Member’s Statement: Vera Perlin Society
Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John’s Centre
Private Member’s Statement
Vera Perlin Society
I rise today to congratulate the Vera Perlin Society. For more than 50 years, it has provided exemplary service to the community.
After years of planning and fundraising, last Friday the society celebrated a milestone with the grand re-opening of their newly refurbished headquarters on Pennywell Road. And what a joyous celebration they had!
Since 1966, that building has served the society well. The much-needed renovations have made it even more able to serve its clients.
The Society’s ultimate aim is to see that everyone with a developmental disability is provided the best available service to lead productive and meaningful lives in our community. What this means, Mr. Speaker, is that they empower the people they serve.
They do it through various programs – the Perlin Pre-Vocational Training Centre, the Work Oriented Rehabilitation Centre, business opportunities and supportive employment, plus respite programs and summer recreation. How many of us in this House have benefited from the work of the Button Shop during our campaigns?
I ask all Honourable Members to join me in congratulating the staff, volunteers and members for their vision and commitment.
May their work with its focus on self-help continue for many more decades.