Community Living Ontario Commends Swift Action following Allegations of Theft at Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Community Living Ontario is commending recent
action taken by the Ontario Government following allegations of theft by a
former employee in the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee; an office
that protects the financial interests of vulnerable Ontario citizens, some of
whom are people who have intellectual and other disabilities.
    "It is essential that this government office function responsibly and
transparently given its role and mandate to act on behalf of people who are in
need of support related to their financial and other affairs," said Keith
Powell, executive director of Community Living Ontario. "As an organization
that supports and advocates for the rights of people who have an intellectual
disability, we are obviously very concerned."
    The current criminal investigation and immediate actions taken by
Attorney General Michael Bryant to rectify any wrongs caused by the alleged
theft is a response welcomed by Community Living Ontario.
    "The alleged theft has not only resulted in financial losses for people -
there has also been a breach of trust here. It appears a person who was in a
position of trust has abused that trust, and ultimately the people who gave
it. We commend the Ontario government for its commitment to provide counsel
and compensation to people for the losses they've incurred as a result of the
former employee's alleged actions. Furthermore, we applaud the Attorney
General for initiating a review of this office's current processes and for
taking immediate steps to ensure other Ontarians who require its services
won't experience this injustice ever again," said Powell.

    About Intellectual Disability: An intellectual disability (also commonly
referred to as a developmental disability among other terms) is, simply
stated, a disability that significantly affects one's ability to learn and use
information. It is a disability that is present during childhood and continues
throughout one's life. A person who has an intellectual disability is capable
of participating effectively in all aspects of daily life, but sometimes
requires more assistance than others in learning a task, adapting to changes
in tasks and routines, and addressing the many barriers to participation that
result from the complexity of our society.

    Community Living Ontario is a province-wide federation that promotes and
facilitates the full participation, inclusion and citizenship of people who
have an intellectual disability. More than 12,000 people are members of
Community Living Ontario through membership in 112 affiliated local
associations. Community Living provides direct support and services to people
who have an intellectual disability, helps communities build the capacity to
support people, and advocates for social change toward the full inclusion of
all people in community.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Abigail Brown, Community Living
Ontario, Office: (416) 447-4348 ext. 224, or Cell: (416) 735-3101

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