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Michener Center to close, a return to community.


Monday, March 11, 2013 – At a press conference earlier today, the Alberta government announced the imminent closure of Michener Centre. Michener is a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities located in Red Deer, Alberta. It is an announcement long awaited and very much applauded by CACL. The closure of Michener will enable the remaining 125 residents to return to community.

See or downlaod the Media Advisory below:


A Return to Community

Toronto, Ontario, March 11, 2013 – Today, the Alberta government announced
the closure of the North and South facilities at Michener Centre, a residential
facility for people with developmental disabilities located in Red Deer and
operated by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Central Region
Community Board.

Today’s announcement by the Honourable Frank Oberle, Associate Minister of
Services for Persons with Disabilities, confirms recognition by the government of
Alberta that all people, including those with developmental disabilities, have a
right to live and be included in community. It is an announcement applauded by
the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada. This
announcement will witness the remaining 125 individuals at Michener Centre
take their rightful place within community.

“The closure of Michener Centre brings this country one step closer to ensuring
that all people are supported to exercise their right to live in community,” stated
Shane Haddad, President of People First of Canada (PFC). “I commend the
Alberta government for doing the right thing. People belong in community – not

“Efforts have long been underway to move away from an institutional model in
this country,” said Laurie Larson, President of the Canadian Association for
Community Living (CACL). “With this announcement, we have moved closer to
the reality promised within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities – especially Article 19, the Right to Live in Community.”

“As a member, and former Co-chair, of the CACL PFC Task Force on the Right
to Live in Community, I congratulate the government of Alberta for this decision,”
said Norm McLeod. “Further, as an Albertan, I am very proud that we, as a
province, have finally indicated that institutions will no longer play a role in the
lives of persons with intellectual disabilities.”


People First of Canada is the national voice of people who have been labelled
with an intellectual disability. The vision of People First is to see all citizens living
equally in the community. For further information contact Shelley Fletcher Rattai,
Executive Director for People First of Canada Phone: 204-784-7362 or by Email: Find out more at

The Canadian Association for Community Living is a Canada-wide association of
family members and others working to advance the human rights and inclusion of
persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability. Founded in 1958 by
parents of children with intellectual disabilities who wanted supports and services
within the community instead of in institutions, CACL has become one of
Canada's ten largest charitable organizations, and has grown into a federation of
10 provincial and three territorial associations comprising of 420 local
associations and over 40,000 members.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President, 416.209.7942,


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