Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Nine: Anne Stafford Bursary

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When Harvey McQuarrie died suddenly in December 1964, the movement was shocked. Harvey had been the provincial association’s president for only a few short months. He had taken the position with such high hopes of making a real change. They were exciting times. The association was in the process of helping the Canadian association raise funds for 13 national demonstration … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Eight: Protecting Dignity

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by Gord Kyle The opening phrase in Community Living Ontario’s goal statement is “that all people live in a state of dignity.” The inclusion of the concept of dignity as the foundational phrase in the goal of the association indicates its centrality in all the work that we do. Of course, recognition of the value of ensuring dignity is not … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Seven: Parent Advocacy

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When Mel turned 6, my mom worked hard to have him educated. She took him to an elementary school in East York where she was told that Mel could not attend. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and wouldn’t leave, until the principal agreed. However, he only agreed if she stayed in the class everyday. I’m sure he thought … Read More

Celebrating 70 Years of Community Living Part Four: Closing the Institutions

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by Gord Kyle For most people, highway 400 was a marvel. Travellers remembered all too well what it had been like before it was built, crawling their way out of Toronto to cottage country through the endless towns and villages along the winding stretches of Yonge Street. But 400 changed that. As the first controlled highway in the province, it … Read More