PROCLAMATION OF COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH & MARCH FOR INCLUSION

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The month of May annually marks Community Living Month  across Ontario. It is a month in which we celebrate the gifts and talents that people with intellectual challenges bring to our communities.

On May 1, 2015 Community Living Fort Erie will raise their flag at Town Hall in celebration of Community Living Month.

The May 2015 Flag raising brings staff, individuals supported and community members together with Mayor Wayne Redekop to recognize and celebrate the contributions Community Living has made to our community.

Maureen Brown (Executive Director) & Pam Coulthurst will speak on the responsibility of the citizens of Fort Erie to promote the development of a healthy inclusive community that recognizes and values the abilities of all its members.

“In keeping with our focus of community Inclusion and our belief that our community should be a place where people with intellectual challenges will have the opportunity to fully and actively participate in the life of their community, we have adopted statements to promote this commitment.”

 Vision Statement:

“An Inclusive Community That Only Sees Abilities”

Mission Statement:

“Community Living – Fort Erie exists to promote inclusion and to ensure people with intellectual challenges have their rights and privileges upheld.”

“In 1957, 58 years ago, a few parents gathered at this same site (Town Hall) in response to a newspaper ad placed by a parent of a child with Downs Syndrome. These parents wanted more for their sons and daughters, so they started their own organization and began by implementing a school program locally for children with intellectual challenges. Due to the dedicated efforts of these founding members Community Living Fort Erie now supports over 230 individuals and their families in the Greater Fort Erie Area.

Immediately following the flag raising people will walk down Garrison Road to heighten awareness of the importance of including people with intellectual challenges in all aspects of community life.  This is known as the “March for Inclusion”. This annual event is organized by the Advocates in Motion. This group was formed by representatives and people who receive support from Community Living~Fort Erie in 2010.

Terry Sampson, President of the Advocates In Motion (AIM), helps to organize the event with other AIM Committee Members. “We want to let people know that people with disabilities have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else in the community.”

Community minded business owners will support  the group by joining the March on Friday May 1, 2015

Our Fifth Annual March for Inclusion will take place Friday May 1st, 2015 at approximately 9:20 am. We will start in the Sobey’s parking lot going up one side of the Garrison to King St crossing Garrison & coming back up the other side.

This March is to make the Community aware that people with intellectual challenges have the same rights as everyone else and have a voice they’d like to have heard.

Your support in joining our A.I.M. group and friends in this March would be greatly appreciated.

Contact:  Margaret Fidler

Manager of Community Development

Community Living Fort Erie

905-871-6770 Ext 239

mfidler@clfe.ca

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