"Suddenly, I was stuck with no one to push me around"... Luc Daigle, who owns and manages the Ste-Thérèse IGA Extra store, told to the North Shore News that they are now equipped with an electric shopping cart near the front entrance as well as a manually-powered wheelchair.
A longtime Rosemère resident with determination to see that senior citizens in the area get the kind of service they deserve when shopping for groceries got a pleasant surprise last week when she learned that one of the North Shore’s largest food retail outlets now offers customers free use of an electric shopping cart.
Prior to being told that IGA Extra Daigle in Ste-Thérèse had acquired the new electric shopping cart, Christine Turner had been mulling the idea of starting a petition to persuade the store’s management that what some of their senior customers as well as the handicapped needed was a conveyance that would allow them to get around the store without becoming tired.
As it is, the IGA Extra Daigle store in Ste-Thérèse recently completed a major renovation and expansion that made it one of the largest food retail outlets in the North Shore area. While Mrs. Turner was already a customer, she found the sheer size of the rejuvenated store too overwhelming to be able to make her way around all the departments without getting tired, and she also felt that other senior citizens would share her sentiments.
A seniors’ activist
Mrs. Turner is no stranger to activism on behalf of senior citizens. In the past two years or so since Canada Post announced its plans to cancel door-to-door mail delivery in Rosemère and other areas on the North Shore, she has been among those attending public rallies opposing the plan which stands to impact senior citizens perhaps more than any other group.
As well, back in 2004, “on a cold and snowy January afternoon my husband (Bart) and I went shopping at Place Rosemère…wheelchair in tow,” she recounted in an e-mail to the North Shore News. “While waiting for Bart, who was in the shop, I noticed someone being pushed in another wheelchair and I thought how very lucky I was to have a husband who would take me and my wheelchair all over the place, shopping malls, bug buildings, holidays, cruise ships, etc. Three weeks later he was gone. Suddenly, I was stuck with no one to push me around.
Makes her voice heard
“After some thought, I realised that I was not the only one in this pickle,” she continued. “What the shopping centre needed was electric wheelchairs. And so I mounted the campaign and petition which I took to different meetings, then asked my mayor, the Horizon group and my then MP to support my plea. They did. (A bit of pressure was applied by the MP.) Within a year, two spanking-new electric wheelchairs were installed in Place Rosemère.” Mrs. Turner said that in 2015 “my aim is to repeat this process to get electric wheelchairs in a new enlarged IGA on Rene Robert in Ste-Thérèse.”
Convenient to clients
Luc Daigle, who owns and manages the Ste-Thérèse IGA Extra store, told to the North Shore News that they are now equipped with an electric shopping cart near the front entrance as well as a manually-powered wheelchair. Both are for the convenience of clients. He said the store’s management had planned all along to bring in the equipment, but was waiting until the recent completion of the renovations and expansion.
“I’m very pleased that they have this now,” Mrs. Turner said upon being informed by the North Shore News of the development. “Senior citizens like myself can’t always walk through such big stores. We will certainly be happy to use these new wheelchairs from now on,” she added.