NBACL’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Crowne Plaza in Moncton in September and was well attended by members of the province’s local ACL’s, self-advocates, families and members of the community. The evening celebrated the success of the Association’s programs and NBACL’s Committee Chairs reflected on their work over the past year.
The AGM is also a time to recognize the Association’s dedicated Board of Directors, both outgoing and our new incoming board members. Notably welcomed was incoming President Suzanne Desrosiers, who takes over for outgoing President Moira Wilson.
The evening concluded with a special presentation The Journey to Inclusion: The Next 60 Years provided by Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). Krista shared her perspectives, hopes, and dreams and calls to action for building the fair, just and inclusive society we are striving for.
“People with an intellectual disability still face isolation, marginalization and exclusion in many areas of their lives and all the progress that has been made over the last sixty years remains tenuous, always under threat,” she said. “Families still struggle greatly to get the supports they need to live an ordinary life on par with other families. What will it take to create the truly inclusive society we dream about? What is the next frontier in the quest for inclusion for people with an intellectual disability, their families, friends, allies and society at large?”
The Community Living movement nationwide has reached the sixty year mark. Throughout that sixty year history much has been accomplished on the journey toward full inclusion and citizenship for persons with an intellectual disability and their families however, much more remains to be done.
NBACL Board of Directors for 2018-2019: