A Message from CEO, Janet Noel-Annable

A Message from CEO, Janet Noel-Annable

In September and October, we celebrated accomplishments over the past year at our annual community meetings across Ontario and Saskatchewan. It was a pleasure to see many of you at these meetings, and I would encourage each one of you to attend the meetings in your area, this coming fall. Our district teams will be in touch with you during the summertime, to share more details.

There is so much going on at Christian Horizons. I hope you have a chance to read the newsletter that is sent out every three months. To read the most recent newsletters, click here. I am always encouraged to hear about the stories of people living good lives of presence, participation, and contribution in their communities.

This year marked the end of institutional living in Saskatchewan. On September 24th the Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw saw its last residents move out. The Government of Saskatchewan, along with agencies like Christian Horizons, has been committed to seeing people live in their communities. Christian Horizons has supported over 30 of the 153 men and women who have moved from Valley View since its closure was announced seven years ago.

Community Living Service Delivery (CLSD), our funder within the Government of Saskatchewan, continues to be committed to innovative supports that allow people to live their best lives. Christian Horizons is happy to partner with CLSD on a new project which will see people sharing their homes, lives, and communities with people who experience disabilities in new and wonderful ways.

Those living in Ontario might be reading about changes in public services in Ontario health care, education, and social services in the news these days. I want to assure you that we are working hard to have our voice heard in these government discussions, and are actively engaged in the developmental services sector, to contribute to the continued improvement of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. We continue to advocate for appropriate funding for the people who currently use our services, for fair compensation for our employees, and for additional resources to meet the needs of people who are waiting for services…upwards of 15,000 people across Ontario.

Minister Todd Smith of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services recently sent a letter advising us that many ministries across the Ontario government are assessing Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and that they will be launching consultations to inform the development of a new five-year strategy. Included in this consultation is an online survey for the public that the government says will be posted this month. We will share the details of how you could participate in this survey when it becomes available. Please take the opportunity to have your voice heard and considered. As opportunities for consultation arise, we will be sharing those with you as well.

We thank you for the opportunity to provide services to people with developmental disabilities. We continue to work hard to be an excellent service provider and to think carefully about how we use the resources entrusted to us to achieve our vision, that people who experience disabilities belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected.

Janet Noel-Annable

Chief Executive Officer