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Grant allows Abilities in Motion to continue valuable programs

October 28, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The provincial government has announced that a grant from the Community Building Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will help Abilities in Motion (AIM) to expand their message services to adaptive paddlers in Central Ontario.

The $14,700 grant will allow AIM to waive all membership and paddle fees this season, so everyone can have a safe and fun opportunity to enjoy paddle sports.

“It is a pleasure to congratulate and recognize Abilities in Motion on the work its done since receiving its Community Building fund grant for $14,700,” said Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey. “This grant has been recognition by this government of the important work AIM does in Alliston and London, promoting and developing safe and inclusive paddle sports through adaptive programs and instruction.”

The funds also helped with AIM’s operating costs. 

AIM provides instructors with adaptive paddle equipment and volunteers for its clients. Its services are provided to the general community and clients from social services agencies across the region.

AIM’s programs allow people with physical and mental disabilities to go out on the water and enjoy paddling.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant is a key component in funding the services we provide,” said Andy Owens, Alliston program manager at AIM. “It’s thanks to organizations like the OTF and our local politicians that continue to support us, that we are able to continue serving our communities in a meaningful way.”


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