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 nomination period for the 2015 Access Award of Merit has closed. The winner will be announced at the 100th Anniversary Civic Appreciation Dinner on March 6, 2015.
The City of Prince George thanks those who submitted nominations.
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.
Photo Source: Otway's Facebook Page
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
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 devices.
To apply for the program click here
For more information on StopGap click here
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.
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.
MultiMaterial BC 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 the program.
If you have not already signed up for Set Out/Set Back with the City, see the application form here