Three Local Organizations Receiving $13,000 to Boost Accessibility

NANAIMO— Three Nanaimo-based organizations are receiving a total of $13,398 through the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF), which Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson calls a much-needed investment in community accessibility.

• Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) receiving $5,850 for a wheelchair lift
• United Way Central Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) receiving $3,048 for automated door openers
• WorldTree Community Services receiving $4,500 for new staircase and chair lift

“This funding will greatly improve access for people with mobility challenges,” said Malcolmson. “I’m very pleased these organizations are getting federal support to enhance the good work they’re already doing and help them better serve our community.”

Additional Quotes:

“The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) is thrilled to receive this grant through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, which will help to purchase a wheelchair lift for the Nanaimo Community Stage. The addition of a wheelchair lift will allow greater accessibility for all users as it will remove barriers and increase accessibility for people with disabilities.” — Corry Hostetter, Executive Director, Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association

“Our organization is founded on the principles and vision of an inclusive, sustainable and socially just world. Receiving funds to increase access for our volunteers moves our community one step closer to equality. We look forward to the positive outcomes for our community food programs and support services.” — Douglas Headworth Sr., Chairperson, WorldTree Community Services

“United Way invests donors’ dollars in over 40 effective programs in the Nanaimo area each year including Nanaimo Brain Injury Society and Spinal Cord Injury BC. We work hard to support our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. We are beyond pleased to receive the Enabling Accessibility Fund grant. United Way can now install much needed automated door openers for our volunteers, staff and funded agencies that work so hard for our community.” — Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

Background:

Created in 2007, the Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program with annual budget of $15 million to support capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities.