All "Booth UC definitely cares
about the safety of its
ACCESS PASS students, staff and
faculty both inside and
Renovations made to Booth UCʼs front outside the classroom."
entrance have improved the lives of its
students. Just ask Kevin Linklater
Booth UC’s front entrance underwent a transformation this past
year. Two gently sloping accessible walkways were installed, complete
with LED strip lighting that improves night safety. Detectable
warning areas and contrasting pavers direct the visually
impaired to the entrance. Lastly, new sliding entrance doors allow
hands-free operation, and an integrated in-slab snow melting system
is now in place.
The school’s efforts were crowned this past November with the
Access Award—Circle of Excellence, presented to the institution
and Ager Little Architects Inc. by the City of Winnipeg’s Access
CHANGE FOR GOOD
Accolades and awards are all well and good, but the real payoff for
Booth UC is in how these changes have improved the lives of the
students who attend, students such as Kevin Linklater.
Kevin has been attending Booth UC since September 2016. He’d
been taking psychology courses at another school when he realized
that he wanted to major in social work.
“My vocational counsellor and I went to Booth UC to check things
out and we both agreed to go to school here was the perfect scenario
Kevin has been wheelchair-bound since 2009 and uses HandyTransit
exclusively to get to and from Booth UC. In the wintertime, he
would have to wait for the vehicle outside the building, which was
both dangerous and cold.
“My mother used to worry about my safety, but I used to worry about
freezing to death!” laughs Kevin. “Now, I can stay warm inside the
glass sliding doors until the HandyTransit arrives. The entrance is lit,
and I don’t have to worry about ice and snow. It’s made my life so
For Kevin, the time, money and effort invested in these renovations
speak volumes. “Booth UC definitely cares about the safety of its
students, staff and faculty both inside and outside the classroom.”
"The accessibility committee is energetically working to address the
barriers to accessibility so that employees, students and guests feel
welcomed at Booth UC." states Denise Young, Chair of the
Accessibility Committee and Vice President Administration.