By Sue Dickens – Community Press

Campbellford – Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi announced Monday Community Living Campbellford/Brighton will receive $57,875.

Executive Director Nancy Brown said the money will be used where ever there is a need.  One of the projects will be to build a ramp at one of the community residences.

“We support people with intellectual disabilities in their own home and that is what part of this money will do,” Brown said.

Community Living will use some of the money to purchase new doors and windows, to improve energy efficiency, as well as electronic smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for community homes.

The funding is part of a $50 million investment over two years the province will spend to support nearly 1,000 capital projects in communities across Ontario.  All are geared to improvements through expansions and renovations that will better the security, accessibility and energy efficiency at eligible social service facilities.

“The government has been a great advocate on our behalf,” Brown said.

Rinaldi said “Investing in infrastructure is a critical part of Ontario’s plan to restore growth, save and create jobs in the short term and build foundations for the future.  The province is helping create about 450 jobs across the province by supporting infracstructure projects at local non-for-profit social service organizations such as this one.”

He acknowledged the hard work of the staff at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton:  “There are certain things that people do that are not jobs.  I look at what you do as something you do because you want to.  What you do makes a real difference.”

The not-for-profit organization provides support and services to people with intellectual challenges.