Empowering Youth Independence

Deeply moved by the profound impact that Toronto Rehab and the LIFEspan program have on their 24-year-old daughter Jessica, David and Lynn Coriat have donated, with matching funds from The Slaight Family Foundation, over $1 million to Toronto Rehab Foundation.

Their generosity is having a significant impact on the patient, family and staff experience through the newly renovated Coriat Patient and Family Centre at Toronto Rehab’s Rumsey Neuro Centre.

The new and modernized facilities help improve the social and emotional well-being of patients and aid staff members in delivering the best care possible. Equipped with new tablets, televisions and computers to engage youth in developing life skills, the new space is already exceeding expectations.

“We are very pleased to see such a beautiful environment come to life at Toronto Rehab and provide countless opportunities to promising young people like Jessica,” says David Coriat.

The Coriat family joined us at Toronto Rehab's Rumsey Centre on October 16, 2014 to officially open The Coriat Patient & Family Centre and The Coriat Family Courtyard.  View photos from event 

The LIFEspan (Living Independently Fully Engaged) Service provides youth and young adults who have cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury (ABI) transition from the paediatric setting to adult rehabilitation services.

Key to the success of the LIFEspan Program is the role of the Youth Facilitator, Dolly Menna-Dack, who coordinates patient schedules and hosts seminars on topics such as school, socializing and work. To meet the growing demand for transition services, the generous gift from David and Lynn Coriat and The Slaight Family Foundation has also provided funding for a second LIFEspan Youth Facilitator, Terri-Lynn Langdon. Both Dolly and Terri-Lynn live with disability and understand the challenges facing young people today and they provide compassion and guidance.

Young people living with disability feel empowered by Toronto Rehab.

“Toronto Rehab Foundation is grateful to David and Lynn Coriat and The Slaight Family Foundation for their inspired investment,” says Cindy Yelle, President and CEO of Toronto Rehab Foundation. “They are making a world of difference in the lives of the patients we serve.” 

In Photos: (top) David and Lynn Coriat with their daughter Jessica (left) Youth Facilitators Terri-Lynn Langdon and Dolly Menna-Dack 

Watch Jessica and LIFEspan on Global TV's Making A Difference