The Town of Hearst has won the David C Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. It was announced during the recent Rural Ontario Municipalities Association Conference in Toronto, and it recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
Mayor Roger Sigouin says the community is quite proud of the award and the work it has done over the years.
“People are getting older they could go around in town and go to the library,” he said. “It’s nice, it’s really nice. It gives people the chance to live longer in the community and have all the services we offer.”
Sigouin says since 2007 the town has worked hard to make facilities and the community more inclusive.
“The arena, and the pool, all the accessibility…even the new pavilion that we have close to town hall, and town hall as well,” he said. “The tourist information centre and in the commercial zone.”