LiveWorkPlay

LiveWorkPlay LiveWorkPlay.ca is a charitable organization in Ottawa (Canada) helping build inclusive communities.
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We focus on support for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and autistic persons.

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06/14/2024

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💼 Finding a job can be a daunting task for anyone. But for people people with disabilities in , only 62.8% are in the workforce, and 1 in 6 live below the poverty line.

Thankfully, organizations like LiveWorkPlay a partner with United Way East Ontario - Centraide de l'Est de l'Ontario are helping people with disabilities thrive. 🤩 They helped Graham find a job where he can contribute to his community and make strides towards independence.

When you support GenNext’s Equitable Employment cause, you're helping to fuel this important work. 💗

🔗 Read Graham's story and learn more about how you can help: https://www.unitedwayeo.ca/news-and-stories/collaborating-for-a-more-inclusive-community/

Congratulations to Team LiveWorkPlay for their first ever presentation on Career Advancement for People with Intellectua...
06/12/2024

Congratulations to Team LiveWorkPlay for their first ever presentation on Career Advancement for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autistic Persons! Although the presentation took place in a massive ballroom, they managed to pull off some audience interaction and fielded some amazing questions! Thank you CASE - Canadian Association for Supported Employment for this opportunity to connect with colleagues across the country!

The .ca team is looking forward to presenting on career advancement this afternoon at   the  conference is off to a grea...
06/12/2024

The .ca team is looking forward to presenting on career advancement this afternoon at the conference is off to a great start with Annette Borrows, Sean Wiltshire, Melanie Weiss, and Dr Jessica Dunkley (pictured)

This afternoon Joëlle Perrier-Olsen was pleased to represent LiveWorkPlay as part of an Innovation Science and Economic ...
05/30/2024

This afternoon Joëlle Perrier-Olsen was pleased to represent LiveWorkPlay as part of an Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada presentation for an Open Discussion with Managers on Accessibility and Accommodations, presented by the Diversity and Inclusion Team at ISED for National AccessAbility Week with huge attendance of more than 180 participants! The panel with Joëlle Perrier-Olsen included:

Phoebe Newhook, Senior Project Officer, Innovative Recruitment and Assessment Team, HR Branch

Vanessa Gaudreau, Manager, HR Branch

Yoann Huberdeau, Senior Labour Relations Advisor

Mercedes Mueller, Deputy Director of the Workplace Accommodation Centre

Gabrielle Geoffroy, Officer, Diversity and Inclusion, HR Branch (moderator)

"Diversity within Disability" a presentation for National AccessAbility Week 2024  Canadians with disabilities comprise ...
05/30/2024

"Diversity within Disability" a presentation for National AccessAbility Week 2024

Canadians with disabilities comprise about 27% of the population, and within that 27%, the level of support required to access the labour market and experience workplace inclusion varies dramatically. Some require little or no help to advance in a lifelong career, while others face long odds against achieving any level of employment at all. It is in this context in mind that we seek to bring attention to the reality that the disability population is very diverse, with some disability sub-populations experiencing more severe levels of exclusion than others.

Today at 11am (French panel) and 1pm (English panel) Anna Nelson from LiveWorkPlay, Philip Delangy of Health Canada, and Rachel Boutin of Statistics Canada discussed this important topic and opportunities to increase inclusive hiring, retention, and advancement for those furthest from the labour market. Joëlle Perrier-Olsen provided an assist on the Q&A.

Earlier this evening our Co-Leaders Keenan Wellar and Julie Kingstone were honoured  to represent LiveWorkPlay and atten...
05/29/2024

Earlier this evening our Co-Leaders Keenan Wellar and Julie Kingstone were honoured to represent LiveWorkPlay and attend a National AccessAbility Week event hosted by CCRW at the National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts to celebrate the contributions and leadership of those who are reducing the barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and creating opportunities for inclusion and belonging at work. Pictured at the microphone are some of the speakers at the event: Krista Carr from Inclusion Canada Maureen Haan from CCRW (finished her speech 1 minute early!) and (bottom) Bonnie Brayton DAWN Canada.

- Photos by Keenan Wellar

Today LiveWorkPlay Employment Specialist Joëlle Perrier-Olsen attended the virtual Opening Ceremony that ISED is hosting...
05/28/2024

Today LiveWorkPlay Employment Specialist Joëlle Perrier-Olsen attended the virtual Opening Ceremony that ISED is hosting for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW). Thursday, May 30th at 1:30pm, she will be participating in a presentation "Open Discussion with Managers on Accessibility and Accommodations." This event is being hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Team at Innovation, Scienece and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.

Congratulations to Martin and Frances they completed the 5k at Ottawa Race Weekend and raised money for a cause!
05/26/2024

Congratulations to Martin and Frances they completed the 5k at Ottawa Race Weekend and raised money for a cause!

Kudos to Paul Knoll, one of many LiveWorkPlay members, families, volunteers, and staff participating in Ottawa Race Week...
05/25/2024

Kudos to Paul Knoll, one of many LiveWorkPlay members, families, volunteers, and staff participating in Ottawa Race Weekend!

Paul volunteered with the team from Liquid Gym raising funds in the 2km race. He helped hand out snacks and water to all the participants before and after the race. Part of the team includes Paul's personal trainer, Kristen. Paul has been going to Liquid Gym every Friday for years and has built some wonderful connections!

- Photo by Maggie Dimock

Big shout out to our newest top fans! 💎 Wendy MacEwan, Daniel Anderson, Jim Mullins, Jen Broad, Monica Gubersky thanks f...
05/25/2024

Big shout out to our newest top fans! 💎 Wendy MacEwan, Daniel Anderson, Jim Mullins, Jen Broad, Monica Gubersky thanks for helping celebrate LiveWorkPlay and community inclusion!

With Inclusion Canada – I just got recognized as one of their rising fans! 🎉
05/25/2024

With Inclusion Canada – I just got recognized as one of their rising fans! 🎉

Tim Siebrasse has been enjoying his volunteer position at Parkdale Food Centre Mino'Weesini Grocery Program!Today, Tim s...
05/24/2024

Tim Siebrasse has been enjoying his volunteer position at Parkdale Food Centre Mino'Weesini Grocery Program!

Today, Tim showed Aya Elkerdany who is working with LiveWorkPlay for the summer, what he does in his role as a Sorter and Packer. In this photo Tim and Aya are working alongside William from Parkdale Food Centre summer to pack cat 😺 and dog food 🐶 for households with pets!

In case you are wondering Mino’Weesini is an Algonquin term meaning ‘good eats’ reflecting the transformative power of sharing good food. To honour the land at Hamilton Avenue North, the name Mino’Weesini was selected in consultation with the Elders of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.

- photograph by Lindsay Pritchard

On Wednesday May 22nd, members of the LiveWorkPlay employment team were at The Element High School to host an inclusion ...
05/23/2024

On Wednesday May 22nd, members of the LiveWorkPlay employment team were at The Element High School to host an inclusion workshop!

Laura Lobay, Joshua Gray, Joelle Perrier-Olsen, and Jen Broad all contributed to this interactive session, and are able to share some interesting feedback!

Noteworthy moment: after the workshop the students decided on some collective goals on how to incorporate some of the mindsets and approaches that were discussed in the workshop to make their school more inclusive. For example:

1) Inclusion activities aimed at integrating new students

2) Spaces in the school that are more casual to promote socializing

3) Inviting others into our school and connecting to others in the community – volunteering at LiveWorkPlay was suggested as an example of a great way to connect with a diverse community!

Thank you for having us - to be continued!

05/18/2024

With Helen Sanderson Associates – I just got recognized as one of their top fans! 🎉

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LiveWorkPlay

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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