Sault Ste. Marie – No Limits Adaptive Ski Association will receive $57,500 in funding to purchase new equipment and provide training to increase opportunities for those with special needs to enjoy both water and alpine skiing, said David Orazietti MPP.
“By reducing barriers, this fantastic program helps ensure that everyone in the Algoma Region, who is interested, has the opportunity to participate in a ski activity,” said Orazietti. “Our government is working to make our province more accessible and inclusive, ensuring all Ontarians, regardless of their circumstances, have the opportunity to experience the many great outdoor activities our region can provide.”
The No Limits Adaptive Ski Association operates an adaptive ski program at the Searchmont Ski Resort to enable persons who face physical or developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in both water and alpine skiing activities. A collaborative agreement between No Limits Adaptive Ski Association and Ski Ability Algoma will provide a mutually beneficial partnership to share equipment for the facilitation of both downhill skiing and water skiing activities throughout the Algoma Region.
“Thanks to a $57,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, persons with disabilities in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas will have a better opportunity to go water skiing this summer or downhill skiing next winter,” said Kees van Frankenhuyzen, Treasurer NLASA, OTF Project Coordinator. Adaptive ski programs are being offered through the No Limits Adaptive Ski Association at Searchmont Ski Resort and SkiAbility Algoma at Bell’s Point Beach. Monies will be used to provide wheelchair-accessible transportation to and from program locations and on-site attendant services to meet personal needs of skiers. This generous investment in our community is expected to make it easier for a larger number of persons that have a disability to enjoy mainstream recreational activities and be physically active.”
With this funding, the Association will:
- Use the grant money to purchase new equipment and provide training for volunteers
- Hire two new instructors certified to teach water skiing
- Purchase a trailer-based wheelchair accessible washroom for use at the water ski program and community events
- Work to increase the accessibility of both water and alpine ski programs in the Algoma Region
“Our goal is to have more people participating in high quality and safe active living programs, especially those who would not otherwise have access to wonderfully inclusive programs such as this,” said Orazietti.
Investing in Ontario’s economy, broadening opportunities for community involvement, and helping to foster an accessible, inclusive Ontario are top priorities for the government.
- The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the largest granting foundation in Canada. It awards $110 million annually to non-profit and charitable organizations.
- No Limits Adaptive Ski Association is an officially registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency, and is affiliated with the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS), following its delivery model and ensuring that instructors have CADS certification.
Provincial investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie since 2003 total over $7 million and include organizations such as:
- $250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
- $173,000 Sault Youth Association
- $ 98,700 Community Living Algoma
- $ 90,000 Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
- $ 77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
- $ 70,000 Kiwanis Community Theatre
- $ 75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skate Park
- $ 75 000 Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival
- $ 68,500 Learning Disabilities Association Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 61,700 Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
- $ 60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
- $ 60,000 Ken Brown Recovery Home
- $ 50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
- $ 53,000 United Way of Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 41,700 Big Brothers Big Sisters Association
- $ 30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
- $ 30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
- $ 57,500 No Limits Adaptive Ski Association
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.otf.ca