Joyce Wade & Mike Flynn, Volunteers
Joyce Wade and Mike Flynn retired to Prince Edward County in 2012. Soon after their move – and as a direct result of their long-standing connection with Community Living Peterborough – they reached out to Community Living Prince Edward to seek some support for their son Luke.
After finding Luke an apartment in Picton, Joyce and Mike knew that Community Living’s Supported Independent Living resources would be an ideal fit for their son. Joyce explains, “Having access to additional support has made all the difference. While Luke doesn’t need a lot of support, he greatly benefits from living independently with some assistance.”
“It’s the little things that make a big difference.” Mike shares. “Luke runs his own business washing cruisers for the OPP and he’s very careful with his money.” Joyce notes, “Thanks to support from Community Living, Luke has more confidence with managing his schedule.” Mike comments, “We know that Luke is living independently and achieving his goals – his independence is truly inspiring.”
When Joyce and Mike learned that people with disabilities were struggling to receive attention at hospitals during COVID, they started a letter-writing campaign to advocate for more support.
“Last fall, we were surprised by how many parents and guardians of sons and daughters living with intellectual disabilities wanted to connect in person.” Joyce comments, “We’re happy to have joined a new, informal group of families. People share knowledge and experiences with navigating housing, employment, and education as well as provide mentorship and support each other.”
The I.D.E.A.S. Family Circle meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Community Living Prince Edward, 29 Elizabeth Street. Find the group on Facebook and connect with local families today. Fostering opportunities for families to connect is an essential way in which Community Living Prince Edward inspires possibilities here in the County.