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Community Living Central York 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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What's New at Community Living Central York?

Voice of Joy Spring 2019

Rainbow Spring Fling Dance

Family Info Night April 2019

Adult Interactive Social Night


Voices of Joy Christmas 2018


Family Information Night

Voices Of Joy Start Up Date

IMPACT: Respite Night Dance Edition

Notice of 64th Annual General Meeting 2018

You're invited to the Voices of Joy concert on Sunday June 10, 2018 for the "20 Years of Music and Friendship Concert"

Family Info Night MAY 2018

Spring Fling Dance 2018

IMPACT: Interactive Fun Night

Please view the Voices of Joy (VOJ) Community Choir Feature Video

Voices of Joy will also be performing at Bethel Community Church in Newmarket to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
VOJ20th Anniversary Concert
When: June 10, 2018 - 3 PM
Bethel Community Church
333 Davis Drive, Newmarket

Be A Foster Family!

PEQ Valentines Dance

Tickets Will Be On Sale Starting On Monday January 29th

Voices of Joy Guelph Concert 2018

Family Information Night February 2018

Interactive Fun Night

Voices of Joy Christmas Concert

Family Information Night

New Office Location

Voice of Joy Unity in Harmony 2017



63rd Annual General Meeting

63rd Annual General Meeting

YRT Mobility Plus Information Session at Community Living the evening of June 21, 2017


Family Information Night

We will be holding a Family Information Night on June 14, 2017 at 7 pm at our Day Supports location on 460 Oak Street in Newmarket. This event is open to all families associated with each of our programs. Family-Info-Night-flyer.jpg

Impact Night Respite


Voice of Joy Celebrates Canada 150


May is Community Living Month!

Community Living envisions a society where people who developmental disability enjoy full citizenship, a true sense of belonging and opportunities for growth.

May is the month that all Community Living Agencies celebrate the strides and progress made towards the inclusion of people who have developmental disabilities. It is also a time we recognize the need to unify our collective voice and efforts so that full citizenship is achieved by each person who has a developmental disability.

Town of Newmarket and Aurora Proclaimed May 8, 2017, Community Living Day.

We are thankful to be surrounded by supportive communities who continue to promote and share our Vision of “a community where everyone belongs”.

Both the Town of Newmarket and Aurora Proclaimed May 8th, 2017 as Community Living Day.

The Town of Aurora raised our Flag on May 8th, and will continue to have it displayed for the remainder of the week.

The Town of Newmarket had the Riverwalk Commons lit up in blue and green in recognition of Community Living Day.

Raising of the Community Living Flag at The Aurora Town Hall on May 8, 2017

What a beautiful morning to have the Community Living flag raised at the Aurora Town Hall.
We would like to thank Samir Kassam (representing MP Kyle Peterson), Mayor Dawe, and York Regional Police Constable Laura Nicolle for attending our event in support for the full inclusion of people who have developmental disabilities!

Samir Kassam; Colleen Zakoor, Executive Director Community Living; Mayor Dawe; Karen Richards, Board President Community Living; Ruth Groves, Campaign/Fundraising Director Community Living; Andrea Sager, Self-Advocate Community Living; York Regional Police Constable Laura Nicolle

Shine a Light on Community Living on May 8, 2017.

Newmarket Riverwalk Commons Lit up in Blue & Green in celebration of Community Living Day!
In support of full citizenship and inclusion for people who have developmental disabilities, Newmarket showed its support by lighting up the Riverwalk Commons on the evening of Community Living Day, May 8, 2017.
We were joined by friends at Snapd Newmarket to enjoy the lights.
Municipalities and Towns across Ontario showed their support by lighting up their landmarks
in blue and green!

Front Row from Left: Emerald, Patsy Kisho, Innocent Back Row from Left: Bill Gallienne (Board member), Kevin, Daniel, Ninnie, Adam, Dave

May 8, 2017 is Community Living Day!


So proud of our past Board Member Elaine Adam of 8 years,for winning the 2017 Leading Women Leading Girls Award!

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Franke James’ letter to Minister Qualtrough

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It is impossible for them to do it alone.

And that is why I am writing requesting that Canada safeguard disability rights by ratifying the Optional Protocol on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). My sister, Teresa Pocock, is featured on the Change.org petition which over 26,620 people have signed and which calls on Canada to ratify the Protocol.

We have a momentous opportunity. Canada is on the brink of bringing in new “accessibility” legislation. This is the perfect time to ratify the “Optional Protocol”. It can add the international enforcement teeth that are so badly needed to protect and assert the rights of the disabled.

Unless people with intellectual disabilities have a deep-pocketed champion, they are defenceless against a system that routinely bullies them into medicalized “care” and segregates them into various forms of restrictive institutions, from long-term care homes to group homes.

“Right now, within our current legal framework, the rights of those of us with disabilities don’t kick in, for lack of a better word, until our rights have been violated. The current system unfairly burdens Canadians to ever defend our rights,” said Carla Qualtrough, the Minister of Persons with Disabilities.

We have a chance in Canada to make bold changes. Minister Qualtrough has invited Canadians to advise her on accessibility legislation. When we hear “accessibility legislation”, many of us think of ramps and elevators, but the glaring problem we need to fix is how to protect the basic human rights of people with disabilities. Across Canada, our patchwork quilt of laws is failing them. Thousands are having their rights to liberty and independence trampled in the name of “care” and convenience. I know this from personal experience.

In 2013, my then 49-year old sister with Down syndrome was forced into an Ontario long-term care home that specializes in"dementia and palliative care". She had no medical need to be in long-term care. Her human right to choose where she lives was taken away from her in a series of shameful bureaucratic errors and missteps.

I spoke up: “You can't do that! It's against Teresa’s human rights to put her away in a nursing home.” But it was like I was standing on a train track, waving my arms and blowing a whistle. No one listened --  the train, loaded with Ontario government officials and their agencies, ran right over me. Although we got Teresa freed, no official would admit they’d done anything wrong.

Initially, I believed that my sister’s experience was an isolated case. But segregation of people with disabilities is a big problem all across Canada and in the United States. There are many “Teresas”.

The Ontario Select Committee on Developmental Services (to which I presented in 2014 with Teresa by my side) stated in their July 2014 report that, “Long-term care homes are pressured to accommodate young and middle-aged people with developmental disabilities without any medical need for this type of care or any training to support this group of clients.”

How many people does this affect? How many are being misplaced in long-term care? In July 2016, Global News Toronto reported that more than 2,900 Ontarians with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities. Read that shocking number again: Two thousand nine hundred people with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities.

In short, the Ontario government knows it is happening but is not correcting the problem. The laws exist but who will enforce them? As Minister Qualtrough herself pointed out, “The current system unfairly burdens Canadians to ever defend our rights. Needless to say, this vigilance is exhausting and expensive. Further, I think it’s fundamentally wrong.”

If you don’t have the money to go to court, the rights of the disabled are virtually non-existent. The Canadian Charter states that we are all to be treated equally, without discrimination due to mental or physical disability. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities declares that disability is not a justification for taking away that person’s freedom. And yet, The National Task Force on Living in the Community has found that, “In many provinces and territories persons with intellectual disabilities are being admitted on a routine basis to institutions, directly violating a stated policy of deinstitutionalisation”. Their estimate is that over 12,000 Canadians with disabilities are living in health related institutions across Canada. Putting people into long-term care homes is a horrifying throwback to the 1950’s when people with Down syndrome were routinely institutionalized.

The United States (prior to Donald Trump) was doing a much better job than Canada in protecting the rights of the disabled to live in the community. Indeed, the U.S. Justice Department has a long history of standing up and defending the civil rights of persons with disabilities from discrimination, segregation, and loss of liberty. Their success is due to aggressive enforcement.

South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says
“In a scathing rebuke of the state’s health care system, the Justice Department
said on Monday that thousands of patients were being held unnecessarily in
sterile, highly restrictive group homes. That is discrimination, it said, making
South Dakota the latest target of a federal effort to protect the civil rights of
people with disabilities and mental illnesses, outlined in a Supreme Court
decision 17 years ago.”

I was so surprised to read about their advocacy that I drilled down further. In 2009, President Obama said, "The Olmstead ruling was a critical step forward for our nation, articulating one of the most fundamental rights of Americans with disabilities: Having the choice to live independently". Obama tasked the Justice Department with aggressively enforcing the Supreme Court ruling, Olmstead vs L.C. and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since then, they have launched 50 investigations and settled cases with eight states.

Imagine if Canada actively protected the fundamental rights of Canadian with disabilities to choose to live independently. It would be revolutionary. To do this, Canada’s new law must include a robust enforcement mechanism -- and that can work hand-in-hand with the UN CRPD.

My sister Teresa did not have deep enough pockets to sue the Ontario government. To fight for her rights, we created a circle of eyes that included 26,000 people on Change.org and a half dozen human rights and civil rights organizations from coast-to-coast. On July 12th, 2016, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) sent a joint letter to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care saying, “We believe and support Ms. Pocock’s statements that she did not want to be put into a nursing home.” They expressed concern that the Ontario government, “through its actions, appears to condone the forced placement and mistreatment of developmentally­ disabled adults.”

On July 22, 2016, Christina Stevens at Global News pressed the Health Minister Eric Hoskins for an apology for Teresa. He sent a statement: “I would like to apologize to Ms. Pocock and her family for her being placed in a seniors residence. All Ontarians deserve to be treated with respect and compassion as they navigate our system and that includes receiving care in an appropriate setting.” In November 2016, he sent Teresa a formal letter of apology.

Hoskins’ apology to my sister is welcome but falls short of what is needed. No explanation was given as to why the system failed her. Over the past three years we have filed multiple complaints with the government and the agencies responsible. We submitted freedom of information requests and PHIPA requests. We have been doggedly collecting the evidence to understand how this travesty happened. If we don’t admit the mistakes that were made, history shows they will be repeated.

If the CRPD had been in place it would have helped us to hold the Ontario government, and its agencies accountable for the grave violation of Teresa's human rights. Instead we were left to fight the Ontario government on our own.

Please ratify the Optional Protocol. It will give disabled Canadians the sharp teeth they need to protect and enforce their rights.

Community Living Central York NEW Respite Program: Impact


Please visit Community Living at the Career Expo on March 15, 2017 at Georgian College Orillia location. We are Hiring!

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If you’ve witnessed abuse or neglect of an adult with a developmental disability, you can help


Jelly Bean 5K Walk/Run Raises $6,680. for our Organization! Wow!

Thank you to the Newmarket Road Runners, Marlene and Mark Sykes, Adam Horton, a very generous donor who participated in the Jelly Bean 5K Run, John Marinucci, and to all the volunteers and participants!

On December 22, 2016, Marlene Sykes, Andy Horton, from the Newmarket Road Runners, who organized the 5K Jelly Bean Walk/Run, and John Marinucci, Marinucci Family Foundation, stopped by our Day Supports location to present a donation cheque for $6,680!

From left: John Marinucci, Daniel, Andy Horton, Marlene Sykes.

Smile Cookie Campaign Raises $33,500

Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie Campaign Raises $33,500 for our Organization!
Thank you Tim Hortons!
Thank you Jim Alexander!

Happy Holidays

Newmarket Roadrunners’ Jelly Bean 5K Run/Walk to Support Us!

On Saturday November 12th, the Newmarket Roadrunners held their first every 5k Jelly Bean Run/Walk at Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket.

Thank you to Andy Horton, Mark & Marlene Sykes, owners of Newmarket Road Runners, who organized this event in support of our Organization!

Basic Income Pilot consultation

Ministry_Logo.pngThe Ministry of Ontario is launching a pilot project to study different ways of delivering income support and reducing poverty in Ontario. They would like you to join the conversation.

They want to measure how giving people a basic income might impact individuals and families across the province.

Your input will be used by the government to design and implement this pilot project. We will share a final report on what we hear and introduce a plan for the pilot by April 2017.

Closing date: January 31, 2017

To participate and provide feedback that could help guide the project please visit:


Thank you Again, to the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

$75,000 Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Just Announced!

On November 10, 2016, MPP Chris Ballard, and Loreta Pavese, Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s local Grant Review Team presented Colleen Zakoor, Executive Director of Community Living Central York, with a Congratulatory Plaque to announce a Seed Grant for Community living in the amount of $75,000!

Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Aurora, visits our Day Supports to Present a $10,000 Donation Cheque from the 2016 Aurora Mayors Charity Golf Tournament!

Colleen Zakoor and Catherine Callaghan were thrilled to accept a cheque for $10,000 from Mayor Geoffrey Dawe on behalf of the Aurora Mayor’s 2016 Charity Golf Committee.

"We are so proud and grateful to accept this donation from the 2016 Aurora Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament. This donation, and the support from everyone involved with the tournament means so very much to everyone at Community Living, including all of the families we work with on a daily basis. Together, we will reach our $5million capital campaign goal." – Colleen Zakoor, Executive Director, Community Living Central York.

Thank you to Aurora’s Mayor’s 2016 Charity Golf Tournament Committee!


Community Living Central York at East Gwillimbury's 2016 Remembrance Day Ceremony

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Presenting Ontario Trillium Foundation grants to 10 York Region Recipients, congratulations!!!

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Ministry Letter of Compliance, Nov 4 2016

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2016 Business Excellence Awards Video


Running for Happy Hearts-
Saturday November 12th 9am

Fairy Lake Newmarket - The Jelly Bean Fun 5k Run/Walk

Andy Horton, Mark & Marlene Sykes, owners of Newmarket Road Runners, a local running and coaching club, decided to team up with Suzanne Conner , founder of the Annual Jelly Bean Ball and Community Living Board member, to raise funds for our Organization.

One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds from the Jelly Bean Run/Walk are being donated

to our Capital Campaign!

Members and families can participate in the walk, or run, for free – no registration fee required.

Over 75 people have already registered, and they are well on their way to achieving their goal of 100 participants... we have a feeling they will exceed this goal!

If you would like to participate or volunteer, please contact Ruth Groves, as indicated below.

People interested in coming out to simply cheer on the participants, are most welcome!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Ruth Groves at 905-836-7115 x 228 or ruth.groves@clnad.com


You can visit: www.newmarketroadrunners.com

Halloween Party 2016

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Our 62nd Annual General Meeting held on September 28, 2016

Letter from Helena Jaczek


$150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant to Fund Day Support Facility Expansion and Renovation

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  • MPP Chris Ballard with Karen Richards, Board President and Colleen Zakoor , Executive Director at 62nd AGM - Community Living Central York
  • MPP Chris Ballard Presenting Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant of $150,000 with Karen Richards , Board Chair and Colleen Zakoor, Executive Director of Community Living Central York


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62nd Annual General Meeting

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We were selected to share the proceeds for Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie Campaign!

From Sept 12-18 purchase a Smile Cookie and your full $1 will help support Community Living Central York Happy Hearts Capital Campaign

During the campaign, Newmarket and Aurora residents can purchase a freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie for $1 plus applicable taxes, and their local Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner will donate the full $1 to Community Living Central York! !

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Last year, the Smile Cookie campaign raised $6.3 million across Canada!

A big thank you to Jim Alexander, local owner of several Tim Horton restaurants in Newmarket for being our champion to secure this generous donation to Community Living.

Jim continues to be a true leader and ambassador for our organization!

Minister Helena Jaczek Visits Community Living Central York to Announce Funding to Improve the Fire Safety for our Facilities and for Over 130 Service Agency Facilities across Ontario.


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News Release

Ontario Investing $6.5 Million in Fire Safety Upgrades for Community Service Agencies

August 18, 2016

Funding Will Help Organizations Serving Ontario’s Most Vulnerable

Ontario is providing $6.5 million to improve the fire safety of community service agency facilities where some of Ontario's most vulnerable people receive services.
The Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek made the announcement today at Community Living Central York, which provides programs that support people with developmental disabilities in York Region.
Across Ontario, more than 130 facilities from over 40 agencies will receive funding to improve fire safety this year. Types of projects will include:

  • Fire alarm system upgrades
  • Installation of fire doors and separations
  • Sprinkler system installations.

This investment brings the total funding to improve fire safety in developmental and community service agency facilities to more than $15 million since 2014-15.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Investing in community service agency facilities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

announcement4.jpg"We fund agencies like Community Living Central York because they provide services that are essential to some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We recognized that it is difficult for many of these organizations to afford the cost of bringing their facilities up to the Fire Code standards. This funding will help to ensure that these services can be provided in a safe facility where dedicated staff and volunteers can focus on caring for people."
-- Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

"Fire safety measures like upgraded fire alarms, fire doors and sprinkler systems significantly reduce the risk of fire and help save lives. Now, even more buildings across the province that provide community services will have fire safety precautions in place to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable and bring peace of mind to their loved ones."
-- David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services


"Community Living Central York takes great pride in providing support for some of our community’s most vulnerable people. With this funding, families can rest easy knowing that the facilities at Community Living Central York will continue to be a safe place for their loved ones for years to come."
-- Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

"The safety of Newmarket and Aurora residents is our top priority at Central York Fire Services. Ontario’s investment in crucial fire safety infrastructure and preventative measures will go a long way in keeping important community facilities like Community Living Central York safe and fire smart."
-- Ian Laing, Fire Chief of Central York Fire Services

"This funding will allow us to make the fire safety upgrades required to keep clients safe and secure. The fire safety funding is critical to ensure compliance with the regulatory changes of the Fire Code. This funding is a welcome relief, as we are now able to focus more on supports/services, and spend less time worrying about how to fund fire safety improvements."
 — Colleen Zakoor, Executive Director of Community Living Central York



The Winner of the Gift Basket from our Associate Family Evening at the Chapters Bookstore in Richmond Hill on the evening of July 14, 2016.

Thank you to all the people who stopped by to learn about our Associate Family/Foster Family Program.



Please join us at Chapters in Markham for an Associate Family Information Night on Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Twenty percent (20%) of every purchase of regularly priced items will be donated directly to our Organization! There will be activities and prizes too!

We hope to see you there!

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The Winner of the Gift Basket from our Associate Family Evening at the Chapters Bookstore in Newmarket on May 25, 2016 is Jessica Rennie!

Thank you to all the people who stopped by to learn about our Associate Family/Foster Family Program.

Congratulations Jessica!

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RFP: Strategic Planning Consultant

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Community Living Ontario Day at Legislature – May 12, 2016

Representatives from nearly 30 member associations and friends of Community Living traveled from across the province earlier today to join Community Living at Queen’s Park to recognize the many collaborations with Members of Provincial Parliament.

We were among the members, along with our MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, Chris Ballard.

Here are some photographs of Andrea and Emily. They even were photographed with Minister Helena Jaczek!

Suzanne Conner has done it again, and raised another $12,000 for our Organization at her 3rd Annual Jellybean Ball on April 16, 2016.

To date, Suzanne has raised a total of $32,000 for our Organization from her last three Jellybean Balls.

Not only has Suzanne raised money, which provided much needed equipment and supplies for our Day Programs, she also champions the needs of people who have intellectual disabilities at each of her events.

Suzanne's impact, talent and resourcefulness continues to amaze us, and we feel honoured to be represented for the third year in a row!


CN_Tower.jpgIt has been a remarkable and inspiring week for Community Living! We saw the CN Tower lit up in Blue and Green on the evening of May 11th, 2016, to celebrate Community Living Day, and the inclusion of people who have developmental disabilities.

It was great to see so many municipalities involved, particularly our own Newmarket and Aurora municipalities proclaiming May as Community Living month and celebrating Community Living Day on May 11th, by lighting up the Riverwalk Commons in Green and Blue!

Together, we can, and we are, building inclusive communities where everyone belongs!

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River Commons - May 11 2016


Aurora and Newmarket proclaim that May 2016 is Community Living Month

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Spring Fling 2016


2016 Associate Family Appreciation Party

On Thursday, March 17th, we held our yearly Associate Family Appreciation Party for everyone involved in our Associate Family Program.

We had a great time and are truly thankful for everyone’s hard work and dedication towards enhancing the lives of the wonderful people who receive support.

Congratulations to our Board member Beverley Varcoe for receiving the Leading Woman, Leading Girls, Building Communities of York Region award on Monday March 7, 2016!

Beverley Varcoe receiving her Leading Women Building Communities Award with Chris Ballard MPP, Newmarket, Ontario.

Community Living Day at the Legislature 2016 - Save the Date

Community Living Ontario, along with the Government Relations and Communications Committees and Community Living Toronto, are pleased to announce that Day at the Legislature will take place on Thursday, May 12th.

As always, we’ll be bringing a message of inclusion and citizenship to Queen’s Park, and we encourage local associations from across the province and friends of the Community Living movement to join us in the celebration. This is also an excellent opportunity for associations to make arrangements to meet with their respective MPPs in order to share the many success stories taking place in local communities across Ontario.

Additional details will be made available in the coming months.

We hope to see you there.


Lawsuit & Settlement for People With a Developmental Disability

If you, or anyone you know who has a developmental disability has stayed at the listed Centres during the dates specified below, you are entitled to a settlement.

Additional settlements about abuse of the developmentally disabled at our Centres and Institutions are being negotiated and finalized. The deadline to contact lawyers to report your complaint is April 26, 2016.

Did you live somewhere on the list below?
There is a lawsuit about these places. If you lived somewhere on the list, check the dates beside the name of the place where you lived.  If you lived there between those dates, then you may be part of the lawsuit.

  • St. Lawrence Regional Centre in Brockville between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983
  • D’Arcy Place in Cobourg between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996
  • Adult Occupational Centre in Edgar between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999
  • Pine Ridge in Aurora between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984
  • Muskoka Centre in Gravenhurst between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993
  • Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996 or in the “Mental Retardation Unit” or “MR Unit” of the Oxford Mental Health Centre between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974
  • Midwestern Regional Centre in Palmerston between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998
  • L.S. Penrose Centre in Kingston between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977
  • Bluewater Centre in Goderich between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983
  • Durham Centre for Developmentally Handicapped in Whitby between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986
  • Prince Edward Heights in Picton between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999
  • Northwestern Regional Centre in Thunder Bay between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994 

What is the lawsuit about?
Many people labeled with intellectual disabilities were harmed or hurt at places on the list. One of those people started this lawsuit for everyone who lived at these places. 
The government of Ontario was in charge of all the places on the list. The lawsuit says the government did not protect people who lived at these places. 

Koskie Minsky LLP is a law firm in Toronto. Lawyers at this firm are working on the lawsuit for people who lived at these places.

The lawyers have talked to the government. They made an agreement to end the lawsuit without a trial. The agreement is called a settlement.

But the lawsuit is not over. Next, the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto needs to decide if the settlement is fair and reasonable. On April 25, 2016, the lawyers will ask the Court to make this decision.

What does the settlement say?
The settlement says:

  • The government must hold 35.9 million dollars for people who lived at these places.  If you are part of the lawsuit, you could get up to $2000 if you were harmed or hurt at a place on the list. You could get up to $42,000 if you write how you were harmed or hurt.
  • There will be a form to ask for this money. You will need to fill in the form and send it to a claims office. The claims office decides if you get money.
  • This money will not change any social assistance or developmental services and supports that you get from the government of Ontario.
  • The settlement money also pays the lawyers.  The lawyers at Koskie Minsky are asking for 3.7 million dollars from the settlement for their work on this lawsuit.
  • There may be money left over after everyone is paid. That money will go back to the government.

The settlement does not say that the government broke the law or did anything wrong.   The Court will not make a decision about that.

These are just the main points. There is more information in the settlement. You can get a copy from www.schedule1facilities.ca

What if I do not agree with the settlement?
You can send a letter to the Court.  Your letter should explain why the settlement is not fair. 
Write your name, address and telephone number and the name of the settlement in your letter. The name is Schedule 1 Class Action Settlement, Court File No. CV-14-50642300CP
Send your letter to:
Schedule 1 Settlement
3-505, 133 Weber Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 3G9

The Post Office must stamp your letter by April 4, 2016. Keep a copy of the letter and write down the date you put it in the mail. Keep that date with your copy.

If you want to talk to the Judge, you should write that in your letter, too.  Then go to the Court on April 25, 2016.  Check that this date does not change.

To get the Court’s address and check the date and time:

You can be part of the lawsuit even if you tell the Court that you are against the settlement. 

How can I get out of the lawsuit?
You can get out of the lawsuit by signing and sending a letter or form. This is called opting out.  If you opt out of the lawsuit, then you will not get any money from the lawsuit or settlement.

You can find the form at http://www.schedule1facilities.ca/.  The name of the form is Opt Out Coupon.

Please read the Opt Out Coupon carefully or ask for help from someone you trust. Even if you send a letter, make sure you understand the Opt Out Coupon.

Write your name, address and telephone number in the letter or Opt Out Coupon. You must also write the name of the lawsuit in the letter. The lawsuit is called Clegg v. Province of Ontario.

The Post Office must stamp the envelope with your letter or Opt Out Coupon by April 15, 2016.  Send the envelope to: 
Schedule 1 Settlement
3-505, 133 Weber Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 3G9

Keep a copy of the letter or Opt Out Coupon and write down the date you put it in the mail. Keep that date with your copy.

How can I find out more about the lawsuit and the settlement?
You can read the short form notice and long form notice for more information.  To read the notices in PDF or Word formats, copy and paste or use the links directly below:

Short Form Notice (PDF):
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/sites/all/files/Short Form Notice.pdf

Long Form Notice (PDF): 

Short Form Notice (WORD): 
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/sites/all/files/Short Notice_0.doc

Long Form Notice (WORD): 
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/sites/all/files/Long Form_1.doc

You can also ask questions by:

Are family members part of the lawsuit?
No. But estates of people who lived somewhere on the list may be part of the lawsuit if the person died after June 16, 2012.

Do you know someone who lived at a place on the list?
Please share this information with them or their support person.

York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation (YRLIF)

York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation (YRLIF) sponsors an information meeting with John Lord inviting families, individuals, people interested in becoming facilitators, social workers, DSWs

Learn how to build & maintain a
 network of support and friendship

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What is the New Story?
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Wed Feb 17th, 7:30pm 
Aurora Cultural Centre,
22 Church St, Aurora, Ont

see attached flyer

Polar Bear Plunge: please support our Special Olympics, Saturday, February 6, 2016!

Special-Olympics.jpgKaren Richards, our Board President, will be participating in the Polar Bear Plunge for her third year in a row. She has braved the VERY chilly waters of Georgina in Support of Special Olympics Ontario.

The money raised through this plunge stays in the community to help fund programs like basketball, softball, bocce, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer and swimming, as well as providing incredible athletes with an intellectual disability the opportunity to travel to competition, meet new friends and take part in the sports they love.

According to Karen, "Jumping into sub-zero temperatures is a small price to pay to see the smiles on the athletes face when they get the chance to compete in a sport they love."

Please click on the link below to make a donation.

A special Thank you to Mellissa Haggart and Shannon Coates

A special Thank you to Mellissa Haggart and Shannon Coates for raising $582.50 for our Organization at their Holiday Recital on December 14, 2015 featuring the students from their Voices Studio including one of the people we support.

We are in need of Foster Families.
Please contact Kate at 905-898-3000 Ext.252


Holiday Recital Donating Proceeds from their concert to Community Living Central York Association

Don't miss the Holiday Recital featuring the students from the voice studios of Melissa Haggart and Shannon Coates on Monday December 14th, 2015.

All donations collected at the Holiday Recital will be donated to our Association.


Proceeds from the Holiday Recital being donated to our Organization! What a wonderful Gift!

Voices of Joy Community Choir

Voices of Joy Community Choir will be performing "The Fourth Wise Man" Christmas concert on Sunday, November, 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bethel Community Church.

Please view flyer for details.

Annual United Way Campaign Kick Off Pancake Breakfast

Our Annual United Way Campaign Kick Off Pancake Breakfast at our Day Supports Location.

Thank you to all of our guests and to the United Way Toronto and York Region.

2014-2015 Annual General Meeting Photos

Become a Foster Family

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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 kate.sisopha@clnad.com.

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 Central York.

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 Central York.

We cannot thank you enough Suzanne!

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