrant place it is today.”
The JKAC serves to provide supports and services to students with disabilities. Its primary purpose is to assist in providing equal access to educational resources, facilities and opportunities to its students by removing educational and environ- mental barriers that prevent or limit students with disabilities from achieving their goals and from participating in a post-secondary setting. The centre aims to assist students to overcome these challenges, both academically and personally, in order to ensure a healthy and friendly university career throughout their studies.
Jennifer Keeping began her academic career at Cape Breton University in 1995 where she enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program. Faculty, administration and students remember her as an exceptional individual, not because she was visually challenged, but because of the unique way in which she blended two critical elements: outstanding people skills and a sophisticated appreciation for the flexibility and innovation required to be successful in a post-secondary learning environment. Awarded her degree posthumously in 2001, Jennifer's determination and drive in the face of great challenges has been a source of inspiration to all who knew her.