Access Orangeville has received an inaugural David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

The awards recognize four individuals or organizations who go above and beyond in improving accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities.

Her Honour, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards alongside the Honourable David C. Onley and Minister Brad Duguid. The Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, has long been a champion for disability and accessibility issues.

Access Orangeville received the award in the role/model/champion category for working to “transform Orangeville into a barrier-free community that is an inspiration to towns and cities across the province.”

The nomination for Access Orangeville, listing a large number of projects undertaken by the Town committee, was submitted to the province last fall. The committee’s most recent project is the introduction of a program that focuses on businesses that make access a priority.

Municipalities have traditionally been at the forefront of creating more accessible communities. Access Orangeville is a great example of how municipalities are leading the way in making Ontario more accessible.