In 2019 I was voted in as a committee member of Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a committee member, I am an accountable mechanism for Omagh Chambers as an organisation to its members and to contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation.
Through my work as Chairperson of Omagh Access Forum and Vice-Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Disability Advisory Group, I am in an unique position to know and hear all the concerns of the various different disabled groups and to take that knowledge into the Chamber.
Over the years, I have worked closely with Bronagh Gormley at Omagh Chambers to ensure that the voices of disabled people within the Omagh area are heard by the business members of this organisation.
One example being, Bronagh and I organised a Disability Awareness Day in Omagh, with Council, Stormont and EU representatives in attendance, as well as members of Leonard Cheshire, Omagh Town Centre Forum and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
We were able to highlight the issues in Omagh town centre that were failing people with disabled. Bronagh from Omagh Chamber and Lynn McKinley from Omagh Town Centre Forum were able to see what more businesses can do.
With 19.5% of the population being disabled, it makes sense for businesses to be accessible and inclusive for us. When writing a business plan, you would not put a big red mark though 5th of potential custom, so it is important that this does not continue to happen.
With My Way Access, I can be the voice between businesses and disabled people, to ensure that Omagh is open and ready for all people. A truly inclusive town.