Lac Ste. Anne Bulletin August 28, 2017

THE BULLETIN Vol 22 Issue 35 Monday, August 28, 2017 2013 Onoway & District Chamber of Commerce Business Of The Year Onoway Historical Guild Is A Winner! Members of the Onoway and District Historical Guild were all smiles as the Guild was presented with a cheque for $30,000 that will make the Onoway Heritage Centre more easily acces- sible by all members of the community. The grant, part of the Rick Hanson Foundation Access4All project, is designed to eliminate accessibility barriers in public places. Automatic door openers have been installed at the entrance to Heritage Centre and to the Onoway Museum/Alliance Activity Centre entrances and the very rough cement at the Heritage Centre en- trance has been levelled. This means that people using walkers or wheelchairs, parents pushing strollers and those who have mobility issues will find it much easier to enter the building. Shauna Paisley Cooper, representing the Rick Hansen Foun- dation, presented the cheque and reminded Guild members of Rick Hansen’s two-year long Man in Motion tour when he wheelchaired his way through 34 countries. This amazing jour- ney raised funds to help community facilities become more ac- cessible but, perhaps more importantly, raised awareness of people with disabilities and the barriers they face every day. Ms. Paisley Cooper who became a paraplegic in 2008 as the result of a mountain bike accident told Guild members how Rick Hansen gave her hope and inspiration. She cited examples of how she faces access challenges on a daily basis, things as fundamental as getting into the school her children were at- tending or the local hockey rink where they play ringette. The Guild is delighted to have improved access to their facility. A special event for the whole community is planned for Sep- tember 16 to celebrate the “Open Doors”. Shauna Paisley Cooper presents Rick Hansen Foundation Barrier Buster cheque to Hazel Bourke, president of Onoway and District Historical Guild