Rehab Society celebrates 65 years
For 65 years the Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta (RSSA) has made a strong difference in the community for those with developmental disabilities, offering support, encouragement and a place to belong.
And what better way for the venerable organization to celebrate that rich legacy in Lethbridge than with a party? The Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta held the special anniversary event at Ability Resource Centre on Friday evening.
“I think 65 years of longevity in our community is a pretty big deal, and we have a lot to celebrate,” said Paige McCann Sauter, executive director with the RSSA. “We have a pretty rich history of change and impact in people’s lives. We have had a great impact in supporting people to live happy, productive, meaningful lives in our community.”
The Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta runs the Ability Resource Centre and JobLinks Employment Centre in the city.
“We support these individuals who use our services in all sorts of ways,” explained McCann Sauter. “Whether that’s in their employment, their volunteerism or in some of the personal development they are working on — whatever their personal goals or dreams are, we support them to work toward those to find success.”
Highlights of the party Friday included speeches by local dignitaries and the happy return of former long-time executive director Ed Hinger. McCann Sauter felt the party would serve as a tribute to the past work of the Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta, and set the organization on the right path for the important work yet to come.
“In the next year or two some really exciting things are being planned for this organization,” said McCann Sauter, “and this celebration will be our bridging time between our past and our future.”