Following an “aggressive” community fundraising campaign, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville unveiled its new mobile accessible washroom/change room at this year’s Strawberry Festival.
The trailer will allow community members with disabilities to entirely participate in community events, such as festivals and fairs. In 2016, community advocates Diane Ward, Wilf Morley and Derek Bunn approached Town Council to champion the purchase and operation of a barrier-free fully accessible washroom trailer for the community and launched a fundraising campaign.
The town secured a $50,000 federal government grant from the Enabling Accessibility Fund for the $125,000 trailer. Officials plan to review the costs of transporting, operating and maintaining the washroom trailer in order to better determine rental costs for future events, but are maintaining the current rental rate of $500 for events already booked this year. Any costs not covered by that rate will be taken from surplus in the washroom trailer account.
The federal government logo has been applied to the trailer on two sides and the town logo has been applied to all four sides. The Town of Aurora, the Town of Georgina, the Regional Municipality of York and Magna International logos have also been applied to the trailer in recognition of their $5,000 or greater financial contribution. Mayor Justin Altmann has asked staff to include the names of all 289 sponsors on the trailer regardless of the value of their monetary contribution. Council will consider the request, which will cost $3,080 plus applicable taxes.
Photo: The town unveils its new mobile, accessible washroom, on June 29, at the Strawberry Festival. Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville photo