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Friends helping Friends

ISSN 1180-503X

Summer-Fall 2018

Goodbye Brian Tardif

After 33 amazing years as Executive Director of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa (CAO), I will be retiring effective September 28, 2018. It has been my honour and pleasure to serve CAO and the thousands of people with disabilities, families with a member who has a disability and volunteer advocates over those years. I have been blessed to have had so many wonderful teachers that contributed to and sustained my passion for my work and longevity with this organization including the many people with disabilities I have come to know and very much appreciate over the years. Over 33 years, I have worked with and received tremendous support from hundreds of outstanding board members, many of whom continue to support CAO today. I have been witness to the amazing changes and personal growth of people who have been supported by volunteer advocates, or are participating in the range of offerings we provide. And, I have had the pleasure of meeting people who have intentionally made a commitment to include in their lives someone with a disability. These people represent some of the most outstanding and principled volunteers in our community.

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa has experienced astounding growth and is broadening its immense impact. This growth and subsequent impact is due to so many factors. We have an amazing staff of dedicated people who are committed to the core values and vision of CAO. I have been blessed to lead an organization that includes thousands of people including hundreds of volunteer advocates, thousand of donors, hundreds of event volunteers and businesses who contribute to the success of CAO. This extensive network contributes to the solid community ownership of CAO and its vision and mission.

I am excited to welcome my successor Heather Lacey to CAO. As you will read in this issue of Rapport, Heather joins CAO with a great deal of solid and valuable personal and professional experience to bring to the position of Executive Director. I encourage all of you to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the next few months to get to meet and know Heather. I can assure you that I will be assisting Heather to ensure a smooth and successful transition. I hope you will join me in offering your support to ensure success as CAO enters a new chapter in its evolution while protecting its core values and principles to support the inclusion of people with disabilities to exercise choice in our community and take up their full citizenship.

Our new Executive Director, Heather Lacey, introduces herself

Originally born in Ottawa, where I raised two amazing children into adulthood, my life’s journey has taken me to South Korea, remote First Nation communities in northern Ontario, Bella Bella, British Columbia and inner-city Edmonton, Alberta.

During my years in Ottawa, while raising my children, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Law. After completing my studies, I worked for 12 years with children with special needs and developed an expertise working with children/youth living with autism. This interest was cultivated when my oldest child was diagnosed with autism and developmental delays at the age of four.

Searching for a new direction in my life, I studied computer programming and worked in high tech (interactive voice recognition). But I was drawn to fulfill my dream to work overseas. After completing my certification to teach English as a foreign language, I lived, worked and travelled in South Korea for five years.

In 2007, I returned to Canada to work with the Ontario government (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) in Aboriginal child welfare and mental health. Here I was gifted with teachings that expanded my understanding of, and deep respect for, Aboriginal cultural and tradition. I gained valuable insights in to the history of the Aboriginal people’s experiences within Canada that would shape my perspective and practice going forward. In addition, I was given the opportunity to represent the region at several provincial policies and initiatives tables focusing on autism or Aboriginal services.

In 2012, I accepted the challenge to work as the Executive Director for a Delegated Aboriginal Child and Family Service Agency in British Columbia. The First Nation community, located on Campbell Island and accessible only by ferry or plane, is a community steeped in Heitsuk culture and tradition. A community impacted by the trauma of residential school and the sixties scoop. The Heitsuk have restored many of their cultural practices and revived and expanded the use of their language. It was an honour to live and work in the community, participating in community potlatches, festivals and events and most importantly developing strong and lasting relationships with the staff of the agency and the families with whom we worked.

After a brief stop in Edmonton, I am now back in my hometown of Ottawa and excited to start a new adventure with Citizen Advocacy.

My philosophy, perspective and practice has been shaped by my personal and career experiences. I believe that no challenge is too great that it can’t be overcome through working together; that you should genuinely love what you do; and that everyone’s opinions and ideas have value. It is my hope that together we can continue to enhance and expand on the work and contributions that Citizen Advocacy makes every day to the people we support and the community at large.

Thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Advocacy in Action

My name is Andrea Dixon and together with my friend, Theresa Mayer, we’d like to tell you about our time as friends.

Theresa and I have been matched for about five years. We watch movies, go out for coffee and breakfasts. But the thing Theresa likes best is coming to my house for dinner. We prepare a healthy meal together. Theresa is an expert vegetable chopper!

I asked Theresa what she likes about being friends with me. She replied, “I just like being friends.” I asked her if she remembered how long she was waiting for a match and what her life was life before we met. Theresa said “A long time, I think. It was not good at all!”

I remember when we met and how excited I was to meet to meet her! Now though, I’d like to tell you about how I got involved and what her friendship means to me.

When I first got involved with Citizen Advocacy, I was in school, having gone back to university at what I thought was the ripe old age of 30 years old. I had worked in the government for six years and took early retirement because I had worked too long in an unhealthy workplace. I was depressed, and anxious. I needed to find a new path. But here’s the funny thing about depression and anxiety – they often don’t just magically go away if all you do is change your setting. At school, I still felt isolated and lonely. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to try volunteering (and medication and counselling, of course).

I looked for volunteering close to where I lived in Orleans. Something that did not need a huge time commitment, since I was a student and working part-time. There were lots of admin jobs and one or two places looking for after-school help, but then there was this ad. “Do you like movies?” Well, who doesn’t? “And coffee?” I was a student – I practically lived on coffee. So, I called up Citizen Advocacy and one Wednesday met with one of their social workers for a learning conversation. The social worker asked me what seemed like some pretty personal questions at the time. Although I realized that they were all part of the process to find the best match for me and for the person with a disability.

First the usual ones. What are you looking for in a match? What do you do with your free time? But then there were some questions that can be hard for anyone to answer. What is important to you in a friendship? What is your support system like? Who do you turn to in times of need? When you’re sad, or upset, how do you deal with that?

I replied that conversation is important to me in a friendship, and that sometimes when I get tired or sad, it can be hard for me to be the person who reaches out to friends and sets up plans or checks in with everyone. That I had a pretty good support system of people I loved, and that they knew about how I planned to bring a new friend with a disability into our circle, and they supported that as well. And I told her that sometimes I didn’t deal well with being sad or upset, and although I’d done a lot of work on my own mental health, I still found it difficult to be vulnerable and tell people about what I was going through.

The social worker found me the perfect match! I’ve already mentioned some of things we do together – movies, dinner, meeting for coffee – now I want to tell you how much Theresa brings to our friendship.

Theresa makes sure to keep in touch with me, often calling just to say ‘hi’. She shares her news with me – what she’s excited about, how her love life is going, who she had an argument with – and listens to my news too.

She cares about the people I care about. She wants to know how my husband’s sometimes frustrating job is going, how my parents’ health scares turned out. When I was dealing with my dad’s health issues last year, and sad because his cognitive issues meant that he wasn’t the dad I needed right then, Theresa told me “That’s sad, but he still loves you.” It was a good reminder for me that difficulties in expressing thoughts and emotions don’t mean that the emotions aren’t still deeply felt.

And when I went through a period of depression recently, Theresa was still there, asking if I wanted to go out, making plans for us, and understanding when I said “Theresa, I can’t go out today. I’m too sad and tired right now.” She’s been there, and just like I told her when she had her own difficulties, we are still friends; and when I was feeling better we picked up right where we left off.

She is one of the most supportive and accepting people I know. And I’m grateful to have her as a friend, and to have Citizen Advocacy supporting friendships like ours.

Andrea Dixon & Theresa Mayer

Walking in My Shoes

This fall, WIMS has a great line up of speakers for caregivers who support loved ones of all ages.  Join us for some interesting insights, conversation and learn more about topics of interest to you.  We meet every third Tuesday of the month, starting September 18th when Kim McLeod, parent educator and advocate, will discuss ‘Parenting Children with Disabilities – Separating the Caregiver/Therapist from the Parent’.  She will share strategies to build on your parenting and caregiving strengths and how to balance them both.

October 16th will be an Informal Information Sharing and Discussion Session with the first 30-40 minutes with John Anderson from Spectrum Insights, which offers programs for youth and adults with Autism, Aspergers, NLD, ADD and Mild Cognitive Delay.

Pina Giovannitti, Behaviour Consultant with CISS will join us November 20th to talk about visual strategies that can support communication while reducing behaviours, supporting transitions, routines, and daily activities.  She will share strategies on using visual schedules, choice boards, social scripts and PECS to facilitate purposeful communication with your loved one.

Make sure to book your space for WIMS parent nights as at times, nights get full!

Email: wims@citizenadvocacy.org or call (613) 761-9522 ext. 236 to book your space.

Sibling Groups

The Children’s Sibling Group is gearing up for the 2018-19 year.  Registration was opened early this year and we already have 11 children registered. Register now to ensure your spot.

New this Fall is a Teen Sibling Group (ages 15-17 years).  This group was requested by those teens who were aging out of our 12-14-year-old group.  We were also contacted by other teens in the community were interested in a group. This group will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm, once per month. Registration is open now.

Families interested in learning more about the programs can contact the Program Coordinator, Kelly Howson for registration details or to get more information at khowson@citizenadvocacy.org

Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning

Meet Tiffany

Tiffany is an independent young woman with a good sense of humour, sweet tooth and the soul of an artist. She has shown great strength and resilience over the years as she struggled to make her way in the world. Along the way she has been helped by many and as you will see she is paying that help forward.

Growing up in the 1990s with a developmental/learning disability was hard. Teachers at the elementary level didn’t understand her disability, in fact she was given multiple diagnoses. Things got easier when she transitioned to Sir Guy Carleton High School where the culture there is to work at the individual student’s pace. Since high school Tiffany has been working part-time and is now living in her own apartment.

Tiffany learnt about independent facilitation and person-directed planning in April 2016 and had her first meeting with her facilitator in July of that year. Her first goal was to move from the YMCA into her own apartment. With the help of her facilitator she found a bachelor apartment the following year and applied for Passport funding.

Passport funding is administered by the March of Dimes and those receiving are routinely set up with a third party to manage the funds on their behalf. Tiffany and her facilitator lobbied successfully for her to manage her money on her own. Tiffany uses her Passport funding for her bus pass and to pursue her interests. She has also decided to use some of her funding to set up a Lifetime Network through Citizen Advocacy and has plans to hire someone to accompany her to her activities such as cooking and art programs. Tiffany has also applied to the Everyday Champions program to find a volunteer Advocate.

Another goal is to secure a different job. Tiffany is an artist at heart, she writes and draws, and her ideal job would be working in a bookstore. Together with her facilitator she is working on updating her resume, application letter and contacting book stores in the area.

Tiffany believes that it is important that there are programs in place in the school and work environments for all levels of ability. It was this passion that led her to be invited to speak at a meeting with the province to show the impact of the independent facilitation and person-directed planning program on individuals with developmental disabilities, especially those who are not lucky enough to have family support. Because of testimonials like Tiffany’s the province agreed to continue funding the program.

We are certain that the future is bright for Tiffany with the support of our programs – independent facilitation and person-directed planning, Lifetime Networks and Everyday Champions. We also know that she can be relied upon to keep us laughing and to speak up for others.

Lifetime Networks

The program has grown again! We welcomed three new Community Connectors and are discussing the program with four new families who has expressed interest.  We are also delighted to share the great news that at this moment there are no families are waiting for a Community Connector.

This summer we have been speaking with families to gauge their interest in participating in a family-led “think tank.”  Their involvement will help us to better understand the families in the program, their needs around workshops, social activities and community building. Also, this will return the program to its grass-roots beginnings and we believe naturally lead to increased community-building for their family member.

The Safe and Secure Book Club we hosted earlier in the year was well attended and received very positive feedback, so we plan to offer this again in the Fall. Stay tuned.

Any families who are interested in learning more about the Lifetime Networks Program can contact Kelly Howson, the Program Coordinator, at 613-761-9522 X 223 or send her an e-mail at khowson@citizenadvocacy.org.

Fetal Alcohol Resource Program

September 9 is International FASD Awareness Day!

Do you know someone with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)? Odds are you do, though you may not realize it. A recent study conducted by the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) found FASD prevalence rates of roughly 3% among Toronto school children (although many were undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with disorders such as Autism and ADHD). In addition, the national research organization CanFASD cites prevalence rates among Canadians as 4%!

Did you know that FASD is something that can effects every part of the body and that the effects last throughout the person’s life? FASD is associated with over 400 medical conditions that can occur at the same time (CAMH, 2016). Common signs of FASD are learning disabilities, memory issues, mental health challenges, and difficulty understanding the results of behaviour or actions.

Did you know people with FASD have many, many strengths? Each person with FASD is unique but some common strengths are being friendly, caring, verbally advanced, resilient, skilled at sports and/or the arts, and gifted with animals.

How did International FASD Day get started? The first FASD Day was celebrated on 9/9/99.  This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. Events are held around the world to build awareness of this permanent physical disability; increase prevention; decrease the stigma too frequently associated with FASD; and to celebrate the strength and resilience of those living with FASD and their loved ones.

What is happening in Ottawa on September 9, 2018? Great question! A group of dedicated and inspiring parents raising children with FASD have organized an FASD Walk from Parliament Hill to City Hall from 1-4:00. Everyone is welcome! If you have red shoes, please wear them because *RED SHOES ROCK! No red shoes? No worries. Join the group as we proudly celebrate the strength and beauty of our families living with FASD.

*RED SHOES ROCK? WHAT’S THAT ABOUT? RJ Formanek is an adult with FASD who founded the Facebook page “Flying with Broken Wings”.  He wears red shoes to “stand out, be noticed and have some fun starting the FASD conversation with strangers” while:

  1. Turning invisibility into visibility
  2. Creating conversation
  3. Changing stigma into understanding and acceptance

Join our FARPIES on September 9 to show your support for individuals with FASD and those who care about them.

Celebration of People

Don’t miss the Early Bird Nomination Deadline for Celebration of People

Celebration of People honours individuals with disabilities who are great role models, and individuals and organizations that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities by their personal or corporate example. Celebrate the people who make our community strong and nominate them today.

Nominate a friend, colleague, client, employee, business, event, or employer who deserves to be celebrated. Consider nominating individuals or organizations whose accomplishments have yet to be publicly acknowledged.

Nominate Early!

Nominees who submit all required forms and nomination information by midnight September 24th will be entered in to a draw for two free tickets to the Celebration of People event.

Final Nomination Deadline: Midnight October 5th

​Celebration of People would like to thank our event sponsors.

Evening in the Maritimes

More that 650 people joined Citizen Advocacy on Wednesday, May 23rd for the 24th Evening in the Maritimes fundraising gala at the beautiful Hilton Lac-Leamy. Billed as Ottawa’s largest kitchen party, this year’s event didn’t disappoint. Master of Ceremonies, Graham Richardson, ably took us through a fun-filled evening. Highlights included the MacDonald Highland Dancers, The Ramblin Fiddlers, Ottawa Police Pipe Band, amazing silent and live auctions and the much-anticipated balloon raffle. At the end of the night, guests went home with some great items, including an 11-day cruise to the Antarctica Peninsula, and Citizen Advocacy’s Everyday Champions program received an incredible $150,000 to help more than 600 people living with disabilities find friendship and support.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Evening in the Maritimes. Plans are already underway to make next year’s event even bigger and better. Don’t miss your chance to join us. Tickets are on sale now at 2018 prices – don’t delay this offer won’t last long.

Annual Picnic

The sun was shining on Saturday August 25th for the Citizen Advocacy Annual Picnic. Approximately 150 people joined us for good food, friends and fun! A special thanks to Krackers Katering for the fantastic food, DJ’s James and Alysha from Virtronics for the amazing music and MedVent for providing the First Aid services! We would also like to thank Morning Owl Coffeehouse + Parlour who donated Gift Certificates as prizes to all our Lip Sync competitors and East India Company Restaurants for donating coffee. It was also wonderful to see Mayor Jim Watson, and councillors Jeff Leiper and Tobi Nussbaum, come out to show their support for Citizen Advocacy! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Board Member Introduction

Karen Jensen

How long have you been on the board?
I joined the Board in June 2018.

What motivated you to join the Citizen Advocacy Ottawa board?
I was an advocate in the early 90’s before I started having children. It was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I saw firsthand how Citizen Advocacy (CA) changes lives and promotes social inclusion.  The power and simplicity of friendship as an agent of change really hit me then.  With work and four kids, it took a while for me to have the time to get involved with CA again.  And now, I’m raring to go…

What is your work and/or volunteer background?
I’m a human rights and labour lawyer but my most important job is mother to four children.  In terms of volunteer work, I have been a volunteer in my community pretty much all my adult life. Most recently, I was on the Board of Directors of Centre 507, which is a centre for homeless people and I was also Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.

What is your education and/or training background?
I have a Masters’ degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and worked for years as a psychotherapist with women in conflict with the law.  I also have a law degree and have been practising human rights, labour and employment law for 24 years.

What do you enjoy most about your board involvement?
I love the people on the Board. I find everyone really friendly and interesting.

What other ways are you/do you hope to be involved with Citizen Advocacy (e.g. Committee work)?
I hope to be able to put my human resource and legal skills to good use for Citizen Advocacy on the Human Resources Committee.

Tell us about yourself.
I have a passionate interest in the process of reconciliation with our First Nations people in Canada.  I do pro bono (free or reduced cost) legal work to promote reconciliation and hope to do more in the future. I think one of the most important opportunities we have as a country is to heal the relationship between Canada’s First Nations and the settler Canadians.

Aside from that, I put a lot of time and effort into my relationships with my family, both immediate and extended. Family is hugely important to me.

Volunteer Profile

Anna Przednowek

I have been volunteering with the Citizen Advocacy for a year and a half now in an advisory committee capacity for Lifetime Networks. I participate in advisory meetings about the Lifetime Network program and help interview applicants for the Community Connector positions.

I trained as a social worker and have worked in the developmental services field for over 13 years prior to coming back to graduate school at Carleton University to complete my doctoral degree. My doctoral research focuses on families who provide support to adult family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have recently accepted an Assistant Professor position, so I look forward to continuing to centre issues facing families in my teaching and future research.

I have over 10 years of experience volunteering in Ottawa and in my home community in Southwestern Ontario in various positions including board of directors for a developmental services agency, chair of fundraising activities for children’s educational programming in Tanzania and a community advocacy group advocating for public accessible toilets.

My biggest motivator for engaging with Citizen Advocacy was to support families who have a family member with an intellectual and developmental disability.

I was pleasantly surprised at how the Lifetime Networks program has helped me to think about care and support within families in a much different way. I found this very exciting – I am always learning a lot from the folks around me.

Help expand Suzie’s horizons

Suzie is an active woman in her 20s. She enjoys walking, swimming, music, shopping and helping with cooking. She is looking for a volunteer Advocate who enjoys cooking and walking. Someone she can spend time with outside her home.

As a friend to someone with a disability you can have a profound effect on their life by reducing loneliness and isolation; helping to achieve hopes and dreams; developing personal networks and relationships; decreasing vulnerability; and increasing self-confidence, mental and physical health.

Join our team of more than 250 volunteer advocates who are enriching the lives of someone in their community. You will gain a wonderful new friendship – someone to share activities that you love. You need to be over the age of 18 and to make a minimum commitment of 12 months to this role [Note: your status in Canada may affect your ability to make this commitment e.g. visitor visa, student visa, refugee claimant]. Preparation and ongoing support are provided.

Change Two Lives

INTERESTED? CONTACT US DIRECT AT mredpath@citizenadvocacy.org, 613-761-9522 ext. 222 or come along to one of our information sessions held at our offices – 312 Parkdale Ave:

Date

Day Start Time

September 10

Monday

6:00 pm

September 27

Thursday

6:00 pm

October 12 Friday

12:30 pm

October 29 Monday

6:00 pm

City of Ottawa Inclusive Recreation Programs for Persons with Disabilities

Integrated recreation programs are offered throughout various community centres giving children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in community recreation. Discover the programs available and how to register on the City of Ottawa’s website.

Match Anniversaries

Everyday Champions

May

28   Louise Crone & Margaret C.
14   Chris Walters & Réjean R.
11   Lorraine Yorke & Esther C.
10   Erica Zwicker & Elsi M.
9   Carol-Ann Deveau & Barbara R.
7   Ron Warren & Anthony D.
6   Colin Fyfe & Ian B.
5   Craig McCall & Kristian G.-W.
5   Chris Walters & Daniel A.
4   Patrick Thibeault & Joel A.
4   André Demers & Randy D.
3   Ray Chodura & Mark E.
3   Kara Houston & Jennifer C.
2   Michael Bastianelli & Jeremy A.
2   Michael Ryan & Robert S.

June

21   Stacey Norris & Dennis F.
11   Dan Paquette & Philip D.
9   Angela Wagner & Debra A.
6   Elaine Stephens & Lorraine B.
4   George Georgewill & Donald K.
3   Barbara Stewart & Carolyn B.
3   Véronic Renaud & Jocelyn W.
2   Sylviane Lacasse & Diane P.
2   Madeleine Brochu & Diane C.
2   Savi Narayanan & Kat T.

July

26  Allan Lewrey & Michael C.
22   Robert Lukshis & Tom S.
14   Mavis Mason & Lois R.
14   Adrian Raghunandan & John R.
13   Neena Kushwaha & Debby A.
10   Patricia Smith & Sophia T.
9   Lisa Gibson & Karine L.
9   Harry Beatty & Donald D.
9   Lisa Suzanne Fitzpatrick & Frances W.
7   Kate Johnson & Shelly B.
3   Jean Boutin & Marc G.
2   Megan Waldron & Renee C.
1   Drew Charkavi & Fiaz H.
1   Aisha Abdunnur & Deborah K.
1   Samantha Drouin & Trisha C.
1   Kayla Robillard & Joanna P.
1   Ana Ideias & Jacquelyn W.
1   Susan Merpaw & Helen C.

August

21   Sheila Robertson & Monique P.
12   Jocelyne Moran & Jackie W.
9   John Weir & Guy P.
9   Elizabeth Young & Francine L.
7   Tim McCarthy & Jason T.
5   Rob Meredith & Fred V.
5   Jessica Hughes & Eva I.
5   Kerry Wright & Sonya V.
2   Maria Doria & William K.
2   Krystal Valencia & Jamie S.
2   Pilar Moreno Arco & Sue D.
1   Alex Solski & Paul S.
1   Rowan Christie-Day & Natasha B.
1   Trina Alps & Françoise L.

Chance for Choice

May

12   Marcel St. Jean & Gordon G.

July

1   Mason Fleguel & Ajith S.

August

2   Scott Falconer & Sundance S.
2   Sakhar Sobka & Andreas D.

New Matches

Everyday Champions

April

Roberta Sherman & Karen K.
Paula Kielstra & Martine V.
Catherine Côté & Jennifer L.
Ma Khin Than Tin & Connie O.
Jacques Lévesque & Anthony G.
David Stewart & Isaac B.
John Neto & Dan M.

May

Salma Ismail & Carol L.
Tess Frémont-Côté & Meredith C.
Janet Pickup & Stephanie H.
Michelle Massart & Julie F.
Zheren Mark Hu & Benedict H.
Beatriz Muniz Ramos & Helena G.
Sebastian Mol & Simon I.
Aubyn Baker & Kris C.
Nathalie Legault & Capucine L.
Karen Thriepland & Dorothy H.
Daniel Dube & David W.
Maryrossie Vergara Estrada & Sarah V.
Beverley Allaire & Evelyn F.
Cassidy Beers & Johanne L.

June

Dina Jaber & Sherry B.
Adrian Davila & Nicholas C.
Rachel Vandertol & Cheryl L.
Ryan Iverson & David L.
Emma Demers & Andrew U.

July

Mary-Lynn Gallant & Laura A.
Anna Vanderveen & Tiana T.
Jackie Scheffel & Lesley M.
Fenel Sanon & Dickens P.

Chance for Choice

June

Mira Razran & Sandra B.

Staff Updates

Hello

Corey Fortier

“I am thrilled to be joining the Citizen Advocacy team as their Knowledge Transfer Coordinator. I will be creating a series of workshops and conferences supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live independent, safe and person-directed lives. I will be bringing my events background, non-profit work and my passion for supporting people to the work Citizen Advocacy already does. I’ve been deeply involved with the autism community in Ottawa over the past three years and am excited to meet and connect with new people. If you see me, don’t be shy to say Hi!”

Goodbye

Janet Carioni

It’s with mixed emotions I say farewell to my fellow colleagues, especially the FARPies. The past three years has taken the FARP team on a tremendous journey as we reached out to our community and spread the word about FASD. FARP is influencing change across Canada and opened the door for my next journey.  I look forward to continued collaboration as I head off to the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario to help build capacity and develop programing for students with complex trauma histories, including FASD.

Rachel Levine-Katz

We were sad to hear that Rachel would not be returning to Citizen Advocacy after her maternity leave but happy to know that we’ll still see her from time to time through her work supporting seniors in Ottawa.

Tracy Stocks

Tracy has decided to direct her energies to seeking new opportunities and we wish her all the best.

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Bringing People Together

ISSN 1180-503X

Spring 2018

Evening in the Maritimes

Tickets selling quickly!
24th Annual Evening in the Maritimes
Presented by Lundbeck

The highly-anticipated, authentic East Coast kitchen party is taking place at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and promises to sell out very quickly!

More than 650 guests will celebrate in true maritime fashion, all while demonstrating their vital support for reducing the isolation of people living with disabilities. For more information, visit www.eveninginthemaritimes.com.

With Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Vernon White and David Cork, Director, Scotia McLeod, Evening in the Maritimes showcases a fabulous dinner (with fresh North Atlantic lobster as the star, but also superb steak and vegetarian options available), exceptional silent and live auctions, splendid raffle, and down-east fun and entertainment – a show stopping evening to remember!

Book now, before we sell out – this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Individual tickets are $175 ($75 tax receipt)
Corporate tables for ten people, with amazing benefits, are only $1,900

To reserve your space, contact Mikhela Jason at mjason@citizenadvocacy.org.

Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning

Melissa’s Magic

Facilitation with Melissa has been an honour. She is thoughtful, fun-loving, wise, and resourceful. When Melissa makes a decision, there is little to sway her from her goal. Our facilitation has taken several interesting turns, both with successes and new learnings. In March of 2017, Melissa decided it was time to finish her high school education. I knew it was time to fasten my seatbelt, things were about to happen.

We consulted with our Board office and learned that Melissa had only one course left to complete. Wow! Not only was our goal achievable, we could almost taste the finish line. Melissa determined that she did not want to do an academic course. Her previous experiences had shown her that that was not the best direction. The other option was a co-op placement.

The key to success is to understand your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses. The first placement we explored was in the food service industry, and even though there were several very positive aspects of this work, we quickly came to realize that this was not the best fit for Melissa.

We worked together with the co-op placement teacher, and came across a little gold nugget of a placement. Melissa was wanted and needed to assist with a senior’s program within her community. She would be assisting in the set up for various events, cleaning, as well as speaking and interacting with patrons. They had the opportunity to be blessed with the warm laughter, hard-working spirit, and dedication of a very motivated co-op student. The coordinator of the program was calm, understanding, and flexible; some very key qualities that expanded success upon success.

Melissa graduated in June 2017. Her co-op teacher wrote this very beautiful tribute about Melissa.

“…Long story short, the best student I have had all year is Melissa. She has taught me more than anyone about perseverance, patience, and kindness. She made me laugh every day, and brought me to tears more than once in every way. She is profound and perceptive in such a simple and honest way. She has a great sense of humour…”

Melissa has since conquered another goal, a home of her own, and is setting her sights on her next achievement. I have a feeling it’s time to get buckled up again.

Ruth Ann Moore – Facilitator

Advocacy in Action

Michael lives in an assisted-housing facility in Vanier. He is not employed and has a lot of time on his hands. I meet with Michael once a week, usually on Tuesday afternoons, and we do a variety of activities, including: bowling, billiards, films, swimming, museums, and occasional trips out of town. I am retired and I have time to spend with someone who may not have a network for social and recreational activities. We talk about a variety of topics including his family history, hockey (Michael is a big Montreal Canadiens fan), life at his residence, and any other topic that he might raise. Often, I do not know where the conversation may go, but it gives him an opportunity to express his thoughts and feelings. I enjoy spending time with Michael because, selfishly, I feel I am doing something worthwhile for someone else, but also, he seems truly appreciative of my interest in him and my commitment to seeing him on a regular basis.

Richard Johnston – Advocate

Fetal Alcohol Resource Program

The Fetal Alcohol Resource Program (FARP) is thriving and growing! The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) community across Ontario is busy with the recent announcement by the Ministry of Children and Youth Service of a provincial FASD strategy. One component of this strategy is to establish an FASD Worker program aimed at providing education and supports to parents and caregivers of children with FASD. In our region, the funds for the FASD Worker initiative were allocated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario-Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO-OCTC). FARP was invited to partner with CHEO-OCTC to build the model and facilitate implementation of this program for Ottawa, and the counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell. As a result, we are in the process of hiring staff to provide support to families in these areas.

In anticipation of the FASD Worker program launch and equipping the FASD workers, FARP was identified as one of the leaders in delivering evidence-based FASD training to agencies not only within Ottawa, but across Ontario and Canada. Two-day training has been provided at KidsInclusive in Kingston and the team will be heading to Sault-Ste-Marie in May to deliver training at Thrive.  Our team recently returned from Sydney, Nova Scotia where the feedback was glowing – “… Everyone I have spoken to was very pleased with the clear and concise information and commented on how your delivery kept them engaged and interested. In addition to this, the fact that you have the personal experience of parenting a child with FASD only added support to the information you were delivering. Often, as social workers, we can empathize with our clients and gain, as best we can, an understanding of their situations while recognizing that we can never truly “know” what they are going through. Without a doubt, as a mother of a child with a diagnosis of FASD, your personal perspective was valuable in helping us understand the day to day challenges and some of the difficulties that can be experienced by parents when trying to navigate the “system”.”

FARP is proud to be accepted as presenters at the 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD in Vancouver. FARP will illustrate our innovative model of community capacity building and service navigation.  Inspired by the success of FARP, three regions in western Canada are replicating a similar model of service delivery to support their local neurodevelopmental disability communities and FARP has been invited to collaborate with the teams in British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon.

FARP hasn’t forgotten our roots in Ottawa and continues to provide training to local community organizations and service providers. To date, FARP has provided training to over 3000 individuals.

Lifetime Networks

Lifetime Networks is growing!  We have more families onboard, and more workshops and educational events are being offered.

In March, we ran a workshop on Creating an Emergency Plan, and in April, Donna Thomson will show us how families can use TYZE Personal Networks. TYZE is a secure website for those involved in the care and life of an individual with a disability. It allows common documents to be stored and accessed by the network and is a place for those involved in a loved one’s life to chat, and volunteer to help in an individual’s care and social activities. Upcoming workshops are planned on Wills, Estate and Trust Planning, and Financial Planning for Families.

The Pilot Project, in conjunction with the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA), officially wrapped up in February. Based on our learnings we have developed a mental health strategy to work with families who have an adult child living with a mental illness and a training module for Facilitators who are, or will be, working with a family with a loved one living with a mental illness. In addition, we look forward to educating mental health agencies about Lifetime Networks and the benefits that may help people living with a mental illness become more active and included members in their communities.

Lifetime Networks is also working to offer more family events. We are currently working with Propeller Dance to run an inclusive dance event. We are also planning a potluck and an accessible bowling night. Our hope is that families will become more engaged and plan other social activities for all network families. Our Facilitators will be there encouraging and planning with them to make this happen.

Any families who are interested in learning more about the Lifetime Networks Program should contact Kelly Howson, Program Coordinator, at 613-761-9522 X 223 or send her an e-mail at khowson@citizenadvocacy.org.

Children’s Sibling Group

The Children’s Sibling Groups are winding down for the 2017-18 year. Our final group will take place on May 12th, where we will be celebrating the work done by all the groups’ participants. Cake and personalized certificates will be part of this celebration as we officially end the 4th year of the Sibs.

The program added a new feature this year for the parents – Coffee’s On. We have learned that parents often put themselves last and tend to leave the house on the morning of groups without eating any breakfast. Coffee’s On is held every month when groups are running. Parents can sit and chat while having a light breakfast and coffee or tea. This also offers parents the chance to meet each other, share resources, challenges and celebrations. The Program Coordinator is always on hand at Coffee’s On to answer questions and to hand out flyers for upcoming events at Citizen Advocacy.

Families interested in learning more about the program can contact Kelly Howson, Program Coordinator, for registration details or to get more information at khowson@citizenadvocacy.org.

Walking in My Shoes

Walking in My Shoes (WIMS) is a monthly meeting for parents of children with special needs, of all ages, to meet, greet and share experiences through facilitated discussions and guest speakers.

There are two meetings left before the summer break. On Tuesday, May 15 our focus will be Estate Planning for a Loved One with a Disability. Natalie A. Sanna is an associate lawyer at Persona Law Group. She is dedicated to helping clients and their loved ones plan for, and deal with, disabilities, incapacity, illness and death. She has been drawn to the areas of Wills, Estates, and Trusts, since 2003.  Natalie will share how to access, manage and support you, and your loved ones, to obtain a secure future and peace of mind.

Our final meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 19 will be an Informal Discussion and Information Sharing event.

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings. For more information contact our Facilitator, Darlene Donnelly at wims@citizenadvocacy.org or 613-761-9522 ext. 236.

Ottawa Race Weekend

Join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at Ottawa Race Weekend on May 26-27. Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running event and it provides opportunities for the community, all levels of runners, walkers and those in wheelchairs, to participate. The sense of accomplishment and community inclusion that comes from participating in Ottawa Race Weekend is richly rewarding for all.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of Citizen Advocacy’s team! Our plan is to fundraise together, give away some great prizes and enjoy ourselves on race day. No one gets left behind.

Unable to make it to Race Weekend but still want to support the Citizen Advocacy team?
Please consider pledging one of our participants who all work so hard to help raise important funds for Citizen Advocacy. http://www.runottawa.ca/torw/charities/scc-charities

We hope you’ll mark your calendars and get ready to run, donate, or cheer. Register online or the CA team will help you register. Contact scampbell@citizenadvocacy.org or 613-761-9522 ext. 243.

An Opportunity to Go Hiking Together

One of our Advocates has offered to lead an accessible 2 km walk/hike on May 5th in Gatineau Park. The plan is to meet at 11 am, hike and then retire to the Chelsea Pub for socializing, drinks and snacks. The intent is to keep the group hikes going during summer if there is interest in doing so. All are welcome to join. Hikes will always have an easy and more challenging route option with views and snacks along the way. For full hike details please contact Kurt direct at trailpeak@rogers.com.

Kurt is the organizer and creator of trailpeak.com, a Canadian trails database used by hikers from coast to coast.

NEW DATE! Annual General Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the
2018 Annual General Meeting of
Citizen Advocacy Ottawa

An organization’s annual general meeting (AGM) is the most important meeting of the year, with the Board of Directors, Executive, and general membership all in attendance. At the meeting, the Board details agency performance and outlook, and all members vote on key issues relating to the organization including the election of Board members.

Monday, June 4, 2018
Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Ave.,
Free parking, close to Tunney’s Pasture
5:30 pm –7:30 pm – Light refreshments

With the new Bylaws for Citizen Advocacy Ottawa that were adopted at the Annual General Meeting in 2015, membership requirements have changed and are now required to be more explicit. As such:

If you are a Volunteer Advocate, a Friend or a participant in the Independent Facilitation and Planning program your membership fee is $5.
If you are a WIMS member, a Sibling Group parent, an Independent Facilitation and Planning family member, a board member or a committee member it is $25.
If you are a Lifetime Networks member, your membership fee is included in the annual membership fee for the program.

IMPORTANT:  To be able to exercise your right to vote at the Annual General Meeting you will need to purchase a membership no later than May 21st, 2018. A purchase of membership after May 21st will not qualify you to vote at this year’s AGM.

Please RSVP by May 28th, 2018 by calling the office at 613-761-9522
or by email to info@citizenadvocacy.org.

Safe & Secure Book Club

The Safe and Secure book club has been a hit with parents and caregivers and we are in the planning stages of deciding what this will look like for the second round.

At last month’s Safe and Secure Book Club, Rob Meredith from RBC was our speaker. We discussed and had our questions answered about RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plans) and financial planning. There was lots of learning and note taking going on!

G1 Study Group

The G1 study group began through listening to the voices and interests of our participants in the Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning Program who have goals of getting their drivers licence in the future. The group’s purpose was to offer individuals alternative ways of learning and studying The Official MTO Driver’s Handbook. This group runs every second Monday and includes studying each chapter, discussion, visual examples, trivia and G1 practice tests. The group offers resources as well and knowledge of the basic information they need about learning to drive in Ontario, safe driving practices and how to get a licence to drive a vehicle. There has been great interest in the group and we welcome newcomers each meeting. The plan for the G1 Study group is to offer it in the future and to pass on our learnings and successes to community agencies who may want to offer it as well.

G1 Study Group members taking a surprise practice quiz. Learning within a group is fun when there is trivia involved!

Board Member Introduction

Ron Warren

How long have you been on the board?
I have almost completed two full years with the Citizen Advocacy (CA) board.

What motivated you to join the CA board?
After having been an advocate for several years, and also serving on several work committees, I felt I may be able to contribute to the CA board.

What is your work and/or volunteer background?
I am a project manager related to business transformation and technological advancement for the Canada Border Services Agency. I have volunteered for both the Ottawa Mission and CA since moving to Ottawa from Toronto approximately 11 years ago.

What is your education and/or training background?
I have a degree in Political Science and have taken several courses in project management and am currently working towards my Project Management Professional designation.

What do you enjoy most about your board involvement?
I thoroughly enjoy hearing about all the meaningful initiatives and programs that are administered by Citizen Advocacy and which provide immeasurable benefit for our clients and the community.

Please describe the other ways in which you are involved with Citizen Advocacy
I was involved with the Marketing & Awareness committee for a short period of time but unfortunately could not continue due to work commitments. I would like to be able to join another committee this year (or re-join the Marketing & Awareness committee) moving forward.

Tell us about yourself
I am keenly interested in raising the profile of Citizen Advocacy as I sincerely believe in its mandate and have witnessed firsthand, as an advocate, the positive impact that this organization makes to the lives of those that want nothing other than to live full, meaningful, lives and be active members of society. Oscar Wilde famously opined that, “to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”. I feel proudly that as a member of the board I am contributing to ensuring a strategic direction for CA that will continue to promote programs and initiatives that strive to ensure that those with physical or mental disabilities aren’t simply existing, but actually living.

Volunteer Profile

Helena Sonea

I have been involved with the Children’s Sibling Group program since its inception in summer/fall 2014. I initially joined the advisory committee to provide the lived experience of a sibling who has siblings with disabilities to the committee. As time went on my desire to join this committee and to facilitate the siblings’ group program, was driven by my personal experience of disability. I have two brothers on the autism spectrum, and as a child there were little to no supports for siblings to help sort through the sibling experience. I knew when I began my professional career, that I wanted to see significant change to the disability population and to provide greater supports to families. Supports that did not necessarily exist when I was growing up.

I am involved in the sibling group program as both an advisory committee member and facilitator. In my role on the advisory, I support the staff at Citizen Advocacy in the annual planning and development of the program. For example, helping develop comprehensive evaluations for all stakeholders to complete annually. These evaluations are invaluable as they help ensure the program is meeting its strategic objectives and breaking down barriers for families who have children with disabilities. In my role as facilitator of the program, I actively develop an age appropriate curriculum that provides a safe space for individual learning and sharing of experiences of siblings with disabilities.

Currently, I am the manager of operations and strategic initiatives with the Health Charities Coalition of Canada.  I work directly with the Coalition’s membership in identifying areas for strategic engagement and advancing health policy priorities with public policy officials. I am a graduate of the Masters of Critical Disability Studies program at York University.

I enjoy being able to help the children in the siblings’ program through scenarios that I experienced as a child. I love being able to empower the children and show them that they are incredible people, who will do incredible things, and that disability is a part of their lives, but not their whole lives. I enjoy being able to help the children create new friendships with their peers with other people “who just get it.”

I am an adult sibling of people with disabilities who is still figuring it out.

Mick has been waiting 14 years for a friend

Mick has been waiting 14 years for a volunteer Advocate. He is in his early 60s, uses a wheelchair and has a developmental disability. He would love to be matched with someone who shares his love of sports and is comfortable with Mick’s limited conversation style. He’d also just love spending time with you going for a coffee or a walk outside.

As a friend to someone with a disability you can have a profound effect on their life by reducing loneliness and isolation; helping to achieve hopes and dreams; developing personal networks and relationships; decreasing vulnerability; and increasing self-confidence, mental and physical health.

Join our team of more than 250 volunteer advocates who are enriching the lives of someone in their community. You will gain a wonderful new friendship – someone to share activities that you love. You need to be over the age of 18 and to make a minimum commitment of 12 months to this role [Note: your status in Canada may affect your ability to make this commitment e.g. visitor visa, student visa, refugee claimant]. Preparation and ongoing support are provided.

INTERESTED? CONTACT US DIRECT AT mredpath@citizenadvocacy.org or 613-761-9522 ext. 222

Or come along to one of our information sessions:

Date

Day Start Time

May 7

Monday

6:00 pm

May 25

Friday

10:30 am

June 11 Monday

6:00 pm

June 28 Thursday

6:00 pm

Staff Updates

Hello

Hélène Courchesne

We are delighted to welcome back Hélène as the Team Leader for the Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning program. She has an extensive background supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities to help increase their quality of life.

Louise Cayer-Deslauriers

Louise has joined us part-time to cover Sara Rafiei’s maternity leave. She has been working in the social services field for over 30 years with adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Goodbye

Andrea Podruski

Andrea was a highly-valued employee with Citizen Advocacy Ottawa for more than 14 years. She was part of the growth and evolution of this organization and its work supporting people with disabilities. More broadly, she has had an impact on the local disability sector and its evolution in supporting people with disabilities and their families. She was an instrumental member of our team, and the development of the Independent Facilitation offering and the evolution of our work providing person-directed planning and support to people and families. She has also provided valuable leadership in the Lifetime Networks and the Everyday Champions programs. Andrea left us to join the Office of Disability Issues at the Federal Government as a Policy Advisor, bringing her vast experience and knowledge to benefit public policy at a broad level. A very good move for Andrea and a definite loss for Citizen Advocacy.

Lynne O’Connell

In A.A. Milne’s words “how lucky I am to have something that makes saying good bye so hard!” It has been an honour and a privilege to conclude my career as an Independent Planning Facilitator with Citizen Advocacy Ottawa. The ties that bind the Citizen Advocacy Team together, under a visionary leadership, are because each of you believe and are passionate about what you do – enhancing the quality of life for all!

Sara Rafiei

Sara will be on maternity leave for the next 12 months. We look forward to hearing about the safe delivery of her baby and, of course, to meeting the little one and enjoying some baby cuddles.

Celebration of People Nominations

Join us at the Infinity Centre on Monday December 3rd, 2018 for the Celebration of People’s annual awards. These awards recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities.

Award recipients include individuals with disabilities who are advocates for others with disabilities and/or whose personal example of excellence demonstrates the potential of all members of the community. They also include companies, agencies, government and other organizations which have created opportunities for people with disabilities to participate more fully in their workplaces, schools and volunteer organizations—for example, through projects to enhance physical accessibility or inclusive hiring practices and policies.

The vision of Celebration of People is to create a community that embodies the principles of inclusiveness and acceptance in all aspects of life for people with disabilities.

Who inspires you? Nominate someone now at: www.celebrationofpeople.com

Celebration of People Academic Bursary

The success of the Celebration of People Awards event has led to the establishment of the bursary fund aimed at providing financial assistance to students living with a diagnosed disability who wish to pursue post-secondary education in Ottawa.  Introduced in 2017, the bursary is awarded annually, to four students. The four recipients must be accepted to, or enrolled at one of the following local institutions: Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, Carleton University or La Cité Collégiale.

BURSARY SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection committee will choose four successful candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Part‐time, full‐time, mature students and high school graduates must be accepted or enrolled in one of the four eligible institutions; Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, Carleton University or La Cité Collégiale.
  • Must be in need of financial assistance and in good academic standing
  • Must have a diagnosed disability

To see the full criteria and to download the Bursary Application please go to:

www.celebrationofpeople.com/bursary-program

 Bursary Deadline Monday May 31, 2018

Match Anniversaries

Everyday Champions

January

33  Arne Haaland &.Norman P.
27  Allan Dolenko & Maurice G.
22  Richard Kastler & Greg R.
11  David Murrell-Wright & Garry H.
10  Peter Roorda & John L.
9  Jennifer Forbes Walker & Nancy N.
9  Diane McGuire & Jenny G.
7  Tom Murphy & Gilles D.
4  Mike Weir & Philip M.
2  Geraldine Esparza & Julienne W.
1  Pascale Robillard & Angela D.
1  Kristen Copeland & Meenu S.
1  Cat Czyrnyj & Nicole P.
1  Jennifer Hubbard & Kadeem P.
1  Nadim Hammoud & Petr V.
1  Naga Lakshmi & John M.

February

12  Gerald Lalonde & Dan M.
12  Brian Joynt & Jeffrey B.
9  Ellen Dettman & Mary G.
9  Chris Judge & Michael B.
5  Andrea Dixon & Theresa M.
5  Helen Wong & Renee C.
3  Heather Astle & Heloise B.
3  Laura Boutin & Michèle G.
3  Bruce Jutzi & Brian S.
3  Kathleen Stephenson & Marwa T.
3  Simone St-Cyr & Carole M.
2  Ruby Puni & Molly K.
2  Ron Warren & Richard P.
2  Bruce Burwell & Peter H.
1  Sarah Thayer & Catherine B.
1  William Wells & Jorge D.
1  Peter Kaiser & Ronald L.
1  David Cork & Ian M.
1  Richard Johnston & Michael L.
1  Stephane Houle & Philip B.
1  Chris Jokel & Warren M.

March

17  Blaine Chessie & Gareth P.
17  Veronica Petro & Stefania I.
14  Viji Sundaram & Rachel W.
12  Jenna Elizabeth Swan & Katie P.
9  Chris Andrews & David R.
8  Carlos Nunes & Roger T.
5  Lourdes Rojas & Maria A. C.
4  Mike Murphy & Anthony T.
3  Jenna Neerhof & Ashley L.
3  Tuong Kuwabong & Christine B.
2  Jessica Murphy & Melanie D.
2  Helen Barrette & Mireille D.
2  Sebastien Vaive & Jack M.
1  Francine Burdick & Chantal C.
1  David Stewart & Andrew B.
1  Stephanie Gibson & Alexandra D.
1  Katrina Byrd & Bonnie V.
1  Julie Nero & Tereza C.

April

19  Cynthia Throop & Nancy D.
17  Lori Streefkerk & Jane M.
17  Philip Hogarth & David F.
8  Justin Mensen & Ryan B.
6  Patricia Collette & Caroline J.
4  Meltem Tuna & Alanna M.
4  Erin Gauthier & Yves V.
3  Mac Hiltz & Robert N.
3  Denise Curtis-Power & Mandy Jane W.
3  Todd Collings & Glen K.
3  Laurena Nash & Marilyn P.
2  Winn Lambert-Meek & Margaret C.
2  Line Miner-Pilon & Dalila B.
2  Deborah Rowe & Kimberly H.
2  Paul Gould & Travis R.
2  James Hale & Atinc E.
1  Preet Brar & Margaret L.
1  Mike Murphy & Joseph D.
1  Barbara Milne & Colette G.
1  Amanda Brisson & Lisa G.

Chance for Choice

January

2  Orisha Yacyshyn & Marie S.

February

5  Maryse Cote-Singer & Grace D.
4  Mary Walker & Martha T.
4  David Walker & Sheldon M.

April

9  Helen Wong & Frances H.
8  Mike Francis & Richard D.

Group Home Project

February

7  Sheela Mallya & Christian Horizons Kimball Crt
1  Dimitrios Toncu-Chirita & Christian Horizons Kimball Crt

New Matches

Everyday Champions

December

Joel Boisvert & Patrick L.
Chris Petersen & Luc P.
Kristina Hamilton & Katrina W.

January

Peter Bradley & Scott F.
Genevieve Taylor & Brittany G.
Laura Kosmaci & Esther C.
Patricia Taylor & Glen R.
Tania Pagliarello & Shantel G.
Taylor Anderson & Kelli M.

February

Maria Tao & Monika R.

March

Trudy Rink & Gerry L.
Vennila Murugesan & Tracy T.-D.
Sherida Harris & Mary Frances G.
Susan Goods & Susan T.
Gurnain Kaur Pasricha & Sonia G.
Patrick Bedford & David D.

Chance for Choice

January

Julia Correa & Lorna D.
Candy Gaudet & Georgette S.

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