First on, Last off! Stay Safe On Transit!

Hi all, as this is my first blog post, I had to introduce myself – my name is Jaspreet and you’ll find me at the front desk of our clinic. I started off as a client, and now work as the clinics receptionist. It’s a fantastic place to work – I get to meet some pretty interesting people, have a great gym space to work out in, and am always learning something new from both the therapists and the clients.

I’m also a member of The Toronto Transit Commissions Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT for short). ACAT is comprised of a group volunteers that represent seniors and persons with disabilities living in Toronto and using the public transit system. ACAT members sit on two subcommittees, Design Review, Service Planning, Communications, or Wheel-Trans. It’s a great way to share ideas, experiences, and contribute to making a difference.

It was actually because of ACAT that I had the privilege of taking part in a photo shoot on Friday, September 25th at the Queensway Bus Garage. The photo shoot was for TTC and The City of Toronto’s safety campaign, Stay Focused. Stay Safe. A campaign geared at providing helpful tips to transit users to ensure everyone is safe while using the public transit system. This campaign will also include two advertisements focusing on persons using mobility devices. The first one is about persons with mobility devices boarding the bus first and deboarding the bus last (First on. Last off.) Boarding and deboarding like this allows for the person using the mobility device to get on and off safely and with enough room to maneuver their device. The second advertisement is aimed at ensuring transit users are aware of ramp deployment.

 

My photo shoot was for the second advertisement. It was quite an interesting experience. I didn’t realize there would be so many different lights used, the number of people it takes, or even the amount of clicks before the photographer captures that one perfect shot. All for a really important reason – don’t rush the buses, be aware the ramp might be deploying, it ensures the safety of you but also the person using the mobility device.

To end off my first ever post, I want to thank everyone that took part in allowing this to happen – TTC, ACAT, the team behind the photo shoot, and of course, everyone at the clinic. It’s something I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to see the end result and possibly even grab a mini poster for myself because you know, I’m a model now =)

Jaspreet