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Flag raising awareness at Timmins city hall

Community members meet with the mayor to celebrate
Christopher Crites, left, Sheila Short, Graham Bushy, Timmins Mayor Michelle Boileau, Michel Forget and Ashley Rains hold the Community Living flag that will be flying above city hall for the rest of May.

Several people living with disabilities got a special visit to city hall.

A flag was raised at city hall today (May 15) to mark Community Living Month. Three community members and two workers met with Timmins Mayor Michelle Boileau to recognize the organization's impact.

Community Living Timmins provides services and supports for more than 200 people with intellectual disabilities with housing, employment, day services, and independent living. They also host the Passport program, which helps people find work, volunteer, and educational opportunities.

RELATED: Budget delivers less than Community Living hoped for

The organization participated in the 5tosurvive campaign, asking the province for a five per cent operational funding increase to combat the day-to-day costs of utilities, food, and other expenses.

The 2024 provincial budget delivered a two per cent increase in funding for operational costs, but so far, there is no word on what that will look like or what effect it will have on programming in Timmins.

The Community Living flag will fly over city hall until the end of the month.

Amanda Rabski-McColl, LJI Reporter

About the Author: Amanda Rabski-McColl, LJI Reporter

Amanda Rabski-McColl is a Diversity Reporter under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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