Christine Elliott wears many hats; she’s a mom, wife, business owner, and a member of parliament, but in Durham Region, she’s also a community leader for special needs.
Christine lives in
Children and community are very important to Christine Elliott, and it’s reflected in the time she dedicates to her volunteer work as a Director with Grandview Children’s Centre, and her leadership as the co-founder of the Abilities Centre.
The Abilities Centre, which is scheduled to open in
The original concept for the Abilities Centre came from Minister Flaherty, who, seeing a need for such a facility in the ever growing Durham Region, organized a steering committee of volunteers to move the idea from a vision to a reality.
Every person working on the Abilities Centre project is a volunteer. The entire project really shows what a community can accomplish when they work together. According to Ms. Elliott, over eighty community groups have been consulted on the Centre, so it will be representative of the services and programs residents truly need.
The Abilities Centre aspires to be an “international centre of excellence” for the provision of services and programs for special needs. Christine believes it will “bring
In addition, the centre is placing a strong emphasis on the arts, with a stage to showcase the many talents of its clients. Christine is quick to point out, however, that equally as important as programs and services, the Centre will be server as a meeting place, where people will have the opportunity to socialize and “to feel connected to a place where they belong”.