May 29, 2019
Last Friday, Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS) held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning construction of an accessible entrance to the lower level of the Grace Centre in Sydenham. This level is where the Adult Day Program, some admin offices and the commercial kitchen are located, and at present it is reached only by stairs or a small lift. The new ramp will provide full, safe access into and out of the main room, replacing the current short steep stairway in the northeast corner of the building.
The project has been made possible by a $125,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. OTF’s Grant Review Team member Rosemary Rooke and MPP Randy Hillier were on hand to congratulate SFCS’s Executive Director, David Townsend, and together they presented the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s plaque to Margaret Knott, Vice Chair of Frontenac County’s Accessibility Committee. In thanking them, Ms Knott quoted Rick Hansen: “Everyone should be able to go everywhere.”
John Garrah and Harry Tibbs from M. Sullivan and Son Contracting joined Hillier, Townsend and Knott in a brief groundbreaking ceremony, then along with staff and guests enjoyed refreshments on the adjoining patio.