Skyscraper

Sign - Preferred Fleet

Signature Ad

Signature Ad

Skyscraper Ad

Big Box

Arts & Life
Click here to see more
Subscribe
Community Calendar
Click here for full listings.
Poll
The latest crime statistics are out. In your opinion, is crime a major issue in the City of Thunder Bay?



Total Votes: 562
View Results Past Polls
User Submitted Photo Gallery
Submit Your Own Photos
2014-05-13 at 15:55

Community Living

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Hey Stylists…It’s time to go green! Streak of Green is looking for a full time stylist–team member–who wants to quickly grow their clientelewww.streakofgreen.com

THUNDER BAY – Jordan Prechuka feels a sense of pride to be a member of the community.

Prechuka, the chair of Community Living Thunder Bay’s self-advocate council, was on hand Tuesday afternoon at city hall as the organization’s flag was hoisted in front of the building to celebrate Community Living Month.

“It made me feel proud, excited and happy to be part of it,” Prechuka said.

Many in the organization, like Prechuka, who overcome intellectual disabilities on a daily basis strive to gain a sense of inclusion in the community.

Being recognized in front of city hall provided them with that experience.

Lisa Ellacott, vice-chair of the board of directors, described the reactions from those gathered outside as “heartwarming” when the flag was raised while Vance Montgomery led a rendition of the national anthem.

“The folks out there are passionate about that,” Ellacott said. “They want the same as everybody else. They want regular jobs with regular pay, to be treated with respect no different than what the rest of us want.”

Coun. Aldo Ruberto read the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Keith Hobbs. He said the organization has a dedicated staff that provides a valuable service enriching the lives of those with intellectual disabilities in the city.

“It’s a pleasure watching individuals express themselves freely and care-free,” Ruberto said. “It’s exciting knowing these individuals are part of the community and that the community responds to the needs of every individual.”

Community Living Thunder Bay, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, serves about 300 adults and seniors with intellectual disabilities in the community. The organization operates group homes as well as supportive independent living programs.

They also work with community partners to provide employment and volunteer opportunities to nearly 100 of their members.

Community Living Thunder Bay will be holding a Walk for Inclusion on June 1 with the proceeds being used to fund programs and services not covered by the government.

 

Click here to report a typo or error

Tbnewswatch.com(1)

iCar

Comments

We've improved our comment system.
ring of fire dude says:
Vance is a totally awesome 5 pin bowler !
5/13/2014 4:56:59 PM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Forgot password?
Log In