President & Executive Director Annual Report - June 2018
PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNUAL REPORT – JUNE 2018
While the name, approaches and philosophies have changed over the years the basic premise of Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet has remained the same – support for people and families in their community to help them achieve a better life.We are proud of our 56 year history and how we’ve grown to what we are today and we look to a future when all people with intellectual challenges are able to live in an inclusive community where everyone belongs.
We began the year by embarking on a journey of sharing the services of one Executive Director with Community Living Fort Erie.The Shared Services Oversite Committee is responsible for monitoring the arrangement to share Executive Director Services and to provide support and direction to the Executive Director.The committee includes the Board President and two additional board members of each organization.To date the sharing of this position has been very successful and has provided an opportunity to share administrative and program resources, improve efficiencies and to ultimately improve quality of service to people supported.
Celebrating Community Living Awareness Month in May with a flag raising and presentations by George Henry and Dan Tonello to Port Colborne Council brought us great community pride, and, we are grateful for the support and recognition we continue to receive from the City of Port Colborne. After the flag raising members of People Helping People Achieve made their way to the canal side and proceeded to clean up the area and then enjoyed lunch at the Centre for Community Living.
We were very excited to have the official opening of the newly renovated building at 487 Northland Avenue in November.The building was purchased from the Region of Niagara and was previously the Port Colborne Regional Child Care Centre.We converted the building into a six unit apartment building.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for their support in making our project a reality:Ministry of Community & Social Services, Canadian Tire Financial Services, Sente Building Group, Jungbunzlauer Canada & the Kahane Foundation, Hugh James Corcoran Trust Fund, Swartz Appliances, Meridian Credit Union Corporation and, the City of Port Colborne.
This is the third surplus building in Port Colborne that we have converted for our various uses since 2004.We are very proud to be a contributing organization to our community and very grateful for the support we receive.
In 2014 the government announced a proposed $810 million investment in developmental services.The plan included eliminating waiting lists for Special Services at Home and Passport funding for children and adults, additional residential placements for adults and children with complex special needs, promoting innovation and community partnerships and investing in front-line support workers.We are pleased to say that they did follow through on their plan and while it meant that CLPCW has had to learn new ways of doing business with our funder, people supported, families and employees did benefit from the funding investments.
When the provincial government released its 2018 budget on March 28th they announced that they intended to invest an additional $1.8 billion over the next three years to expand and sustain services for people who have a developmental disability, their families and community based organizations.While the Progressive Conservatives did not outline their plan for developmental services prior to the election it is very important that we encourage the new government to support the initiatives that were outlined in the previous budget.We look forward to the next year and will continue to become more flexible and adapt to whatever new plans are created for the developmental sector.
The many residential, community and employment support program options for adults and the wide variety of children’s after school, summer camp and respite programs would not be possible without our dedicated staff who are committed to creating new opportunities for people and for being positive and caring role models in our community.A sincere thank you goes out to each and every employee for the wonderful job you do.
We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the Board of Directors, volunteers, families and friends for their invaluable contributions and for making a positive difference in many people’s lives.
With the continued help of our extended community we look forward to many successes in 2018 – 2019.A community of people and organizations that understand the importance of respecting the rights of people with intellectual challenges.A society of people that supports its members to participate, contribute and share in all elements of living in the community
Respectively Submitted by:
Vickie Moreland - Executive Director
Mark Guilbeault - President