The Community Living Board – Fundy Region Inc. (CLB-FR Inc.) was formed in 1979. Over the years, the Board’s focus has shifted as needs in the community have changed. Its initial focus was to make recommendations for a community service system for adults with an intellectual disability in the Fundy region, later being involved in changing the New Brunswick Schools Act with the introduction of Bill 85, to present day leading change through the development of resources for teachers, employers and caregivers.
The CLB-FR Inc. believes strongly in the education of its Board members, who travel the world to learn of the newest practices in promoting inclusive communities and caring for individuals with disabilities.
Community Living Board – Fundy Region (CLB-FR) began as a committee of what is now the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL). It was formed by parents of children with intellectual disabilities to make recommendations for a community service system for adults with an intellectual disability in the Fundy region.
The CLB-FR began trying to change the minds and attitudes of policy-makers and system and service managers, regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities, by delivering workshops across New Brunswick that covered a variety of topics. These workshops were funded by a bingo that was run by the CLB-FR for almost 20 years.
After three families launched legal action (financially supported by the CLB-FR) under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms against the Province of New Brunswick because of discrimination against their children in the Schools Act, the Government changed the Schools Act with the introduction of Bill 85. This change in law saw the end of auxiliary classes in New Brunswick and was instrumental in leading the province on the path of inclusive education.
Two members of the CLB-FR served on the Region 2 Board of the N.B. Mental Health Commission in order to further the support of individuals with a dual diagnosis of an intellectual disability and mental illness.
The CLB-FR reorganized, stopped running the bingo, and invited several new members to join the Board.
CLB-FR continues to support and undertake initiatives which are intended to enhance knowledge and understanding of inclusion so that all people, including those who have a disability, can participate fully in our society as full citizens.