Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced federal funding to improve accessibly for those with disabilities and their families who use the Dood Cristall Family YMCA. The YMCA is receiving $14,958 through the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund to renovate the family change room and to install a shower and change lift system to ensure that every Westman resident has the opportunity to use the pool and partake in activities.
"I am committed to ensuring all Westman residents, especially those with disabilities can access the programs and services offered at the YMCA," said Maguire. "I will always stand up for Westman families and it is a great honour to work alongside the YMCA's dedicated staff and volunteers who contribute so much to our community."
The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. From installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community.
Lon Cullen, CEO of the YMCA of Brandon said, "We want to ensure that we are accessible to all individuals in the Brandon and Westman area. The addition of a shower and change lift in our family change room will allow any user of our pool who uses a wheelchair or requires an attendant to access the YMCA more comfortably. This grant will ensure that the Dood Cristall Family YMCA is able to serve all members of the community in the development of Spirit, Mind and Body."
Maguire concluded, "Thanks to organizations like the YMCA who care about accessibility, we see first-hand how these kind of projects make a real difference in our community. By working together we are getting results for Westman!"