Hon. Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that in2one Community Church in Whitchurch-Stouffville has received $100,000 in financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). The announcement was made after an early March church service. This allowed the members of the in2one congregation to receive the great news on the date of their church anniversary and celebration of moving into their Main St. Stouffville location.
This support will allow in2one to provide an accessible entrance into the church building, allow individuals to access multiple floors, and provide accessible washroom facilities. The project will improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities, as well as seniors and families with young children. Pastor Graham Clinton has shared that the church has a desire to work with partner organizations to offer programs and activities. Until now, accessibility had been a barrier. Once the accessibility renovations are complete, in2one hopes to be able to open its doors to more people in the community
Philpott noted that “in2one Community Church is an important part of our community here in Whitchurch-Stouffville. With this investment, in2one will be able to provide easier access into and around the church, becoming a more welcoming place to community members with disabilities, seniors and families with young children. This is just one example of what our government is doing to support Canadians with disabilities in gaining access and contributing to their communities.”
Photo: MP Jane Philpott (2nd from right) presents church leadership (l-r) Matt Smith, Pastor Graham Clinton, Cheryl Lindquist, Dan Murphy, Sarah Walmsley, Norm Mitchell and Jim Wilson with funding to help make the church more accessible to people with disabilities