Community Living’s flag was raised outside North Bay city hall to kick off an awareness month which was originally supposed to take place in May.
Marianne Raymond, Manager of Communications with Community Living says that the city’s support means a lot to the organization.
“They’ve been a great supporter of Community Living for a number of years. They really do their best to help us share our mission, sharing our vision and making sure that we have a community that’s accessible and inclusive,” Raymond said, adding that Community Living Month has been going on for at least 10 years.
Tanya Vrebosch, North Bay’s Deputy Mayor, says she’s proud to support an organization that has strong ties within the community.
“They represent 12,000 people, so the organization is quite large. They’re helping people with intellectual disabilities and their families. They always try to get people to see the ability, not the disability,” Vrebosch said.
Community Living has been in North Bay for 65 years, providing assistance to people with intellectual disabilities. They offer housing, resources, and job connections for those involved, in an effort to create an inclusive community.
Raymond says that the pandemic has not disrupted Community Living’s operations a whole lot.
“We’ve adapted a virtual model for some of our programming but the majority of our programs have remained operational,” she said.
For Community Living Month, each week will have a different focus. The first week will be about housing and creating a home; the second will be about health and wellness; the third focuses on community connection, and the fourth will discuss community and poverty.
The full schedule for the virtual sessions during Community Living Month can be found at: https://