IN THIS ISSUE…1) LIVEWORKPLAY HOUSING IN THE NEWS
2) FAMILY FUN NIGHT: SHOWCASE
3) START YOUR ENGINES OF SUCCESS
4) HILL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
5) TAKING OUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE
6) OOOT-TOO PART III UNDERWAY
7) LIVEWORKPLAY OPEN HOUSE REVIEW
8) ROGER DODGER VOLLEYBALL
9) SIGN UP FOR VISIONING/POOL PARTY
10) COMMUNITY LIVING ONTARIO NEWS
11) LWP GEAR IS HERE
12) SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
LIVEWORKPLAY HOUSING IN THE NEWS
Thanks to some excellent work by reporters at CBC Radio Ottawa Morning and 580CFRA there were four stories about LiveWorkPlay housing on the airwaves this month. The CBC coverage by Hallie Cotnam included back to back reports featuring Laura and Moira on April 16 followed by Ian and Warren on April 17.
CFRA reporter Dan Pihlainen went to air with his story on April 28, which also featured Laura, Moira, Ian, and Warren, and wasfollowed by a live interview with parent Jack Murphy and CEO Keenan Wellar on the Steve Madely show.
The LiveWorkPlay approach is creating a bit of a buzz throughout the city, which hopefully will translate to opportunities for both public and private sector support. Currently LiveWorkPlay receives $0 from government sources for both capital funding and support services, a situation that needs to change if more people are to be helped.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: SHOWCASEThe LiveWorkPlay Showcase Trivia Family Fun Night was held tonight with 60 people with intellectual disabilities and their family members in attendance. There were several group trivia games and the grand finale of improv “Our Event Is The Best” presentations.
This year pre-recorded videos featuring SMILE participants were used to test the knowledge of the audience on a wide variety of LiveWorkPlay trivia topics. This included, for example, trying to remember what “SMILE” stands for! (Self-advocacy and More for Independent Living and Employment, in case you were wondering).
The wildest time of the night came at the end when teams of tables were handed a variety of random props that they were to use in promoting a particular LiveWorkPlay event that they were assigned. The results were very imaginative and most important contributed to the ongoing sense of belonging in the LiveWorkPlay community.
START YOUR ENGINES OF SUCCESS
Registration for the annual Engines of Success Recognition Banquet is already underway. We’ve moved to a new venue at the Hampton Inn Ottawa Conference Centre, and the event will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 26, at 6:00 PM. Advance registration is required.
Invitations have already gone out to volunteers and other special guests, including dozens of community partners. The evening will also feature the opportunity for Journeys and SMILE participants to share some of their accomplishments of the year. It’s been a great year for many individuals in realizing significant life goals, so get your ticket today and show your support!
HILL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
A quick thank you goes out to organizers and participants inThe Hill Charity Golf Classic, which run by an independent committee of volunteers committed to raising funds to benefit the needs of youth in the National Capital Region. The committee has contributed $2000 to LiveWorkPlay.
TAKING OUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE
is in the process of creating a public service message intended to generate awareness about outdated beliefs and attitudes regarding people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to a professional producer, writer, and director, the production will involve a half dozen actors recruited from SMILE.
The shoot is scheduled for May 8 at a variety of locations in the Ottawa community. The goal is to have the made-for-TV message ready to air in June, with a possible launch to coincide with Engines of Success
on June 26 if not sooner. There will also be a special section of the new LiveWorkPlay
website (also in current development) to provide more information to those visiting LiveWorkPlay.ca
as a result of viewing the public service message.
OOOT-TOO PART III UNDERWAY
Tim and Stephen moved in April 14 as the third pairing in the On Our Own Together Too transitional housing program, and they have already learned more new bus routes than both previous projects combined! It has been an impressive start, with fast-paced learning also taking place with regard to shopping and cooking.
On Our Own Together Too is a transitional housing program that provides an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to practice living beyond the family home in an apartment setting. Thanks to a grant from theCommunity Foundation of Ottawa, a total of 18 participants will take party in OOOT-TOO over the next three years.
LIVEWORKPLAY OPEN HOUSE REVIEW
The annual LiveWorkPlay
Open House on April 11 was the place to be for those looking to gain insight into the programs, services, and underlying philosophies of the organization. There was a steady flow of visitors from 2:00-4:00pm. Representatives from SMILE were on hand to provide tours and answer questions alongside the staff team. Special thanks to Jennifer Harris, Jenny Dobson
, Heather Wynn, and Melissa Ottway
for making this event a big success. Click here to see pictures from this event
ROGER DODGER VOLLEYBALL
First up is the fourth annual Roger Dodger volleyball tournament for LiveWorkPlay, hosted by the Albert family June 6-8 at the Perth Tent and Trailer Park. There is lots to do for fans and players alike, and supporters are welcome to attend all or part of the festivities. Contact Ron Albert for more information!
SIGN UP FOR VISIONING DAY/POOL PARTY
June 21 is the annual LiveWorkPlay Visioning Day and Pool Party – a full Saturday of learning, sharing, eating, and fun! Advance registration is required.
Visioning Day will be held at the Hampton In Ottawa at 9:00am sharp. We’ll all leave straight from there for a BBQ feast at the pool party, which will once again be hosted by the Harris family. These are both free events – but Visioning Day is a pre-requisite for attending the pool party! First we work, then we party!
COMMUNITY LIVING ONTARIO UPDATE
is still awaiting approval as a prospective new member ofCommunity Living Ontario
, organizers of an annual gathering of representatives from the Eastern Ontario region invited LiveWorkPlay
to attend the April 6 meeting in Alexandria.
Chair Wendy Mitchell, President Julie Kingstone, and CEO Keenan Wellar all took part in the interesting discussions that ranged from the role of people with intellectual disabilities in local and provincial bodies to a discussion about the new Community Living Ontario logo and promotional campaign.
staff members will travel to Markham to take part in the annual Community Living Ontario conference
June 11-13 and their AGM
that follows on June 14. The entireLiveWorkPlay
community is encouraged to attend, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on important trends. This year’s theme is Citizenship!
LWP GEAR IS HERE
It was a long time coming, but the new LiveWorkPlay
gear is finally here, and although the first batch is almost sold out, we are just about ready to submit a new order. If you want in on it, please get your order in asap! Click here to see samples of LiveWorkPlaygear!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
After reading this blog you may find yourself wondering how it is possible that so much can be happening with a small organization like LiveWorkPlay
. It takes a combination of dedicated volunteers, staff, board members, families, and community
partners to make it happen. And it also takes money, of which there is simply never enough.
has a very short list of personal donors, but you can help change that! Making a donation has never been easier – it can be done as a single contribution, or better still via a monthly deduction. Just $8.33 per month results in a donation of $100 a year! You can also donate to LiveWorkPlay
in the name of another person as a tribute or as a gift. Please visit our donation page to set up your contribution today!
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