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Downtown wheelchair challenge to highlight the importance of a barrier free community

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The Canadian Paraplegic Association is looking for policy and decision makers in the community to take part in their annual downtown wheelchair challenge. Mieka de Groot, a Client Services Coordinator with the organization, says local business owners, as well as representatives of municipal, provincial, and federal government have been invited to participate.

“The purpose is to help people become more aware of the importance of making changes. Many things are already good, and people need to know that those are good. The best way to find out the difference is to be in a chair.”

de Groot says they have already received a few verbal agreements for participation.

“We’re looking at Chris Warkentin joining us, we’re looking at people from the school board participating, we’re looking at somebody from the MD of Greenview, and people involved in the sporting world as well as from the Grande Prairie Regional College.”

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The challenge is laid out like a scavenger hunt downtown, and starts at 9 am on May 2, wrapping up at 4 at Muskoseepi Park.

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