Wasn’t That a Party?!?!?

By May 8, 2009 Interdependent

We had a GREAT party at our official Grand Opening!!

Hundreds of folks came to join us at our ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open CONNECT Lake Country. Neighbors, friends, business partners, community supporters, family and many health care professionals all joined us on tours of the buildings, a little lunch and cake, speeches and general merriment!

Below you see John Sherwood with his wife Suzanne, owners of CONNECT with Patti Flaherty, Executive Director of CONNECT.

Al Condeluci joined us for the celebrations. He has worked as an attendant, caseworker, advocate, planner, program director and now, CEO of his organization, UCP/CLASS of Pittsburgh. UCP/CLASS has created a family of corporations and is dedicated to its mission- “working towards a community where each belongs.” Al gave all in attendance a reminder of why we are here…to make lives better. Thank you Al for traveling so far to make a message so clear!

Randy Topliss was the first person to move into CONNECT Lake Country and here is pictured with the Mayor of Lake Country, James Baker, just about to cut the ribbon!

Everyone enjoyed the beautiful cake! A big thank you to Suzanne Sherwood and Brittany Hatch for heading up the planning of this wonderful event.

John Sherwood kept the masses entertained with his stories of his mother’s legacy and the “birth” of the amazing buildings you’ve seen in this blog.


Deb Preston honored us with her presence and represented our partners from Interior Health at the podium. She and her colleagues are responsible for the conception of this initiative which began 4 years ago. Without their vision, fortitude and commitment British Columbia would not have this new and innovative service in our province. A big thank you goes to all member of the IH Acquired Brain Injury Steering Committee (of which Deb is a member) for supporting CONNECT Lake Country.

Al Condeluci provided a teaching forum for people who live and work at CONNECT prior to our ceremony. He spoke of building bridges to community and focused on building real relationships, he was right in line with how we are running our services in Lake Country!!

A gaggle of CONNECT Langley team members came to support us at the Grand Opening. It meant so much to John Sherwood and the staff in Lake Country to have their support! We couldn’t have created the Lake Country service without the everyday hard work of those in Langley!

Thank you to all who joined us on April 29, 2009…what a great day!

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