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Educational Assistant grad leads the way to make playground accessible

July 15, 2015

A park in Acton, Ontario will be the first in North America to house an accessible roundabout thanks to the tenacity of Annetrista Absalom. The 2014 Educational Assistant grad raised $5,000 through the sale of her book We Are More Alike Than We Are Different and subsequent community donations. The total will likely be higher as funds are still coming in.

Called the SPINMEE, the wheelchair accessible roundabout is scheduled to be built in Prospect Park in October.

The project to bring the SPINMEE to Ontario came to fruition following an effort spearheaded by Annetrista to have a wheelchair swing installed in Georgetown. Refusing to give up when the equipment restrictions prevented the swing from being built, she searched for another way to bring opportunities for play to disabled children in Halton. She is pictured above left with TV host Jahmeeleah Gamble on her Rogers Cable show A Voice for All on June 29.

Annetrista has been advocating for special needs youth since her time at Sheridan. Click here to read the story behind her passion for disabled children
Click here to buy a book and support the cause

Annetrista is pictured second from right presenting the final cheque to Halton Hills Mayor, Rick Bonnette on June 22. They are flanked by Annetrista’s father, James and mother, Mary.