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Fromage store receives Barrier-Free Community Award

Jun 12, 2017 | General

Fromage of 23 Mill Street is the 2017 recipient of the Town’s “Barrier-Free Community Award”. Councillor Gail Campbell, who chairs Access Orangeville, presented the award at this week’s Orangeville Council meeting to business owner Christine Patton.

To increase accessibility at the fine cheese and gourmet food store, Ms. Patton created an accessible sloped entryway from the exterior door to the inside of the store, sturdy handrails to assist customers up the small ramp, and the store has wide aisles that are easily navigated by wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Fromage also offers personalized service to those who are vision impaired, hearing impaired and will carry any heavy bags/boxes to customers’ vehicles.

“Fromage is a good example of businesses that put forth that extra effort to make access a priority,” said Councillor Campbell. “That effort and commitment makes our community more accepting and inclusive.”

Fromage joined Orangeville’s accessible business program in 2015. Those businesses work with Access Orangeville to make Orangeville more accessible. In addition, the accessible features of participating businesses are promoted on the Town's website.

Fromage store owner Christine Patton receives award from Councillor Gail Campbell

Councillor Gail Campbell, right, presents Fromage owner Christine Patton with the 2017 Barrier-Free Community Award.