submitted by Jennifer Westendorp, Communications Officer, North Dundas
The local organization donated $6,000 towards accessible chair lifts for the Winchester and Chesterville pools.
Meaghan Meerburg, Director of Recreation and Culture, says community partners and volunteers are the backbone of our rural township. “Partnerships are very important to us
because we are a small municipality and there’s a very strong sense of
community that we like to foster,” she notes.
Community Living pitched in $4,500 for the first lift back in 2019, and an additional $1,500 for a second lift, purchased this year, to ensure that both pools were accessible.
“We’d heard that it was something that was lacking in the community and it was something that we knew would be beneficial to the people that we support,” explains Debbie Boardman, Executive Director of Community Living Dundas County, “but so much more – children who require assistance getting into the pool, along with seniors and other people who need help – everyone should be able to enjoy going to the pool.”
She notes that Community Living fundraises for local initiatives through its George Davidson Family Resource Fund which supplied the dollars for the two lifts.
“To have the support of Community Living is so vitally important,” says Mayor Tony Fraser. “This speaks to how we all need to work together so people can enjoy the things in their community. I’d like to extend a warm, hearty thank you from North Dundas. These lifts will
be greatly appreciated by members of our community.