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Reena and members of the Intentional Community Consortium lead the annual “Day on The Hill” advocacy day yesterday. The day started with a Press Conference in the Media Room of West Block that can be viewed here https://www.cpac.ca/episode?id=4d5ec331-61d6-446c-a364-ca39043f4df8

Over 70 individuals representing over 40 organizations for the Intentional Communities Consortium Day on the Hill in collaboration with  Reena, Community Living Toronto, OASIS and the Provincial Network on Developmental Disabilities attended a press conference and Question Period. Please see https://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20230328/-1/38856 at 14:20:35 for a Standing Ovation from all parties, acknowledging the agencies that were present.

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Reena was ably represented by Jamie and Ryan who were able to speak to a packed reception with Ministers (among them Minister of Housing/Diversity Hon. Ahmed Hussen and Minister of Health Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos), Parliamentary Secretaries (Housing, Finance, Families/Children/Social Development) and Members from all Parties (including Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Green Party).

Our meetings in the morning highlighted the need for housing and showcased/amplified Reena’s presence as a leader in the sector through actions and words.

Lay Leadership of Reena (Board Members David Cohen and Mike Manett, Former Board Chair and Current GR Chair Carolynn Morrison) had insightful comments and captivated the room.  The event ran like relative clockwork, thanks to Sandra’s and Fred’s great help.  I anxiously await to see all of the photos and comms from Sharon (who was present) and Sharmin.

The Intentional Community Consortium, www.intentionalcommunities.ca is poised to take off, as we work with our members Building Inclusive Communities – Finding solutions to the deeply-affordable housing crisis faced by individuals with developmental disabilities, focusing on housing, support services and community engagement.