The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission regretfully recognizes the passing of Mr. Mike Simmonds on April 25, 2016.
Over the course of many years, Mr. Simmonds championed the need for improved accommodation in the transportation and service industries in Saskatoon. Of particular note, he challenged the taxi industry to better understand the needs of passengers requiring service animals. Because of his human rights complaints, the taxi industry has responded with many improvements.
Similarly, by successfully leveraging his lived experience, and by using his skills as a communicator, he also created significant public awareness through the media. In particular, his calls for audible pedestrian signals at crosswalks and intersections have helped increase safety for all people.
Mr. Simmonds was a passionate advocate for blind and visually impaired people in the City of Saskatoon, and a strong voice for blind and visually impaired Canadians. The Commission acknowledges his commitment to people with disabilities, to equity, and to inclusion.