IN THIS ISSUE…
1) JUNE IS HERE…ARE YOU READY?
2) THE HOSTA BEE & THE HALF MARATHON
3) REMEMBERING COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH
4) ACES GEARS UP FOR TORONTO
5) EMPLOYMENT NEWS: JEN IS BACK
6) FOLLOW OUR EVERY MOVE IN KINGSTON
JUNE IS HERE…ARE YOU READY?
June is once again setting up to be one of the busiest months of the year at LiveWorkPlay, and as usual it has a habit of sneaking up on us all with all the wonderful distractions that the spring season can bring.
There will be a LiveWorkPlay delegation of 14 heading off to Kingston for the Community Living Ontario 56th Annual ConferenceJune 3-5. There is room for more and it would be especially great to have more family members in the mix. Contact Keenan if you are interested.
On your way back from the conference stop off in Perth and join in the fun of the 5th annual Roger Dodger Volleyball Tournament for LiveWorkPlay which runs June 5-7 at the Tay River Trent & Trailer Park. Contact Ron for more information.
This year’s Visioning Day & Pool Party event on June 20 is going to be a very special time, as we welcome guests Noreene Adam and Paul Melcher from Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. Noreene wears many hats, including that of the mother of an adult with an intellectual disability. Paul is the Executive Director, and has shared in the journey of Noreene and other family members who have supported people with intellectual disabilities to follow their own path in life. This is a FREE event, but you mustregister by June 15.
The pool party that follows Visioning Day is a great place to get a buzz going about theEngines of Success recognition banquet on June 25. This year there will be a number of special guests in attendance, including The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur and the outgoing President of Community Living Ontario, Dianne Garrels-Munro. In addition to the presentation of the second annual TOMORAs, there will be a number of new awards this year. The awards and their recipients are being kept secret, so come on out and be surprised!
THE HOSTA BEE & THE HALF MARATHON
Two determined individuals took the lead on raising an unexpected $2200 for LiveWorkPlay this month! First off, Marlene The Garden Fairy hosted two “hosta bee” plant sales that raised a combined $1500. Next came LiveWorkPlay staff member Allison Moores who ran the half marathon during Ottawa Race Weekend and generated more than $600 on her giving page.
Marlene thanked a very long list of helpers that included a team of volunteers from Bank of America Ottawa headquarters, Friday night volunteer Alan Clarke, theHamilton, Curry, and Siebrasse families, and many others!
Allison would like to thank her coach Jeff Manthorpe and colleague Daniel Harris for his last-kilometre encouragement!
It is not too late to make a donation and show your support for Allison’s run, just stop by her giving page!
REMEMBERING COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH
This is the first May for LiveWorkPlay as an affiliate of Community Living Ontario, having joined the federation at the beginning of June in 2008. May is Community Living Month across the province, a fact that is quite significant in communities across Ontario, but not well known to residents of Ottawa who have been without a Community Living presence for many years.
This will start to change next year when LiveWorkPlay adopts some of the public awareness strategies that have been developed and used successfully by many other member associations in other communities. Of course we will also be looking to come up with some of our own fresh ideas!
Many members of Journeys (the LiveWorkPlay Friday night community participation program for teens) are now looking ahead to July when they will plan, prepare, and finally enjoy nights in Toronto!
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