Did you know that May is recognized as Community Living Month in the Province of Ontario? Each year Community Living Associations celebrate inclusion across the province in many ways.
Community Living Essex County is fortunate to work with several municipalities. To show our appreciation we invite community leaders from these municipalities to our annual luncheon to hear inspiring stories from the people we support, and share our goals for the coming year.
As part of Community Living Month activities, Community Living Essex County participates in the Shine a Light on Community Living initiative through Community Living Ontario. Over the past four years, a number of member organizations have participated in the campaign by having the outside lighting of their administrative offices lit blue and green; staff, people supported, area businesses and municipalities also take part. The CN Tower in Toronto, Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Caesars Windsor along with offices and homes in Chatham, Newmarket, Wallaceburg, and yes, Essex County.
When homes, businesses and municipal buildings brightly display the Community Living colors throughout the month of May, a powerful message of inclusion shines throughout the province. The provincial campaign is one of the many events and activities taking place throughout the month that will create awareness around inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
Inclusion happens when you start breaking down barriers.