Access Award of Merit
The City of Prince George believes
that increasing public awareness around the physical, methodical and attitudinal
barriers some members of the community face will help improve the quality of
life for all disabled individuals, giving them the opportunity to more fully
participate in all aspects of community life in Prince George.
The 2016 winner of the City of Prince George Access Award of Merit is the Tabor Mountain Recreational Society. This society is comprised of a number of recreation groups who all use Tabor Mountain for their activities. The society demonstrates the results of community collaboration with their development of a 450 metre accessible trail on Tabor Mountain. The trail includes an accessible outhouse and the Society plans to expand the trail and to build an accessible campsite. The group consulted with Spinal Cord Injury BC, seniors groups, and other disability groups to ensure a successful and functional outcome for a variety of mobility needs.
Congratulations to this dedicated group of volunteers, who worked hard to secure grants, collaborate with stakeholders, and put in countless hours of time and effort into development of this new trail that opens recreational opportunities to all. More information on the accessible trail is available in this brochure.
(Ken Hodges, Mayor Lyn Hall, Randy Ellenchuk)
All nominees for this award were praiseworthy and should be congratulated for the excellent work they have done, and continue to do in support of "Aiming for access" in our community. We gratefully acknowledge the nominees, which included:
- Famous Players theatre for their exceptional customer service toward seniors and people with mobility issues and for the accessible features in their building.
- Integris Credit Union for their no/low-fee banking services and financial training sessions for people with disabilities;
- Larry Fielding, the author of the children's books "The X-Tails". Larry's third book includes a character with a disability and 50% of the royalties from this book go towards the purchase of sport wheelchairs and other recreational equipment for use in Northern B.C.
- Prince George Naturalists Club for their work in developing accessible viewing platforms in the Hudson Bay Slough area;
- Two Rivers Medical Centre for their accessible building design; and
- YMCA of Northern B.C. for their accessible building features and services that ensure people with disabilities can participate in their programs.
StopGap Temporary Ramps for Businesses
Members of the Advisory
Committee on Accessibility have worked with the HandyCircle Resource Society and
the College of New Caledonia to offer a program that allows local businesses to
place temporary ramps in front of their doors to accommodate people with
mobility aids including wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and other
To apply for the program
For more information on
StopGap click here
Access Awareness Day
Although Access Awareness Day was held June 6, 2015, in order to partner with Spinal Cord Injury BC, the Committee celebrated Access Awareness Day on July 12, 2015. The event, hosted by Spinal Cord BC and the Advisory Committee on Accessibility the Committee , had a draw for a gift certificate to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (a previous recipient of the Access Award of Merit for their purchase of sit skis and training staff to coach people using sit skis). The prize was paid for with a grant from SparcBC. The event highlighted the ongoing work and success stories of making Prince George a city that is more accessible to all citizens. Participants tried out sport chairs, a handcycle, played bocce, learned about accessible amenities in the community and met local author Larry Fielding.
More info on Access Awareness Day can
be found here
The City of Prince
George's Set Out/Set Back program is a service in which
collection crews will enter private property to move garbage collection
containers to the curb for collection and then return them to the private
property. This program was developed to accommodate those who have difficulty
moving City of Prince George garbage collection containers to the curb.
offers a similar recycling pick-up at the door for residents who qualify for the
City of Prince George's Set Out/Set Back program.
If you have already
signed up for Set Out/Set Back with the City, contact MMBC at (250) 596-8023 to
sign up for recycling.
If you have not
already signed up for Set Out/Set Back with the City, see the application form