Rotary Cheshire Homes

Rotary Cheshire Homes
Providing Housing & Services to Persons Who are Deaf-Blind
 

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  2014 Annual Meeting
 

Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc. Annual General Meeting

Rotary Cheshire Homes will hold our Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday September 15, 2015.

The meeting will be held at Rotary Cheshire Homes, 422 Willowdale Avenue, in Toronto, Ontario, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Light Refreshments will be served.

If you would like to attend our Annual General Meeting please RSVP by Email or call (416) 730-9501 voice or (416) 730-9187 TTY.

Mark WaferThis year's Keynote Speaker is Mark Wafer, inclusive employer at Tim Horton's who delivers speeches to corporate, government and service sector leaders on employing people with disabilities.

 

 

 

2014 - 2015
Board of Directors

Officers of the Corporation:
Betty-Jean Reid,
Chair
Kim Wrigley-Archer, Vice Chair
Krystyne Rusek, Past Chair
Vivian Bright, Secretary/Treasurer
Hon. Vim Kochhar,
Ex-Officio

Directors:
Mark Albert
Ravi Balchandani
George Berger
Philip Corke
Ben Joshan
Al Kowalenko

Tina Marano
Jasmin Simpson

Honourary:
Khalid Khokhar
Joan Mactavish


  How it all began...
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Our History...

Rotary Cheshire Homes and The Canadian Helen Keller

RCH's founding in the early 1980's is due to the enormous efforts of two exceptional individuals: Joyce Thompson and Vim Kochhar.

    As a case manager with Deaf-Blind Services at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Toronto, Thompson had documented the unmet needs of her clients living in the community; people who, because of their disability, lived in severe isolation due to little or no access to Intervenor Services and unsafe and inappropriate housing.
 
   Thompson and her clients dared to dream the unimaginable: a better life where they were safe, where people could communicate with them, and, most importantly, where they would have access to an Intervenor whenever they wanted.
 
   The person to set the wheels in motion was Vim Kochhar, an incredibly accomplished man with numerous credits to his name. At a routine board meeting of the Cheshire Homes Foundation in October 1983, Kochhar and his fellow directors discussed how to build more accessible housing for persons with physical disabilities.
 
   As a member of the Toronto-Don Valley Rotary Club, Kochhar enlisted the help of his fellow Rotarians in organizing the first Great Valentine Gala in February 1984. Over 1,200 people attended, raising over $239,000.
 
   Due to the tremendous success of the Gala and the need to distribute the funds raised, Kochhar founded the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. CFPDP continues to organize hugely successful events each year, providing support to persons with disabilities.
 
   A portion of the funds raised at the first Gala was allocated to the Rotary Club to fund the development of housing for physically disabled persons. Thompson heard from a colleague the Rotary Club was looking for a group to benefit from this project. Thompson and three of her colleagues worked through the night putting together their presentation.
 
   It was decided the best person to present their proposal would be a person who is deaf-blind. Kerry Wadman, President of the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind, and his Intervenor.
 
   The Rotary Club unanimously agreed after the presentation that they would support the development of appropriate housing for persons who are deaf-blind. This development became Rotary (Don Valley) Cheshire Homes - its name paying tribute to the financial contribution of the Rotary Club and the independent living philosophy of Cheshire Homes.
 
   Over the next seven years, RCH slowly took shape from that first presentation to its officially opening on May 1, 1992.
 

 Breaking ground on Willowdale Avenue

Breaking Ground

Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP)
Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons

 Joyce Thompson

Joyce Thompson

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Toronto Don-Valley
Rotary Club

 Vim Kochhar
Hon. Vim Kochhar

Joan & Vim

Hon. Vim Kochhar
& Joan Mactavish


   Funding
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   Originally RCH received two streams of funding - housing dollars from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and service dollars from the Ministry of Community and Social Services. 
 
  During the late 1990's a series of funding changes lead to RCH's current funding entirely coming from the Ministry of Community and Social Services for all housing costs and rent-geared-to-income subsidies, as well as services costs, including all Intervenor and administrative staff.
 
 
 
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RCH is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services
   Governance
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   RCH is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets bi-monthly. Members of the Board of Directors are from the Toronto-Don Valley Rotary Club and the community. Two tenants also sit on the Board at all times.
 
     
 
   Mission Statement    

   RCH's focus is to provide opportunities for independence to allow individuals who are Deaf-Blind to enhance their abilities, to fulfill their individual needs and to pursue their individual goals.
 
   To do so, they must have access to information which facilitates their independence, integration and self-sufficiency.
 
   This is accomplished through the provision of Intervenor Services.
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   The Canadian Helen Keller Centre    

   After securing funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, RCH officially opened The Canadian Helen Keller Centre, a training centre for persons who are Deaf-Blind.
 
   CHKC was developed to fulfill the un-met needs of the Deaf-Blind community by providing training in independent living skills, communication, computers, and other activities of daily living.
 
   
 Canadian Helen Keller Centre
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Registered Charity Number
 
121266423RR0001

Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc.
101-422 Willowdale Avenue
North York, Ontario
M2N 5B1

Voice:   (416) 730-9501
TTY:   (416) 730-9187
Fax:   (416) 730-1350
E-mail:   info@rotarycheshirehomes.org
   

     
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