Gatineau received the À part entière award for its Programme de soutien aux initiatives du milieu pour l'intégration des personnes handicapéesfrom the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec. The À part entière award pays tribute to people and organizations whose contributions have helped improve the social participation of people with disabilities.
The program in question was introduced by Gatineau to improve participation in everyday activities by people with disabilities or reduced mobility. It is noteworthy for its financial assistance to local organizations and for the development of cooperation and partnerships among Gatineau, its institutions and community organizations. Several projects caught the jury's attention because of their quality and originality, including the creation of an inventory of accessible housing, the acquisition of an adapted bicycle, a monitoring project for young people with disabilities who have been integrated into a secondary school, and the adaptation of a community garden.
From left to right: Céline Giroux, directrice générale, Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, Agathe Lalande, chef, Division de la qualité de vie et du développement des communautés, Katie Hamilton, agente, programme d'accessibilité universelle, and Lise Thériault, ministre déléguée aux Services sociaux.