2019 National AccessAbility Week Kicks Off at Bell Park

May 28, 2019

Mayor Brian Bigger proclaims National AccessAbility Week.

Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger, Councillor Bill Leduc and Councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann joined Accessibility Advisory Panel members today at Bell Park to proclaim May 26 to June 1 AccessAbility Week in Greater Sudbury.

“This week is a celebration of the great progress we have made to establish accessible facilities, programs and services for our entire community,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “Accessibility improvements in our community are important to convenience, access and quality of life for all of our residents.”

National AccessAbility Week is celebrated across Canada to recognize progress, inspire change and promote inclusion and accessibility.

 “As a member of the Accessibility Advisory Panel for nine years, I’ve seen a lot of positive changes in the community and I’m proud to be a part of them,” said Accessibility Advisory Panel Chair Lionel Courtemanche. “The commitment of our members and of the City to break down accessibility barriers is incredibly important in making sure all residents have the same opportunities.”

The Accessibility Advisory Panel provides insight to municipal staff on matters related to the accessibility of municipal services, programs and facilities as required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Some of the panel’s projects include the Bell Park Waterfront Accessibility project, the Brady Green Stairs and Ridgecrest Accessible Playground.

Bell Park has a number of accessibility features, including a specially modified change room with a lift, accessible washroom facilities and a floating wheelchair that provides a seamless transition from the beach, into the water.

For a schedule of National AccessAbility Week events in Greater Sudbury, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/accessibility.