Charlottetown, PE – The Charlottetown Y’s Men’s Club, a longtime supporter of the Bell Aliant Centre, formerly known as the CARI Complex, has again, made a significant contribution to the aquatic complex. The local club donated $3150 for the purchase of a celling lift, recently installed in the newly renovated change room for persons with disabilities. This lift enables patrons, to be safely transferred from a wheelchair to a change table without undue hardship on the patron or their support worker.
“This celling lift is required for staff and support workers to be able to bring certain clients to the aquatic facility. This allows patrons who have very limited mobility to enjoy the facilities,” says Bill Irwin, President of the Charlottetown Y’s Men’s Club. Irwin adds that the Y’s Men have been supporting special initiatives in the aquatics complex since its original capital contribution of $350,000 in 2003.
The Bell Aliant Centre of Charlottetown had also recently received $10,000 from three local Rotary Clubs to fund an adjustable adult change table and portable stairs for the Aquatics facility. “This donation completes the accessibility project” says Al Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bell Aliant Centre. “It is a great example of what we can accomplish with a collaborative approach among service clubs, not for profit and our stakeholders,” Stewart adds.
Sue Fraser, General Manager of the Bell Aliant Centre states “this renovation is just the beginning in a series of planned changes for the Centre under the heading of ‘patron betterment.’ Our Board of Directors and Management are very focused on how we can foster partnerships in the community to advance special projects that will provide a superior patron experience here, for both our regular users and event visitors.”
The Bell Aliant Centre looks forward to continuing to build on partnerships in the community. For more information on the Bell Aliant Centre or how you can support its community efforts, please visit bellaliantcentre.ca or call Dean Lund at (902) 569-4584 ext. 224.