Mayor Kathy Moore

New Easy Peezy washroom in Rossland

The Rossland Public Library is home to the newest Easy Peezy Family Washroom.

The Rossland Public Library is now home to the second Easy Peezy Family Washroom in the Lower Columbia.

The Family Action Network (FAN) held an opening for the new washroom on Friday, Nov. 27.

“The Easy Peezy initiative was something that we heard parents were really asking for in the Lower Columbia region, and so we’ve been working hard over the last couple of years to partner with organizations and municipalities and local businesses to offer family washrooms right across the greater Trail area,” said Christy Anderson, regional coordinator for FAN.

The first Easy Peezy washroom opened in Trail, and each one will have safe and accessible amenities for families that will include things like change tables and step stools so small children can reach the sink.

The Rossland Easy Peezy washroom worked out well, as the library had received funding from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to renovate its washrooms anyway.

“That was part of their Library Renewal program that they did this really nice renovation, and so when we approached them to be a host site, it was kind of fortuitous that they had just done this washroom renovation and so everything was kind of setup already,” said Anderson.

The library now has an Easy Peezy sticker on the door and parents who need access to a family-friendly washroom can use it whenever the library is open, regardless of whether or not they plan on using the library or participating in any of its programming.

Anderson wanted to thank the Columbia Basin Trust and Teck, who provide ongoing support for FAN, and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy for providing snacks at the opening and support for the Easy Peezy program.