Because of my article, parking spots were designated closer to buildings and doorways were widened, says letter writer. Stock photo

Because of my article, parking spots were designated closer to buildings and doorways were widened, says letter writer. Stock photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fighting for rights has worked before and can work again

Letter writer recalls successes advocating for accessibility in the 1970s

To the editor,

I am writing about my Christmas wish this year.

I worked for the Powell River newspaper in the ’70s; while being a reporter, I wrote and article about the unsafe conditions for anyone handicapped or in a wheelchair. It made the front page under my byline and I said a lot more in my editorial.

Because of my article, parking spots were designated closer to buildings and doorways were widened. The mayor of Vancouver at that time tried to navigate the sidewalk curbs in a wheelchair. He could not do it safely.

My format I wrote about was the first time that people in wheelchairs had any access to stores, restaurants, gas stations, public bathrooms and other public places.

I am now a senior. I’m pleased that I have access to the changes that I wrote about. I would like to have my children and grandchildren know that they too can make a difference.

Patricia McCafferty, Nanaimo


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