Organizations honoured for advancing accessibility

The Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, is honouring several organizations for their work in advancing accessibility in the area.

The 2012 Awards winners are:

Walmart, for Excellence in Accessible Customer Service Award for a large organization

Walmart provides exemplary customer service for persons with disabilities. Our Sarnia Walmart was nominated for providing exceptional assistance to persons with disabilities, consistently, and going above and beyond what we could expect of a retailer in assisting members of the public in need of assistance.

New Beginnings, Sarnia-Lambton Stroke Recovery Association for Excellence in Accessible Customer Service Award for a small organization

New Beginnings provides exemplary customer service for persons with disabilities. The staff assist survivors of brain injury or stroke regain skills in an environment that is safe and supportive with a diverse range of programs and activities

Dr. Gordon Warren, for Excellence in Accessible Customer Service Award for a small business

Dr. Gordon Warren provides exemplary customer service for persons with disabilities. He has worked enthusiastically to identify needs of his clients, and ensures that he has the diagnostic equipment and physical layout to best meet the needs of clients with and without disabilities.

Exit Realty Twin Bridges, for Exceptional Accessible Physical Environment Renovation or New Build Award

Exit Realty Twin Bridges has worked to ensure that their new facility demonstrates exemplary physical accessibility for persons with disabilities. The building was designed with physical accessibility in mind, including: parking, access, office design, washrooms, overall layout, and office equipment

McDonald’s Christina St, Creating Opportunities for an Accessible Community Award

Colleen and Peter Buckley have demonstrated considerable commitment in creating an environment in which people with intellectual disabilities can fulfill their potential. They have hired multiple employees with special needs, and have discovered the long term potential of these committed and reliable employees. They have worked for a decade with Community Living and Job Start to assist people with disabilities in acquiring job readiness skills and have over the years contributed significantly to a range of community programs for persons with disabilities. As a result, their staff demonstrate an enthusiasm to work to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

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