Go With The Flow Yoga $5 Drop in class Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm Beginning October 24th, 2016 Location: Community of Hearts, Old Quebec Street Mall (55 Wyndham St N, Guelph)
Go With The Flow Yoga
$5 Drop in class
Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Beginning October 24th, 2016
Location: Community of Hearts, Old Quebec Street Mall (55 Wyndham St N, Guelph)
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We wanted to provide you with these updates since our last communication regarding sheltered workshops and transformation:
1. The senior leadership team has continued to meet weekly over the summer months to review information coming in, to look at options for site visits and to generate some initial thoughts for moving us forward;
2. Between July – September we held 9 focus groups on various topics to gather information/suggestions from parents, people we support, staff, community partners, the education system. We thank all of you who participated in these events – your feedback is important and will be used when planning for the future;
3. We have connected with several agencies who are farther along with this transformation process to determine what worked well and what were some of the cautions from their perspectives; and
4. We have visited co-ops to see how they are operating and what makes them successful.
In September the Ministry sent out a Transition Planning package for agencies that currently have sheltered workshop programs in place. This has been helpful as it provides clarity on the types of programs affected, and some direction as to the types of alternative programs that we will consider.
The guidelines included in the Ministry’s package outline possible program alternatives and the principles that should guide new program development. The key principles are outlined below:
• Employment programs should be based on real work for real pay, meaning at least the minimum wage and preferable at whatever the industry standard pay for a given position is;
• Self-Employment options are encouraged but are distinguished from work arrangements that are managed and operated by an agency – in other words, self-employment options should ideally be community based with facilitation support from, but not control by, the agency.
• Agency Owned Businesses are expressly not acceptable forms of self-employment, even where all profits are distributed by profit sharing.
• Training programs are acceptable if they are: outcome focussed, curriculum-based, and have a defined timeframe.
• Volunteering should always be in typical volunteer settings (not-for-profits) in typical volunteer roles (ie roles that individuals without disabilities would typically volunteer in).
• Community participation should be based on a “person-centred” approach and support the needs and interests of the person.
The above principles are not out of line with the guidelines, values, processes we have imagined so that is good news indeed! We have been, and will continue to keep the Ministry updated on our progress going forward.
We are now reviewing all of the feedback/information/ideas received to date. Our next step involves a ½ day planning session on November 4, 2016 with an external facilitator who is knowledgeable about the developmental services sector, the sheltered workshop transformation process and the law.
We will keep you posted on developments.
As always, we appreciate your ongoing patience and feedback.
Community Living Ontario Launches Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide
Free digital resource geared to families, people who have a disability
Toronto, ON – People who have a disability and their families now have an online, comprehensive toolkit available to them as they consider their financial objectives and obligations. Community Living Ontario launched the Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide: A Tax, Benefits, Trusts, and Wills Toolkit for Ontarians with Disabilities earlier today.
Written by legal, tax and accounting professionals who specialize in supporting people who have a disability and their loved ones, the 112-page, seven-chapter digital book provides pertinent information on various topics including Will and Trust planning, consent, capacity and legal decision-making, the Ontario Disability Support Program, the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan.
“When writing this book, we wanted to clearly lay out the components of a person’s plan and it’s written in such a way that if families want to read it cover to cover they can, but they don’t necessarily need to do that,” said Brendon Pooran, principal lawyer at PooranLaw Professional Corporation and co-author of the Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide. “If they want to refer to information specific to a Henson Trust, they can easily look at the index and flip to that page.”
People who want to know their options and when to seek out professional support can visit www.PlanInspiringPossibilities.ca to download a free copy of the guide.
“Planning for the future of a loved one who has a disability can be overwhelming and difficult for families, and this free online resource outlines what to consider when planning an estate and also discusses available community supports, government funding and opportunities for tax savings,” said Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Ontario. “The Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide will assist people to become more knowledgeable about estates and to develop questions prior to meeting with legal, accounting and investment professionals.”
The Law Foundation of Ontario contributed $15,000 towards the development of the online resource.
Brendon Pooran will be presenting an overview of the Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide and answering questions related to estate planning as part of a series of informative sessions geared to families. The sessions are a part of Community Living Ontario’s Conference and AGM and will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites in Richmond Hill. The sessions are free to attend, however pre-registration is required and can be accessed by clicking here.
Community Living Ontario is a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. We are a progressive leader in the Developmental Services sector representing more than 12,000 individuals, families, over 100 member organizations and community partners.
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We wanted to confirm that there will not be a Poor Boy’s Luncheon event this year. Last year we celebrated our 30th anniversary, which is amazing to have an event run as long as this one has. We were informed after the event that our long time major sponsor would no longer be able to support us. The committee members also indicated their desire to step down for various reasons. The decision was then made to discontinue the event. We want to thank our long time sponsor Advocis, Golden Triangle Chapter, the committee members (Ron Orr, Sue Ricketts, Sandy Morrow and Brenda Bowen), the Italian Canadian Club, and everyone else for their support and participation in the Poor Boy’s Luncheons over the past 30 years!
Facilitation Wellington Dufferin is looking forward to the next in our series of community information events, scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday September 13th in Guelph, and Wednesday September 14th in Orangeville. Our topic for these events is Future Planning - Providing Leadership That Lasts. Please find attached the flyer advertising these events. We would be grateful if you could share it among your networks. While these events are free and open to anyone from our communities who is interested in attending, we do ask for people to please register by e-mailing JoannaGoode@facilitationwellingtondufferin.ca so that we can ensure adequate space (and snacks!). Thanks for your ongoing support, Joanna Goode - Director Facilitation Wellington Dufferin
Facilitation Wellington Dufferin is looking forward to the next in our series of community information events, scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday September 13th in Guelph, and Wednesday September 14th in Orangeville. Our topic for these events is Future Planning - Providing Leadership That Lasts.
Please find attached the flyer advertising these events. We would be grateful if you could share it among your networks.
While these events are free and open to anyone from our communities who is interested in attending, we do ask for people to please register by e-mailing JoannaGoode@facilitationwellingtondufferin.ca so that we can ensure adequate space (and snacks!).
Thanks for your ongoing support,
Joanna Goode - Director
Facilitation Wellington Dufferin