Upcoming Events

Facilitation Wellington Dufferin Apprenticeship

Facilitation Wellington Dufferin (FWD) offers independent facilitation and planning support to adults who have a developmental disability in Wellington and Dufferin Counties.  They are looking to hire for their Facilitator Mentoring Program.   In this program, an “Apprentice” Facilitator will have a chance to work together with an experienced mentor, a number of adults with a developmental disability, and their closest supporters (usually family members and friends) as they think about and work towards building a good life in their community.

If you would like more information regarding this please download the full posting here, or contact Joanna Goode, FWD Director, by e-mail to joanna@facilitationwd.com


CLGW Family Update session July 2017


As a result of low numbers (ie less than 6) of RSVPs, the following 2 July sessions ARE CANCELLED:

July 20th – Guelph Claire A/B Boardroom Administration Building

July 25th – Fergus Base

There are already enough RSVPs to run the July 31st session so please RSVP for that one if you wish to attend.  We will set up another round of sessions in October 2017.

July 31st – Guelph Claire A/B Boardroom Administration Building

  • Session will run from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm; Everyone is welcome!
  • RSVPs are being requested to ensure proper space and minimum #s are met – please call or email Fern Donaldson at 519-824-2480 or admin@clgw.ca to confirm which session you wish to attend



Laura Hanley

Executive Director

Press Release from Liz Sandals, MPP


(click here for PDF version)

Ontario Supporting Upgrades and Repairs at 

Guelph & Wellington County Agencies

Improving Safety and Accessibility for Ontario’s Most Vulnerable People

July 11, 2017


Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety at Guelph and Wellington County agencies to provide better, more secure and accessible facilities for the people who use their services.

These investments include:

  • Family Counselling & Support Services for Guelph-Wellington will receive $90,000 towards building out the current facility to support program needs; and
  • Community Living Guelph Wellington will receive $38,000 to install phase II of the sprinkler system and $5,200 towards repairing the driveway.

This investment is part of Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal program, which helps local agencies repair and renovate their facilities to better serve people in the community. This support is also helping agencies ensure that their buildings meet improvements to Ontario’s Fire Code, in order to keep residents safe.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in community agencies that help those most in need is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“These agencies provide critical services to the most vulnerable people in our community. These investments will help the agencies make important safety upgrades and ensures that they are able to continue to provide people with safe, accessible places to go when they need support.”

— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“Community and developmental service agencies play an invaluable role in providing critical services to many people across Ontario. By investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety, we are ensuring that individuals that require services at these vital agencies have access to improved facilities and that staff who work tirelessly assisting those who require supports can focus on what they do best: helping people in our communities.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Safety measures like upgraded fire alarm systems, fire doors, and sprinkler systems reduce the impact of fire and help save lives. Buildings and facilities across the province that provide community services will benefit from enhanced fire safety measures – further protecting Ontario’s most vulnerable and giving peace of mind to their loved ones.”

— Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services



  • Partner Facility Renewal minor capital funding is provided annually to help social service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. Agencies receiving this funding include developmental services, community services and Violence Against Women agencies.
  • In 2017/18, under the Partner Facility Renewal program, Ontario is investing approximately $16 million in more than 150 community service agencies for approximately 850 projects across Ontario. Approved projects include upgrading accessible washrooms and kitchens; replacing windows and doors; replacing and repairing roofs, furnace and air conditioner replacement; expansion of program space and foundation repair.
  • The province is also investing $6.5 million in 2017-18 in fire safety in more than 90 facilities from over 30 community service agencies across the province. Approved projects include fire alarm system upgrades, installation of fire doors and separations and sprinkler system installations.
  • Ontario is the first province to make sprinklers mandatory in residential occupancy facilities servicing clients with cognitive and physical limitations and are incapable of evacuating the occupancy without assistance.
  • An amendment to the Fire Code that took effect on January 1, 2014 introduced new retrofit requirements requiring facility modifications.



For more information, contact: Jenny Waterston, Office of Liz Sandals, MPP (519) 836-4190


Happy Developmental Service Worker Appreciation Day!

The work that our Direct Support Professionals do at CLGW is challenging, rewarding and incredibly important to the people we support and their families. We truly appreciate the dedication, service, humor and skill of our Direct Support Professionals!

You each make a real difference in the lives of the people we support. You have a career that is often physically and emotionally demanding; and for all that you do we thank you!

Happy Support Workers Appreciation Day

Torchlight Garage Sale

Torchlight is having a garage sale, July 8th at 30 Edinburgh Rd North from 7am to 1pm.

For donations please drop into Tochlight, or call them at (519)822-7600.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1157359301040588/

National Volunteer Week, a statement by PM Justin Trudeau

From http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/04/23/statement-prime-minister-canada-national-volunteer-week

Ottawa, Ontario
April 23, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Volunteer Week, which takes place from April 23 to 29, 2017:

“Every year, almost 13 million Canadians across the country volunteer their time, energy, and talent to help improve the well-being of others and make Canada an even greater place to live.

“National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate Canadian volunteers and thank them for the selfless work they do to help those around them. As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we honour the essential contributions volunteers make to our country, this week and throughout the year.

“This year’s theme –Volunteering, eh? How do you recognize volunteering in 2017?encourages us to celebrate the many acts of generosity that Canadians carry out each day. Whether cleaning up our shorelines, tutoring young people after school, or preparing a meal for Canadians in need, volunteers remind us that our commitment to support each other makes us who we are as a country.

“The Government of Canada is proud to honour the contributions of these exceptional individuals through Canada’s Volunteer Awards. Canada’s communities are stronger and more inclusive thanks to the efforts and dedication of our countless volunteers.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to take the time this week to thank a volunteer who is making a difference in your community by using the hashtags #MakeADifference and #NVW2017.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards Program
Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition

Community Living Guelph Wellington wishes to THANK all Board and Committee Members, the agency Program Volunteers, Maude Squad, Bike Riders, Pet Therapy, Best Buddie Peers and Campus Friends, Event Volunteers and Staff Event Volunteers for all that you do and give to the agency and the People We Support.


The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde


To be a volunteer, it takes…

Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

You’ve shown these qualities and so much more!

Thanks to all of YOU!

Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph Wellington

FCSSGW is looking for a Social Enterprise Lead. Kindly share with anyone who may be interested.


Fashion Gala

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