Confirmed victory
Petitioning Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and 4 others

Save The Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled

This camp for DISABLED CHILDREN, VETERANS, and SENIORS WILL BE SOLD if your MPP doesn't act NOW.

STOP THE BULLDOZERS!!!  THIS IS CRITICALLY URGENT!!!  

For over 30 years, disabled veterans, children, seniors, and their families have had a unique sanctuary on 6.8 acres of Crown Land to create timeless memories. Don't allow ANY MPP to give away YOUR land to MILLIONAIRES. They don't need it. Our most vulnerable citizens still want it. And they DO need it!

Since 1999, my wife and I, have provided 24-hour care in our home for Kirk, a disabled military veteran. Now, he may never get to return to a place that has been like a miracle. Ontario’s Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled is a place where our disabled loved ones can feel welcome, accepted, and equal. The Ontario government could sell their little piece of paradise at any moment, for a price that equals only 6 cents for every Ontarian, and their outdoor retreat will be GONE!!!

Just 45 minutes west of Thunder Bay, Wilderness Discovery is unlike any other place in North America, perhaps worldwide. It’s designed to meet the special needs of the disability community in a scenic spot on panoramic Lake Shebandowan. Without this unique camp, our disabled children, seniors, veterans, their families, and caregivers would lose the only place available where they can feel completely equal to everyone else. 

Traveling had always been an immense challenge for the disabled. Wilderness Discovery changed all that. The cabins are barrier-free with roll-in showers, wide doorways, and low-cut countertops. Each unit has an adjustable hospital bed, hydraulic patient lift, and shower/commode chairs. Only at Wilderness Discovery are disabled guests so welcomed.

Since 1984, HAGI Community Services For Independence managed and developed the facility. But, they allowed the lease to expire and abandoned the camp. The Ontario government wants to sell the land for an asking price of $866,000. That works out to a one-time allotment to each Ontarian of just a little over...six cents...SIX CENTS!!!  What's REALLY going on here? Why would the government rather sell it privately to some millionaire? This isn't right!!!

THIS IS YOUR LAND! DEMAND THAT ALL MPPs VOTE TO DESIGNATE IT AS PROTECTED FOR THE PERMANENT USE OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY!

Every year, Wilderness Discovery welcomes many Canadians and tourists from around the world. Every Ontarian should be very proud that your province is home to such a unique and wonderful place. 

I hope we’ve convinced you that Wilderness Discovery, and everything it means for the disabled people who visit, is worth more than your 6-cent share from a possible private sale. 

Follow our progress on Facebook, too. LIKE & SHARE our page, Save Wilderness Discovery Resort For The Disabled at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Wilderness-Discovery-Resort-For-The-Disabled-1559139154332674/

Keeping this camp open would mean the world to us, and to so many others. Please sign and share this petition with everyone!

Our thanks to all caring souls for your love and assistance.

Kevin & Lorie Johnson and Kirk

 

Please click on these links for more information.

"Musicians Join Effort To Save Camp For Disabled" (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, August 15, 2015)

http://www.chroniclejournal.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/musicians-join-effort-to-save-camp-for-disabled/article_181543fc-42c8-11e5-b5b6-d3d546a89026.html"Campers Lament Looming Accessibility Camp Closure" (Toronto Star, August 14, 2015) 

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/14/campers-lament-looming-accessibility-camp-closure.html

"Local Man Rallies Thousands In Campaign To Save Handicap-Accessible Camp"

http://www.southernminn.com/waseca_county_news/news/article_ac410b5a-0afd-584e-8e76-5c2bc68abc11.html

This petition was delivered to:
  • Premier of Ontario
    Kathleen Wynne
  • MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
    Michael Gravelle
  • Premier
    Kathleen Wynne and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Minister of Natural Resources, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
    Bill Mauro
  • Bob chiarelli


Kevin Johnson started this petition with a single signature, and won with 29,419 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.