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The Nottawasaga Foundation invests in Ready, Willing and Able


The Nottawasaga Foundation invests in Ready, Willing and Able

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario, September 15, 2014The Nottawasaga Foundation a leading provider of support to many community charities and proponent of the Community Living movement is giving back to the community with a donation of $50,000 to the Canadian Association for Community Living, towards the Ready, Willing and Able initiative.

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. CACL’s federation is comprised of 10 provincial and three territorial associations and over 40,000 members. ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ (RWA) is a national employment initiative for people with developmental disabilities. Designed to respond to employer need and demand for labour from this largely untapped pool of labour.

The program is designed to transform and shift investments in the community employment service system that currently segregates people with developmental disabilities, by harnessing employers’ demand for employees; the program will result in labour force inclusion. Building on best practices and successes to date, this new investment will help to put RWA to work in communities in every province and territory across Canada.

The investment is very welcome news by people with developmental disabilities and their families across the country.

Peter Biffis, The Nottawasaga Foundation and the Family
are proud to support the initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living.  The initiative of Ready Willing and Able is in line with the beliefs of our family foundation and the abilities of all persons.”

CACL National Director of Development and Communications, Kimberly Carson expressed gratitude for the generous donation that will contribute to continuing the mission for CACL’s Ready, Willing and Able initiative by investing in employment across Canada.”

The Biffis & Lombardi family formed the Nottawasaga Foundation in 2001. Each year a Charity Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction Fundraiser is held to raise funds to support vital local charities and programs. Over the past 22 years The Nottawasaga Foundation has raised over 4.6 million dollars and donated 100% of those funds raised to charities for various programs for the benefit of community and the lives of those affected by the donations.

Contact Kimberly Carson: kcarson@cacl.ca

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To find out more about Ready, Willing and Able visit our website at readywillingable.ca