LiveWorkPlay

LiveWorkPlay LiveWorkPlay.ca is a charitable organization based in Ottawa (Canada) that 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.

VISION

A community where everyone belongs. MISSION

Helping 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. VALUES

CORE: People with intellectual disabilities are valuable contributors to the diversity of our community and to the human family. LIVE: On an equal basis with

VISION

A community where everyone belongs. MISSION

Helping 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. VALUES

CORE: People with intellectual disabilities are valuable contributors to the diversity of our community and to the human family. LIVE: On an equal basis with

Operating as usual

09/24/2021

Happy Friday! Yesterday at the September meeting of the Federal Employment Strategy group Anna Nelson was pleased to welcome SCE Lifeworks as the newest member of our national network! Here is a brief video reply of the live update on the agenda.

Check it out! Anna and Kelly with amazing panelist Michael Andrews making the national scene at the CASE - Canadian Asso...
09/22/2021

Check it out! Anna and Kelly with amazing panelist Michael Andrews making the national scene at the CASE - Canadian Association for Supported Employment conference! But also check out the entire conference agenda, featuring many of the leading organizations across that country.

#Case2021Virtual Highlight 🍁 Breakout Sessions

We are excited to have LiveWorkPlay, TEAMWork Cooperative, Co-op and Career Services and WASO present at the conference. They will discuss working from home, deaf culture awareness, the ACT to Employ program and inclusive employment through different lenses.

Learn more at www.supportedemployment.ca/conference/program

Our Members and Volunteers sure are enjoying the last few weeks of Summer! Steven and Brendan got out for a bike ride (t...
09/14/2021

Our Members and Volunteers sure are enjoying the last few weeks of Summer! Steven and Brendan got out for a bike ride (they're looking really good in their bike shirts too!), Ali and Amanda grabbed some Pizza and went to Indigo (how good does that Pizza look!?) and new match Ben and Matt watched a soccer game at TD Place (isn't it exciting that sports are back in action!)! 🚴‍♂️🍕⚽️🤩

Here are Ali & Amanda out enjoy some time together this summer!   ☀️ It may be hot out, but at least there are good frie...
08/24/2021

Here are Ali & Amanda out enjoy some time together this summer! ☀️ It may be hot out, but at least there are good friends and patio fun to be had!

Here are Ali & Amanda out enjoy some time together this summer! ☀️ It may be hot out, but at least there are good friends and patio fun to be had!

Meet one on one match, Charlotte and Zofi, out for a little bowling fun! #postpandemiclife
08/16/2021

Meet one on one match, Charlotte and Zofi, out for a little bowling fun! #postpandemiclife

Atlético Ottawa soccer is back in Ottawa, and Ron Kok, Matt Suttie, and Jordan Curry were there for the 2-1 victory!!!!!
08/14/2021

Atlético Ottawa soccer is back in Ottawa, and Ron Kok, Matt Suttie, and Jordan Curry were there for the 2-1 victory!!!!!

Atlético Ottawa soccer is back in Ottawa, and Ron Kok, Matt Suttie, and Jordan Curry were there for the 2-1 victory!!!!!

08/11/2021

Huge news! https://liveworkplay.ca/2021/08/11/ised-liveworkplay/ LiveWorkPlay and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) are taking another big step together in supporting inclusive employment for people with intellectual disabilities and autistic persons in the federal public service! This is our send off for our Inclusion Specialist Kelly Fox who is supporting the ISED team through an interchange agreement in 2021-2022. Watch the video for all the details! Visit our website for transcripts in French and English, as well as a translated French video https://liveworkplay.ca/2021/08/11/ised-liveworkplay/

08/11/2021

Great news! The LiveWorkPlay partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is taking a big step forward in supporting the employment and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and autistic persons in the federal public service! Congratulations to our Inclusion Specialist Kelly Fox, who will be supporting ISED through an interchange agreement with LiveWorkPlay in 2021-2022. Check out the video and our blog post https://liveworkplay.ca/2021/08/11/ised-liveworkplay/ for all the details!

In person Friday Night events are back! Woooo 🤘 Here's Samantha, Charlotte, Brent, Melanie and Erica our for dinner a co...
08/11/2021

In person Friday Night events are back! Woooo 🤘 Here's Samantha, Charlotte, Brent, Melanie and Erica our for dinner a couple Friday's ago!

Love seeing our community getting out and about these days 😍 Pat and Ariana hanging out and celebrating both Pat's birth...
07/26/2021

Love seeing our community getting out and about these days 😍 Pat and Ariana hanging out and celebrating both Pat's birthday AND being able to get together more safely these days!

Love seeing our community getting out and about these days 😍 Pat and Ariana hanging out and celebrating both Pat's birthday AND being able to get together more safely these days!

One on One Match Marie and Rachel out and about now that they're both vaccinated and ready to mingle 🤩 It's been a long ...
07/21/2021

One on One Match Marie and Rachel out and about now that they're both vaccinated and ready to mingle 🤩 It's been a long year of lockdowns and we're so happy volunteers and members can now get together safely!

One on One Match Marie and Rachel out and about now that they're both vaccinated and ready to mingle 🤩 It's been a long year of lockdowns and we're so happy volunteers and members can now get together safely!

We mourn the passing of disability advocacy legend Dave Hingsburger. The accolades are already pouring in from all over ...
07/20/2021

We mourn the passing of disability advocacy legend Dave Hingsburger. The accolades are already pouring in from all over the world. We will say a lot more about Dave at our next community gathering. Dave was of critical help to LiveWorkPlay as we transitioned from a more programmatic and protective view of people with intellectual disabilities to an approach that champions their autonomy and control over their own lives, and supports not only safety, but also the right to take risks and pursue dreams. Thank you Dave, the world is a much better place because you were in it, and we will do our best to honour the many pledges we made with you to keep the rights of people with disabilities front and centre in our thinking and actions.

We mourn the passing of disability advocacy legend Dave Hingsburger. The accolades are already pouring in from all over the world. We will say a lot more about Dave at our next community gathering. Dave was of critical help to LiveWorkPlay as we transitioned from a more programmatic and protective view of people with intellectual disabilities to an approach that champions their autonomy and control over their own lives, and supports not only safety, but also the right to take risks and pursue dreams. Thank you Dave, the world is a much better place because you were in it, and we will do our best to honour the many pledges we made with you to keep the rights of people with disabilities front and centre in our thinking and actions.

Guess who officially started back at work!? Daniel Pinsonneault is happy to be back in the Bakery at Costco after a long...
07/19/2021

Guess who officially started back at work!? Daniel Pinsonneault is happy to be back in the Bakery at Costco after a long time off on account of the pandemic!

Guess who officially started back at work!? Daniel Pinsonneault is happy to be back in the Bakery at Costco after a long time off on account of the pandemic!

07/13/2021

BREAKING (GOOD) NEWS! This week the LiveWorkPlay staff team is 100% fully vaccinated (two doses) and 90% of people with intellectual disabilities that we support in their home and community life are fully vaccinated! (It is not 100% for people we support for various reasons, but the relentless pursuit of appointments is not the reason). The general population in Ottawa is at about 50% so we are doing GREAT and everyone in the LiveWorkPlay community is showing leadership on making sure they are safe and others are safe too!

We are saddened by our community’s loss of Barbara McInnes, long-time former leader of the Ottawa Community Foundation, ...
07/02/2021

We are saddened by our community’s loss of Barbara McInnes, long-time former leader of the Ottawa Community Foundation, she was a part of the organization's inception and helped build it to become the eighth largest community foundation in Canada.

When LiveWorkPlay was first getting started, the Ottawa Community Foundation was one of the first funders to lend a hand, and Barbara made our little start-up nonprofit feel like we really did matter. Barbara was genuinely thrilled to feature LiveWorkPlay member Tim Siebrasse in the Vital Signs report of 2008, letting Tim know he too was an important member of the Ottawa community. LiveWorkPlay's relationship with Ottawa Community Foundation has remained important throughout our history.

Barbara has touched the lives of thousands of people in our community. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues in all of her professional and volunteer endeavours.

We are saddened by our community’s loss of Barbara McInnes, long-time former leader of the Ottawa Community Foundation, she was a part of the organization's inception and helped build it to become the eighth largest community foundation in Canada.

When LiveWorkPlay was first getting started, the Ottawa Community Foundation was one of the first funders to lend a hand, and Barbara made our little start-up nonprofit feel like we really did matter. Barbara was genuinely thrilled to feature LiveWorkPlay member Tim Siebrasse in the Vital Signs report of 2008, letting Tim know he too was an important member of the Ottawa community. LiveWorkPlay's relationship with Ottawa Community Foundation has remained important throughout our history.

Barbara has touched the lives of thousands of people in our community. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues in all of her professional and volunteer endeavours.

A birthday she will never forget! Happy Birthday and happy full vaccination Caroline!
07/02/2021

A birthday she will never forget! Happy Birthday and happy full vaccination Caroline!

A birthday she will never forget! Happy Birthday and happy full vaccination Caroline!

06/30/2021

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Roberta who is moving to PEI. Sometimes these things happen in a hurry and we haven't had nearly enough time for a proper goodbye, not to mention the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, but please wish her well right here on LiveWorkPlay social media, and know that along with some of the members she has supported over the years, we gave her a heartfelt send-off on Tuesday morning. Here are a few clips, as much as we think we can get away with and avoid a copyright violation. Thank you Bertie! 😍

Every Tuesday morning, every member of our team who is available comes to our weekly team meeting - this used to be some...
06/30/2021

Every Tuesday morning, every member of our team who is available comes to our weekly team meeting - this used to be something we did in person, but we've kept it up for more than a year now online! Sometimes it is for serious learning and training, and sometimes just to spend time together, staying connected. We have a lot of creative people on our team, and yesterday we took a break from our more serious conversations as Carolyn Mills led us through an art session - we literally made fireworks together!

Every Tuesday morning, every member of our team who is available comes to our weekly team meeting - this used to be something we did in person, but we've kept it up for more than a year now online! Sometimes it is for serious learning and training, and sometimes just to spend time together, staying connected. We have a lot of creative people on our team, and yesterday we took a break from our more serious conversations as Carolyn Mills led us through an art session - we literally made fireworks together!

https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayeo/posts/10158306921860197 What a lovely tribute to a wonderful human being. Rabbi Bul...
06/27/2021

https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayeo/posts/10158306921860197 What a lovely tribute to a wonderful human being. Rabbi Bulka supported LiveWorkPlay members, families, volunteers, and staff in a number of ways over the years, including helping surprise Cecelia Taylor with a Community Builder award, and interviewing Felice Miranda and Keenan G Wellar on his 580 CFRA radio show. He seemed able to be in several places at once, supporting multiple causes every day. His loss will impact so many people and organizations in the Ottawa community, but Rabbi Bulka was always about the next generation of caring citizens - he sought to inspire and motivate people to care about each other, and part of honouring his life means that we all continue to serve others and challenge ourselves to do more. 🌼 United Way East Ontario - Centraide de l'Est de l'Ontario

Yay for Patio Season 🤘 We're so grateful that as everyone is getting vaccinated it means safe in person hang outs again!...
06/25/2021

Yay for Patio Season 🤘 We're so grateful that as everyone is getting vaccinated it means safe in person hang outs again! More specifically our volunteers and members! Check out Ben, Heather & Adam out for a bite!

Yay for Patio Season 🤘 We're so grateful that as everyone is getting vaccinated it means safe in person hang outs again! More specifically our volunteers and members! Check out Ben, Heather & Adam out for a bite!

Congratulations to Kenny Hayes for hosting an amazing spring showcase, including LiveWorkPlay member Gillian Gillespie w...
06/23/2021

Congratulations to Kenny Hayes for hosting an amazing spring showcase, including LiveWorkPlay member Gillian Gillespie with her performance of two piano pieces! 🎹👏🌈

Congratulations to Kenny Hayes for hosting an amazing spring showcase, including LiveWorkPlay member Gillian Gillespie with her performance of two piano pieces! 🎹👏🌈

At today's quarterly meeting of the LiveWorkPlay-supported Federal Employment Strategy Group, the agenda included introd...
06/22/2021

At today's quarterly meeting of the LiveWorkPlay-supported Federal Employment Strategy Group, the agenda included introductions from three of our national service provider network members https://liveworkplay.ca/canadian-network/, an update on the presentation of the recently released FESG Case Study https://liveworkplay.ca/psc-case-study-2021/ at the Inclusion Europe conference, and the announcement by Kandice Fong from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada of a one-year interchange agreement, whereby a LiveWorkPlay Inclusion Specialist will be supporting the ongoing advancement of inclusion and diversity efforts at ISED. The meeting once again drew more than 60 participants including representatives from multiple federal government departments and agencies from across the country. We appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of all FESG participants, and we look forward to the next gathering in September. Gateway Association Avalon Employment Inc. Action main-d'oeuvre inc.

At today's quarterly meeting of the LiveWorkPlay-supported Federal Employment Strategy Group, the agenda included introductions from three of our national service provider network members https://liveworkplay.ca/canadian-network/, an update on the presentation of the recently released FESG Case Study https://liveworkplay.ca/psc-case-study-2021/ at the Inclusion Europe conference, and the announcement by Kandice Fong from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada of a one-year interchange agreement, whereby a LiveWorkPlay Inclusion Specialist will be supporting the ongoing advancement of inclusion and diversity efforts at ISED. The meeting once again drew more than 60 participants including representatives from multiple federal government departments and agencies from across the country. We appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of all FESG participants, and we look forward to the next gathering in September. Gateway Association Avalon Employment Inc. Action main-d'oeuvre inc.

Check out our new online Annual Report with videos, images, and links! https://liveworkplay.ca/annual-report-2021/ thank...
06/22/2021

Check out our new online Annual Report with videos, images, and links! https://liveworkplay.ca/annual-report-2021/ thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting on June 21. The draft minutes are attached at the bottom of the Annual Report.

Among the highlights at the AGM we welcomed two new board members Jon Doody (first time serving on the board) and Cathy Velazquez (has served on the board previously) and two new staff members Joelle Perrier and Tara McRae! You can follow along with the photos that walk through the agenda for the night.

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402-2197 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1H 7X3

A short walk from Billings Bridge transit station.

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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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