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Community Living Prince Edward earns two prestigious accreditation awards

At the accreditation announcement, from left, were: PEC Mayor Steve Ferguson, Adam Bramburger, constituency assistant for MPP Todd Smith, Hilary Tugwood, board president, CLPE, Wendy Logan, self-advocate, Susan Treverton, executive director CLPE, Cheryl Neddow, self-advocate, Krista Bentley, executive and accreditation assistant, FOCUS Accreditation.

Months of preparation; days of virtual and in-person evaluation and dozens of stakeholders surveys culminated in two prestigious awards for Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE) team members and the people they support.

Mayor Steve Ferguson was among well-wishers on hand last week to congratulate Hilary Tugwood, board president, Linda Conley, vice-chair, Susan Treverton, executive director and CLPE teams for the organization’s third consecutive four-year FOCUS accreditation. And, for achieving its first-ever Seal of Sustainability award for organizations accredited 3+ times for demonstrated commitment to ongoing quality assurance.

“These awards attest to the fact that Community Living Prince Edward is meeting its goals and objectives to deliver innovative and quality services throughout the County – and for this I thank you all on behalf of council,” said Ferguson.

Treverton thanked people and families, outstanding employee teams, numerous valued community partners and board directors for working together.

“I am so very honoured to be part of such an outstanding organization that for the past almost 60 years has held true to its mission of people we serve realizing the full participation, inclusion and citizenship in the life of our Prince Edward County community.”

Constituency assistant Adam Bramburger warmly congratulated CLPE on behalf of Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith.

Presenting the two awards, Krista Bentley, executive and accreditation assistant for FOCUS Accreditation, thanked CLPE “for being a leader in your community, and in the sector. Thank you for allowing FOCUS to be a part of your journey, for teaching us, for being an organization that is welcoming, compassionate and invested in the wellbeing of those you serve and for being an organization of excellence in the work of accreditation.”

Unable to attend in person, Chris Beesley, chief executive officer, Community Living Ontario provided congratulations that were presented by Kimberly Doyle, supervisor, CLPE.

“This milestone speaks to Community Living Prince Edward, and its commitment at every level of the organization, to the people and families you serve. It speaks to an individualized approach to support each person in a way that prioritizes their interests, their hopes, and their dreams. We at Community Living Ontario are proud to have Community Living Prince Edward as a member association whose leadership through values, continues to be exemplary.”

FOCUS Accreditation was established in 2004 and incorporated in 2006, in response to a need for an innovative and robust quality improvement and accreditation program that reflected current successful practices and trends in community-based human service organizations.

Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE) is a local non-profit that supports people with intellectual disabilities age 0 to 99+ to live their best possible lives. The organization delivers innovative, flexible and responsive services and has championed inclusion since 1965. Visit clpe.on.ca to find out more about CLPE’s multiple resources.

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