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Press Release: Seonag Macrae new CEO of Community Living British Columbia

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Community Living BC (CLBC), the Crown agency that funds services to people with developmental disabilities in BC, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Seonag Macrae as its new CEO.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; June 27, 2014, New Westminster, B.C. - Community Living BC (CLBC), the Crown agency that funds services to people with developmental disabilities in BC, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Seonag Macrae as its new CEO. Inclusion BC welcomes Ms. Macrae to her new role and looks forward to working collaboratively with CLBC under her leadership.

In the past few years, CLBC has faced many challenges. Serious systemic issues have had a significant impact on individuals and families, making it hard for many to live a good life in community.

Inclusion BC Executive Director, Faith Bodnar states, “CLBC plays a critical role in how families and people with developmental disabilities are included in their community. An important part of that role is how it partners with our movement, including families, people with developmental disabilities and the agencies that support them across BC. Ms. Macrae joins CLBC at a time of much needed change. We welcome the opportunity to work together to deliver on our province’s goal to make BC the best place in Canada for people with disabilities.”

In our effort to enact positive systems change for people with developmental disabilities, Inclusion BC holds our public systems accountable, ensuring they are providing the accommodations people need to live full, inclusive lives. A thriving community living movement requires a transparent, collaborative and innovative funding body. We hope that Ms. Macrae’s appointment signals a new direction for CLBC and new opportunity for our movement to move forward together, realizing the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“As a parent of a young son with autism, I am committed to building a province that responds to the changing needs of families. We look to Ms. Macrae to lead the change that will address chronic waitlists and the internal issues that have prevented families from accessing the supports they need. On behalf of the Inclusion BC Board of Directors and our member agencies across BC, we are committed to working with Ms. Macrae and CLBC Board to make sure no family is left behind.” says Jackie Carpenter, Inclusion BC President.

Inclusion BC looks forward to working in partnership with CLBC to develop and improve systems and practices that advance full inclusion and equality for individuals and their families.

Contact:
Faith Bodnar, Executive Director
604.777.9100 x. 516 (office)
604.764.2591 (cell)
fbodnar@inclusionbc.org

Danielle Kelliher, Director of Communications
604.777.9100 x. 527 (office)
dkelliher@inclusionbc.org

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