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01/01/2023
Coop is a foundational member of the LiveWorkPlay community, but he is a man of many communities, as we can all see for ...
12/29/2022
Cooper Gage making dreams come true with 67’s - Ottawa 67s

Coop is a foundational member of the LiveWorkPlay community, but he is a man of many communities, as we can all see for ourselves at any Ottawa 67's home game! Happy Birthday Cooper! 🎂

As Cooper Gage celebrates his 45th birthday on Wednesday, his passion for hockey shines through, as he and his family settle in to watch Team Canada at the World Juniors. That passion is trumped by only one thing: his love for the Ottawa 67’s. Gage, affectionately known around the rink as simply ....

We never close at LiveWorkPlay join us with a toast to members of our staff who are working today and to all of the incr...
12/25/2022

We never close at LiveWorkPlay join us with a toast to members of our staff who are working today and to all of the incredible human services workers across the planet! 🥂🎄

FREE webinar hosted by Carleton University's Disability Research Group - CUDRG on Wednedesay, 18 January 2023, 2:30 PM –...
12/23/2022
Institutions and Disability

FREE webinar hosted by Carleton University's Disability Research Group - CUDRG on Wednedesay, 18 January 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

LiveWorkPlay co-leader Keenan Wellar is honoured to participated as a panelist in this event that features so many of the people, places, and topics he cares about. As an undergraduate history student, as a graduate student and Carleton University Alumni and with more than 30 years involved in advocacy, support, and friendship with individuals with disabilities and their families, he is looking forward to joining researcher and PhD student Megan Linton for this seminar, which is part of the ongoing series Accessibility, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners. Keenan will speak about A PRINCIPLED APPROACH TO A NON-PROGRAMMATIC LIFE and Megan will lead off with INSIDE THE INVISIBLE INDUSTRY. Follow the link for more information and free registration!

Seminar Series: Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners 2022/23 Seminar Series Institution

Good news! Every order of a LiveWorkPlay fleece jacket was completed before the holidays! Brodie was very patient as his...
12/21/2022

Good news! Every order of a LiveWorkPlay fleece jacket was completed before the holidays! Brodie was very patient as his came in last - his size was sold out so he received a special custom version in his favourite colour of blue! Maybe he'll send us a photo wearing it. This was also the first time Keenan got to visit Brodie at his government office "Well worth the trip to see Brodie in person and to see him doing so well at work."

The LiveWorkPlay emplyoment team is thrilled to share the news that Matt Suttie has signed a contract to be a permanent ...
12/19/2022

The LiveWorkPlay emplyoment team is thrilled to share the news that Matt Suttie has signed a contract to be a permanent part-time employee at Costco! He was brought on as a seasonal worker for the holiday rush and was supposed to be finished by January 8th, but his work ethic and performance earned him a permanent job offer! Matt is beyond excited, and totally deserving, he worked so hard to make this happen for himself. This is just the type of news we want for the holidays! 🎄😍

This is a big season for piano players! LiveWorkPlay members Melissa and Gillian recently took part in two different rec...
12/19/2022

This is a big season for piano players! LiveWorkPlay members Melissa and Gillian recently took part in two different recital concerts, Melissa with Allegro Music students and Gillian with (yes, the same Kenny Hayes that performed at our Festive Family Feast on December 8!). Way to go Melissa and Gillian! 😍🎄

Another exciting day with the crew from Family Support Network for Employment!
12/16/2022

Another exciting day with the crew from Family Support Network for Employment!

What's happening now? 😍 Never boring at LiveWorkPlay especially when the Family Support Network for Employment is in tow...
12/15/2022

What's happening now? 😍 Never boring at LiveWorkPlay especially when the Family Support Network for Employment is in town!

Today most of the staff team were able to meet in person for a morning of learning on their continuing journey with Bren...
12/13/2022

Today most of the staff team were able to meet in person for a morning of learning on their continuing journey with Brene Brown and Dare to Lead, but in the afternoon, they also continued the Secret Santa tradition started 3 years ago. By random secret draw, each member of the full-time team created a 60 second video to appreciate a teammate and revealed it with the entire team in a Secret Santa ceremony. Today's video tributes had it all - dogs, cats, guitar, singing, Santa Claus, costumes, humour, trips down memory lane, and of course, heartfelt honesty! 😍

12/11/2022

#1 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Simone Villeneuve and Daniel Pinsonneault!

12/11/2022

#2 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions to the LiveWorkPlay community!

12/11/2022

#3 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Inclusion New Brunswick and the LiveWorkPlay trainer team!

12/11/2022

#4 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Helen Ries, Siblings Canada, and Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence!

12/11/2022

#5 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions to the staff team!

12/11/2022

Breaking news (between #6 and #5) from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Kara Barrier and Michael Hinchcliff!

12/11/2022

#6 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Multifaith Housing Initiative!

12/11/2022

#7 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Tim Siebrasse!

12/11/2022

#8 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions to Rebecca Coxon, Grace Hudson, and our Board of Directors!

12/11/2022

#9 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Mary Gusella! Congratulations Ben Moffatt!

12/11/2022

#10 from our live countdown edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022. Congratulatiions Mary Gusella!

12/11/2022

Getting started with our first ever live edition of The LiveWorkPlay News! From St. Anthony's Banquet Hall at the Festive Family Feast, December 8, 2022.

"The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Ahead of this...
12/11/2022

"The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Ahead of this milestone, starting on this year's Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022, we will launch a year-long campaign to showcase the UDHR by focusing on its legacy, relevance and activism."

https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

12/10/2022
The LiveWorkPlay News - 8 December 2022 - LIVE edition from the Festive Family Feast!

Enjoy The LiveWorkPlay News from December 8, 2022 delivered LIVE at the Festive Family Feast, our first time back in our traditional gathering place at St. Anthony's Banquet Hall in three years! This edition of TLN was done in a countdown format (interrupted by some breaking news) counting down the top ten stories for the fall season. This live version has quite a bit more comedy, but most importantly, an amazing live audience!!!

Photos from LiveWorkPlay's post
12/09/2022

Photos from LiveWorkPlay's post

Our Co-Leader Keenan G Wellar was honoured to help contribute to the final edition of Honest Conversations (Supporting p...
12/08/2022

Our Co-Leader Keenan G Wellar was honoured to help contribute to the final edition of Honest Conversations (Supporting people with disabiliteis in the workplace) of 2022 by Ontario Chamber of Commerce with panelists Kevin Wilson from Abilities to Work and Kate Kalcevich from Fable!

NOW AVAILABLE: the full recording https://youtu.be/ynTDe4ctbSo?t=6407 that link will take you straight to the final pane...
12/03/2022

NOW AVAILABLE: the full recording https://youtu.be/ynTDe4ctbSo?t=6407 that link will take you straight to the final panel, but you can watch the entire event (3 hours) by restarting the video.

Truly a great way to spend a rainy Saturday congratulations IDPD Canada Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians for all the hard work to organize this event. There so many people already asking about next year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, the ultimate compliment!

Here is our own Keenan Wellar from LiveWorkPlay with Marcia Yale from Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians appearing...
12/01/2022
AMI The Pulse December 1, 2022 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities with Keenan Wellar

Here is our own Keenan Wellar from LiveWorkPlay with Marcia Yale from Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians appearing on The Pulse with a preview of the free International Day of Persons with Disabilities conference on Saturday!

https://youtu.be/qzmjJRpaey8

You can register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-conference-tickets-451207252037 or listen live on AMI radio! 😍

We preview the December 3, 2022, International Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference with organizer Marcia Yale, national president of the Alliance for...

The final Ottawa Developmental Services Network (ODSN) Family Workshop Series! It was a busy agenda with guests from Com...
12/01/2022

The final Ottawa Developmental Services Network (ODSN) Family Workshop Series! It was a busy agenda with guests from Community Living Ontario and then from our member agencies Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills, Association pour l'intégration sociale d'Ottawa (AISO), Ottawa Foyers Partage, OCAPDD, and March of Dimes.

The next session is going to be popular: Employment and Employment Transformation January 11, 2023. Join us to explore what Employment Programs are available and how the ODSP-Employment Support program is changing. https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-msrzguEtYnTX3wCWWIoHPVOF_GsMHq

Registration is FREE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/honest-conversations-supporting-people-with-disabilities-in-the-workpl...
11/30/2022

Registration is FREE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/honest-conversations-supporting-people-with-disabilities-in-the-workplace-tickets-475226444087

By Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Honest Conversations: Supporting People with Sisabilities in the Workplace (December 8, 1pm - 2pm)

People with disabilities are often unemployed or underemployed – but they just might have the right skills and competencies you require within your organization. It is important to consider how your organization can tap this potential talented source of employees.

Organizations need to recognize and support individuals with disabilities by offering workplace accommodations and inclusive practices that will help business to be supportive and stay competitive. Supporting people with disabilities and can lead to other worthwhile benefits for all organizational employees.

Join us for an Honest Conversation with Keenan Wellar from LiveWorkPlay, Kevin Wilson from Abilities To Work, and Kate Kalcevich from Fable to learn how organizations can better support people with disabilities in the workplace.

Our final meeting of the Federal Employment Strategy Group for 2022! What a year it has been. It is going to seem a long...
11/30/2022

Our final meeting of the Federal Employment Strategy Group for 2022! What a year it has been. It is going to seem a long wait until we are together again in March, but just imagine how much good news we'll have on the agenda by then! We would like to wish all of our partners and supporters in the federal public service and our employment network members across the country a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the new year, and most of all, we thank the incredible employess that we've had the honour of matching to great jobs in the federal government of Canada! 😍🇨🇦

Just about every foodie in Ottawa knows the Coconut Lagoon a very popular local restaurant, their building was destroyed...
11/30/2022

Just about every foodie in Ottawa knows the Coconut Lagoon a very popular local restaurant, their building was destroyed by fire in 2020. Well, they have since re-opened and are enjoying the support of Shawna Scott, an employee matched through LiveWorkPlay employment supports, and they did a really nice share about her today! 😍 This connection was made possible through our partnership with Ready Willing and Able in Ontario via Community Living Ontario.

Today we introduce Shawna Scott, a talented cook who especially loves baking! Shawna holds a certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts from Algonquin College.

When she is not in the kitchen, either at work or at home, she enjoys spending time with her family and sharing the creations she has made with them.

Shawna also likes to read and enjoys time curled up with her cat and a good book. She has a great memory and a knack for trivia!

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A quick shout out to our Community Support Team Leads Grace Hudson and Rebecca Coxon who presented to the Board of Direc...
11/29/2022

A quick shout out to our Community Support Team Leads Grace Hudson and Rebecca Coxon who presented to the Board of Directors last night. Chair Robin McIntyre summed it up best:

"I knew the work was complicated, but it's mindblowing to see all the balls in the air and complex relationships that are being managed by the community support team!"

https://communitylivingontario.ca/key-changes-announced-in-the-2022-ontario-fall-economic-update/This is a very clear ex...
11/18/2022
Key Changes Announced in the 2022 Ontario Fall Economic Update | Community Living Ontario

https://communitylivingontario.ca/key-changes-announced-in-the-2022-ontario-fall-economic-update/

This is a very clear explanation of the recent changes to ODSP, including visual charts. Thank you Community Living Ontario

Key Changes Announced in the 2022 Ontario Fall Economic Update On November 14th, the Ford government announced several changes that will affect people who have an intellectual disability in Ontario:  Changes to how work income is treated by ODSP  People on ODSP will be able to keep up to $1000 in ...

A very happy 20th anniversary to amazing friends and partners Multifaith Housing Initiative learn about their amazing ap...
11/18/2022

A very happy 20th anniversary to amazing friends and partners Multifaith Housing Initiative learn about their amazing approach to housing and consider a donation so they can do more! Thank you for including Keenan G Wellar and Julie Kingstone (here with Sahada Alolo) this evening! multifaithhousing.ca/donate.html

Such a pleasure today speaking Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN)  sharing about the LiveWorkPlay Federal Publ...
11/16/2022

Such a pleasure today speaking Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) sharing about the LiveWorkPlay Federal Public Service inclusive hiring initative and our growing national network of provider partners. What a great audience with amazing questions - to be continued!

The LiveWorkPlay team has arrived at Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN)  Rethinking Disability Conference: gre...
11/14/2022

The LiveWorkPlay team has arrived at Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) Rethinking Disability Conference: great evening with our performance coach David Chalmers, quick chat with ODEN team setting up; ready to listen, learn, network, and share a presentation on Wednesday! 👍

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It all started back in 1995, a small organization with a big dream: help the Ottawa community and the world to welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens. Now in 2018, we are directly involved in the lives of more than 150 individuals with intellectual disabilities, but we also work with more than 200 employers and community partners, many of whom help us champion the benefits of inclusion and provide practical support to making positive changes. Family members have always been critical to our success, and they remain not only the primary partner in the lives of supported individuals, but provide key pathways to individuals and organizations in the community to join us! More than 150 volunteers support an incredible community meet-ups initiative, where people with and without disabilities get together across Ottawa every Friday night to share in a show, a beer, skating on the canal, and more! Interested? There’s lots to learn here on our page but please do visit our full website http://liveworkplay.ca and if you are really into history, we even have a book “The Courage To Fail, The Will To Succeed” http://liveworkplay.ca/courage If you are an individual, a family member, or perhaps a diligent member of the social services community investigating placement options, please note that LiveWorkPlay is not a “program” or a landlord. We do not own properties, and we do not host congregated programs (like day programs or sheltered workshops). We help people find homes of their own in the community (such as a rental apartment) and to build the life they want to live in the community (like a job, friends, and recreation and other fun in the community to enjoy alongside other citizens). You can learn more here http://liveworkplay.ca/registration/ If you are interested in volunteering please see http://liveworkplay.ca/volunteers/ and if you are an employer looking for access to great workers see http://liveworkplay.ca/gotjobs/ Last but not least, donations are wonderful: http://liveworkplay.ca/to-donate/


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Lots of performances coming up soon!
🥰🌈🎶🎹🎤

📸 - Rafael Maia

LIVE on Elgin LiveWorkPlay Arts Court/Cour des arts Britannia Coffeehouse The Beachconers Capital Pride • Fierté dans la Capitale Royal Oak Pubs Art House Café

Nolan Peters shooting some hoops at his neighbourhood court! The man has skills!
This we're celebrating everyone who made the wonderful Haven BBQ possible on the weekend! It was our first BBQ celebration event since the pandemic. It was wonderful to see both our tenants and neighbours out enjoying the beautiful weather. A special shoutout to community partners for the event:

Barrhaven United Church
Chandra Arya
COBS Bread
Crime Prevention Ottawa / Prévention du Crime Ottawa
iSisters Technology Mentoring Inc.
Islamic Relief Canada
Khokha Eatery
LiveWorkPlay
Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band
Ottawa Police Service - Service de police d'Ottawa
Royal Rooster Shawarma
Sequoia Community Church
Starbucks Canada (Woodroffe & Strandherd)
The Baker

The Opportunity of the Week!

LiveWorkPlay

Do you want to make a meaningful contribution to someone's life and enjoy working out? This volunteer opportunity is perfect for you. Your role as a Gym Companion will be to develop a supportive relationship with a person who has an intellectual disability while doing an activity you both enjoy – fitness!

A great chance to have FUN and help the Ottawa community be a more welcoming place for people with intellectual disabilities.

Click the link to apply!
https://bit.ly/3NedSD2
"We are learning how to care for our plants, how to care for ourselves, and how to care for the community around us."
- Jessie Zimmerling, Root in Nature

The Haven, MHI's Barrhaven Community, kicked off growing season 2022 this week with our Tenants’ Gardening Plots Awards Ceremony. Thanks to The Salvation Army in Canada for providing the seeds, Root in Nature for lending their gardening expertise, and LiveWorkPlay for the support and encouragement! The ceremony kicked off a 10-week therapeutic gardening series at the Haven with Root in Nature. Top left: Alexis Ashworth, Founder/CEO of Root in Nature. Middle left: Jessie Zimmerling, Horticultural Therapy Practitioner. Bottom left: Ashworth with Christina Bulgin, Community Ministries Coordinator with the Salvation Army, and Adrian Benjamin, MHI Manager of Community Engagement & Volunteers. Bottom right: Andrea Butt, Root in Nature Horticultural Therapy Practitioner, commencing with gardening session #1!

Team-Autographed Ottawa REDBLACKS CFL Jersey (men's size large - value indicated is for an unsigned jersey, signed by the whole team is priceless of course!) donated by Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (pictured: Colin Adams
Manager, Community Relations) in support of LiveWorkPlay https://app.auctria.com/Redirect/ffdec5fd-11d4-4557-b9c1-02f7b7747e98/104ce2b3-2611-4cac-b80b-05da8f76abb8?event=az-focus-item
Thank you to Keenan Wellar (Co-Leader and Director of Communications) and Alex Darling (People Connector and Volunteer Coordinator) of LiveWorkPlay (https://liveworkplay.ca) in Ottawa for talking to the Kingston & Area Association of Administrators of Volunteers - KAAAV this morning. LiveWorkPlay helps the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with a dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens.

Keenan and Alex discussed their social media approach, the importance of consistent communication and lessons learned as they continued to engage their volunteers and members during the pandemic.
Do you have a hobby or interest you'd like to share? LiveWorkPlay is in need of support providers who will develop a supportive relationship with a person who has an intellectual disability while doing a fun activity you both enjoy.

For information and to apply: https://bit.ly/3I94NrZ
Thank you Richard Pinsonneault for supporting my new charity initiative: Vanessa's Puzzles - Charity Jigsaw Challenge! Richard's charity of choice is LiveWorkPlay. Live Work Play's mission is "helping the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens."

I started Vanessa's Puzzles, because I love puzzles, I love my clients, and I wanted to bring together the things I love, in order to give back to the community and to the causes my clients care about.

Every puzzle completed = $25 donated to your charity of choice.

We had the pleasure of recognizing, Mary Gusella, as last night's Wood Cookie recipient.

Mary has made tremendous voluntary efforts to give autistic persons and people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the community on an equal footing.

LiveWorkPlay | OSEG Foundation
More photos have rolled in from a multitude of angles from last night's wood cookie ceremony honouring LiveWorkPlay volunteer Mary Gusella!😍
Not a win on the field tonight but huge congrats to Mary Gusella and LiveWorkPlay thank you OSEG Foundation Ottawa REDBLACKS for honouring this deserving volunteer!
SCE LifeWorks is very excited to join the Federal Employment Strategy Group lead by LiveWorkPlay (our colleagues and friends from Ottawa), working to connect jobseekers with intellectual disabilities and autistic jobseekers with employment within the federal public service. The Group also works in partnership with the Public Service of Canada to work purposefully to diversify their workforce, with champions from the federal public service around the table.
This is important work thoughtfully executed, and we're thrilled to be a part of it! Thank you to Anna Nelson, Keenan Wellar (both of LifeWorkPlay) and members of the Strategy Group for the warm welcome!
Check out this great plogging post by LiveWorkPlay.
Thank you Cooper & Ron for cleaning up your near by nature and sharing the story with us!
Never give up!
The 3rd week of June is nationally recognized as National Public Service Week—a time to celebrate the commitment of the individuals who make up the public service. 🤲

As we approach , meet some of our region’s outstanding public servants—who just so happen to be Award recipients! ⤵️

Davy Sabourin’s mission for inclusive communities—both in his work with Capital Pride • Fierté dans la Capitale and Canadian Heritage's anti-racism secretariat—has helped create opportunities to celebrate, educate, advocate, and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the + community. 🏳️‍🌈

Utilizing his Ph.D. expertise in international and human relations, Raynold Alorse serves as an economist and policy analyst with Department of Finance Canada, and continues to show a deep commitment to serving vulnerable populations and giving back as president of NROCRC. 🤝

Following a distinguished 36-year career within the public service, which includes serving as former chief commissioner of Canadian Human Rights Commission, Mary Gusella still has a desire to contribute to LiveWorkPlay, even in retirement, to supporting inclusive, equitable communities for all. 💕

Know of another local volunteer who goes above and beyond to give back to their community? Nominate them for a Award! 👉 https://www.unitedwayeo.ca/get-involved/community-builder-awards/
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CUSA Carleton Disability Awareness Centre National Educational Association of Disabled Students Burn Tucker Lachaîne PC Paul Menton Centre - Carleton University Brytech Color Teller Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-CHHA National Ottawa Foyers Partage - OFP On Your Side Disability Claims Assistance Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc. Ability First Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Canada EyeLink Optometric Centre Employment Accessibility Resource Network - EARN Carrefour accessibilité - Accessibility hub Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre