Town and local students help make Saugeen Shores more accessible

                                                               SDSS students who built Stopgap ramps

The Town of Saugeen Shores’ Accessibility Committee has teamed up with the Saugeen District Secondary School Construction Class once again on an accessibility project called StopGap. The program is a national initiative aimed at removing barriers by providing temporary ramps to local businesses, allowing persons with mobility devices to enter the buildings.

“This is a great program that the Town is excited to be a part of,” says Mayor Luke Charbonneau, member of the Accessibility Committee. “Working with the construction class means these teens are able to practice their skills while also learning about accessibility and the barriers people in our community face every day.”

     Students in carpentry class              building the Stopgap ramps

The StopGap ramps are built by the students under the supervision of teacher Bud Halpin.

The entrance to each participating business is measured and the ramp is designed to fit the space. In the last three years, 20 businesses have stepped up to take part in the program and improve accessibility in Saugeen Shores.



Committee member Bill McKee and Mayor Luke Charbonneau (R) drop off ramp to Cathy Fenton, owner of Cathy’s Flowers N Gifts

In 2019, new ramps were provided to Cathy’s Flowers n Treasurers, Saugeen Curry House, King’s Law Firm, and Ideal Custom Orthotics.

The students and the Accessibility Advisory Committee have distributed the ramps to this year’s participating businesses just in time for Accessibility Awareness Day, taking place on Thursday, May 16.

“The purpose of Accessibility Awareness Day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about accessibility and inclusion for people with different disabilities,” says Committee Chair, Maureen Crawford. “We hope that in addition to doing their intended job, these ramps help remind everyone that accessibility is essential throughout our community.”

The Town of Saugeen Shores’ Accessibility Advisory Committee provides guidance to Town facilities and parks, as well as businesses and special events, to identify and remove barriers in Saugeen Shores. For those looking to learn more, the committee will have a booth at the Health and Wellness Fair taking place at the Southampton Curling Club on Saturday, June 1 from 8am-1pm.