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

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by Gord Kyle 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 … 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

PRESS RELEASE: Non-Profit Awards Program Honours Trailblazers Highlighting Inclusivity, Creativity and Ability in Ontario

The Inspiring Possibilities Awards: Nominations Are Now Open

For Immediate Release//Toronto, Ontario, July 20, 2023  Celebrating the people and organizations making a positive impact on the 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families living in Ontario, Community Living Ontario’s (CLO) Inspiring Possibilities Awards are now open for nominations.   Winners will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in-person at CLO’s Inspiring Possibilities AGM & Conference, happening in Ottawa September 27-29. The awards will be presented by CBC personality and keynote speaker Ali Hassan.   “Honouring trailblazers through our Inspiring Possibilities … Read More

Recapping Community Living Ontario’s 2023 Day at the Legislature

Council members posing with Chris Beesley and Minister Michael Parsa.

Photo by Louis Thomas After a four year hiatus, Community Living Ontario (CLO) welcomed the return of our annual Day at the Legislature event on Wednesday, May 10th. This event presented an opportunity for CLO and our member organizations to meet with elected officials in the spirit of connection and collaboration. We would first like to sincerely thank the Honourable … 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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  TORONTO, ON, April 27, 2023 — This May, Community Living Ontario (CLO) leads the celebration for “Community Living Month.” An annual, province-wide awareness campaign, Community Living Month promotes authentic inclusion for the more than 100,000 people in Ontario who have an intellectual disability and their families.  People with an intellectual disability (which includes diagnoses such as Autism, … Read More