Legacies Now money comes to Vanderhoof

Published: February 06, 2022 9:00 AM Updated: February 06, 2022 9:30 AM

The District of Vanderhoof will improve local access for people with disabilities thanks to funding from 2010 Legacies Now.

“Vanderhoof will receive $15,000 to implement our Measuring Up program,” said Brenda Le Clair, executive director of community engagement for 2010 Legacies Now in a press release. “Vanderhoof has identified local accessibility and inclusion as a top priority, and 2010 Legacies Now is pleased to support its quest to ensure people with disabilities can participate and fully contribute in their communities.”

This grant is part of $459,700 distributed by 2010 Legacies Now to 26 communities across British Columbia. The grants are thanks to the $2-million Measuring Up Accessibility and Inclusion Fund established in 2007 by the Province of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Housing and Social Development.

“Ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to opportunities such as employment or recreational activities is a huge part of making our community more accessible for everyone. That’s why the province is proud to support 2010 Legacies Now and the Measuring Up grant to Vanderhoof,” said John Rustad, MLA for Prince George-Omineca.

Vanderhoof will use its grant for two local employment projects for people with developmental disabilities: the Bean on Burrard Coffee House and the Nechako Valley Community Organics Project.

“Monies received from Measuring Up will be used to create two employment projects that are physically accessible, in the centre of our town, and highlight the needs and contributions of all persons with disabilities in Vanderhoof,” said Susan Armstrong, program manager, Nechako Valley Community Services Society.

To date, 2010 Legacies Now has distributed over $1.6 million to assist more than 100 communities across B.C. to deliver the Measuring Up program, which includes a grassroots assessment and planning tool to identify priorities to becoming more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. Visit 2010LegaciesNow.com for a list of all grant recipients or for more information on the Measuring Up program.

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