The idea of bringing StopGap to the City of Kingston began in 2012 through the City's Senior Advisory Committee as part of the Age-friendly planning process. StopGap was included in the approved recommendations under the City's Age-friendly plan. The City's Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) also strongly supported the idea of bringing this to Kingston.
While lots of people supported the idea, bringing it to fruition took the energy and enthusiasm of some amazing people. In the summer of 2015, City staff got together representatives from the Age-friendly Kingston Community Alliance, MAAC, Downtown Kingston and community members to put the idea into action.
The StopGap Kingston team set a goal of having ten ramps out in the community by the end of 2015. Under the leadership of David Grightmire and with staff support from the City and Downtown Kingston!:
- information was shared with businesses and the first ten locations identified
- entrances were measured (and then measured again to be sure!)
- materials donations solicited and received
- ramps constructed and painted
- website and social media were created
and before we could say "StopGap Kingston" our first goal was achieved before the end of October! More ramps are added each year at the request of local businesses.
Members of the StopGap Kingston Team:
Nancy Watters - MAAC and StopGap Kingston Project Lead
David Grightmire - MAAC
Donald Mitchell - MAAC
David Williams - MAAC
Don Amos - Age-friendly Kingston Community Alliance
Doug Ritchie - Downtown Kingston!
Julie Salter-Keane - City of Kingston
Kim Brown - City of Kingston
Cheryl Hitchen - City of Kingston