As Parents for Community Living celebrates 25 years of serving individuals in the community, I wanted to take a moment and reflect 0n my almost 16 years with this agency. In the beginning….There were three established homes when i joined the PCL team, all of them were supported by caring and dedicated staff but they needed some formalized procedures and services to continue to operate. Our main office was located in a small corner office of the United Way on the 11th floor of the Marsland Centre. This office, barely big enough for one, sometimes housed three of us working diligently to obtain full ministry funding for PCL , ensure our staff were compensated in a fair manner and overall to improve the operations of PCL. Over the years I have seen huge growth for our agency and although we have experienced some growing pains, I have always been proud to be a part of this. There are currently 9 homes owned and operated by PCL providing residential supports, individualized and creative day supports as well as respite services to both adults and children. Even though our community is larger we still continue to have a family like atmosphere in our homes and services. Our supports are based on values that foster independence in those we support and include collaboration, initiative and resilience as can be shown in the every day activities that the individuals are supported to participate in. The homes and staff work together with each other to ensure that those who wish to participate in an event can do so. For example, sharing of drop offs and pick ups, sharing staff for emergencies as well as special events. I look forward to continued opportunities for growth for PCL.
This is also an agency that likes to celebrate! We arrange a party whenever we can, birthdays, summer picnics, births of new babies, Halloween, Oktoberfest, Christmas and 25 years of service and many more. We like to share these events with others on our website and facebook page and I hope that many of you have enjoyed the photos from these events.
I have had the pleasure to work with many creative, innovative and resilient individuals over the years and in this statement I include both supported person and support provider for I have learn much from both. Recently the staff teams and individuals supported in each of the homes were given a challenge to create a poster that represented a particular area of competency from the Core Competency Initiative. We have incorporated those posters into a 2015 PCL Calendar which I hope to have ready shortly, but in the meantime here are some photos of the Senior Support Providers proudly sharing the creations from their teams.
I am very proud of all of our staff who make a difference every day in the lives of those they support and I am proud to be a part of Parents for Community Living.