Faces of ILNS

Get to know the #FacesOfILNS - each Friday we will highlight a consumer, staff member, or board member so you can get to know more about ILNS.

Kicking off December’s #FeatureFriday is Vicky Levack. Vicky is part of our Shared Services Pilot and is also celebrating her birthday today, December 2! Meet Vicky:

Q: What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

A: Although I am now out of long-term care, thanks to the efforts of ILNS and different stakeholders, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop pushing for independent living for everybody else. My work is not done until everybody who wants to live in the community has the opportunity to do so.

Q: How has your involvement with ILNS helped you become more independent?

A: Thanks to the efforts of ILNS and their Shared Services Pilot, I am no longer living in a system that has medicalized me and made me feel less than a human. Moving into the community has completely changed my life, and I can’t thank them enough for that. I now get to work with a team that truly shares my values, and I no longer feel like I’m fighting alone for equality in my community. 

Q: What’s one piece of advice you want to share with our audience?

A: One piece of advice I would like to share with everybody reading this is don’t be afraid to be disliked. Sometimes you’ll have to say things that will make you not very popular with those around you, but as long as you’re telling the truth, you’re doing the right thing. Not everyone will like you, and that’s OK; if the people in power don’t like you, you’re probably doing something right.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I want people to focus on the fact that people with disabilities cannot be the only ones fighting for our rights. We need people from other communities to stand with us to make any progress. It is tiring to do this on our own, and we need your help if, one day, we will all be treated equally. 

Previous #FeatureFriday's

What’s your favourite part about ILNS/program/service/etc.?

"The different variety of programs and events ILNS offers is awesome. I love the social interaction from events like the Christmas Gala and Dance-a-thon. My favourite event is the Christmas Gala."

-Simon macfadyen, ILNS ACEE participant/dj

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