The President’s and Executive Director’s 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT

“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

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