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Petawawa Civic Centre unveils modernized elevator

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

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The Petawawa Civic Centre recently received $23,700 from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program for upgrades to its aging elevator. Joining staff and council for the official unveiling of the new elevator were members of the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee. In the photo are (left to right) committee member Jackie Nieman, Town of Petawawa facilities manager Mark Reinert, Councillor Theresa Sabourin, committee chairwoman Shiela Clarke, committee member Sharon Slaney, Nikki Berry, representing Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, and Town of Petawawa parks and recreation manager Kelly Williams.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Petawawa Civic Centre recently received $23,700 from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program for upgrades to its aging elevator. Joining staff and council for the official unveiling of the new elevator were members of the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee. In the photo are (left to right) committee member Jackie Nieman, Town of Petawawa facilities manager Mark Reinert, Councillor Theresa Sabourin, committee chairwoman Shiela Clarke, committee member Sharon Slaney, Nikki Berry, representing Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, and Town of Petawawa parks and recreation manager Kelly Williams.

 

PETAWAWA - The Petawawa Civic Centre has completed upgrades to its elevator making the facility even more accessible.

For the last several years, the town has been investing in upgrades to the Petawawa Civic Centre as a means of both modernizing and improving the level of accessibility available within the facility. It's most recent project was to modernize the 40-year-old elevator, which is used to permit access to the second floor board room and main banquet hall.

The $52,000 initiative was bolstered with a $23,700 grant from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Town council then budgeted the remaining funds. During a brief dedication ceremony, parks and recreation manager Kelly Williams said the Ontario 150 investment to modernize the elevator cab is great news for the community.

“There are many residents and visitors in our community who utilize the Petawawa Civic Centre for recreation programs, private and community events,” said Williams. “The upgrade to the facilities elevator improves level of service and ensures that the space remains accessible to all that use it.”

Attending the ceremony were members of the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee, who have been diligently working to meet the province's mandate of improving accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities to all public establishments by 2025. Mayor Bob Sweet praised the volunteer committee for their hardwork in guiding decision makers towards that ultimate goal of accessibility in all public-sector buildings.

“We strive to make our community as accessible as possible and we are working to that end,” said Sweet.

The newly completed elevator upgrades include new wall surfaces and bumpers, flooring, baseboards, ceiling, lighting and accessible controls. Shiela Clarke, chairwoman of the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee, said the upgrades show that the town is making significant progress noting the elevator will not only be widely used by seniors but residents of all ages.

“Petawawa is probably one of the most accessible communities that I have ever been in,” said Clarke. “Every attempt is being made to ensure that people can survive and thrive in Petawawa.”

The Civic Centre, itself, will need to be gradually replaced or retrofited as funds become available in the future. Council has been setting aside money in reserves to replace the arena floor. The town also invested money to upgrade the refridgeration unit. Williams added they are slowly getting there in terms of making the entire building accessible.

“This is one more piece in the puzzle as far as upgrades to this aging building,” he said.

SChase@postmedia.com