Making the Bangladesh Centre Accessible

Tue, Mar 30, 2021 11:43 PM

Making the Bangladesh Centre Accessible

Toronto - In 2019, the Bangladesh Centre and Community Services (BCCS) received a $150,000 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to make several accessibility upgrades to its century-old building. The news was welcomed by the community, especially word of the new care lift, as it has now made the space more accessible for when people are able to gather together again.

“This care lift, which makes BCCS’ community programs accessible for people with mobility challenges, is absolutely crucial,” said Rima Berns-McGown, MPP for Beaches-East York. “BCCS plays a vital role in the wellbeing of the Bangladeshi-Canadian community in Toronto’s east end, and it is an enormous step forward to ensure that everyone will be able to participate.”

In addition to the installation of an elevator, accessibility upgrades included the addition of a ramp at the back entrance, as well as a wider door and accessible washrooms. In addition to its own programs, the BCCS’ facility is used by other community organizations and groups for meetings, celebrations and events. A big thank you to OTF for the grant which now lets people of all abilities have access the site’s three levels.

“Although it took some time to complete for various reasons, we are very happy that it is now ready to use and it will allow us to serve our community members facing challenges with mobility,” said Hasina Quader, President, BCCS Board of Directors.

"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Serajul Islam Kazi, Executive Director, BCCS. “This grant has allowed us to complete the required renovation to be more accessible.  Our Hall is completely accessible and we can now accommodate everyone with mobility issues and serve our community better.”

“I am so happy and relieved to know that I will be able to use the elevator to attend the programs and the events which I was not able to before. Thank you, Ontario Trillium Foundation and BCCS to make it happen,” says Farid Uddin, a client.

BCCS is committed to providing a ranges of services such as free settlement services for newcomers, senior programs, peer outreach for families, women’s program, English conversation circle, computer lessons, workshops on health, nutrition and other support programs. Since Covid-19, it has been running virtual programs five days a week to help seniors, adults with challenges, and vulnerable individuals in the community.

BCCS aims to preserve this space and ensuring that it remains accessible for many community activities over the course of the year. If you wish to enquire about using the space for your meeting or hosting an event, please contact: bccscanada@hotmail.com.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


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