Family Councils Program Becomes Family Councils Ontario

The Self­-Help Resource Centre (SHRC) and Family Councils Ontario announce the transition of the Family Councils’ Program to Family Councils Ontario.

Family Councils Ontario grew out of the Family Councils’ Program, a program of the Self-­Help Resource Centre since 1998 that facilitated the development and sustainability of Family Councils in Long­-Term Care Homes. Starting out as a pilot project funded by a Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, it continued to gain momentum and success.

Executive Director of Family Councils Ontario, Lorraine Purdon, said program funding support from the Ministry of Health and Long-­Term Care (MOHLTC) in 2004 acknowledged the role and influence the program had in supporting family caregivers who had relatives living in long term care homes.

“Since then the growth of the program has continued. In 2015, with support from MOHLTC, the program achieved its long-­time goal of becoming an independent organization,” said Purdon.

“A Board of Directors was formed, alongside registration of the organization as a non-­profit. April 30, 2016 marks the completion of the transition from SHRC.”

SHRC Executive Director, Chrystal Dean, said SHRC is proud to have provided a strong foundation and springboard for this program.

“We have mentored and monitored the program throughout its 17­-year history, and remained the liaison for the MOHLTC, its main funder. Through our guidance and support the program has become a successful model of peer support that touches over 500 long-­term care homes in the province.

We look forward to forging a new and ongoing relationship with FCO, and wish the staff and Board every success as they move forward.”

FCO can now be located at:
306-­40 St Clair Ave. E.
Toronto, ON, M4T 1M9

Phone: 647-­427­-5551
Toll­free: 877­-622­-9968

About FCO
Family Councils Ontario facilitates the development and sustainability of Family Councils in Long­-Term Care Homes and facilitates opportunities for Family Councils within a region to meet. Family Councils are led by volunteers who together make significant impacts towards improving quality of life for residents of Long-­Term Care and their families.

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