Annual Report

Annual Report 2017-2018

President Annual Report, by Meghan Hines

“Once again, I feel honoured to work with CILT board members and staff who have a keen commitment to our issues and programs. They have diligently applied Independent Living (IL) principles to all decisions and program operations…”

Executive Director Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“Unless something completely unforeseen happens, this will be my last Annual Report. So, you will forgive me if I’m having a hard time looking forward while also looking back…”

CILT Annual Report 2017-18 in PDF

Annual Report 2016-2017

President Annual Report, by Meghan Hines

“We continue to be invited by news media, government, other partners, and even people from other countries, to speak about disability issues and educate about our unique IL perspectives and successes…”

Executive Director Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“Our programs, notably the Direct Funding (DF) and Attendant Service Application Centre (ASAC) programs have basically doubled in size over the last four years. This has forced us to view our programs through a slightly different lens…”

CILT Annual Report 2016-17 in PDF

Annual Report 2015-2016

President Annual Report, by Meghan Hines

“We are quite gratified that people are now supporting models of services and support that IL movements have been pushing for more than 30 years, but of course it means a great deal more work…”

Executive Director Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“30 YEARS. On one hand, that is a very long time. On the other, it has gone by so fast. When I was born in Ottawa, in the 1950s, children with disabilities were either kept at home with their parents, or sent to live in a state or charitably-run “home”…”

CILT Annual Report 2015- 16 in PDF

Annual Report 2014 – 2015

President and Executive Director’s Joint Report, by Meghan Hines and Sandra Carpenter

“I look at disability and only see opportunity” – Helen Henderson

“THIS PAST YEAR has been a bitter sweet year.

Some of our highlights: we celebrated our 30th anniversary, got substantial funding increases to both the Direct Funding program and the Project Information Centre, and were given the lead for a massive project that had tight time constraints which, however, resulted in an Attendant Service Strategy.
This project was completed thanks to other attendant service providers in Toronto and key service users.

While we celebrated many successes, we unfortunately had some significant lows, one being the tragic loss of our beloved president, Helen Henderson, in April. Helen had just recently retired…”

CILT Annual Report 2014-15 in PDF

Annual Report 2013 – 2014

President’s Annual Report, by Meenu Sikand

“To achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd; to look where everyone else has looked, but to see what no one else has seen.” – Unknown

“MANY YEARS AGO, a group of like-minded individuals envisioned and then established an organization run by persons with disabilities, for persons with disabilities – an almost impossible dream that became a reality due to the perseverance and determination of a small group of people. Today, we call it the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, which is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary! I am pleased that you are joining me in marking this historic occasion…”

Executive Director’s Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“MANY YEARS AGO, when I was 11, I was sent away from my home to live at an institution for disabled children. Eight months later, my sister followed. She was just 7. That is what you did then if your family was poor and your disability was such that you needed daily support: you lived at a “residential school”…”

CILT Annual Report 2013-14 in PDF

Annual Report 2012 – 2013

President’s Annual Report, by Meenu Sikand

“CILT continues to grow and mature as an organization, not only in recognizing and responding to the needs of people in our community, but also by responding to an ever-changing economic and political climate…”

Executive Director’s Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“Last year I asked, what does this mean for the future of ‘Independent Living’? I proposed that the solution may be viewing our core values differently. Choice, control and empowerment, originally viewed through a lens of ‘individualism’, are shifting to viewing those values through the lens of ‘collective responsibility’ and ‘rights’…”

CILT Annual Report 2012-13 in PDF

Annual Report 2011 – 2012

President’s Annual Report, by Meenu Sikand

“It has been an honour to work with my fellow Board Members over the last year. My first year as president of CILT is full of pride as I have returned home after serving on the national Independent Living Canada board for over ten years…”

Executive Director’s Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“The responsibility we all have to be part of the problem-solving process rather than to get mired down in our ideals and thoughts of perfection.  The thought that we are all in this together – we all share common goals – it is only our ideas of how to get there that differ…”

CILT Annual Report 2011-12 in PDF

Annual Report 2010 – 2011

President’s Annual Report, by Beverley Elliott

“It has been my privilege to work with my fellow Board Members. The list of our Board includes Mary-Louise Dickson, Vice Chair, who was honoured in January 2009 with the Order of Ontario medal; Ken Conners, who is a most able treasurer; Shannon Hill, our steady, effective and efficient secretary…”

Executive Director’s Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“The audited year ended nearly six months ago, but when it comes to the issues that affect people with disabilities and their allies in their daily lives, there is no neat and tidy line between March 31st and April 1st. My report this year will focus on a few items that we should be vigilant about in order to keep the independent living philosophy alive…”

CILT Annual Report 2010-11 in PDF

Annual Report 2009- 2010

President’s Annual Report, by Beverley Elliott

“If I were to characterize last year, I would say it was a time of stabilization and celebration. We celebrated 25 years of CILT, 20 years of the Diners Club initiative and 15 years of the Direct Funding Program…”

Executive Director’s Annual Report, by Sandra Carpenter

“It is always hard to reflect on the year when the year you are reflecting on ended on March 31, 2010, nearly six months ago. Every time I think of things to say, I am reminded that some of these things occurred after April 1, 2010.  This is my opportunity to formally acknowledge and thank all our hard working staff and volunteers for all their contributions over the last year…”

CILT Annual Report 2009-10 in PDF


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