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History, 1983 - 1984


Chairperson, 1983 - 1984

In 1983/84 I served as Chairperson of the Board for what was then "K-W Services for the Physically Disabled". Previous to that time I served as a Board member and very briefly as a staff person.

A number of significant changes took place during those years both in the community and K-W Services. In the Community, Participation House had just created some supported apartment units, across from the Fairview Mall, enabling numerous members of the agency to live more independently. As well, K-W Services experienced a move from an office in the home of long time staff person, Connie Cruikshank to a suite on the 6th floor of Waterloo Town Square.

Fundraising took up a great deal of energy during this time period, with the Board getting involved in Bingo, Oktoberfest tickets and a Magic Show.

Due to financial limitations, it was deemed necessary to cut back on staff hours, leading to Connie's resignation after many years of caring and dedicated work.

This was a time of growth for the agency but there were also growing pains. Public awareness regarding independence for disabled people was high as a result of the International Year of Disabled Persons. It was at this time that the agency came of age, in a sense, with a new Executive Director, an office in a high profile public location, a flier advertising the agency and even some initial discussions about changing the Agency name someday. It was definitely a challenging year for everyone involved.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors from 1983 - 1984
YearBoard Members
1983 - 1984
  • Lynn Osborne-Way
  • Barbara Evans
  • Rheta Austin
  • Robert Basso
  • Loretta Burke
  • Pam Chatterson
  • Don Deverall
  • Gerard Fahrenkopf
  • Tony Hinschberger
  • Don McLeod
  • Eula Mae Myers
  • Colin O'Brian
  • Shirley Parker
  • Nancy Robson
  • Clare Widmeyer
  • Michael Wilson


Staff from 1983 - 1984
1983 - 1984
  • Chris Hodnett
  • Connie Cruckshank
  • Neil Taylor



  • 1983 - Employment Development Grant: "COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SUPPORT PROJECT"
  • 1984 - University of Waterloo Wheelchair Control System


  • C.L.A.S.S. of "83" Community Life and Social Skills