LETHBRIDGE - A number of prominent community leaders are spending time in a wheelchair
this week for the Chair-Leaders event put on by the Canadian Paraplegic
It's designed to increase awareness of accessibility in Lethbridge as well as
raise funds for persons with spinal cord injuries and mobility issues.
Councillor Jeff Coffman took his turn on Monday and toured the city. He
wanted to take the challange to become more aware. Coffman says "when we sit as
City Council or if you sit as an MP or MLA, understanding access and mobility
needs to be part of the job. Not everybody is able to navigate this world on two
feet or with two eyes or with two ears, so understanding how what we build and
what we design affects people is very important."
He noticed that "we have a number of different conditions on our roadways and
on our sidewalks for people who have access or mobility issues. We have
different paving types, we have differnt styles of curbs and it's quite a
challanging journey to navigate."
Other volunteers throughout the week include Lethbridge College Vice
President Peter Leclair, AHS South Zone Medicial Director Dr. Vanessa Maclean,
Councillor Joe Mauro and Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor.
Funds collected during the event will be used to help the Canadian Paraplegic
Association continue to expand services to clients. The Lethbridge donation
website is http://cpa-ab.akaraisin.com/cllethbridge