What’s happening at Community Living Fort Erie



Tickets are now available for the
2017 ‘Christmas in Canada ‘eh’ Fundraiser
of two round trip tickets to any scheduled WestJet  destination!!


For ticket information please contact
Linda Beach 905-871-6770 ext. 225,

Tickets can also be purchased at the Community Living ~ Fort Erie office
615 Industrial Drive, Fort Erie

Thank You For Your Support!

This year we are celebrating

Christmas in Canada ‘eh!

 Community Living~Fort Erie exists to promote inclusion and
to ensure that people with intellectual challenges have
their rights and privileges upheld.
Community Living ~ Fort Erie
has contributed 60 years of service to the people of
the Town of Fort Erie.

Saturday November 18, 2017

We are hosting our
Annual Christmas Around the World Dinner Dance Fundraiser.
This year we will be celebrating

Christmas In Canada

We need your support to make this fundraiser a success.
To aide in the success of our 2017 fundraiser you can contribute
to the evening in the following ways:

Event Sponsorship – $2,500.00
Your business or organization will
Be displayed on tickets and programs
Be displayed on our website at and
a link to your website
Be represented in all media releases
(prior to, during and following the event)
Be invited to display a banner at the event or have
your business information on display
Receive a V.I.P. table of 8 for dinner at the event
Be publicly acknowledged at the event
Be given the opportunity for a feature
article in our newsletter following the event
Be able to display corporate signage on table
Receive a charitable donation receipt

Table Sponsorship – $500.00
Your business or organization will
Be displayed on our website at
Receive a table of 8 for dinner at the event
Be displayed on programs at the event
Be recognized in our newsletter
Be publicly acknowledged at the event
Be able to display corporation signage on table
Receive a charitable donation receipt

Tables of 4 are available for
~ OR ~

The funds raised from this event will directly benefit the people
who receive service from our organization.
Funds will enhance services and supports that we provide to the
over 220 individuals and their families
in the Greater Fort Erie area.
We also fund an Inclusive Opportunities Grant that allows
people we support to apply directly for funding
to remove barriers to participation in our community.

With your support we can ensure that people
with intellectual challenges are included in their community!!

If you have any questions please contact
Community Living~Fort Erie
Attn: Margaret Fidler
Manager of Community Development
615 Industrial Drive, Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4
905-871-6770 Ext. # 239

Fort Erie Golf Club
Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League
Hosted a Great Day of Golf and
Charity Fun on July 8th. 

Russ Edmonds approached Simon Reeves then
Family Support Case Manager looking to see if there was a family they could provide an opportunity for. Simon linked Russ with Cameron Radcliffe-Branch who is a young man dealing with many medical conditions, as his mom Tanya,
who works within our agency identified as “Crash Syndrome”.

Representatives from the Fort Erie Golf Club Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League present the Raddiffe-Branch family with a cheque to purchase the equipment needed for Cameron.

Cameron now 18 years old and a student at the Fort Erie High School required a specialized mattress to support his health and well being.

The Fort Erie Golf Club hosted the event July 8th and it was a tremendous success offering lunch, dinner and 18 holes of golf. With over 160 participants, the event raised $3,200.00, enough funds to purchase the needed equipment for Cameron but more importantly the family who is new to our community felt the kindness and support that the residents of Fort Erie offer.

Tanya and Griff along with their combined 6 children wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Simon for connecting Cameron and their family to the Fort Erie Golf Club and Wednesday Nights Men’s League as well the community who has been so generous and kind.



Vickie Moreland began her role as Executive Director at Community Living ~ Fort Erie on July 1st, 2017.

Vickie is a 25 year veteran of Developmental Services in the capacity as the Executive Director for Port Colborne/Wainfleet.  She will bring a wealth of experience to our Organization.

We still remain separate organizations.  The only change will be that of the Executive Director position.

We will continue “to promote inclusion and ensure that people with intellectual challenges have their right and privileges upheld!”  We know our organization will continue to offer quality services and supports to the Fort Erie community!

Vickie is very fortunate to join such a dedicated, hardworking and competent team of staff.

Please join us as we enthusiastically welcome Vickie to Community Living~Fort Erie!!



As most of you are aware Maureen Brown retired on June 30th, 2017. The Board of Directors has entered into a Shared Services agreement with Port Colborne/Wainfleet Association for Community Living for the position of Executive Director.
Pictured left is Wayne Gates, MPP presenting Maureen her certificate of retirement.
Thank you Maureen for all your hard work.  There have been many accomplishments you should be proud to have led throughout your 14 years with Community Living~Fort Erie.

We wish you well and Enjoy Your Retirement! 



June 22, 2017



Robert Majkut, President of Community Living~Fort Erie and Mark Guilbeault, President of Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet announced today that the two organizations have come to an agreement for Shared Executive Director Services.  This agreement takes effect on July 1st, 2017 and comes after more than three years of dialogue and planning by the two Board of Directors.

Community Living~Fort Erie also announced today the planned retirement of their Executive Director Maureen Brown on June 30th, 2017.  Mrs. Brown has served as Executive Director for Community Living~Fort Erie for the past 14 years.

Succeeding Mrs. Brown and serving as Executive Director for Both Associations will be Vickie Moreland.  Mrs. Moreland has served as Executive Director Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet for the past 28 years.

Both Presidents note that there are no plans for the amalgamation of the two organizations.  Each will remain a separate entity into the foreseeable future and will be accountable to its own membership and community.  The Boards key motivation is to enhance the quality of service delivery and administration functions through collaborative utilization of available human and financial resources.

We look forward to the possibilities that this new partnership will inspire.

Annual General Meeting

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Community Living~Fort Erie  held their Annual General Meeting at Bridgewater Country Club.  Over 140 people came out to enjoy a lovely meal and to help us celebrate our 60 years of service to the Fort Erie community.   We were also celebrating our Volunteer Recognition, Staff and Inclusion Awards and the retirement of Maureen Brown, our Executive Director.

A new Board of Directors was inducted and a comprehensive written report was distributed to the guests highlighting the accomplishments of our agency including the opening of a new group home.  The written report included: A Risk Assessment Report, Financial Reports, Volunteer Statistics Report , Nominations for the Board of Directors,  an outline of Programs & Services, a recognition of our Donors and Supporters of our Annual Christmas Fundraiser as well as Employee Service years.

We celebrated with a lovely three course meal as well as recognised our volunteers with certificates.  Letters to Commemorate the agency’s 60 years of service were received from the Community Living Ontario, presented by Chris Beasely, CEO and from the province of Ontario presented by Wayne Gates, MPP.

Congratulatory letters were also received by Rob Nicholson, Federal MP, David Johnston, the Governor General & Commander in Chief of Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  We were also very pleased to have the following guests of honour in attendance: Kim Lymburner, John Corney, Past President, Vicki Moreland, our incoming Executive Director, Al Moreland, Executive Director for Community Living St. Catharines, Sam Curtin of the Ministry of Community & Social Services, Seth & Susan Moyse, and Barbara Vyrostko.


“To succeed one must be Creative and Persistent” — John H. Johnson

 This year we are celebrating 60 years of Service and Support to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their families in the Greater Fort Erie area.

It started with a small group of dedicated, committed and hard working parents sitting around their dining room table looking for ways to ensure that their sons and daughters could remain at home with their families and have a meaningful and wholesome life in the Community.  From that vision we are able to support over 185 individuals and their families which is truly amazing.

Without these family members and their vision for the future, there would be no Association in Fort Erie and hundreds of people would not have been the very fortunate recipients of this vision!!

Community Living~Fort Erie has grown over the past 60 years and may we never forget our roots and the sacrifice made by that small group of individuals over 60 years ago.

This year we opened a new group home on Buffalo Road.  This brings our residential services to 7 locations supporting 39 people.  We know there is always a need for growth and expansion and we will continue to advocate for more opportunities for those individuals on the waiting list.

Our vision for Inclusion continues to challenge us in finding new ways to ensure that everyone, regardless of their disability, is part of their Community with all its rights and privileges.

Community Living month in May was very successful.  Our presentation to Town Council and Flag Raising was well attended and we were able to further educate the public about our vision and mission for the future.  In a show of support the Peace Bridge was lit up in Community Living colours.  It looked terrific and made quite an impression on those who saw it.  We continue to struggle with shrinking resources as costs to operate increase.  The Board and staff continue to look at ways to ensure we remain fiscally responsible and continue to offer high quality and responsive services and support.

This will not be Bob Majkut’s last Annual Report, but it will be mine.  I will be retiring on June 30th.  I have enjoyed my time at Fort Erie and have met such wonderful people these past 14 years.  I wish everyone all the best and will anxiously look forward to what is accomplished over the next several years.

Thank you to the many dedicated volunteers, board members, community partners, staff, the clients we support and their families, for all you do to ensure our Organization remains one of the best in the Province of Ontario.

Respectfully Submitted by,

Robert Majkut, President of the Board & Maureen Brown, Executive Director


2017-2018 Community Living ~ Fort Erie
Board of Directors

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors was inducted at our Annual General Meeting
held at Bridgewater Country Club.

Pictured Above: (back row) Sam Curtin of the Ministry of Community & Social Services, Sharon Shlitz, Dean Demazio, Robert Majkut, Anthony Reitboeck, Marilyn Atherton, Chris Beasley, CEO, Community Living Ontario, (front row) Ray Rosettani, Terry Sampson, Sue Doan, Betty Talbot,  Vickie Moreland, Incoming Executive Director, Maureen Brown, Outgoing Executive Director & Pam Coulthurst.


Jackie Sandelli’s husband, Joe and daughter, Amanda present Simon Reeves with the award.

This year’s recipient of the award is Simon Reeves.

Team work requires effective collaboration. Simon works collaboratively with camp staff, professionals, families, co-workers and community groups. He provides support and morale and ensures that each team members role is equally valued. Beyond the collaborations he has been involved in with his role as Family Support Case manager Simon actively participated in two builds for Habitat for Humanity, volunteered for every Helping Hands Community Living has held, coordinated and promoted organizational awareness in the community and led fundraising initiatives for the Summer Camp Program. He consistently finds ways to engage families to support and participate in organizational activities.

Simon is a clear communicator.  He encourages and promotes open communication amongst his teams.

A strong team needs to be able to problem solve. Simon can facilitate conflict resolution within any team he is part of. Others look to Simon for support with problem solving to ensure members can successfully reach the common goal of the team.  He always promotes respect amongst team members and is highly respected by all staff of our organization.  He is also well respected with external professionals and has demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with Contact Niagara, Complex Special Needs committee, Bethesda and community camp providers.  He is always able to create trust amongst all team members by promoting respect.

Simon has a very positive attitude marked by optimism. He always maintains a positive attitude no matter how much stress or work he encounters. Families speak very highly of Simon.  They appreciate his work ethic, friendliness, supportive nature and his positive demeanor.  Simons attendance impacts our organization positively. He always starts work on time, remains on the job during the workday to complete duties and seldom has he missed a day of work.  He has excellent attendance. Coworkers can always count on Simon because of his dependability, reliability, responsibility, discipline and attendance.

You are very deserving of this award!



Above: Robert Majkut, Candace Sommerville, Maureen Brown, and Paul Piscitello, last year’s Recipient presented the certificate to Candace.

Candace Sommerville is the winner of this year’s Bob Martin award. She has demonstrated commitment to making a difference in her community by giving her time as a Bingo Volunteer for two non-profit  organizations: Community Living Fort Erie and the Adult Literacy Program.   Her role is to greet and provide education to players about the great work that these Non Profit Organizations do.  This is important work as both Agencies only receive funds if they are able to provide volunteers for their weekly bingos. Candace has developed a good rapport with other volunteers which has created a natural support for her transportation to and from bingos.

Candace has also volunteered her time for the past several years to a very worthy cause.  She helps out each year at McHappy Day which is a National fundraiser that helps children in need.

Recently Candace has become a Girl Guide leader for the first Ridgeway/Sparks unit.  Candace went through the entire program as a young girl and because of that experience, her co-leader feels she will have lots to bring to the table.    As a leader Candace is part of mentoring and developing young women into well rounded leaders in their community.  Candace is very enthusiastic about this volunteer opportunity and is working hard to learn all of her responsibilities.

Congratulations Candace, your volunteerism is award worthy!!


This year’s winner of the Community Inclusion Award is Jack Ammer.

As a volunteer Jack’s hard work every week at Intercede  International does not go unnoticed.  He received the volunteer of the year award at a banquet earlier this year.

This Non Profit organization is always happy to see Jack and include him in the everyday workings of their organization. They appreciate him greatly and depend on him to be there. He loves his placement there on Thursday mornings as well as Wednesday nights when he goes to bible study.

Jack is also an integral part of the Community Living Fort Erie self-advocates AIM group.  He attends all meetings as well as participating in all previous March for Inclusion events.

Pictured here is Kali Sheridan, last year’s award recipient
presenting Jack Ammer his award while Robert Majkut looks on.

Jack feels a great sense of accomplishment and is always actively included. Jack attends flag raisings at town hall every year to ring in Community Living month in May. He is proud to be there representing our organization and the community that he belongs to.

Jack is also a respected member of his church congregation at Windmill Point Church. He is included in all aspects of his church from breakfasts, dinners and prayer contributions. Jack attends every Sunday without fail and really enjoys his spiritual community. Jack is also well respected in the community in general. Jack has many friends in his community and is the beneficiary of handshakes and general warm wishes when he goes out. Jack demonstrates leadership through his actions and role models effective community participation.  He  is a valued member of the Fort Erie community!  

Congratulations Jack, we celebrate the motivation and personal growth you have achieved this past year!!


Above: Liam receives his award from Robert Majkut, President of the Board of Directors.

This year we recognize Liam Rockey as the recipient of the Wendy Henderson bursary.  From a very young age Liam has been an active member of his community!!

He has attended community camp programs including the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club and through his positive involvement he has worked his way into a leadership role acting as a role model for other campers. 

Through dedicated volunteerism Liam has gained the reputation of being a young man who generously “gives back to his community”.  Liam has contributed many volunteer hours over the past few years through the transitional aged youth summer program.  Placements have included the Fort Erie S.P.C.A., Safari Niagara, I-Can.t.e.r., the Horse & Pony Rescue Centre, Sexsmith Farm and The Buffalo Canoe Club. 

Liam has demonstrated through these experiences that he is a hard working, dedicated young man that continues to achieve his new goals.  One of Liam’s goals was to get a job.  With support from Community Living Fort Erie, Liam has started working at Patterson’s in Fort Erie, cleaning the salesroom window’s and dealership car detailing. 

Liam’s dream career is to work with wildlife.  In August, 2018 he will be participating in a wildlife 2 week program in Africa! 

In May of this year, Liam transitioned from Lakeshore Catholic High School and is now enrolled in the new Community Integration Program through The Co-operative Education Program (CICE) at Niagara College, Niagara-On-The-Lake campus.  This is a two year modified program designed to provide the opportunity to experience College Life and enhanced academic, social skills and to develop vocational. 

Congratulations Liam, your dedication is greatly appreciated!

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