Increasing awareness of accessibility in Grande Prairie is the 4th annual Chair Leaders Enabling Access event. Prominent city figures are spending the day in a wheel chair, experiencing the barriers that a person with disabilities goes through on a daily basis. Mayor Bill Given says this event reminds elected officials like himself that the decisions they make at a high level have a direct impact on people everyday.
“We see people from the school board, and people from our engineering department – our engineers are the ones that design the standards of our roads and sidewalks. And so I think it is those people at a technical level that have a really great opportunity to gain a new perspective.”
Participants will carry out their every day activities in the wheelchairs, while also taking part in special challenges at the Farmers Market and at Muskoseepi Park.