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The LiveWorkPlay News (April 23, 2015)


We had to stop the presses for this item, which our early morning editor inserted just before publication! LiveWorkPlay has been mentioned in the 2015 Ontario Budget, delivered by Minister of Finance The Honourable Charles Souza on April 23, 2015. It is no surprise that it features the story of Royce Rinne, his employment at Dow Honda, and the subsequent positions developed at Star Motors, Kanata Honda, and St-Laurent Volvo. Royce and the video produced by Dow Honda had already been featured in the Spotlight on Transformation. On the occasion of our 20th anniversary (see below) it is appropriate to take a moment to appreciate that all the hard work and dedication to inclusive outcomes has been recognized in such a significant way, and best all, this success story is all about community partnerships!


We are pleased to confirm that Al Condeluci, CEO of CLASS, faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, and celebrated speaker, author, and award-winning champion of social capital and welcoming communities, has agreed to be the keynote speaker for Engines of Success 2015.

Al and DerickThis annual event serves to recognize individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as community members and organizations who support an inclusive Ottawa in partnership with LiveWorkPlay. This year’s event doubles as our 20th anniversary celebration!

Professor Condeluci and his publications have played a critical role in LiveWorkPlay development, and it is a thrill that he is able to help launch us into the next 20 years!

Another familiar face with a long track record of supporting LiveWorkPlay is Derick Fage, host of Daytime on Rogers 22. Derick has conducted many interviews with LiveWorkPlay staff, members, and partners over the years, but is perhaps even better known for his co-auctioneer duties with Sandy Sharkey from Boom 99.7 and other co-hosts at the annual Recipe for Success auction every April ($40,000 raised on April 9!). Derick has agreed to be our MC for the evening, and the event will be recorded by Rogers and will air in the future on the Podium program.

This year all guests are asked to register in the same way, via the Engines of Success ticket portal. We are unable to offer free tickets for special guests this year (such as employer representatives and partner agency representatives) but the admission, which includes dinner, is just $40 ($45 after May 11). LiveWorkPlay members or volunteers that plan on inviting special guests must remember that they need to register through the portal (or you can register them yourself) including completed payment. Due to limited seating, if you plan on inviting more than 2 guests please check with Keenan first.


LiveWorkPlay was featured on April 9-10 on CTV Ottawa’s “Amazing People.” This included recorded segments on the evening and late news, as well as an in-studio interview at noon. You can watch the video and get the full story here!


The second annual Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering in Ontario took place on April 14-15 in Richmond Hill. Five LiveWorkPlay staff members were in attendance and also contributed on a formal basis by hosting a session “Out of the Box and Off the Shelf: Bringing Person-Centred Plans To Life!”

Presented by Support Coordinator Allison Moores and People Connector Alex Darling, attendance was standing room only. This was in keeping with the level of enthusiasm demonstrated by delegates throughout the sold-out event. Check out the LiveWorkPlay report from the gathering!


In recent weeks there has been lots of activity on our Facebook page, so please join in that fun too! You can also follow @LiveWorkPlay on Twitter, and check out our channel on YouTube. We are nearing 2000 fans on our page, maybe you can help us start on our next 1000!