Re­hab So­ci­ety cel­e­brates 65 years

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Tim Kali­nowski LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD tkali­nowski@leth­bridge­ Fol­low @TimKalHer­ald on Twit­ter

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.”

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