“We heard from community that it’s a priority for them to have a bus stop closer to the facility,” Director of Care at Northern Health, Katherine Peters said.
Peters goes on to say the new bus stop will “make it safer for people visiting the hospital and Peace Villa, especially during the winter months.”
Chairman of the mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Lori Slater points to the impact of such partnerships as the source of this accomplishment.
“We worked diligently with both the city and Northern Health to make this a reality,” Slater said. “It’s taken time, but I think from what was just originally an oversight has become reality today, and I think it’s been done right and its been done the way it should be.”
Mayor Lori Ackerman, who was also on hand during the time of presentation, says she stands by her continued commitment to engage in new partnerships, illustrating her point with an anecdotal story from this year’s UBCM conference.
“Interestingly at the recent UBCM, I had several communities coming forward and asking ‘how do you create these partnerships?’ Well, you pick-up the phone, you meet them, and you have these conversations.”
Mayor Ackerman goes on to say while Fort St. John has one of the youngest populations in the province, they also have one of the fastest growing senior demographic, which comes into play when planning for the future.
Councillor Larry Evans and Councillor Gord Klassen were also present during the announcement outside of the hospital, as well as Regional Transit Manager for B.C. Transit, Ryan Little.