OPSEU/SEFPO Developmental Service workers hold Community Block Walks across Ontario to call for funding and support for embattled sector


Toronto, ON – To mark the start of Developmental Services Appreciation Week on June 19, workers from across Ontario will hold community block walks in regions across the province.
The community block walks are a chance for the workers to reach out to the local residents and businesses in their area and raise awareness about this overworked and understaffed sector. The campaign – It’s Life Changing Work – calls for the Ford government to ensure that these skilled and dedicated frontline workers have the resources needed to provide the quality services Ontarians with developmental disabilities deserve.

List of Community Block Walks:


Date: June 20
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Address: Midland Library, 320 King St.
Contact: Katrina Chester (Local 357, CLH Developmental Support Services),

Iroquois Falls

Date: June 20
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Address: Iroquois Falls Town Hall, 253 Main St
Contact: Natasha Grenier (Local 664, Community Living Timmins Integration Communautaire), 705-232-0165


Date: June 20
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Address: Victoria Park
Contact: Jackie Campbell (Local 166, Community Living London),


Date: June 21
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Address: 53 Bond St
Contact: Deb Powell (Local 249, Central West Specialized Developmental Services and Community Living Oakville), 519-387-2351


Date: June 22
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Address: Kemptville Riverside Park (parking lot)
Contact: Tina Ouellette (Local 434, Community Living North Grenville)
613-297-5635, Tina.ouellette@live.ca

Thunder Bay

Date: June 22
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Address: OPSEU regional office, 326 Memorial Ave
Contact: Kayla Scully (Local 740 and L738, CL Thunder Bay and Ave II/
Lutheran Community Care),


Date: June 23
Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Address: 191 Portsmouth Ave.
Contact: Kasaundra Forsythe (Local 433, Ongwanada), 613-893-1808


Date: June 23
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Address: Aptus, 40 Samor Rd
Contact: Cristina Valdez (Local 573, Aptus), 647-303-7673

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Photos from the Community Block Walks