Media Release – LCBO, Community Living Ontario Partner to Raise Funds for Education

TORONTO, ON – Beginning on Monday, April 1, Ontarians will have the opportunity to support the work of Community Living Ontario through a financial gift at any of the more than 660 LCBO stores across the province.

Donation boxes will be displayed prominently at all checkout counters until Saturday, April 27.

Contributions to the provincial organization will be directed to the Anne Stafford Light Up the Future Bursary, a fund that supports people who have an intellectual disability to pursue college, university or a personal interest course.

“Anne Stafford wanted everyone to have access to the same educational opportunities and have the ability to develop a passion or skill that could lead to a more full and inclusive life,” said Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Ontario. “Since her retirement in 1993, over 325 people have accessed the bursary.”

“Through the generosity of the LCBO, its customers, and the public, many more people will have the chance to acquire new skills and experiences and pursue their interests.”

Sam Forbes is a young person who has autism. He is one of the recent bursary recipients and is presently enrolled in Humber College’s Community Integration through Co-operative Education program. His post-secondary education is not only enabling him to reach his goals, it’s strengthening his advocacy work.

“Taking the Introduction to Developmental Social Worker course has taught me a lot about other conditions that I didn’t know about,” explained Forbes, “and it gave me really great information on how to approach people and care for people in a really good way.”

To learn more about Sam’s college experience or the Anne Stafford Light Up the Future Bursary, click here.

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Community Living Ontario is a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. We are a progressive leader in the developmental services sector representing more than 12,000 people, families, and over 100 member organizations.

For interview requests, photos or video, please contact:

Ron Laroche
Director, Communications, Marketing and Fund Development
Community Living Ontario
Phone: 416-447-4348, ext. 223
Email: rlaroche@communitylivingontario.ca