Ouellette was responsible for installing a ramp so handicapped people would have access to Plug Pond, which has Haverhill’s only public beach. He has also provided handicapped accessibility to the city’s playgrounds so all kids will be able to get on the swings and slides.
Although Ouellette appreciates the recognition that comes with the award, he prefers to remain out of the spotlight.
“‘I always like to stay low key,” he said. “An awful lot of people do hard work, especially in helping disabled people. A lot of people are doing wonderful work and they deserve the recognition as well.”
The award has been given annually for 18 years to the local individual, organization, or community demonstrating exemplary handicapped accessibility compliance.