Mary Pat Armstrong

Mary Pat Armstrong is Founder and Chair of LIGHTS,, which provides an option for families who are interested in helping their family members with intellectual disabilities start a life outside the family home. A committed community volunteer for over 30 years and former university professor, her self-assigned mandate has always been to give back to a world that has been good to her. One of her greatest accomplishments to date is that of Founding Director of the first Ronald McDonald House in Canada after losing her daughter Marion to cancer in 1976. In 1999 she began to focus her energies on how she could improve life for people with intellectual disabilities and became involved with a technological project, ConnectABILITY,, with Community Living Toronto. In 2003, she helped her daughter, Jenny, set up her own home, and she now wants to create opportunities for other families to do the same. Jenny has an intellectual disability.