Dave Bishop, one of the wardens at Trinity, stands with Reverend Nestegaard Paul and Mayor Sharie Minions during the official sod turning on Thursday, July 4. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Trinity Church in Port Alberni welcomes accessibility improvements

Community hall will now be an emergency reception centre in South Port

Members of Trinity Anglican + Lutheran Church in Port Alberni live by the motto, “All are welcome.”

The church and community hall, located at the corner of Angus Street and Fifth Avenue, is breaking down barriers by making the gathering place fully accessible.

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and Reverend Brenda Nestegaard Paul turned the sod on Thursday, July 4 in anticipation of upcoming renovations at Trinity Church. The renovations will include the addition of two universal, accessible washrooms, as well as an improved ramp and wheelchair accessible door at the rear of the hall. The washrooms will also include showers, which now makes Trinity a designated emergency reception centre in South Port.

RELATED: City of Port Alberni unveils new elevator at City Hall

Trinity Church is used for worship, but the space is also home to various community groups, including Timbre! Choir, Tai Chi and Zumba.

Nestegaard Paul said on Thursday that she hopes that everyone who is drawn to Trinity Church will feel welcome—whether it’s to participate in community programming or to seek sanctuary in the event of an emergency.

“It’s when we look after those details that we ensure that no matter what a person’s physical ability might be, that they are moved to be able to participate in this place and all that it offers,” she said. “That’s what this is about. That no one’s left out.”

The renovations will be completed by local tradespeople, including Paul Davis Central Vancouver Island. Funding for the renovations was provided by the Diocese of BC, as well as grants from the Rick Hanson Foundation and the Alberni Valley Community Foundation.

Minions said on Thursday that the announcement was an exciting one.

“It’s just so wonderful from our perspective at the city to see a place that is so welcome to all, and really lives and breathes that in every step and every decision they make,” she said.



elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Enjoy a spooky Halloween weekend in the Alberni Valley

There are many Halloween-themed events taking place in Port Alberni this weekend

Port Alberni’s Black Sheep Rugby Club granted tax exemption

Talks continue about city’s new permissive tax exemption bylaw

Investigation sheds light on Nahmint logging

Forestry ministry denies claims auctioned timber violates protective status

Celebrated storyteller Mike Downie brings Secret Path to Port Alberni

Presentation takes place at Alberni District Secondary School on Oct. 25

Canadian folk singer returns to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Seth Anderson prepares to release latest album, We Could Be

Raptors Bling: NBA champions receive their rings in pre-game ceremony

There are over 650 diamonds — at a weight of 14 carats — in the 14-karat yellow gold ring

Alcohol available onboard BC Ferries starting Thursday

Beer and wine sales begin at 11 a.m. on select Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay sailings

Trudeau: Climate and pipeline are priorities after election

Newly re-elected Trudeau wants to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion quickly

‘Find Trevor’: B.C. man’s dog leads searchers to rescue him after fall during hike

‘I’ve had lots of intelligent dogs, but Purple is in a class herself’

15 Canadian youths to sue Ottawa for not acting on climate change

They say young people will be more affected than other groups

Faster response may have prevented fatal outcome at B.C. trampoline park

Coroner’s report rules Greater Victoria father Jay Greenwood’s death accidental

Girl approached by stranger at Nanaimo elementary school playground

Brechin Elementary School principal sends letter to parents after Oct. 22 incident

100-pound pumpkin stolen a second time from B.C. business

According to security footage, a man and woman took the pumpkin on Oct. 20 at 8:20 p.m.

Greta Thunberg declines invitation to Victoria due to time, not ferry emissions

Thunberg confirmed that she will be joining a climate strike at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday

Most Read