Stories of Life & Community


"Close the Damn Thing Down"

Living as Everyone Else

Lynn's Story

"Some People Just Don't Get It"

An interview with Roy Skoreyko

Championing the End of Institutional Residences

The link to the documentary "Gristle in the Stew" is below. The documentary relates the stories of Patsy Seth and Marie Slark, both former residents of Huronia Institution who were instrumental in launching a class action suit against the Government of Ontario on behalf of the 12,000 former residents and their families.

Gristle in the Stew

The following stories are taken from a book entitled Where We Live, as compiled and published by PEI People First. The stories are told by real people living on Prince Edward Island - by people living in community-care or long-term care facilities. Each person gave his or her consent to publish their story. People's real names and/or real place names have not been used. Stories were written down just the way people told them, using their own words where possible. When reading these stories, you are reading the words of the people themselves. It is how they see things.

Rachael's story

Laurie's story

Gladys's story

Jim's story

Karen's story

Brian's story


The following booklet entitled - Coming Home: Inspiring Stories abut Life in the Community - was compiled and produced by Community Living Ontario (May 2007). This booklet contains personal notes from families and people who have lived in institutions.

Coming Home Part 1

Coming Home Part 2

Coming Home Part 3


At a one day workshop hosted by the Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living and Partners for Change on the status of the institutionalization of persons with a disability on PEI, several self advocates participated in a panel presentation. Their stories are presented below.

Anthony's Story

Janet's Story

Heidi's Story

Barb's Story