Community Living Haliburton County
August 29th Message from the Executive Director
Posted August 29th, 2016
I am sure I am not alone in admitting that my mind has had a constant Tragically Hip sound track rolling for the entire week. Whether you are a huge fan or just a person who lives in Canada, The Tragically Hip form part of the fabric of our lives. And what a tribute not only to this iconic band, Gord Downie and a life cut short, than that our Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) did not capitalize on a program viewed by almost half the nation. It feels pretty good to be part of that kind of country.
Wednesday of this week the long awaited report on developmental services in Ontario was released by the Ombudsman’s office. Entitled “Nowhere to turn,” the 182 page release is a litany of the worst features of the system … the people languishing on wait lists, the people who are incarcerated, in long-term care, hospital and homeless shelters because the system simply does not have the capacity to meet the needs. Many reforms have been made ahead of the report’s launch, but more will be implemented now that it has been released. The goal is to transform the system so that the needs of many are met in a fair and equitable manner. This is a tall order, but one that will transform lives.
The Ombudsman, Paul Dubé writes : “It is often said that societies are judges on how they treat the most vulnerable of their members. The time has come to move beyond apologies and work towards a consistent, coordinated, collaborative and responsive developmental services system, able to effectively and humanely meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis.” Access the report here.
Highlights of the past week
- Elgin Friday night BBQ and camp out - awesome!
- Friday night’s social was a movie in Kinmount
- Windows are being prepared for painting in both communities for the United Way auction.
- Community Gardens are growing and harvests are happening.
- Many spontaneous trips to beaches and parks are happening.
- The audits are finally both done
- Much work is being done to get ready for the September season of ramp up.
- The Ministry is beginning a collaborative committee for residential services.
- The members of the Board of Directors met.
- The Kennedy Place gardens were weeded and tended - thanks, Jen and Steven.
And a shout out goes to …
- Elgin staff for making the great BBQ and camp out possible (even if it was a living room camp out).
- Erika and Chaniece for being totally cool and calm when faced with the idea of having to manually crank the van lift.
- Donna West for your ever popular Friday Night Socials.
- Justin and Zoltan for both working solo for a period of time on the weekend to accommodate co-workers.
- Mike and Tammy for going above and beyond in cleaning detail.
- Kirby - thanks for everything.
- Irene and Erika for assisting Elm to attend that BBQ.
- Gloria for wood for the BBQ.
- Chaniece for tiptoeing around campers for her shift.
- Respite team members for supporting the BBQ.
- Dwight and Elaine for helping out with the BBQ.
- Our thoughts are with Carol in her loss.
- And to everyone, thanks for being part of the transformation narrative and the solution.
For all you do, each and every day, even when no one is watching and you are not sure it matters, I thank you!
|Community Living Haliburton County
14 South Street, Box 90
Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0
Phone: (705) 457-2626, ext. 25
Fax: (705) 457-9287
|Community Living Kawartha Lakes
Suite 200, 205 McLaughlin Road
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 0K7
Phone: (705) 328-0502, ext. 244
Fax: (705) 328-0495
We are looking for the donation of gardening supplies
Community Living is looking for anyone who would be willing to donate gardening supplies to our community gardens. We are so thankful to those who have assisted in past years; we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without you! If you have items or supplies hanging around we would love to utilize them! We are also specifically looking for a garden shed … hey, it’s a shot in the dark but we’re trying!
If you have supplies to donate, please get in touch. Thank you in advance!
Community Living Haliburton excited to announce “Memory Tree” project
Community Living Haliburton is excited to announce their “Memory Tree” project. We are creating a Memory Tree to acknowledge those people supported by Community Living Haliburton who have passed on. Please email or call Jeanette Pilcher or Patti Babineau at Community Living Haliburton to submit the name(s) of any individuals who you wish to have a space on the tree.
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