IN THIS ISSUE…
1) THE END OF AN ERA: MARCH 31
3) RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: MARCH 24
4) ACES HEADS FOR TORONTO
5) COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE REPORT
6) WELCOMING uOTTAWA RESEARCHERS
7) JOURNEYS ENJOYING FRIDAY NIGHT FUN
8) OOOT-TOO WELCOMES CARL & CHRIS
9) COMMUNITY LIVING CONFERENCE 2009
THE END OF AN ERA: MARCH 31
Ontario’s remaining three mass institutions for people with intellectual disabilities will close their doors forever on March 31, 2009. Join us in remembering those who lived and died in Ontario institutions, and help us celebrate real homes and real communities for people with intellectual disabilities.
SMILE RETURNS WITH CLUB MED FEVER
They saved every month and waited a year, and when the big day finally arrived on January 30 the excitement was only slightly stifled by the need to focus on clearing security and customs before boarding the plane to Florida.
All questions were answered within minutes of arrival. Greeted by cool glasses of lemonade and a huge welcoming committee of Club Med staff, it was off for an incredible dinner, followed shortly by a night of dancing.
There was something for everyone each and every day. Sports enthusiasts enjoyed swimming, archery, tennis, football, golf, and more. There was tie-dye, cards, lounging, and other more sedentary activities as well.
Although the constant supply of delicious food and beverages and access to interesting activities explains in part the enthusiastic response to this trip, it was clear that the Club Med philosophy was the key to it all. In just a few days it seemed like everyone from LiveWorkPlay was acquainted with almost all of the 100 or so Club Med staff at the resort. There were some lasting connections made, judging by the substantial number of Club Med staff that have joined the LiveWorkPlay fan page on Facebook!
ACES HEADS FOR TORONTO
CEO Keenan Wellar and President Julie Kingstone had the opportunity to represent LiveWorkPlay in attending the 10th Annual Community Living Ontario Communications Training Workshop. Keenan also delivered a workshop to share the LiveWorkPlay experience with using social networking tools like Facebook to building community support and promote inclusion.
The conference kicks off Wednesday, June 3 and wraps up on Saturday, June 6. Registration is not yet available but it is not too early to start thinking about accommodations for those planning to stay overnight in Kingston. Get in touch with Keenan if you would like more details. A block of rooms is being organized in support of self-advocates who are interested in attending the full conference.
WELCOMING uOTTAWA RESEARCHERS
Two teams of graduate students visited LiveWorkPlay in February and are now ready to start work on two research projects. Team one is working with SMILE participants and their experience with the OC Transpo bus operators strike in December/January, and team two is exploring the impact of SMILE travel, including the recent trip to Florida and the decision-making process for determining the next destination (below right: those interested in a 2010 trip discuss the options at a February 25 meeting).
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.
LiveWorkPlay 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!
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