IMG_0672aMinister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, recently visited Community Living Mississauga along with her Senior Policy Advisor Jonathan Bradshaw. The two, who were joined by MPPs Amrit Mangat and Bob Delaney, received a tour of Community Living Mississauga’s Base Site on Argentia Road by Yanique Simpson-Pinnock and Ryan Pallett and had an opportunity to learn about the supports provided in this location.

Following the tour, the group met with Eugene Nolin, President of Community Living Mississauga’s Board; Keith Tansley, Executive Director; and Debbie Moffatt, Director of Quality and Community Development, to discuss the importance of inclusion and community partnerships that are critical to ensuring that individuals who have an intellectual disability have the same opportunities as everyone else. In addition, the Minister was reminded of the Fairshare initiative which is advocating for funding equities for Peel families.

The group also heard from Jennifer Gabriel, a parent who shared her personal challenges related to the support needs of her daughter. Ms. Gabriel represented many families across the city faced with similar challenges and barriers to accessing programs and services in order to  meet required support needs.

Minister Jaczek was very knowledgeable of the issues within the developmental services sector and was very appreciative of the opportunity to visit our organization and speak with our representatives.