President & Executive Director Annual Report - June 2017


Much has changed since Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleets (CLPCW) humble beginnings 55 years ago.The needs and interests of people we support are no exception.Today individuals want to participate in options other than the typical site-based day programs.They want to develop the skills they need towards increased independence in the community.They want better opportunities for employment and they want to be included in the life of the community.In response we have continued this past year to create more inclusive supports that foster belonging and participation in the community.

Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to participate in their communities and helps caregivers take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.CLPCW has implemented a successful fee for service program for people interested in purchasing services from our organization.Group and individual services include day programs, supported vacations, activities of daily living, recreation and special event activities, respite, supported employment, volunteer opportunities, person directed planning, administration functions and brokerage.At present we support 59 people with Passport funding.

Currently 45 families receive Special Services at Home funding, a program for children that is very similar to the Passport program for adults.Both programs enhance our ability to provide individualized, integrated and inclusive community opportunities for children and adults.This past year we were very fortunate to be able to provide the children and teen respite programs, summer programs and after school programs through the grants generously provide by United Way South Niagara, Niagara Community Foundation, City of Port Colborne, Walker Industries and the Region of Niagara - Niagara Prosperity Initiative.

Last year we announced plans to renovate the old Regional Child Care building on Northland Avenue into six single unit apartments designed specifically for individuals that are at risk of becoming homeless and/or who have complex needs.We are pleased to confirm that construction began this past April and we expect to have the building ready for occupancy in early October.

During the 2013 AGM we announced that the Executive Director for Community Living Fort Erie was planning to retire in early 2014 and the Boards of Directors of both organizations had agreed to embark on a journey of sharing the services of one Executive Director.While the timing was not right for her retirement back in 2014, Maureen Brown announced her planned retirement effective June 30th, 2017.This past February both Boards endorsed to move forward with the Shared Executive Director Services plan that was previously developed in 2013/2014.

A Shared Services Oversight Committee, chaired by the two Presidents, was established with the responsibility to monitor the arrangement and to determine desired outcomes and a vision of our shared futures.It is important to note that there are no plans for the amalgamation of the two organizations.Each will remain a separate entity into the foreseeable future and will be accountable to its own membership and community.The Board’s key motivation is to improve service system outcomes for supported individuals and their families.

In addition to the President, members of the CLPCW Shared Services Oversight Committee include Pat Davis and George Henry.We believe that the proposed arrangement between the two organizations will provide opportunities to share expertise and leverage capacity within both organizations that will enhance the quality of service delivery and administration functions.

Since 2010 we have continued to operate in an environment of restriction and restraint.With the exception of provincial base funding increase for staff compensation in 2014 and 2015 we have received no increase in base funding.The challenge remains for CLPCW to manage rising costs with no additional funding while supporting individuals with increasingly complex needs.We continue to implement cost cutting strategies that may eventually impact programs.Nevertheless, ongoing support from our funders, the generosity of our donors and community partners, the dedication of our volunteers and the passion of our caring staff make it possible to see a bright future.

Thanks to our donors, government and corporate partners, families and volunteers who work tirelessly to support the mission of CLPCW we have been able to create innovative new initiatives as well as continue to improve our core residential and community support programs.

Our impact is made possible through the dedicated and professional work of CLPCW staff.From working directly with individuals and families to providing professional administrative service we have a talented and committed workforce.

We thank everyone for continuing to support Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet, especially during these challenging times, and look forward to making a difference in the lives of the people we support to live, work and play in their community.

Mark Guilbeault – President

Vickie Moreland – Executive Director