Lt. Governor visits Complex

By Joel Charron

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley paid a visit to the United Communities Credit Union Complex last Tuesday afternoon and gave it a big thumbs up.

“What an amazing complex. So many important touches,” said Onley.

Onley was given a tour of the facility by Manager of Recreation Dennis Laporte. Onley, who has lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three has been a longtime advocate of accessibility issues. He marveled about the complex’s accessibility standards.

“As new facilities are built, if you make it accessible for people to use any kind of assisted device, you end up making a better facility for everybody,” said Onley.

Among the features that drew praises from the Lieutenant Governor was the clear boards allowing those who are in wheelchairs and sledge hockey sleds to watch activities with ease. Onley said he was also impressed that ice pad B is outfitted for sledge hockey.

“It’s a simple modification so sledge players can literally skate right into the bench area and watch through the glass panels,” said Onley.

Onley called the Miracle League diamond “an astounding concept,” stating that he hopes this idea trickles down into other communities.

“Once people see it in action then the light bulbs go on as to why these concepts are so important,” he said.

Onley credited the hard work of many to make this facility a reality. Among those he mentioned was former Deputy Mayor Bob Bailey. Bailey worked with Onley on the provincial accessibility standards advisory committee. Onley said Bailey spoke passionately about the new complex with Bailey giving updates  throughout the entire process of the project.

Bailey said he was honoured to have Onley visit Amherstburg.

“I know that accessibility has been his mandate since he came into office,” said Bailey. “He has been in the fore front in the GTA. He has been the recipient of several awards regarding accessibility.”

Bailey added he began to realize how important accessibility was for all people after he served on the provincial accessibility standards advisory com mittee.

“It’s so great to see accessibility happening on a regional basis,” said Bailey

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