Doug Lovegrove receives County of Frontenac International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award

Posted on Wednesday December 16, 2015

Glenburnie, ON Doug Lovegrove received the 2015 County of Frontenac International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award at the County’s Council meeting in Glenburnie today.

Lovegrove, of Verona in the Township of South Frontenac, was recognized for producing a booklet which covers topics of accessibility and customer service for new volunteers. And although the booklet was created for the Verona Community Association, Lovegrove offers it and his training to all volunteer organizations within the community.

“I am honoured to be chosen for this award. I don't feel I did anything special. I appreciate the recognition. This is something that anyone with compassion and awareness would do,” said Lovegrove.

The County, in partnership with the Frontenac Accessibility Advisory Committee which includes citizens from North Frontenac, Central Frontenac, South Frontenac and Frontenac Islands, created this award in 2013. The award is designed to recognize persons, groups or organizations that have made or are making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in all corners of the Frontenacs. Previous recipients are the Verona Lions Club (2013) and Joe Ryan and Brenden Hicks of Accessible Living (2014).

“Building an inclusive and accessible community has so much to do with the services that are available and offered in the community,” said Neil Allen, Chair of the Frontenac Accessibility Advisory Committee. “Recognizing these needs is what Doug does by making sure that the people offering these services to the community are informed, understanding and aware of the unique needs of everyone living in the community,” said Allen. “By providing information on accessibility and disability awareness, Doug is removing both physical and attitudinal barriers in Frontenac County, creating a more inclusive society for all of us to enjoy,” Allen said. 

The Verona Community Association, the Township of South Frontenac, Sharbot Lake Petro-Canada gas station, Frontenac Gazette EMC, Frontenac News and the Heritage News were also nominated for the award and received certificates of recognition at the annual ceremony, which was followed by a lunch.

* Photos available upon request.

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For more information:

Marco Smits
Communications Officer
County of Frontenac - Corporate Services
2069 Battersea Road
Glenburnie ON  K0H 1S0
Phone:  613-548-9400 x 305
Fax: 613-548-8460
Email: msmits@frontenaccounty.ca