Lifetime Networks Merges With Citizen Advocacy Ottawa

OTTAWA, August 18, 2010 - Following many months of research, discussions and negotiations, the Board of Directors of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is pleased to announce Lifetime Networks as a new program of Citizen Advocacy. Created by and for families who have a relative with a disability, Lifetime Networks facilitates the establishment and continuance of a loving and caring Personal Support Network in the lives of people with a disability. The program offers workshops on topics of interest to families who have a member with a disability and also features social activities that foster inclusion and provide opportunities for families to network.

As a new program of Citizen Advocacy, Lifetime Networks will enhance family and cross-disability needs within our diverse community and everyone will benefit by sharing resources, support and services.

About Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa

Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa is a registered charitable organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities ("protégés") participate fully in the community life of Ottawa. Its vision is of a community that welcomes and values all its citizens, including those living with disabilities. A volunteer citizen ("advocate") from the community is matched to someone living with a disability: one-to-one (to all ages) for practical help and support in community life; one-to-one (to seniors) for practical support in enhancing quality of life; or as a team (to group home residents) to support a quality living environment.

Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa was established in 1974 and is a member of United Way/Centraide. For additional information please visit the web site at: www.citizenadvocacy.org.

About the Lifetime Networks Program

Lifetime Networks exists to facilitate the establishment and ensure the continuance of a loving and caring Personal Support Network in the lives of persons with a disability. We provide families with a trained community connector to help them build a circle of committed friends around the individual with a disability. This network actively supports the person at the centre in a variety of ways. The network is monitored for the lifetime of the person, ensuring that is it always active and functioning as it should be.

In addition, The Lifetime Networks program offers workshops on topics of interest to families who have a son or daughter with a disability to help them plan a good life, both now and in the future. We also provide social activities that further reduce the isolation of our members and to provide an opportunity for families to network.

Lifetime Networks was built on the drive and determination of a group of families who were inspired by the work of an organization called Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN), based in Vancouver, BC. Representatives from PLAN guided these parents through the start-up and establishment of Lifetime Networks as an affiliate of PLAN. Lifetime Networks was incorporated and obtained charitable status in the year 2000.

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Media Contact:

Hilary Jane Albers
Communications and Fund Development Officer
Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa
Office: (613) 761-9522 ext. 233
Cell: (613) 295-7180
Email: halbers@citizenadvocacy.org
Website: www.citizenadvocacy.org

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