Katie Moore, winner of a Widening Our World award from Community Living British Columbia for her work in creating the Okanagan Accessibility Group. (Photo: Debbie Moore)

Resident honoured for making Vernon more accessible

Katie Moore created the Okanagan Accessibility Group in 2016 and will receive recognition on Oct. 29

When Vernon resident Katie Moore started regularly using a wheelchair in 2016, she was struck by how many barriers prevented her from fully accessing her community. So, she decided to break some of those barriers down.

Moore started the Okanagan Accessibility group, which promotes the importance of making public areas accessible to everyone and gives recognition to businesses and public spaces that accomodate people with limited mobility.

For her efforts, Moore has been named a recipient of a Widening Our World award from Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), a crown corporation that supports adults with developmental disabilities.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29 – before the end of Community Inclusion Month – Moore will be presented with the award at a celebration event at 1:30 p.m. at the Kindale Developmental Association in Vernon.

“I am proud of what we have been able to do as a group and honoured to be recognized,” said Moore.

“I believe that everyone should be able to go into their local store or park no matter what their abilities are,” she added. “To be a part of a community means you have full access to your community. The Okanagan Accessibility Group works hard to make sure that communities in B.C. are more accessible for everyone, giving people the ability to fully participate in their community.”

Moore is one of five award winners chosen this year by the CLBC, which received more than 60 nominations. Moore was nominated by Julie Armitage from Vernon Music Therapy.

“Katie and the Okanagan Accessibility Group have done so much to help make our community a better place for everyone and I am thrilled she is being recognized with a provincial award for her hard work and dedication,” said Armitage.

“Katie has done so much to make Vernon more accessible,” said Lisa Porcellato of CLBC. “She works each and every day to advocate for those who just want to access places in the community like everyone else.”

CLBC has presented Widening Our World awards since 2009 to people who help to build communities where everyone is valued. As an organization, they provide services to more than 20,000 people with developmental disabilities and autism.

READ MORE: Vernon’s best in business awarded for excellence

READ MORE: Vernon resort to host World Travel Awards


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Vernon shelter

Homeless shelters in the city have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Armstrong food sharing program set to return

Armstrong Food Initiative Society will start its produce sharing program Monday, July 13

Boil water notice issued for Vernon’s Dunsmir Road area

Map shows which customers are advised to use caution when consuming water

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Most Read