Have You Heard of “Amazing Grace”?

The holiday season is upon us once more, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you the incredible life and story of Grace. Although she was born with multiple disfigurements and health issues, that hasn’t stopped her from travelling the world! Through her interview with her mother Judy and Josh Rimer, it is evident that she is surrounded by people who love and support her. She is truly a ray of light to her family, and we are so...

Shared Living: A Celebration of Family

Contributed by Vania Huang The colder weather has ushered in the arrival of winter, and with it, the hints of the holiday season in the air. This time of year invites us to spend time with our families and loved ones and reflect upon the meaning of the season. We took this opportunity to visit the home of Gerald, Rob, Charlie and Jody, a family supported by our Shared Living service. Their cozy house is nestled in a cul-de-sac in...

Experience Shared Living

  Smiles. Laughter. Knowledge. Love. These are the words that come to mind when we think of Shared Living. What is Shared Living? Shared Living is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. In this arrangement, they live with a family, couple, or roommate in the community. This arrangement can offer richer opportunities for developing natural relationships and social circles. It also increases the...

Family Focus Gave Us The Vision

Originally published in Possibilities! Winter/Spring 2016 By Terry Robertson – Co-chair – Family Focus Society In early May of 1988, Bree-Anna had just turned two years old, when Gord and I were asked if we wanted to attend a Family Focus conference in Richmond for families who had children with disabilities. Our local CDC paid for the trip so we could attend and bring information back to other families. Wow, what a change that one weekend made for our family!...

The Jake Report – Keep The Beat Drumming Circle with LuluJam

On August 30, 2016, hosted a free community drumming circle — “Keep the Beat for Mental Health” — led by drum facilitator, Lulu Leathley. A LuluJam is a unique musical experience — drums, bells, shakers and wooden instruments are placed in a circle of chairs and people from all ages and walks of life join in rhythm games, song and lots of laughter in musical fun. Let’s continue building community through rhythm! Check out the video below! Brought to you...