CLA hosts a very tearful, somber ceremony

John Policicchio - Executive Director of CLA

In a very moving, tearful ceremony tonight at Community Living Algoma (CLA) on 99 Northern Ave., memorial leaves were added to the ever-growing Memorial Wall tree that recognizes those that have passed-on in the CLA community.

The Memorial Wall was an idea from a member of the Community Living Algoma Family Network in the Sault. They wanted a place to honour, respect and cherish the memories of all those that have shared in the CLA journey, both those with developmental disabilities and those who were employees.

“They are with us in spirit,” wrote Lezlie Wilson, CLAs Executive Assistant, in a statement for

“Their legacy ensures that we provide the richest and most meaningful opportunities for people to enjoy life in the community.”

The Memorial Wall was approved in the spring of 2013 by the board of directors.

“A committee was formed to discuss/plan and implement this wonderful idea for Sault Ste. Marie and their district locations of Wawa, Hornepayne, Elliot Lake and Blind River.”

Dumanski Compass Imaging designed and created the wall but the committee chose the design of a tree with each leaf placed, in memory of one who has passed, with their name printed on the leaf.

A slogan of “Always on my mind, forever in my heart,” was incorporated into the design and came out in the speeches tonight.

Proceeds from the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation’s Charity Golf Tournament made the Memorial Wall possible.

This is the third year that the Airport Development Corp.’s Charity Golf Tournament has allowed the ceremonies, maintenance and extension of the Memorial Wall to continue.

CLA would like to thank the SSMADCs Charity Golf Committee and their board of directors for this partnership.


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