Wingham property owner gets honourable mention for accessibility award

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HURON COUNTY – Arnold Morrison quickly responded to a request for help when a customer had difficulty getting in and out of the hair salon she frequented, installing a grab bar within two hours of hearing about the issue.

Morrison, who owns the building where Heads Up salon is located, installed a second grab bar on the inside of the front door after a gentleman exiting the building while the business owner worked on the first bar made the suggestion.

This act of consideration and kindness has earned Morrison an honourable mention in the Business category of the 2021 Huron County Awards of Merit for Accessibility.

Morrison, who owns the buildings at 11 Veteran’s Rd. (Heads Up) and 206 Josephine St. (Annette’s Treasures Galore) in Wingham, is working on accessibility improvements at both locations, a report to the accessibility committee stated.

The Award of Merit for Barrier-Free Design is awarded every year to the owner(s) of a building or facility that has been designed or renovated with particular regard to accessibility for persons with a disability.

There are two categories, business, and public sector organization.

The report said that Huron County celebrates organizations and individuals who promote public awareness of the importance of barrier-free design and recognize excellence in accessibility design.

Structures that qualify for this award include:

- new public/private buildings or facilities, design incorporates barrier-free accessibility;

- existing buildings or facilities that have been re-designed or renovated to incorporate barrier-free accessibility;

- satisfies the requirements of use and heightens the integration of people with disabilities; and

- incorporates practical, useful, and innovative solutions to typical barriers.

2021 Award Recipients and Honorable Mentions

Business Category

Award Recipient: Cait’s Cafe, Goderich

Honorable Mention: BMO Bank of Montreal, Goderich Branch

Honorable Mention: Arnold Morrison, Wingham

Public Sector Category

Award Recipient: Shoppability Project, Clinton (Central Huron)

, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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