Long-time Hamilton Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities member Mary Sinclair resigned last month citing health reasons.
Sinclair’s invaluable contributions to ACPD and the City of Hamilton will benefit Hamiltonians for many years to follow.
Conversations with Sinclair are insightful; she is a prolific reader who uses visual aids to compensate for her diminished vision. Her depth of knowledge and experience is second-to-none; name any Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act policy or regulation, she knows it.
A tireless advocate for urban braille, Sinclair always ensured the City of Hamilton met its requirements when rebuilding sidewalks.
Sinclair uses a mobility device and led ACPD in making City Hall accessible after the 2009/10 renovation. To make the renovation “on budget”, the City cancelled the installation of door openings for public meeting rooms. The City completed the work in 2014.
Sinclair was always available to discuss how the City can improve services for those with visual and mobility needs.
She offered me tips to improve my journalism as well.
Her insight will be noticeably absent.