Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

January 16, 2007 17:18 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario Celebrates the People Who Support Those With Developmental Disabilities

ONTARIO, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - Communities across the province will celebrate the important work of the people who care for and support individuals with developmental disabilities at the first annual Developmental Services: Worker Appreciation Day.

When: Wed. Jan. 17, 2007

Where: Communities across Ontario (List below)

"We want to take the time to celebrate the incredible work done by the people across Ontario who care for individuals with developmental disabilities," said Sue Walker, chair of OPSEU's Developmental Services Sector. "These workers have dedicated their lives to helping people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible. The difference staff make in their lives is incalculable."

Community residents who have family members in the developmental services system, are expected to play a key role in the day of appreciation.

Staff in developmental services are finding themselves under increasing pressure due to funding shortfalls. Despite this, the workers are devoted to their clients and the families.

"It's important to take the time out to recognize the contributions that our members make, not only to the people they support but also to their families and our community," said Leah Casselman, President of OPSEU. "We hope everyone will come out and join us in thanking the developmental service workers in our own communities."

List of organizations participating in Worker Appreciation Day:



- Atikokan & District Association for - Gananoque & District Association
Developmental Services for Community Living
- Avenue II Community Program - HARC Inc. (Hanover and Neustadt)
Services (Thunder Bay) Inc. - Iroquois Falls Association for
- Cochrane Community Living Community Living
- Cochrane Temiskaming Resource - Kenora Association for Community
Centre Living
- Community Living Access Support - Lennox & Addington Association for
Services (Simcoe) Community Living (Napanee)
- Community Living Association for - Lutheran Community Care Centre of
South Simcoe Thunder Bay
- Community Living - Central Huron - Madawaska Valley Association for
(Goderich) Community Living (Barry's Bay)
- Community Living Chatham-Kent - Mains Ouvertes/Open Hands Inc.
- Community Living Greater Sudbury (Cornwall)
- Community Living Huntsville - Mallorytown Residences
- Community Living Huronia - Middlesex Community Living
(Midland) (Strathroy)
- Community Living Kawartha Lakes - Muki Baum (Toronto)
(Lindsay) - Norfolk Association for Community
- Community Living London Living (Simcoe)
- Community Living Meaford - North Bay & District Association
- Community Living North Halton for Commmunity Living
- Community Living Oakville - North Grenville Association for
- Community Living Parry Sound Community Living (Kemptville)
- Community Living Peterborough - Oaklands Regional Centre
- Community Living Prince Edward - Ongwanada Hospital - Penrose
(Picton) Centre (Kingston and area)
- Community Living South Muskoka - Participation Lodge - Grey Bruce
- Community Living Stratford and - Pathways to Independence
Area (Belleville)
- Community Living Temiskaming - Reena (Thornhill)
South - Salvation Army Broadview Village
- Community Living Thunder Bay (Toronto)
- Community Living Timmins - Surex Community Services (Toronto)
Integration Communautaire - Surrey Place Centre (Toronto)
- Crest Centre Inc.(Lucan) - Tillsonburg & District Association
- Elgin Association for Community for Community Living
Living (St. Thomas)

Contact Information

  • OPSEU
    Sarah Jordison
    1-800-268-7374 or Cell: (416) 453-8049