REPORTING · 27th August 2012
Stewart Bors and Rollie Sarabun with Kitimat Iron have put together a shelter at the fishing spot for people with disabilities. Their work was recognised on Thursday, August 23rd.
“In 2011, I was asked to rebuild the handrail here. When I came down to look at it with Martin [Gould], all that it was handrail in the middle of the sand field and I thought: “the poor people who can’t get out to enjoy other parts of the river, they don’t have much here so I ran the idea past martin of building a little shelter like this and I donate as much of the material and labour as I could,” said Bors.
The District came up with a little bit of money for the components of the shelter as well as the concrete. Sarabun did all of the concrete work and Justin Bors, the son of Stewart Bors helped with carpentry and moving dirt around with a mini excavator.
Rene’ Jenster, who was representing the Advisory Commission for Persons With Disabilities stated he was happy to see a shelter built by the river.
“This area was started originally back in the late 80’s by Graham Anderson and Joe Iannarelli brought it to fruition and it just needed some updating and that’s where we’re at today,” said Martin Gould, head of Kitimat Leisure Services.
Both Bors and Sarabun commented there were people fishing all the time while they were working and were witnesses to quite a few catches of the day.
According to Gould, the disabled fishing area is used by 2-3 people a day through out the summer. When many fish come down the river, the area is busy every day. Gould stated Kitimat is one of the few communities to have a dedicated area for people with disabilities to come and fish.
“This is a good little project, it is a nice little project for Kitimat Iron to give back to the community because the communities given so much back to us over the 50 years we’ve been in business so here’s a nice little building that will get a lot of years of use,” said Bors.
“Stewart and myself, we both feel that the senior citizens and the disabled need the options like this and the opportunities to make it more convenient and hopefully in the future, we can do more projects like this. I know I would be willing and I know Stewart would,” said Sarabun.
Gould suggested the future for this site might include an accessible outhouse/port-a-potty.