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Lee Sharpe (1937-2017)



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Lee Sharpe was a charter member of Friends of the Disabled (Renfrew) Inc. and a founder of the Sunshine Coach Service/  Although Lee was a tireless worker for many local charities, her heart always belonged to Sunshine Coach.

Lee recognized early that there was a dire lack of accessible transportation in Renfrew and the surrounding area and that there was a great need for a service that would help eliminate the transportation barriers that existed in the lives of people living with disabilities.

In 1985, Lee was a founder and guiding force of Friends of the Disabled (Renfrew) Inc. and remained so until her death in 2017.  For over thirty years, Lee contributed energy, enthusiasm and her considerable fund raising abilities to the support of the Sunshine Coach Service.  From humble beginnings with a single vehicle in 1985 when the fledgling service conducted just over two thousand trips to the major transportation provider that it is today, Lee was involved at every step of the way.

Today, everyone within the Town of  Renfrew as well as the Townships of Admaston/Bromley, Bonnechere Valley, Greater Madawaska, Horton and Whitewater Region who are living with disabilities that render the use of conventional modes of public trasnportaion inappropriate to their needs, owe the availability of accessible transportation to Lee Sharpe. 

In 2015, Friends of the Disabled (Renfrew) Inc. and Sunshine Coach Service in recognition of three decades of providing reliable accessible transportation to the community were proud to honour Lee by dedicating the building that is our home as the Lee Sharpe Sunshine Centre.   As long as there is a Sunshine Coach Service, our building will proudly bear witness to the efforts and dedication of Lee Sharpe and her legacy will live on.