On Dec. 5, Accessible Committee members Alison Duddy and Lynn Dunkley appeared before the City of Quesnel council in their wheelchairs and presented their 2018 budget and provide an update on the Accessible Parking Awareness Program.
Taking turns speaking, the women thanked council for its support during the six years of the program, which aims to educate and increase the general public’s awareness about having strategically placed accessible parking stalls throughout the city for people who need them.
They thanked councillors for placing very visible signage at the parking stalls and noted that raising the fines for parking violations in those stalls has helped because it makes people think twice before illegally parking in an accessible stall.
Noting that when council refused to increase the committee’s budget for more posters, brochures and sandwich boards, the women said they decided they have to refresh their message through other media forms.
Duddy and Dunkley noted that in 2018, they are going to embark on more education and awareness presentations for people who may not have heard them.