Experiencing Access to Camps and Natural Areas
AALS members admire the legacy of Sam Sullivan, former Mayor of Vancouver, Rick Hansen (Man in Motion), and many others who champion universal access and the rights of all citizens, especially those with physical and cognitive challenges. Our Society is involved in two subprojects. The first subproject is a year-round activity in the Edmonton Region that was initiated in 2010. Our Society is making opportunities for hundreds of disabled citizens to travel the river valley trails with TrailRiders and to access river valley water bodies by watercraft. The second subproject that our Alberta Abilities Lodges Society members support is the Push to Open program that started in 2008 and was organized by Alberta Parks and Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) of Kelowna, BC. The event gave persons with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the mountain environments of Kananaskis Country and William Watson Lodge.
Funding is being raised for additional TrailRiders, canoes and tandem kayaks with outriggers and safety equipment, accommodation and meals for volunteers, other equipment rentals, and insurance. Total annual cost is about $165,000.