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LiveWorkPlay News JULY 2009 (Archived)

Edition 32 – July 31, 2009

LiveWorkPlay is a Canadian charitable organization supporting people with intellectual disabilities to have a good life in the Ottawa area community. LiveWorkPlay is an affiliate of Community Living Ontario. The LiveWorkPlayNews is a monthly email and blog communication. Please scroll to the bottom for subscription and contact information.

IN THIS ISSUE…

1) YOUTH, SUMMER, TRAVEL: IT WAS ACES!
2) STAFF CELEBRATE “WE ARE EIGHT”
3) EVENT NEWS: ORIENTATION, GOLF, AGM, NYE
4) GOOD TIMES AT THE HUDAK-KEAY COTTAGE
5) FIRST ANNUAL “CONDO LIVING” CELEBRATION
6) IT’S TRUE WHAT YOU HEAR: NEW GEAR!

7) THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

YOUTH, SUMMER, TRAVEL: IT WAS ACES!

Active Community Experiences in Summer (ACES) offers teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities who are still in school the opportunity to plan and experience a trip! This year two different small groups headed to Toronto for three nights. Each group had the opportunity to make collective decisions about what they would do with their time in Canada’s largest city.

The student residence accommodations at the Victoria University campus of the University of Toronto offered an interesting environment for mingling with other travelers, including a Scottish rugby team!
Each of the two LiveWorkPlay youth groups chose a slightly different itinerary, but both chose to travel by train. Each person was responsible for managing their own identification, money, and transit pass (sometimes they rode the subway more than 10 times in a single day!).
There were visits to the CN Tower, a Blue Jays game, the Sound of Music, Medieval Times, Canada’s Wonderland, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Zoo, and more! It was a real “get in shape” trip with tons of walking with hops on and off not only the subway but also streetcars, TTC buses, and the GO bus.
You can get a flavour for the two trips from the photo albums. Just click on the pictures above. If you have a Facebook account you can see hundreds more photos plus weekly video journals from the LiveWorkPlay fan page!
STAFF CELEBRATE “WE ARE EIGHT”

The LiveWorkPlay staff recently got together to celebrate for the first time the new team of eight. Fran Childs is the newest member, but not the newest face having worked and volunteered with LiveWorkPlay for many years. Fran spent four years teaching in a Gatineau school board and in July assumed her new duties as Coordinator of Volunteers and Support Networks.

Anthony Stratton is the newest face, having just completed his first three months on the job providing supports for independent living, but he too is already familiar to many, having completed a lengthy placement with LiveWorkPlay while completing the Social Service Worker program at Loyalist College.
The recent “big news” within the team was the wedding of Allison Moores (Manager of Mental Health Supports) to Jeffrey Manthorpe – you might also know him as “Professor Jeff” from his science experiments on Family Fun Nights. The happy couple are pictured above right. You can learn more about all of the team from the LiveWorkPlay website in the staff section.

EVENT NEWS: ORIENTATION, GOLF, AGM, NYE

The LiveWorkPlay Golf Tournament 2009 takes place Tuesday, September 1, at the GreyHawk Golf Club, 4999 Boundary Road. Please register a foursome online or for three golfers or less, use our printable registration form. Special thanks to Quelmec Loss Adjusters and O.B. Villeneuve Insurance for hosting the tournament.
The annual Orientation and Annual General Meeting has been moved up to August 27. The Orientation begins at 6:30 and the AGM will start at 8:00. The Orientation is a “must attend” event for those individuals and their family members involved with any and all youth services (Journeys and ACES) and any and all adult services (SMILE).
You wanted it, so you got it: the tenth annual LiveWorkPlayNew Year’s Eve party will be an EXCLUSIVE event. You must be a LiveWorkPlay member or the guest of a LiveWorkPlay member to attend. The 2009-2010 New Year’s Eve In Ottawa party will be held at the Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites in the Algonquin Room. Tickets are now available, and there are special room rates for those wishing to stay overnight.
GOOD TIMES AT THE HUDAK-KEAY COTTAGE
Constance Hudak, David Keay, and Peter Keay have kindly opened up the use of their lovely family cottage to many adult members at LiveWorkPlay. In addition toswimming in a pristine lake, there have been boat rides, games, and of course delicious barbecue meals.
On the first of two visits so far this summer, a big group hanging out on the dock was treated to a visit by a snapping turtle that swam right up and said hello!
FIRST ANNUAL “CONDO LIVING” CELEBRATION
It’s been an exciting year with many adults associated with LiveWorkPlay moving out to homes of their own for the first time. This includes a small group of individuals that are living in the same condominium building. Some own their own units, and others rent from LiveWorkPlay, which acquired units with support from Action Ottawa, the local version of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
The building’s community room was the location for a July celebration that brought everyone together for the first time. About 60 family members and neighbours joined in for a delicious catered meal from the Newport Restaurant.
It was also an opportunity to right a wrong from the Engines of Success banquet in June, when Peter Keay was overlooked as a qualified recipient for the TOMORA presentations. A very surprised Peter accepted his award at the condo living celebration to thunderous applause!
IT’S TRUE WHAT YOU HEAR: NEW GEAR!
Yes, new LiveWorkPlay gear is finally here. There is new stock of men’s and women’s golf shirts in a variety of sizes and colours, and for the first time we are pleased to offer embroidered t-shirts so your logo won’t wear out in the wash!

The first public sale will be at the Orientation on August 27, but if you just can’t wait, inquire at the LiveWorkPlay office.
The LiveWorkPlay yearbook will also be available on August 27 for those who did not get a copy at Engines of Success. This year’s edition is very special, it is two photography books in one: half the book covers events throughout the year, and the other half is beautiful photos taken by the SMILE photography group.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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