LiveWorkPlay

LiveWorkPlay LiveWorkPlay.ca is a charitable organization in Ottawa (Canada) helping build inclusive communities.
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LiveWorkPlay would like to offer congratulations to David Young on his continuing public service career. He was recently...
02/15/2024

LiveWorkPlay would like to offer congratulations to David Young on his continuing public service career. He was recently recognized by his Director Hady Diallo, Health Canada Legal Services Unit, with a High Engagement Award. This is a recognition of David's commitment and passion for his own work and in support of his colleagues. Congratulations to David Young and to his entire team for the energy and dedication you bring to your work every day!

The first ever report from the Office of the Chief Accessibility Officer of Canada here is a sampling, read the entire r...
02/15/2024

The first ever report from the Office of the Chief Accessibility Officer of Canada here is a sampling, read the entire report here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/reports/accessibility-disability/everyone-business.html

It's critical that we change attitudes and perceptions of people with disabilities, and make accessibility a key societal value, not just a nice-to-have.

Many people are committed to changing the culture and we will get there. In the meantime, we need mandatory accessibility education and training for all employees working in the public sector and in federally regulated industries. We need conversations about accessibility to become organisational priorities.

Culture change and training will make a difference, but we also need more regulations, right away, in the ACA's priority areas. We cannot simply leave it up to people to do the right thing. We have already tried that, waiting years for the right things to happen, for barriers to be removed. But the barriers remain. We need regulations to ensure that change happens.

Here is a collage of text and photos from the condominium newsletter where LiveWorkPlay member Janet Balcome has been li...
02/14/2024

Here is a collage of text and photos from the condominium newsletter where LiveWorkPlay member Janet Balcome has been living for more than a decade! The article also showcases that Janet is nearing her 10th work anniversary at Bushtukah and a couple of familiar faces joining Janet at the building's New Year's Eve party! Congratulations Janet!

Last week, LiveWorkPlay Workplace Inclusion Specialists Jennifer Broad and Laura Lobay delivered the first day of a two-...
02/12/2024

Last week, LiveWorkPlay Workplace Inclusion Specialists Jennifer Broad and Laura Lobay delivered the first day of a two-part Inclusion Workshop for Solo Chicken Productions Theatre New Brunswick Harvest Music Festival Open Your Art, and L’Arche Fredericton. Thank you for learning and sharing and working to be even more welcoming and inclusive iin your arts, theatre, and community organizations! We can't wait for part two later this month!

A great conversation to end our Thursday and to start off Friday for our old friend George Kranitis at Community Connect...
02/08/2024

A great conversation to end our Thursday and to start off Friday for our old friend George Kranitis at Community Connecting Illawarra Keenan Wellar and Julie Kingstone introduced George to Chris Beesley Community Living Ontario and Paul Fleming People Minded Business to talk about the similarities and differences in support for people with intellectual disabilities in Australia and Canada! Can you believe it has been more than 7 years since George said goodbye to LiveWorkPlay and headed back to Australia to start a new organization with his partner Véronique Laframboise? It was great catching up and there will be more conversations in the future!

Great message and resources from Inclusion Canada for Inclusive Education Month!
02/05/2024

Great message and resources from Inclusion Canada for Inclusive Education Month!

February marks National Inclusive Education Month! Did you catch the memo? In Canada, inclusive education is not just a practice; it’s a human right, enshrined in Article 24 of the UNCRPD. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3Sp17cK

Throughout February, we will be promoting and celebrating inclusive education for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more about the right to inclusive education here: https://inclusiveeducation.ca/learn/right-to-education/

Join the conversation and help us advance inclusive education for all!

LiveWorkPlay co-leader Keenan Wellar was Interviewed on 580 CFRA discussing Community Living Ontario   campaign: follow ...
02/05/2024

LiveWorkPlay co-leader Keenan Wellar was Interviewed on 580 CFRA discussing Community Living Ontario campaign: follow the link https://liveworkplay.ca/2024/02/04/5tosurvive/ to listen to the original audio interview with CFRA Live host Andrew Pinsent, or listen and view the captioned version provided. You can also read a transcript as well as the Community Living Ontario presentation to the Minister of Finance and/or support the campaign by signing the petition, which is also available via the QR code.

02/03/2024

This is an amazing blast from the past with Gillian Gillespie a masterful interview by Kurt Stoodley and Keenan G Wellar along for the ride!!! The A-Channel was an amazing friend to LiveWorkPlay with many interviews, coverage of our events, hosting our live auction, and more. Cyndi Edwards Media and Colin Trethewey were our initial connections who also supported LiveWorkPlay as volunteers, and the relationship with A-Channel grew from there. We miss that a lot! But we enjoy these memories.

Please note, LiveWorkPlay is not hosting this event or a part of the event in any way, shape, or form, we are just shari...
02/02/2024

Please note, LiveWorkPlay is not hosting this event or a part of the event in any way, shape, or form, we are just sharing the information on behafl of our friends Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement it's an amazing opportunity, you probably have lots of questions, but we don't have any answers, so give them a call if you are interested!

Why does LiveWorkPlay celebrate Black History Month and commemorate many other days, weeks, or months that are not speci...
02/02/2024

Why does LiveWorkPlay celebrate Black History Month and commemorate many other days, weeks, or months that are not specifically about people with intellectual disabilities or autistic persons? Because building an inclusive society can never be about just one excluded or marginalized population at a time, it is always about all Canadians, even if we as an organization have our own particular focus. The work that we do towards inclusion helps others, and the work that others do helps us. And of course, people with intellectual disabilities are also many other things (that is called "intersectionality") and may be experiencing marginalization in multiple ways.

The role of Black people and their communities in Canada has largely been ignored as a key part of Canada’s history. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were people of African descent, nor the fact that many soldiers of African descent made many sacrifices in wartime as far back as the War of 1812.

Few people in Canada are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now known as Canada, or of how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.

Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to the history and continued growth of this country.

Learn more: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/about.html

We've arrived at CANNEXUS Canada’s Career Development Conference! Laura Lobay and Jen Broad are representing LiveWorkPla...
01/29/2024

We've arrived at CANNEXUS Canada’s Career Development Conference! Laura Lobay and Jen Broad are representing LiveWorkPlay and Donald Guse Salah from CAN WiN is just as excited as we are! https://cannexus.ceric.ca/

LiveWorkPlay has been nominated for "Best Non Profit Organization" in Faces Magazine’s 2024 Ottawa Awards! This is a str...
01/26/2024

LiveWorkPlay has been nominated for "Best Non Profit Organization" in Faces Magazine’s 2024 Ottawa Awards! This is a straightfoward popularity contest, where supporters can cast a vote on a daily basis. You can vote here https://facesmagazine.secondstreetapp.com/og/c884c05b-0ab4-4023-a257-3563afc31452/gallery/418566129 please note that you must scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see where to vote for LiveWorkPlay. We appreciate any and all votes, and we appreciate the nomination as well, but it will likely take a lot of people voting every day for us to win, and that's not important. What is important is to be appreciated and respected by the members of our community who know us and believe in our mission of an included life for people with intellectual disabilties and autistic persons in the Ottawa community!

LiveWorkPlay gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Bayfair Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Communit...
01/26/2024

LiveWorkPlay gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Bayfair Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation) a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community https://www.theocf.org/

The $2000 contribution was made to LiveWorkPlay in memoriam of a loved one with family in the Oakville area.

01/23/2024

A chance for Ottawa 67's fans to learn a little more about their amazing Assistant Equipment Manager, Coop Du Jour!

What a day at the SOAR Student Leadership Conference Carleton University (Official) Ravens Student Life a huge turnout o...
01/20/2024

What a day at the SOAR Student Leadership Conference Carleton University (Official) Ravens Student Life a huge turnout of students on a Saturday morning to see the keynote by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and then breakout sessions all morning and afternoon that included LiveWorkPlay's own Keenan Wellar and Batoul Auf, as well as an information table hosted by members of our community team, Maggie Dimock and Sydney Whitmore, who were in great company next to our good friends from Volunteer Ottawa!

Yesterday (January 17, 2024) LiveWorkPlay was invited to present our Employment Supports Model at an online event with t...
01/18/2024

Yesterday (January 17, 2024) LiveWorkPlay was invited to present our Employment Supports Model at an online event with the Vanguard Young Professionals Network at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) which was also attended by representatives from the Accessibility Office. It was a huge turnout of more than 125 attendees!

Our inclusive employment specialists Joëlle Perrier and Jean-Claude Taylor-Cline were joined by Vanguard employee Véronique Diloreto, who is coming up on her six-month work anniversary. Véronique shared some of the keys to succes, including early assistance from LiveWorkPlay to navigate the onboarding process, and small adaptations from her colleagues and supervisors that helped her learn new skills and make meaningful contributions to the team. She is one of many individuals who are breaking new ground in the federal public service, doing exciting work in event planning and delivery. Véronique is at a stage where she is now contributing her own ideas towards events that will advance the goals of Vanguard and the PSPC. Congratulations!

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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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