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House: Disabilities champion recognised

The late Margaret Carter

A woman who dedicated her life to helping people with disabilities has been recognised by having a support centre named after her.

Kathleen Margaret Carter was instrumental in bringing about changes to the building code, requiring public buildings to be accessible to the disabled and ensuring disability was a protected category in the amendment to the Human Rights Act.

Health Minister Jeanne Atherden announced on Friday that the name of the Opportunity Workshop on Roberts Avenue would be changed to the K Margaret Carter Centre.

She said: “The Orange Valley Centre and the Opportunity Workshop were merged in furtherance of this Government’s undertaking in the Speech From the Throne of 2014.

“The consolidated programme is located at the site of the former Opportunity Workshop on Roberts Avenue and provides a wider range of services to a greater number of clients.

“Government has determined to recognise Bermuda’s foremost advocate for the rights of disabled persons, the late Kathleen Margaret Carter, and will rename the site the K Margaret Carter Centre in recognition of the late Miss Carter’s life’s work of championing the cause of people with disabilities.”

Ms Carter was the founder and long-time chairwoman of the Bermuda Physically Handicapped Association. The name change will take effect on June 1, which would have been Ms Carter’s 76th birthday.

• For the full ministerial statement, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”.