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-Association is formed.

-First school opened on Field Road for (8) students. Later became Voyageur School

-First rehabilitation workshop is opened in the basement of J.W. Rochon & Sons.

-Association is incorporated.

-Workshop is closed.

-Workshop is reopened with 7 trainees.

-Workshop moves to vacant school on King Street with 20 trainees.

-Official opening of La Résidence King.

-Official opening of La Maison Michaud.

-Developmental Nursery School is opened.

-ARC Industries moves in an industrial complex on Bay Street.

-Life Skills, Supported Independent Living Programs and a central administration office are added.

-A full time Executive Director is hired.

-A Recreation Program is begun with a (3) three year grant from the Trillium Foundation.

-The Association publishes its first newsletter - "Signet".

-An in-home visits component is added to the developmental nursery.

-The Association changes its name to West Nipissing Association for Community Living.

-Purchase of Life Skills building and Third Street Home.

-Residents of King Street move to Nipissing Street.

-Developmental Nursery launches Resource Teacher Program.

-Addition of Professional Supports and Family Home Programs.

-Hiring of psychologist.

-Official opening of Third Street Home.

-Official opening of Supervised Apartments

-Expansion to Life Skills building
-Conversion of Michaud Home into two four-resident homes

-Agency is designated under French Language Services Act of Ontario

-Move of administration office to 75 Railway Street
-Funding obtained for Recreation, Supported Employment and Resource Teacher programs.

-Association sponsors a French language 24 space day care centre.

-Association celebrates 20 years of community living.

-Purchase of Nipissing Residence
-Opening of Lifestyles / Recreation (Drop In) programme
-Transfer of day care services to the West Nipissing Child Care Corporation.

-Hiring of a Social Worker to coordinate Clinical Services.

-Michaud Homes move to 198 Third Street.
-Purchase of a property for Community Living Skills (Drop In).

-Transfer of "La Passerelle" to West Nipissing Child Care Corporation

-Opening of the Drop In Centre at 154 King Street.

-Purchase of the Administration building.

-Sponsorship of Family Resource Centre

-Start of shared living project at 109 Ethel

-25th Anniversary celebrations

-Addition of "garden flat" to 12 Third Street

-Transfer of sponsorship of Family Resource Centre to FRC Board of Directors

-Addition of garden apartment to 120 Nipissing Street

-Trillium Foundation grant for Person centered planning

-Construction of home and garden apartment at 114 William Street

-Move of group home from 198 Third Street to 114 William Street

-Launching of It Takes a Village community inclusion project.

-Decentralization of Life Skills program.  Construction of apartments at 15 John  Street

-Supervised Apartments become Supported Independent Living environment

-Trillium Foundation grant for training in Personal Outcome Measures

-Hiring of a Personal Planning and Training Coordinator

-Celebration of 30th anniversary

-Vision Day sponsored by It Takes a Village community inclusion project.

-Launching of Foundations Initiative for transitional age youth.

-Approval of capital and base funding to serve five individuals on central access waiting list.
-Creation of a Rights and Responsibilities committee.

-Apartments revert to 24 hour support service.

-Rights assessment and education carried out throughout the organization.

-Expansion of administration office.

-Launching of self-advocates inclusion project made possible by “It Takes a Village” and Heritage Canada funding.

-The Association changes its name to Community Living West Nipissing.

-Sylvie Bélanger is hired to replace Denise Gignac as Executive Director.

-Awarded 2 year accreditation by Accreditation Ontario

-Cessation of shed business at ARC.  Shift of focus to community employment.  ARC now referred to as Employment Support Services.

-Agency Unionization – CUPE.

-ARC building is put up for sale.

-Second expansion of Admin. Building to accommodate Employment Services offices.

-Sale of ARC (90 Bay Street) – workshop closure.

-Pro’s Printing opens at new location (68 front Street)

-Purchase of 113 Nipissing Street

-Purchase of 90 Cholette Street
-Move of group home from 12 Third Street to 90 Cholette Street

-Official opening of Snoezelen Room at Au Château

-Sale of 12 Third Street group home
-Renovations complete at 113 Nipissing Street (respite apartment)

-Received funding for a one-year Person Directed Planning Pilot Project

-Pro’s Printing moved to 219 King Street (old I.D.A. Pharmacy

-Approval of Labour Market 2-year Person Directed Planning Project

-Hiring of Family Support Coordinator

-Transfer of children’s services from Community Living North Bay to Community Living West Nipissing

-Approval of Trillium grant for children’s planning  

-Transfer of intake services to new Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)

-Closure of Pro’s Printing and sale of inventory

-New mission and vision statements

-Merger of Community Access Supports and Employment Support Services to Community Participation Supports

-Merger of Supported Independent Living and Group Homes to Residential Services

-Completion of Strategic Plan

-Move of crisis/respite apartment from 113 Nipissing to 15 John St.

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