That is a very interesting option for folks with physical limitations.
But Ron Levy's death this week was very sad news for us. Let Abilities Work began as a very successful employment service for folks with disabilities and financed under a one-time, three-year federal government contract. Ron was our Chair in 2003 when that contract expired. He decided that such a successful group should not just shut down so we continued, taking on a new mandate – to promote social, sport and recreation activities for people with disabilities in our community.
Our colleague, longtime good friend and great leader also led the Central Highlands Association of the Disabled for many years during which with his wife, Della, he founded and ran the CHAD Bus Line in Pictou County. Ron's leadership and influence extended throughout Nova Scotia through his involvement in the executive and term as Chair of NSLEO (Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunity). His obituary was published in the paper April 8.
However, I know that Ron would be pleased by two local news stories I read in the paper that day about the 22 fire departments in Pictou County holding their 'Fill the Boot' Easter fundraiser in support of Muscular dystrophy and the Pictou Lions Club plans to make a park at Brown's Point. Ron was a longtime member and supporter of the Abercrombie fire department. Muscular dystrophy is a severely debilitating genetic disorder affecting one in 5,000 males and the project work at Brown's Point is an idea that the Lions Club has been discussing with our Let Abilities Work member Craig Aucoin, and to be located where we have our outdoor archery target shooting setup.
The proposed plans for Pictou Place, a public library expansion at the deCoste Centre is another story where we are keeping a watchful eye. Nova Scotia has an aging population with ever-growing numbers of folks experiencing age-related disabilities. If this project gets the green light to proceed, it will be very important that the building plans pay very careful attention to the accessibility needs of those using wheelchairs, canes, etc. and or experiencing other disabilities.
This has indeed been a mixed news week for us.
Ralph Ferguson, Chair
Let Abilities Work partnership society