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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 Association.

 

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



Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4/23/2014 10:41:49 AM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News - Photo: Councillor Jeff Coffman talks with Community Advocate Chris Schamber
 
 
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