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Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee


Access Awards 2011

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Guest Speaker Cheryl Giraudy

Guest Speaker
Cheryl Giraudy


Cheryl Giraudy is a practicing architect, teacher and academic administrator with over twenty five years of consulting experience in building design, facilities planning and building assessment. Over the last decade, she has been teaching in the Environmental Design program at OCADU including courses for professional practice, spatial planning, and mythologies and symbolism in design.

More recently, Cheryl has been leading academic planning & policy and studio facilities management for the Faculty of Design, as one of two Associate Deans in Design. Ms Giraudy has just been appointed Co-Chair of the Accessibility Committee at OCAD University with the mandate to ensure inclusive and accessible practices to meet requisite AODA standards. Other accomplishments include helping to establish a Design Research Centre and build capacity for Smart Materials research at the undergraduate level.

Ms Giraudy recently lead a team of students, alumni, architectural researchers and community advisors on a collaborative research project to investigate Wayfinding in the social housing context. The major undertaking between OCADU and Toronto Community Housing Corporation engaged resident participants and advisors in investigating how complexes such as Moss Park Residential towers could adapt to a more human centred and supported experience. Report of the research project will be published in Fall, 2011.

Concurrent with academic administration and teaching, Ms. Giraudy has contributed to various Ontario architectural committees, competition juries, and volunteer activities. She continues to enjoy painting and integrated art and design practices during studio sessions at Gibralter Point Centre for the Arts on the Toronto Islands.

Representatives of Parks Canada

Sinclair Park Community Centre

Sinclair Park Community Centre
Harold Funk Architect


Representatives of Bridgman Collaborative Architecture

Barber House

   Barber House Restoration

Bridgman Collaborative Architecture

Representatives of West Broadway Neighbourhood Community Gardens

Image of raised garden box

Image of raised garden box with a person with wheelchair close up to it.

West Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden

(City of Winnipeg)


Representatives of Winnipeg Harvest

Province of Manitoba Birthing Centre

Winnipeg Harvest
PSA Studio Architects


Representatives of St Amant Accessible Housing


St. Amant House

St Amant Residential Accessible Housing
Prairie Architects

Representatives ofWindsor Park United Church

Windsor Park United Church

Windsor Park United Church

MMP Arcgitects

Special Recognition Awards for 2011

Winnipeg Transit

Representatives of Winnipeg Transit
Gail Finkel - Accessibility Consultant


Gail Finkel’s career is based on principles of universal design: that an environment needs to enable people to be comfortable and participate to the best of their ability. Along with writing about the topic of universal design and advocating for accessible facilities, Gail contributed to drafting the Winnipeg Universal Design Policy. This policy was adopted in 2001 and has set the tone for the way the City of Winnipeg’s information, properties and services are accessed. Gail has also worked to redevelop and update a section of the Manitoba Building Code to reflect today’s accessibility practices.


Representatives of Winnipeg Transit
Dave Wardop - Director of Winnipeg Transit


Dave Wardrop has been instrumental in incorporating universal design features into buses, bus stations, signage, driver sensitivity training, web-sites and the new southwest corridor Bus Rapid Transit. The new low floor buses could become a reality for the entire fleet within a few years. LED displays inside the bus and at stops and audio announcements have been wellreceived by the community for the ways it helps persons with vision or hearing impairments travel with greater freedom and confidence. The changes for which Dave has advocated over many years have enhanced safety and made using Winnipeg Transit easier for a wide variety of users including seniors, and parents with strollers as well as the disabled community.


Committee Mandate

  • Advise the Mayor and Council on present and future status of the City of Winnipeg's information, properties, and services accessible for persons with disabilities to the benefit of all citizens.
  • Review and monitor all accessibility as they pertain to the City of Winnipeg's properties.
  • Advise and make recommendations to City Council regarding unresolved accessibility issues related to City properties.
  • Communicate with the citizens of Winnipeg about their concerns as they relate to public access of City properties.
  • Inform all citizens of initiatives of the City as well as accomplishments and achievements with respect to access and universal design.
  • Educate all City departments about access issues as they relate to employment and public access.
  • Identify projects which encourage enthusiasm and involvement of the community, government and business in making Winnipeg universally accessible.