Jaime Castro is a leading disability advocate that has been organizing inclusion awareness events for the last 25 years throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Jaime’s advocacy work for people with disabilities began when at the age of 18 he started working for Community Living Toronto. Through his work at this organization Jaime founded the Sharing Group which set the foundation for several other organizations and events that Jaime would found and organize. Jaime is the founder of the The Mix Community Club, City Mix event, Abilities Church, Abilities Ministries International and The Abilities Awards event. All of these organizations and events have lead the way within the Greater Toronto area as some of the largest and most impactful projects for the greater disability community. Jaime’s work has greatly contributed to the furtherance of the disability movement in Toronto and aboard.
Jaime holds a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Medal.
He is one of the top disability advocates in Canada that has received a lot of acclamation for his ability to bring together the majority of the accessibility sector in Southern Ontario through his inclusion events. Jaime has accomplished what many thought would be impossible in bridging the gaps within different communities by championing disability rights, inclusion and accessibility for people living with disabilities. Jaime is also a sought after disability theology conference speaking.
Through the Abilities Ministries International Jaime has been able to bridge the gap between the faith and disability community by supporting churches in hosting Abilities Outreaches for the purpose of equally inviting and including people with disabilities within the regular worship services, programs and events of the church.
Jaime’s newest endeavour through the Dec 3rd Tribute, formerly known as the Abilities Awards is by far the most impactful project for our whole community as over 80% of the accessibility sector in southern Ontario have rallied around this revolutionary event that serves as the official region-wide GTA celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.This event has been endorsed by all 3 levels of government and is the only event to unite the accessibility, mainstream, political, media, business, sports and entertainment sectors together to celebrate the international day of people with disabilities every December 3rd.
Jaime's interest include, travelling, motivational speaking, networking, facilitating inclusion events, community partnership development and most of all supporting churches in becoming more inclusive and spending time with his wife and kids. Jaime makes his home in Toronto Canada and is married to Deborah Lee (Debi) and has two sons, Justin and Christian along with a daughter, Raina Lee.
Jaime's VIP Pics
Receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award from Peter Mansbridge
Receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award
Receiving recognition from the provincial government for the launch
of our Abilities Outreach at Morningstar Christian Fellowship
Receiving recognition from the Premier of Ontario for the launch of our Abilities Awards event in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities