MP Cheryl Gallant announces accessibility funding for Calabogie Peaks
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant recently visited Calabogie Peaks Resort to announce they had received funding through the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund. In the photo from left, Geoff Cousens, Michael Stagg, Jonathan Inman, Dwayne Bryson, Martin Slejska, Jason Poirier, Cheryl Gallant, and Theresa Arsenault. Standing immediately behind the sit-ski is Deb Blimkie, Calabogie's adaptive skiing program director. In the sit-ski is Rhonda Crew and kneeling is Ivan Beaudry.
CALABOGIE - Cheryl Gallant, member of Parliament for Renfrew--Nipissing--Pembroke, recently visited Calabogie Peaks Resort to announce $44,200 in funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). The funding will go towards the paving a pathway to enable accessibility to activities and buildings at Calabogie Peaks.
"Paul and Liz Murphy have made Calabogie Peaks a leader in accessibility advocacy and working to advance the lives of Canadians living with disabilities," said Gallant. "These renovations will be vital to the services offered at Calabogie Peaks for Canadians living with disabilities, including Calabogie Adaptive Snowsports Centre of Excellence and the headquarters of the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing (CADS)."
The funding will also go towards some handicapped parking spaces at Calabogie Peaks.
Many disabled Canadians participate in the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Sunday Ski Program. The centre is also home to a five-day winter sports clinic for injured military veterans and Community Living Days for adults with intellectual challenges in Renfrew County. Special features include two wheelchair ramps, a large washroom equipped with adult change facilities and a 300-square foot basement storage space for skis, sit skis and other specialized adaptive equipment.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund was established in 2008 by the federal government to help fund small projects in communities across Canada to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities. Between 2008 and 2010 the program provided funding to hundreds of accessibility projects across Canada.
If you are interested in applying or you would like more information on eligibility Gallant said you can visit her website at cherylgallant.com, and click on 'Enabling Accessibility' under the 'Programs' tab.