Jun 20, 2019
Lourdes Toro
Community Living

Lourdes Toro has worked in the sector for over 18 years as an advocate of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities currently as Director of Program Development and Residential Services with Community Living Cambridge.

Lourdes is a foreign trained Medical Doctor with a specialization in Public Health and arrived in Canada in 1998 with her family. Her experience working and advocating for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in her native Mexico allowed her to work as an AIDS Educator with the local AIDS Committee for a few years until she initiated her work in the developmental disabilities field.

Lourdes and her colleagues work hard to not only develop innovative training tools to educate staff, local citizens and family members to change the culture of our community, to one where individual members recognize, value and foster inclusion, but also to provide respectful, competent and dignified residential supports to 178 adults with intellectual disabilities in Cambridge.

Lourdes Toro is also a mother, a wife, and an avid learner that has made it her personal cause to help people recognize that, every member of our community regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and the substances one chooses to put in one’s bodies, has agency and an inherent right to make a contribution.