Businesses Honoured for Accessibility

Posted February 16, 2010
The Daily News

Area businesses and individuals were honoured for making the community more accessible on Tuesday.

The Chatham-Kent Accessibility Advisory Committee handed out its annual awards at the Thames Campus Arena.

Sydenham Community Curling Club and Home Hardware Building Centre Keil Drive, were recognized for their renovations and services geared towards those with

Leslie Bucholtz, manager of KFC on Queen Street, was honoured for her involvement with the Snow Angel shoveling program, as was co-ordinator Bev Perrin.

Ralph Roels, committee chairman, praised recipients for their efforts.

“It’s so important to give recognition in the community,” he said. “We really appreciate what you are doing.”

Representatives from Sydenham Community Curling Club and Home Hardware weren’t in attendance Tuesday.

Bucholtz drives her staff around to shovel driveways with the Snow Angels.

However, she was surprised to learn she won an award.

“I never did this for the recognition,” she said. “We have a great team and decided to get together.”

Perrin said she had a waiting list of clients — but now has a waiting list of shovellers.

She also wasn’t expecting the award and admitted she was flattered.

“These are seniors who want to stay in their homes as long as they can,” she said. “It makes their home life easier.”

Roels said Chatham-Kent has come a long way with accessibility, but noted more needs to be done.

He said accessible washrooms and elevators are required in some locations.

Mayor Randy Hope said the award recipients show that there are people who care.

“It sends a strong message about the community that we are,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to live in Chatham-Kent?”

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