Nearly 200 people came out to Community Living Mississauga’s Annual General Meeting and Community Celebration on June 21st to feel “The Power of Positivity”.

Awards were presented to Community Living Mississauga staff and community partners whose positive actions, contributions and attitudes have helped enhance the lives of the individuals supported by our organization.

After swearing in the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, Keith Tansley and Eugene Nolin recognized the ongoing support of Loretta Miller and David Oliver – two people who have demonstrated long-term support and belief in the organizations’ mission and vision and philosophy – by presenting them with Lifetime Honourary Memberships.

Sara Titton and Carolann Husbands were recognized for exemplary leadership and role modeling with Leadership, Initiative, Values and Enthusiasm (LIVE) Awards.

Rasha Sportello and Sheryl Carby received Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Awards for going above and beyond their day to day duties, making a better working environment and significantly impacted the lives of individuals supported by the organization.

Allison Caceres-Ramirez was presented with a Building Social Capital and Community Connections Award for successfully supporting an individual to increase their social network and become more connected to their community.

Following the presentation of employee awards, the celebration featured a light-hearted look at life by Carole Bertuzzi-Luciani … aka “The Moodivator”.

Two community partnerships through our Employment Resource Centre were recognized with awards. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada was presented with the Emerging Partnership Award and COSTCO North Mississauga received the Employer of the Year Award (see article on page 4).

Pallett Valo, LLP; Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27/Drywall, Acoustic, Lathing and Installation Local 675 as well as the Senso Group were all presented with Donor Recognition Awards.

The final award of the evening went to former Mississauga News reporter and editor, John Stewart who received the Ron Lenyk Memorial Media Award in recognition of more than 35 years of promoting Community Living Mississauga in a positive manner to the greater community through media coverage.