Community Living Essex County recognizes award winners at 53rd annual AGM

 

Kate Chant (left) of Amherstburg receives her Outstanding Achievement Award from Anne Garrod, director of the west area, at the Community Living Essex County annual general meeting June 17.

Kate Chant (left) of Amherstburg receives her Outstanding Achievement Award from Anne Garrod, director of the west area, at the Community Living Essex County annual general meeting June 17.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Caroline Rice (right) looks up at CLEC south area director Lee Ann Dupuis after Rice received the award at Community Living Essex County's AGM June 17.

Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Caroline Rice (right) looks up at CLEC south area director Lee Ann Dupuis after Rice received the award at Community Living Essex County’s AGM June 17.

Corey Dalgleish (left), director of CLEC's central area, presents an Outstanding Achievement Award to Donna Lafleur.

Corey Dalgleish (left), director of CLEC’s central area, presents an Outstanding Achievement Award to Donna Lafleur.

Tyler Dozois (right) receives his Outstanding Achievement Award for the north area from director Sue Grando.

Tyler Dozois (right) receives his Outstanding Achievement Award for the north area from director Sue Grando.

By Ron Giofu

 

Community Living Essex County (CLEC) honoured members of the community as well as several people the agency supports as part of its 53rd annual general meeting.

The meeting, held June 17 at the Ciociaro Club, included an award winner from Amherstburg as Kate Chant won the Outstanding Achievement Award for the west area (Amherstburg and LaSalle). Chant, a 2005 graduate of St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, volunteered with The Saint newspaper when she attended St. Clair College. In 2009, Chant won the Anne Stafford “Light Up the Future” bursary and used it towards the culinary training program at St. Clair. She also has obtained her food safety training certification.

Chant also has been a volunteer with St. John the Baptist Church since she was in elementary school, helping with youth ministry programs and is a member of the choir. She has also volunteered at Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Facility since 2008 and also assisted with the Meals on Wheels program in Amherstburg. Chant is also a member of the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club and assists with that organization’s fundraiser as well.

Donna Lafleur won the Outstanding Achievement Award for the central area, with her volunteer work with Windsor Lifeline Outreach highlighted. That organization provides food and clothing to low-income families and Lafleur faithfully attends every Thursday. She also has boosted her own self-confidence by learning how to swim, thus overcoming a fear she had of water.

The Outstanding Achievement Award for the north area was won by Tyler Dozois. He was described as an active volunteer with the Community Support Centre in Belle River and gives his time to the Lakeshore Food Bank as well. Dozois also volunteers with Meals on Wheels in his community in addition to his part-time job and job placements. He also created the Saints TV program at his alma mater, St. Anne High School.

Caroline Rice captured the Outstanding Achievement Award for the south area. Described as a very caring woman who is active in her community and willing to lend a helping hand, she currently volunteers at her church in Harrow and enjoys riding horses at Speqtra in Leamington. She was also described as a woman who volunteers wherever possible as a way of giving back and is also preparing to canvass her neighbourhood in Kingsville for the Kidney Foundation.

The Community Inclusion Award for an individual was awarded to Vern Wiley of Vernon’s Tap and Grill in Kingsville for his support of CLEC and employing several people CLEC supports. St. John the Evangelist School in Woodslee won the group award for submitting the winning entry in the Community Living Ontario “Together We’re Better” contest. The class produced a video around a classmate with Down’s Syndrome to show their school’s inclusive setting.

The Bruce Crozier “Inspiring Possibilities” Memorial Award went to J.P. Warren due to Warren overcoming both physical and emotional challenges. His growth and maturity has significantly progressed as he was credited for taking pride in helping others, participating in local dances, attending exercise classes and a weekly church mass.

The 2014 Media Award was given to Cordell Green of CJSP Country Radio. Green, who is also an on-air personality with Mix 96.7 FM, has helped raise the profile of the organization and in creating an understanding about people the agency supports, stated manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis. Green has also served as master of ceremonies at the annual Ruthven Apple Festival and in promoting volunteer week and Community Living Month.

Green said it was an “honour” to assist CLEC with its various events and programs, adding that he doesn’t consider it work.

“I appreciate the opportunity every time I’m asked to do something for Community Living Essex County,” said Green.

Green also congratulated the organization, stating it was “in the business of breaking down barriers” to ensure everyone “has a seat at the table.”

The Jeremy Hart Memorial Bursary was awarded to Erik Levey.

CLEC was also officially recognized for achieving its four-year accreditation from FOCUS Accreditation. Board president Diane Bourbeau noted the agency “worked extremely hard” and that staff, board members, families and outside agencies help give input which assisted in the process.

“The saying ‘it takes a village’ is true when it comes to the accreditation process,” said Bourbeau. “Everyone gave freely of their time and gave excellent input and insight.”

Michelle Burd, program supervisor with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, praised CLEC for its leadership and for promoting an inclusive community in Windsor-Essex County.

“I am confident your agency will continue to be a leader in the developmental services system,” she said.

Gordon Kyle, director of social policy and government relations with Community Living Ontario, said CLEC’s initiatives and programs have shown the ability to lead and advocate for those the agency serves.

“Your association is really something that stands out in your community,” said Kyle.

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