Media Advisory - Outstanding Supporters of Community Living Toronto to be honoured tonight



    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Community Living Toronto will be recognizing the
invaluable financial contributions of individuals and corporations provided to
the organization in a special Donor Recognition event.
    The event will take place at the Harry E. Foster Clubhouse, a drop-in
centre for adults with intellectual disabilities. The evening will feature a
dj set by Rick Racioppo, a blind individual with an intellectual disability
supported by Community Living Toronto and artwork created by individuals in
the Etobicoke and North York regions' Art Clubs, recently featured in the
Toronto Star and Global Television. Duncan Jackman, a long-time volunteer and
the recently appointed Chair of Community Living Toronto's Patrons' Council
will also be in attendance.
    Community Living Toronto will acknowledge the difference these
contributions have made in the lives of individuals with an intellectual
disability and the ways it has aided the organization in achieving its mission
of giving the individuals supported a voice and helping them make choices that
are meaningful to them.

    
    Media are invited to attend:

    WHAT:  Community Living Toronto's Donor Recognition Event

    WHEN:  Wednesday, November 7, 2007
           6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Harry E. Foster Clubhouse
           40 Birch Street
           Toronto

    Individuals honoured tonight will include:

    Donna and Jim Britten -
    -   Parents of an adult with an intellectual disability supported by
        Community Living Toronto.
    -   Mrs. Britten is past-President of Community Living Toronto and a
        current member of the Board of Directors
    -   Led the organization's mission and vision review
    -   Mr.Briten is on the Quality Assurance Committee of Community
        Living Toronto

    Cecil De Caires -
    -   High level bureaucrat from the Barbados who has a family member
        supported by Community Living Toronto
    -   Began a financial commitment to Community Living Toronto after
        being impressed with the advanced level of support by Community
        Living Toronto after a visit to the organization in 1993
    -   Makes a point to visit Community Living Toronto and the members
        supported during each trip to Canada

    Blair Morton -
    -   Mr. Morton is the brother of an individual with an intellectual
        disability supported by Community Living Toronto
    -   The support he has provided for his brother's home has increased
        the quality of life of everyone that lives there

    Fred J. Reynolds -
    -   Retired Executive Director of Community Living Toronto
    -   Mr. Reynolds's nephew has been supported by Community Living Toronto
        for many years
    -   Regularly invited individuals supported by the organization to spend
        time with his family during Christmas, Easter and other special
        occasions
    -   Established a fund during his 75th year where friends and family were
        encouraged to donate to Community Living Toronto instead of giving
        gifts

    Elizabeth Anglin -
    -   Parent of an adult with an intellectual disability supported by
        Community Living Toronto
    -   Mrs. Anglin and her husband Gerry Angling, a journalist and past-
        President of the Canadian Association for Community Living in the
        1970s, were instrumental in getting Community Living Associations not
        only on the Canadian radar, but the international scene
    -   Led the fight for closing institutions and returning people home to
        their communities and neighbourhoods
    -   Mrs. Angling will be celebrating her 93rd birthday this February

    Shirley and Andre Desroches -
    -   Mrs. Desroches is past-President of Community Living Toronto and a
        current member of the Government Relations committee
    -   Has been instrumental in developing the association's government
        relations strategies and getting the Community Living message to
        federal and provincial reps
    -   Mr. Desroches has chaired the Shadow Lake Committee and was a key
        player in the development of the Shadow Lake Camp
    -   Mr. and Mrs. Desroches' daughter is supported by Community Living
        Toronto
    -   Together, Mr. and Mrs. Desroches have been key donors, friends and
        partners of Community Living Toronto

    Hugh and Ada Morris -
    -   Parents of an individual with an intellectual disability
    -   Generously purchase items and donate funds for the residence their
        daughter lives in to ensure it is a comfortable place for all the
        individuals that live there

    Corporations honoured tonight will include:

    Beaver Bible Class -
    -   Ongoing supporters of Community Living Toronto's Etobicoke Region
    -   For over fifteen years now, the Bible Class has helped purchase
        equipment, vans and computers, as well as directly supporting
        individuals with an intellectual disability

    Ontario Trillium Foundation -
    -   Major supporter of the Youth 2 Work program, which ensures young
        adults with intellectual disabilities are gaining relevant employment
        experience, skills and career goals as they make a transition from
        school.
    -   Helped fund the ConnectABILITY project, an online community for
        individuals with an intellectual disability

    Ronald McDonald House Charities -
    -   Funded therapeutic Snoezelen Rooms in Community Living Toronto's day
        programs
    -   Through funding, instrumental in helping develop Phase I of Visuals
        Engine for ConnectABILITY, which ensured children are given a voice
        and enabled to communicate with those around them
    

    For over 50 years, Community Living Toronto has been a source of support
for thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families
searching for accessible and meaningful, community-based lifestyles. We strive
to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability by giving them a
voice and supporting their choices where they live, learn, work and play.





For further information:

For further information: Karen Bell, Manager of Public Relations, (416)
568-5010; Karolina Kluska, Communications Coordinator, (416) 968-0650 ext.
2308

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