Rally to keep Michener Centre open today

  • Apr. 10, 2013 2:50 p.m.

Concerned residents, families, staff and community members are expected to rally to keep Michener Centre in Red Deer open today City Hall Park.

It’s planned to start at 3:30 p.m.

On March 11, the provincial government announced it was closing Michener Centre and evicting 125 Albertans with severe developmental disabilities from their homes there.

“This decision was done without consulting residents, families or staff. It has distressed a vulnerable population and has activated an entire community,” said AUPE President Guy Smith.

“The government made a promise it would not force anyone out of Michener in 2008 after 90 per cent of residents and families chose to stay at their Michener home. That promise has been broken and that choice has been taken away from them by the Redford government. It’s not right.

“Michener is an award-winning, high quality facility that serves as a model for care. It must remain open for the individuals who have called it home for decades,” Smith said.

Smith, along with family members, Michener staff and other special guests will address the rally.