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Cumberland Lions 45th Annual Maplefest
Cumberland Lions Club install barrier free access ramp to Maple Hall

Cumberland Lions back in session 2012/2013
Cumberland Lions Club install barrier free access ramp to Maple Hall

(Cumberland Village, Ontario, Tuesday, September 25, 2012) The Cumberland Lions Club have just installed a barrier free access ramp and automatic door opener at the rear of their Maple Hall at 2552 Old Montreal Road in Cumberland Village. The renovations will make it easier for people with disabilities and mobility challenges to access the building whether by wheelchairs or any other assisted devices.

"The Cumberland Lions recognize that people with mobility disabilities often still do not have equal, universal access to services or buildings that others enjoy," said Gordon Kerluke, immediate past president and project manager for this new structure.

He went on to say that (the Lions) further recognized and accepted that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, S.O. 2005 (AODA) was passed with the goal of creating standards to improve accessibility across Ontario. So the Cumberland Lions made it their goal to try to meet the objectives of the AODA so that those with disabilities can access services in a manner which takes into account a persons abilities and disabilities.

Kerluke added that the current architectural design and physical features of the Maple Hall limit access to persons with a mobility disability. To correct this shortfall, the Lions identified the services and facilities people with disabilities rely on and considered how they could best access Maple Hall. Although there is a ramp at the front of the Hall, there are limitations to that ramp in that it does not meet the requirements under the Ontario Building Code.

The project was made possible with grants received from the Rural Community Building Grant Program of Urban Affairs at the City, the Cumberland Community Association and the Lions Trillium grant surplus.

The Canaan Connexion learned that Lions members, particularly Gordon Kerluke, and a local welder, Mike Scott, devoted extensive volunteer hours to the project. Lion Gordon was the Project Manager.

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Cumberland Lions back in session 2012/2013

Some of the 2013 Cumberland Lions members
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(Taken from their website) Now that the lazy and hot days of summer are over and the new work season has started, the Cumberland Lions are back to doing their good deeds, enjoying each others' cameraderie, and meeting for dinner every other week.

Maybe you'd like to consider coming out for a meeting? You'll be a part of this vibrant community, you'll enjoy the spirit of volunteering, and you'll make some good friends along the way. Just send an email to info@cumberlandlions.ca and President Lion Andy Etherington or one of their other Lions will be more than happy to welcome you. Their calendar of events tell you when and where we are present. Read more...

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Cumberland Lions 45th annual Maplefest - April 5/6
Maple syrup and pancakes lovers
Cumberland Lions Club invite you to join them for the 45th Annual MapleFest on April 5th and April 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..Come and taste the fresh all you can eat 'hot-off-the grill' pancakes and sausages, smothered in local maple syrup. The Lions pancake cooks will be ready to fire up the griddles and flex their pancake flippers.

Residents from all over the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais attend this event which has become a tradition for many families. Last year, close to 1,600 meals of all you can eat pancakes, sausages and maple syrup were served. The Lions look forward to exceeding that number this year.

Your support of this great fund raiser would be very much appreciated and the Lions look forward to you joining them at the event. The funding generated from this event is channelled back into the community through much needed donations to non-profit groups and organizations.

Maple syrup products are also available for sale by the Cumberland Cub and Beaver Scouts and the three area churches will host a bake sale on Saturday morning at the United Church across from Maple Hall. Many thanks for your support.

Cost: All The Pancakes You Can Eat. Adults $7, Children ( Under 10) $4, Seniors (65 & over) $6.

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