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From Disappointment to Opportunity: Josh’s Summer Learning Journey 2020

August 30, 2020

Josh Balanaser was excited about enrolling in courses at Discovery University in the spring of 2020, but unfortunately those plans had to be put on hold due to COVID-19.  Like everyone else in our community, LiveWorkPlay members have been getting creative with their summer and fall plans, and Josh is no exception. With a bit… Continue reading From Disappointment to Opportunity: Josh’s Summer Learning Journey 2020

Thank You Sarah!

August 21, 2020

Sarah Villeneuve is finishing up her summer employment with LiveWorkPlay. She has taken the time to share a few memories with us before she returns to her post-secondary studies. What is your favorite memory of your summer at LiveWorkPlay? I have so many wonderful memories of my summer here at LiveWorkPlay, including hosting and co-hosting… Continue reading Thank You Sarah!

It’s Moving Time! See You On The Fourth Floor (When The Time Comes)

August 19, 2020

It’s moving time! We have enjoyed a fantastic 5 years at Unit 300, 2197 Riverside Drive, and we are pleased to announce that LiveWorkPlay has signed a new lease to continue in the same building. We are moving to a much smaller office in Unit 402 so that we can realize a significant annual savings… Continue reading It’s Moving Time! See You On The Fourth Floor (When The Time Comes)

It’s A First Year Full-Time Work Anniversary For Liam Pignat!

August 5, 2020

Quality in human services has a direct correlation to quality humans delivering those services! Experienced and committed staff who stay in their jobs over the long term are critical to a strong workplace culture. They serve as mentors to new staff, and establish a consistent trusted presence with individuals supported by LiveWorkPlay and their families.… Continue reading It’s A First Year Full-Time Work Anniversary For Liam Pignat!

It’s A Twenty-Third LiveWorkPlay Work Anniversary For Keenan Wellar

July 30, 2020

Back in July of 1997, Keenan left his job in the IT sector to commit full-time to LiveWorkPlay, which was at that time known as Special Needs Network. In 1995, with Julie Kingstone, the organization had been incorporated as a non-profit with charitable status, and was focused on building an advocacy network. Two years later,… Continue reading It’s A Twenty-Third LiveWorkPlay Work Anniversary For Keenan Wellar

LiveWorkPlay Annual General Meeting 2020

June 26, 2020

In the 25th year of LiveWorkPlay operations, our first ever online Annual General Meeting, June 23, 2020! Watch from the beginning or jump ahead via the links below. Pre-Meeting 5:40-6:00pm The year in pictures, a musical tribute Welcome message from Inclusion International Special message about racism and inclusion by Alastair McAlastair Ghartey National Anthem by… Continue reading LiveWorkPlay Annual General Meeting 2020

Guest blog from Derick Fage, host of “Let’s Chat with Derick”

June 23, 2020

Guest blog from Derick Fage, host of “Let’s Chat with Derick” Another episode of Let’s Chat with Derick is ready for your viewing pleasure. This time I chat with Keenan Wellar! Keenan and his wife Julie Kingstone founded LiveWorkPlay 25 years ago. The organization provides direct supports and services in the Ottawa area to deliver… Continue reading Guest blog from Derick Fage, host of “Let’s Chat with Derick”

Help Wanted: LiveWorkPlay is Going Door To Door for Employment and We Need YOU to Help Make It Happen!

June 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the labour market and this in turn has radically altered our approach to matching job seekers and employers, and we need your help with some old school crowdsourcing! We have just completed a survey with more than 130 responses from job seekers we are supporting to help us establish… Continue reading Help Wanted: LiveWorkPlay is Going Door To Door for Employment and We Need YOU to Help Make It Happen!

The Struggle for Racial Equality is Inseparable from Disability Inclusion and All Human Rights Movements

June 4, 2020

Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” It is with that prompting (and a powerful press release we received from Disability Rights Washington) that LiveWorkPlay comments on the issues of injustice, violence, and racial discrimination that are making… Continue reading The Struggle for Racial Equality is Inseparable from Disability Inclusion and All Human Rights Movements

A 25th Anniversary Celebration We’ll Never Forget: Make A Buzz Ottawa, May 7, 2020

May 10, 2020

When words just won’t do, roll video! It was an incredible night with a 90 minute 25th anniversary showcase with interviews and special video presentations, followed by a full set of live music by Dave Kalil. This was not the party we had been planning for almost a year, but we came together as a… Continue reading A 25th Anniversary Celebration We’ll Never Forget: Make A Buzz Ottawa, May 7, 2020

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