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2 Presentations, Oct 26 and 27. Agency Transformation and “Right Relationship”

October 1, 2011


Mary Kealy:

A Story of Successful Agency Transformation to Individualised, Person-Centred Supports in Ireland

Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2011, 9 –  4

Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mary Kealy, C.E.O., of Brothers of Charity, Clare, Ireland, has become an internationally known resource for her leadership in changing the structures, services, and attitudes of a long established organization to a best practice agency focused on inclusion and interdependence. 

“Clare Services has undergone a radical change in how we provide support to people with intellectual disability. Our focus has been the transformation of our service from one which supported people in segregated group settings to one where individuals are supported to access opportunities, services and supports which enable each individual to live a ‘real life in a real place.’”

Mary will be speaking about leadership, the conditions which made change necessary, how that change occurred one person and one family at a time, as well as internally within the organization and what the results have been so far.   This is a workshop for anyone looking for alternative ways of supporting inclusion as well as those interested in agency change from any vantage, from friends and family, to agency leaders and those in government.   Mary is an approachable, realistic, experienced leader with lots to share and this is a rare opportunity to spend time with her.

For more information and to register online: or phone Judy, at 604-323-1433, or

$100.00 including lunch

Right Relationship:

support networks, circles of friends, shared living and informed hiring of supports for Community Living.

October 27, 2011 from 9:30 to 4:00 PM

Centre for Peace
1825 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

An exciting and interactive day for those who care about and for people with disabilities, this event will bring together expertise from all over our province as well as the Irish experience of Mary Kealy, C.E.O. of the Brothers of Charity, County Clare.   We’ll spend the morning talking, asking questions in small groups and accessing the experiences of those in the room in ways that are fun, friendly, and passionately concerned about the importance of figuring out “Right Relationship.”   In the afternoon we’ll come together after a great lunch to debrief and the for a panel discussion that will draw on Mary’s experience as an acknowledged leader in person-centered initiatives and agency change, and hopefully representatives from PLAN, Spectrum’s Aaron Johannes and Susan Stanfield, Barb Goode, self advocate and author and Shelley Nessman.

This will be a great day for families, people with disabilities, those who support them, those in Human Resources, those new to the field looking for direction, and those responsible for supporting folks with disabilities to be included and interdependent.

To register online: or phone Judy, at 604-323-1433, or email

$100.00 including lunch

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