Sarnia and Lambton County earn accessibility award

The recognition came after power wheelchair and scooter charging stations were installed in Sarnia

Left to right: Bill Weber, Warden, County of Lambton; Councillor Lonny Napper, Chair, County of Lambton Accessibility Advisory Committee; Brian White, Sarnia City Councillor and Member of the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee; Dale Mosely, Accessibility Coordinator, City of Sarnia; Heather Allen, Supervisor, Program Review & Compliance, County of Lambton; Dan Edwards, Local Accessibility Advocate. (Photo provided)

Installing publicly available charging stations for power wheelchair and scooter users has earned the County of Lambton and City of Sarnia recognition from the Ontario Municipal Social Service Association (OMSSA).

Sarnia and Lambton have been named co-winners of the peer-nominated Municipal Accessibility Award and will showcase the joint pilot project at OMSSA’s Leadership Symposium in Toronto May 28-30. The award is presented to recognize contributions to advancing accessibility.

Last year, the municipalities partnered to install 12 designated charging stations in Sarnia and Point Edward including the Bayside Centre, Bright’s Grove Library, Canatara Park, Centennial Park, Germain Park, Lambton Public Health, Lambton Shared Services Centre, Mallroad Library, Sarnia City Hall, Sarnia Library, the Strangway Centre, and Tecumseh Park.

Designated outlets were changed to a blue colour and identified with a sign.

More charging stations will be installed throughout the county this year including eleven stations in Petrolia.

“Work achieved through this partnership advances the County’s vision for a caring, growing, and innovative community,” said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber.

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