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.
Photo Source: Otway's Facebook Page
The 2014 winner of the Access Award of Merit is the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (Otway). The Provincial Para Nordic Coach for Team BC trained six coaches to become qualified Athletes with A Disability (AWAD) coaches. Otway also purchased two sit skis, one adult size and one child size, which are available rental. The PGACA commends Otway for their initiatives to make outdoor recreation more accessible for all.
The PGACA also recognizes nominees Lisa Davison with North Court Badminton and Pat Harris with Bid Group for their hard work towards improving accessibility in Prince George. Lisa Davison brought para badminton to Prince George, offering an introductory course as well as a six week program for people with disabilities, seniors, or anyone else interested in playing badminton from a wheelchair. Pat Harris is recognized for his work securing funding from Bid Group to install an elevator at the Canada winter Games House. The Games offices were previously inaccessible to anyone who cannot use stairs and the new elevator ensure that athletes, staff and volunteers can access the office, while making the building more accessible for future tenants of the building.
Photo Source: PG Citizen
Access Awareness Day
The Committee celebrated Access Awareness day on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at the Prince George Farmer’s Market. The Committee was excited to engage in an open dialogue about accessibility and received the following suggestions from the public:
· Prioritize sidewalk repairs and clearing snow and debris from sidewalks
· Improve accessibility of businesses (i.e. retail stores) and government buildings
· Increase housing and employment for people with disabilities
· Improve accessible transit options
· Maintain line painting on roads
· Upgrade curb cuts to be accessible
· Longer crossing times at lights
More info on Access Awareness Day can be found here
Photo Source: Alan Kavanagh
Pictured above is Ken Biron, member of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility at the June 7, 2014 Access Awareness Day event at the Farmers Market.