PCL hosted its annual AGM at the Art Gallery at the Cenntre in the Square as it celebrated 25 years serving those with developmental disabilities. All but one past Board chair was in attendance and special recognition was provided to all former Board chairs in the form of a special plaque. The Honourable Colin Westman, PCL’s first Board chair, spoke of PCL’s formative years and the vision of the many family members and the fundraising efforts to get the first homes up and running. Peter Brennan, PCL’s second Board chair, spoke of the many difficult years trying to obtain government funding, the difficulty in fundraising to maintain three group homes and the challenge, at times, of finding Board members. Both acknowledged their gratitude for the work of the many family, friends, Board members and staff who have laboured to make the organization what it is today with a budget of over $3 Million, seven group homes, two respite homes, community outreach programs and day supports serving over 90 individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. Greetings were brought from the Regional Chair Ken Seiling, MPP representing Kitchener-Waterloo, Catherine Fife and MCSS Program Supervisor Alayne Langerak, who brought greetings from both MCSS and MCYS. Each speaker and past Board Chair were given PCL’s History Book of the first 25 years, funded in part by the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation, and compiled by members of the Parent Group. Special thanks to Ed Koenig for his diligence in working through the many drafts and edits and helping to acquire the funding received for this publication.
See pictures of our 25th anniversary event HERE