Price makes a difference

Accessible tourism increasingly important as population ages

AUREN RUVINSKY

writer@pqbnews.com

Gerry Price, chair of Parksville’s Measuring Up Committee, invites any interested residents to discover what it’s like to get around the city with mobility challenges on Oct. 16.

Price was honoured at Monday’s regular council meeting for his work on accessibility and inclusivity issues in and around the city.

When the charitable Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. heard about the honour they added their praise and sent a “You made a difference pin,” explained mayor Chris Burger as he presented a plaque and thanked him for his ongoing work.

Price said city staff listen to the Measuring Up Committee and pointed out that accessible tourism, like cruise ships, are an increasingly important industry as the country’s population ages.

To help increase awareness of the issues the committee is hosting a “wheel-walkabout” starting at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Avenue East, at noon with speakers including Paralympic gold medalist Michelle Stilwell.

At 1 p.m. people will be invited to experience the downtown in a wheelchair, using a walker or cane, or wearing macular degeneration-effect glasses.

People are asked to RSVP right away to g2price@shaw.ca.

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