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County & City Receive Accessibility Award

By City Staff

Sarnia, ON - The installation of publicly available charge stations for power wheelchair and scooter users has earned the County of Lambton and City of Sarnia recognition from the Ontario Municipal Social Service Association (OMSSA).

The municipalities have been named as co-recipients of the peer-nominated Municipal Accessibility Award and will showcase the joint pilot project at OMSSA's Leadership Symposium in Toronto May 28-30.  The award is presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to the awareness of and activities associated with programs advancing accessibility.

In 2016, the County and City partnered to install and identify designated charge station electrical outlets at the following locations in Sarnia and Point Edward:  Bayside Centre, Bright's Grove Library, Canatara Park, Centennial Park, Germain Park, Lambton Public Health, Lambton Shared Services Centre, Mallroad Library, Sarnia City Hall, Sarnia Library, the Strangway Centre, and Tecumseh Park.  Designated outlets were changed to a blue colour and identified with signage.

“Congratulations to all involved in making this project happen in Sarnia-Lambton," said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley.

"It is a privilege for the County to work alongside the City of Sarnia in order to enhance the accessibility, safety, and quality of life for residents of our community," said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber.  "Work achieved through this partnership advances the County's vision for a caring, growing, and innovative community."

Established in 1950, the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) is a non-profit organization whose members are the Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) and District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) across Ontario. The OMSSA supports leadership in integrated human services through strong local service system management in all municipalities.

This article was posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:31 PM


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