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“ILC is such a fantastic program.”


Donna had only a moment to chat when I reached her by phone at her apartment.

“I find that I’m just so busy all the time!” she told me.  And she’s absolutely right.  Though she has been diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, Donna hasn’t let it hold her back.  These days, she’s as active as ever.

Donna has clearly mastered the art of living independently with a disability, which is due mostly to her character, but also to a 5-year relationship with the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region (ILCWR).  She began receiving our attendant services at home in 2006, but as her MS progressed over the following two years, she found that she needed more comprehensive support.

“I didn’t want to move into a nursing home,” Donna said.  And being in her mid-60’s, she certainly shouldn’t have to.

Relocating to a retirement community is often the only option for people with MS or similar conditions, regardless of their age.  But ILCWR has an alternative—the Assisted Living program, which offers people like Donna their own accessible apartments in one of three Assisted Living projects.  

Now, Donna serves on the Board of Directors for her Co-Op Housing Community, participates in ILCWR’s annual Balcony Gardening program each spring, and attends AquaFit classes at the YMCA twice a week, which is as much a social outlet as a physical one.  She also spends time with her two grown children, who enjoy their visits to Donna’s new home, and keep in touch weekly by phone.

“ILC is such a fantastic program.  I get better vibes, better help, and I like the fact that there’s constant care.  If I need anything, it’s just a phone call away!”

And we certainly intend to keep it that way.

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