Huronia Regional Centre Closure - an Alternative Solution

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - For the past seven months Sandra Macpherson has
worked tirelessly to develop a solution to the proposed closure of the Huronia
Regional Centre. Working with an extended network of friends, families, and
business professionals, she has proposed a workable solution that will satisfy
Community Living, the families, the residents and the City of Orillia.
    Ms. Macpherson brings over 20 years of business experience to this
project which is close to her heart for another very important reason - her
sister Katherine is a resident of Huronia Regional Centre.
    Her proposal reaches out to the community of Orillia, Universities, OPP
and the existing Huronia Regional Centre infrastructure. It will involve a
transfer of Huronia Regional Centre to a Transfer Payment Agency for the
developmentally disabled called Forget Us Not - Centre of Hope. Her proposal
includes respite services and many other community support programs for
Community Living in the Simcoe North Area.
    Sandra plans to include significant technology upgrades to the sector
that will effectively and efficiently improve the ability of Community Living
to continually provide and upgrade the community integration. The new
technology can reach out to many facets of administrating this sector and
improve information flow to families and area of community based support, such
as the hospitals and police departments.
    She proposes that the new agency will improve existing services at
Huronia Regional Centre and will add services to assist people with other
disabilities. She also proposes to build a training centre for the Special
    "I believe in this project and have spent the last six months on leave
from my employment to make it a reality. I want Huronia Regional Centre to
achieve its full potential to properly serve my sister and the many other
residents who have called Huronia Regional Centre home for the last number of
decades," said Ms. Macpherson.
    The plan will put the Ontario Government and the City of Orillia on the
roadmap of North America, as the elite in the technology and care of the
developmentally disabled.

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Sandra Macpherson at: Cell (416) 805-9750

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