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AiMHi complete much-needed upgrades to community centre
The AiMHi Prince George Association for Community Living community centre is now more accessible to everyone, thanks in part to funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust.

AiMHi strives for the inclusion of all individuals especially those with special needs. Accessibility to the community centre's amenities are essential to encouraging inclusion and participation for all users. The organization prides itself on promoting access to a safe, well-maintained, welcoming and accessible facility for the community.

In addition to AiMHi's regular programs delivered at the facility, the community centre is used by more than 20 community groups. Housed in a former elementary school, the building needed major upgrades in order to serve all of its users.

Now, the first phase of their three-phase renovation project is complete. $30,000 of funding support from Northern Development's Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program helped AiMHi continue to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone in the community.
The upgrades to the two washrooms include fully accessible toilets, upgrades to stalls and flooring, installation of automatic hand dryers, updates to energy efficient light fixtures, motion sensor sinks and new paint throughout. These upgrades make the facility more functional for current users from the community and will help attract additional venue rentals in the future.

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Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust
Accessibility upgrades to community facilities play a significant role in economic development. Northern development is pleased to have partnered in this project for upgrades at the AiMHi community centre. These upgrades will generate more revenue for AiMHi through increased facility rentals and help ensure our community is a more inclusive and accessible place to call home.

Melinda Heidsma, executive director, AiMHi

We are excited for the opportunity to provide our community members with a facility which puts accessibility at the forefront. Accessibility improvements to the washrooms will allow our current members to feel safe and included, as well as attract new users to the community centre. Continued renovations to the facility will allow the centre to service the community for years to come and remain a place for individuals to find opportunities, make choices and challenge their limitations.

About Northern Development Initiative Trust
Northern Development Initiative Trust combines funding with smart thinking to help Northern British Columbia thrive. The Trust was created for the north and is led by the north. Since 2005, Northern Development has found more than 2,700 ways to say "yes" to economic diversification in our region, attracting more than $1.3 billion in new investment to the region.

About AiMHi
AiMHi Prince George Association for Community Living is a not-for-profit organization based in Prince George with services offered in Prince George and Mackenzie. AiMHi contributes to a strong community by providing advocacy, supports, and services to people who have special needs and their families. AiMHi's culture supports people to have good lives at work, at home, and in the community.
Phone:(250) 564-6408
Website:www.aimhi.ca
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