Green Shield financially supports Community Living Essex County project

 

Green Shield Canada assisted Community Living Essex County with an $18,887 sponsorship of the latter’s “Together, One Dream” project. Representatives from CLEC, Green Shield and CLEC affiliated groups such as New Day and Ensemble accept the cheque last Wednesday morning.

Green Shield Canada assisted Community Living Essex County with an $18,887 sponsorship of the latter’s “Together, One Dream” project. Representatives from CLEC, Green Shield and CLEC affiliated groups such as New Day and Ensemble accept the cheque last Wednesday morning.

By Ron Giofu

 

Green Shield Canada has provided financial aid to Community Living Essex County to help the agency showcase its model to similar organizations across Canada and, possibly, even beyond.

Green Shield Canada sponsored CLEC’s “Together, One Dream” project last Wednesday morning in the amount of $18,887. The “Together, One Dream” project is designed to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with an intellectual disability and their families.

“This is a momentous day for Community Living Essex County,” said executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero.

Wallace-Gero noted the agency had submitted a grant application to Green Shield Canada but that application was originally rejected.

“They did call us and say they were going to fund it under a different program, a sponsorship program,” she added.

The project will showcase, through various educational presentations, the partnership between CLEC, Ensemble and New Day. Ensemble is a leadership consulting organization for parents with children who have an intellectual disability while New Day is a self-advocacy group comprised of people with an intellectual disability. Both are affiliated with CLEC.

CLEC’s plan is to share this model locally and across Ontario with Wallace-Gero adding they hope to share it with similar agencies across Canada and the United States.

“We get a lot of questions about the model,” said Wallace-Gero.

Wallace-Gero added she believes it is “a great opportunity” to improve the quality of supports for those with an intellectual disability beyond Essex County.

“Hopefully other communities will see the results we see,” she said.

Michael Huson, a client services representative with Green Shield Canada, said their mandate is to give back to the community and help people that live there.

“Part of Green Shield’s corporate responsibility is to give back to the communities we live in,” said Huson.

Diane Bourbeau, president of Community Living Essex County’s board of directors, thanked Green Shield Canada for the sponsorship.

“The focus for this donation is really going to be important,” said Bourbeau. “We’re so proud of the relationship we have with New Day and Ensemble.”

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