News

Giving government input on acessibility issues in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Oceanside Accessibility Committee chair Susan Jennings records feedback during an accessibility meeting as part of a provincial ‘white paper’ discussion. - Auren Ruvinsky photo
Oceanside Accessibility Committee chair Susan Jennings records feedback during an accessibility meeting as part of a provincial ‘white paper’ discussion.
— image credit: Auren Ruvinsky photo

In response to the provincial government looking at ways to reduce barriers and increase accessibility, the Oceanside Accessibility Committee held a stakeholders meeting to provide local input.

"We were encouraged as a region to provide input so we put together our own project," said OAC chair Susan Jennings.

To that end, they hired their own facilitator and invited key figures, including representatives of local municipalities and groups representing the chambers, construction, downtown and tourism associations and groups involved in accessibility issues to a meeting last Thursday at the Sunrise Ridge Resort.

The round-table discussions focused on six themed topics (innovation, support, work, housing, social networks and asset accumulation) and broke them down with specific questions about how to get people to welcome contributions from people with disabilities, make it easier for them to work and what B.C. would look like as the most progressive place in Canada.

The results will be forwarded to the ongoing provincial conversation, which will form the development of a 'white paper' meant to reflect the voice of British Columbians.

"This is about inclusion for all," Jennings said, pointing out that as the population ages accessibility is important to everyone.

For more information and to participate in the provincial conversation visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Talk abounds on the Englishman
 
Qualicum teen fights leukemia
 
Campbell River SPCA is back in business
Tour de Rock rolls into Alberni
 
TOUR DE ROCK: Rough ride to Tofino as two cyclists injured
 
Cyclists dominate Nanaimo Commuter Challenge
Humongous cork and fork unleashed
 
Lest we forget: vets urge all to remember sacrifice
 
THE WEEK — May 9: A fashionable way to stop violence

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.