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Community Living Newmarket /Aurora District is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to people who have an intellectual disability.

We do this with a dedicated group of staff, volunteers and family members.

We offer a wide range of supports and services that enable people to reach their fullest potential.

Please explore our website further to learn more about the services, supports and opportunities that we offer.

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NOTICE OF MEETING: 61stAnnual General Meeting, Wednesday September 23, 2015

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Our Visit to Queen's Park on May 11, 2015 for Community Living Ontario's Day at Legislature

Emily with MPP, Chris Ballard
Elaine, Emily, Chris Ballard, MPP and Kathy

Host Home Respite Providers Needed for our Associate Family Program

Our Associate Family/Foster Program is recruiting Host Home Respite Providers to help enhance the lives of children and adults who have an intellectual disability. The goal for the Host Home Respite Provider is to provide a safe and caring home for the person to visit for short term stays to assist in providing relief to the Associate/ Foster Family.

Currently, we have a need for providers who are available, at least one weekend per month. Host Home Respite Providers are expected to include the person supported in family entertainment and leisure activities such as, shopping, dinners, movies, and attending events.

If you are interested, please contact Kate Sisopha for additional information and compensation details 898-3000 ext.252, or you can email her at

Spring Fling DANCE


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7:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M.

Suzanne Conner did it Again - $10,000 raised at her Second Annual Jelly Bean Ball

On Saturday March 28, 2015, Suzanne Conner held her second Annual Jelly Bean Ball in support of our Organization. In attendance were Suzanne Conner’s family and friends, including some of her friends here at Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District.

The Jelly Bean Ball was an incredible success - raising another $10,000 for our Organization.

Suzanne Conner is an inspiring woman who decided to make a difference in the Community and threw her first Jelly Bean Ball Fundraiser in 2014 raising $10,000 for our Association..  To date, Suzanne has raised $20,000 for Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District.

We cannot thank you enough Suzanne!

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Developmental Services News: December 2014

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Tickets to our Holiday Dinner Dance on December 12, 2014 are selling quickly!

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Remembrance Day Ceremony

Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District attends East Gwillimbury Remembrance Day Ceremony and layed a wreath in Honor of the men and woman that served our country

Humber College Developmental Services Worker Program

Humber College is planning to establish an Alumni Association for graduates of the Developmental Services Worker Program.  We view this as a networking and mentoring opportunity for graduates of the Program.  The Alumni Association will not be used for fundraising purposes.
This survey will help us determine how best to formulate the alumni association to maximize the benefit to everyone.

Please click on this link to complete the survey:

Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District
60th Annual General Meeting

Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District held its 60th Annual General Meeting on September 29, 2014 where stakeholders were updated with all the positive developments and activity within this past fiscal year.

Re-institutionalizing people through nursing homes

21-year old Ontarian lives in a nursing home: 'This is not a home, it's an institution' says Paige Cunliffe's Mom

From “The Current” on CBC radio, September 11, 2014. They’re asking for comments.

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Ice Bucket Challenge

Good news!

Legistlative Assembly of Ontario House Leaders have finally negotiated committee construction, and the select committee is going to be re-struck and will present its final report on Tuesday

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Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centre Class Actions Deadline Date Extended to November 30, 2014.

The Huronia update was just posted at and you will find similar updates for Rideau and Southwestern too.

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Thank You Suzanne Conner For Raising $10,000!

On her 40th Birthday, Suzanne Conner held a Jelly Bean Ball Fundraiser to raise funds for Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District.  She invited her family and friends and raised $10,000…  IMG_6568.JPG

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Congratulations Linda and Amanda on your first 10K Run, Well Done!


The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Autism: The Other End of the Spectrum

Please view Dr. Robert Bahlieda, one of the parents of a person who receives support, speaking with Steve Paikin on TVO's The Agenda on April 29, 2014.

Eliminating Waitlists for Developmental Services

Government Improving Access For 21,000 People With Developmental Disabilities

Ministry of Finance

Ontario plans to eliminate waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

As part of the government's vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province would eliminate the current waitlist for the  Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years. 

These programs provide direct funding for people with developmental disabilities, allowing them and their families to customize their services and supports to best meet their individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would:

  • Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
  • Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
  • Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported Independent Living programs
  • Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
  • Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • The government is proposing an $810 million investment over the next three years, the largest ever funding increase to the developmental services system in Ontario.
  • There are an estimated 62,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; more than 15,000 are supported through the Passport  direct funding program.
  • An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario; the Special Services at Home program currently serves more than 12,500.
  • Ontario currently invests more than $1.7 billion in developmental services, a 63 per cent increase since 2003. The proposed additional funding would increase that to more than $2 billion by 2016-17.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports  in the community.

** Alert **

An agreement was reached to access the former Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) site for class action members (former residents or a family member).

The dates are as follows:

Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26

Sunday May 25 and Monday May 26

Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21

The links below provide all of the relevant details about the visit and the registration process.

2013 Annual General Meeting

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Patricia Spindel-Abuse by Ministry Correspondence

MCSS Brief Abuse By Ministry: View Online | Download PDF Document
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Response to Minister: Jan, 4 2014: View Online | Download PDF Document

CLO Proposed Bylaw Changes 2013

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Respite Providers Need

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Community Living challenge in support of United Way

A little healthy competition can be a great motivator, especially when it comes to raising money for a special cause. So when it came to last year’s campaign in support of United Way York Region, three of our partner agencies...

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Your help needed for Select Committee!

The following e-mail has been sent on behalf of Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa:

Dear Friends -

I am writing with an update on the status of the Select Committee on Developmental Services which, as you know, was unanimously approved by all parties in May.

The Committee, once struck, is scheduled to deliver an interim report by October 31, 2013 and a final report by April 30, 2014.  In order to meet these timeframes, it will be necessary for the Committee to meet during the summer recess, which is currently slated to start as of June 7.

Unfortunately, both the Liberals and the NDP are now stalling, and are refusing to strike the Committee and allow the summer hearings to proceed.  

It is critical that you contact the Liberals and the NDP as soon as possible to urge them to establish this committee.  Remind them of their commitment to support this cause, and let them know how important this is to you. 

If possible, please call, email and tweet to Premier Wynne and Andrea Horwath in the next 24 hours. Their contact information is listed below.

I can’t do this alone.  But together, I’m sure we can get this committee working, and advance this vital cause.

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Best regards,


Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne
Phone: 416-325-1941
Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Phone: 416-325-7116
Twitter: @andreahorwath

6th Annual All Ages Poetry Contest

in support of the Associate Family Program. This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home"

Adult Category:

  • 1st Place – Eve Coleman Jang, “Home and Heart of a Gypsy”
  • 2nd Place – Shawney Enkin, “Sweet Sound”
  • 3rd Place – Daniela Tabachnik, “Home Sweet Home: A Soldier’s Return”

Children’s Category:

  • 1st Place – Fanni Pataki (10 years old), “Hungary”
  • 2nd Place – Emily Rosevear (8 years old), “My House”
  • 3rd Place – Kent Murray (10 years old), “Home Sweet Home”

1st place winner adult 1st place winner child 2nd place winner child 3rd place winner child
2nd place winner adult all winners all winners

Making A Difference: Voice Of Joy

Susan Hay from Global News speaks with the members of the Voices of Joy Community Choir. Read the story or see the video »

The Ontario Ombudsman

has announced an investigation of Ontario's services for adults with developmental disabilities in crisis. Read this announcement »

Community Living Ontario

makes a general Announcement regarding the Ontario Ombudsman's investigation read more »

Read the letter from Community Living Ontario to the Ombudsman »