City asked to help Isaac Leblanc

Mom tells Courtenay council that renovation permit is very expensive

Wendy Leblanc is doing what she can to prevent her son Isaac, 27, from living in a seniors home.

Appearing before Courtenay council Monday, Leblanc is raising funds to renovate Isaac’s duplex.

Her son has a mysterious disease that has left him paralyzed. His house would need various additions such as a wheelchair ramp but Wendy is facing financial challenges. A permit, she notes, is particularly expensive.

“As a mother I’m begging you, can you please help with the permit?” said Wendy, who was accompanied by her friend, Evangeline Mathura.

They have raised about $10,000. The fundraising goal is $50,000.

They hope to begin construction in the next couple of months, but could use further assistance from the public and/or businesses.

“My heart goes out to you,” said Coun. Starr Winchester, who questioned if the request falls within council’s mandate.

Mathura understands council faces numerous requests for assistance.

City staff said a bylaw amendment is needed to waive fees, in answer to a question from Coun. Manno Theos.

The Leblanc family and Mathura are waiting to hear back from government on a grant approval that would significantly reduce renovation costs.

“I know that’s not the place (extended care) for a young man to be,” said Coun. Ronna-Rae Leonard, who suggested writing a letter to senior levels of government.

After nearly two years of hospital stays, doctors finally diagnosed Isaac with a rare form of multiple sclerosis called Marburg, but doctors still aren’t completely sure of the diagnosis.

 

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

 

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