Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 18, 2012 13:32 ET

Media Advisory: Recognize important work supporting people with a developmental disability, say front-line workers celebrating Developmental Service Worker Appreciation Day January 18

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2012) - Across Ontario, on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, developmental service workers (DSWs) will be in their communities and their workplaces celebrating the essential role their work plays in helping people with developmental disabilities and their families. Members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 2605, 3826 and 4826 will be celebrating DSW Appreciation Day by holding workplace events to recognize how they support people with disabilities in living inclusive lives in the community.

"Ensuring all Ontarians can live meaningful lives in inclusive communities is what developmental services workers do everyday," said Marcel Walsh, CUPE Local 3826 President. "But far too often this work goes under the radar and is not recognized by government. DSW Appreciation Day is an opportunity to reach out to community leaders and speak up together for improved provincial funding for developmental services."

DSWs across Ontario are asking their elected provincial representatives to acknowledge the essential work they do to support people with disabilities and their families. Last week, Walsh met with Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi to ask him to commit to working together to advocate for more provincial funding for the developmental services so many Ontario families need and have trouble accessing due to provincial underfunding.

With nearly 23,000 children and adults with a developmental disability languishing on waiting lists for services and supports, it is crucial that the provincial government provide more financial support for developmental services. In the absence of more provincial funding, more and more Ontarians will find themselves unable to access the services they need to participate fully in their communities.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 3826
    Marcel Walsh

    CUPE Communications
    Mark Greenan