Claudette has never had a lot of family over the years that I have known her; she had one primary family member that was amazing with her. Life being what it is; that person was no longer able to be a part of Claudette’s life even with our support. No one should be without someone in their life, so we began the search for Claudette’s family. We had a few leads and tried making some contacts, all without success and were coming to the end of the search without having any luck. By chance, we looked in the phone book to see if there might have been a name we missed, and there was!
We made contact with a long lost cousin, Mr. Vital Chatelain. The first conversation over the phone gave us more family history for Claudette then we had ever known, and I knew then this was going to be a great new connection for Claudette. Mr. Chatelain and I had a few more conversations over the next few weeks, each time we talked he was just as interested in getting to know Claudette as we were about getting to know him, so we set a date to meet. On January 25, 2018, Claudette, Jennifer McCarroll (her SW) and I went to meet Mr. Chatelain and his wife Victoria. The visit went wonderful! We talked about everything. Vital was able to show Claudette pictures of her family, her father as a baby, and the old family home. Claudette was thrilled and had ear to ear smiles listening and getting to know her family history, she was so happy.
Since then Vital and Victoria have continued to be a part of Claudette’s life and have even expanded her family by introducing Claudette to their children and grandchildren. They came to visit her at home during Easter, bring gifts and goodies, and have now even made the biggest step of all in helping Claudette by being her family contact. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Chatelain!
Samantha and JP have wanted to own a vehicle for a long time. They’ve had assistance of their support staff to achieve that goal. JP is employed with North Bay Chrysler and was approached by the finance department with to discuss the opportunity of trading in their current vehicle. With all of the activities Samantha and JP participate in; their interest was in an SUV type vehicle. They looked at a Dodge Journey and reviewed financing with the dealership. Samantha and JP were thrilled to discover that trading in their current vehicle for their much desired Dodge Journey would be more economic for them! Samantha and JP were able to complete the process independently, only providing status updates to their support staff.
Congratulations Sam and JP on this great accomplishment. May you have many years of great travel in your new Dodge Journey!
Let us introduce to you our famous DJ from our SIL program, DJ Hiptonic. Many of you may already know Jonathan Caine from different SIL events or from hearing him on Moose FM radio in the morning. He has the biggest personality and can make anyone happy.
SIL was hosting a dance during Community Living’s Month of May events and needed a DJ for the event. Jon’s upbeat personality and love to host events made him the perfect fit. Jonathan was nervous at first, but the team supported him every step of the way. He did a phenomenal job and everyone had a great time dancing the night away. A second opportunity arose when Jonathan was asked to help co-DJ the Community Living North Bay Christmas Formal. Again, no one was disappointed in how well Jon had done, helping keep everyone’s spirit up and providing great entertainment for all.
Everyone has a special talent, and Jon has definitely found his. With these two performances under his belt, he now has the confidence to attend a talent show in February hosted at Canadore College. Jon will once again have an opportunity to display his DJ talents.
During the month of December Community Living North Bay gives back to the community. Programs and individuals are encourage to collect and give to a charity that is near and dear. Robyn and the staff chose to collect for All Heart Pet Rescue.
Casey (staff) and Robyn went around town to different businesses and dropped off letters explaining who they were and what organization they were collecting for. Robyn dropped off her overflowing donation basket to ALL Heart Pet Rescue in early January.
After having a hearing test completed, Richard was told several years ago that he needed hearing aids to assist with his hearing. Richard was very resistant to the idea at first and chose to go without, as he felt that people would tease him.
This month, with support from the audiologist as well as his primary support staff, Richard decided to give the hearing aids a try.
Staff met with Richard a few times each morning after he received the hearing aids to support his transition to using them by helping him with positioning and volume. Richard has picked this up quickly. He does not feel like an outsider, and is continues to participate and be involved in the community.
Richard is very comfortable wearing his hearing aids and is able to have wonderful conversations with the people around him. He is happy with his decision.
Robbie loves to socialize and to be with people but his last residence it was not a safe place for him to be living due to the condition of the building. Robbie was given an eviction notice from the landlord just after Christmas last year. Robbie was devastated at first. His primary support staff reassured him that it was not his fault and that they would work very hard at finding him a new apartment that was better suited for his needs.
After an extensive search, his primary staff approached Robbie’s family to explain the situation and they shared that Robbie’s sister had a large unfinished basement that they would be willing to convert into an apartment for Robbie. Everyone was very excited about this and Robbie especially, due to the fact that he would still be close to the SIL office as well as being central to be able to continue to participate in his daily activities. Robbie moved into his new apartment in March of 2017 and very much enjoys living in the same home as his sister while still having his own space to live independently. Robbie even gets to share taking care of his sister’s cat with her.
This was Robbie’s first Christmas in his new apartment and he asked his support staff to help him with the important task of getting a new, bigger Christmas tree as he now has a lot more space to have one and he was so excited to purchase one as well as set it up and decorate.
Robbie has the safety and security of living in a great neighborhood close to routines as well as living with family nearby, in a clean and safe apartment.
Having friends to socialize with, and going to a good old hockey game in person rather than on TV are things that are important to Terry. Terry participates in the life of the community and enjoys his favourite pass time! With the help of the Outcomes Fund, Terry, a die-hard hockey fan has been attending the North Bay Battalion Hockey games since the first season and is now able to enjoy season’s tickets for the 2017/2018 season. Words cannot express his gratitude for their help in making Terry’s dream come true.
On behalf of Community Living North Bay, I would like to thank Linda Gauthier and Jessica Jodouin for the excellent job they did presenting the wreath at this year’s Remembrance Day Service. You both represented the agency very well, Thank you again!
I would also like to thank all the people connected to CLNB for their attendance as well. Each year more and more people come out to pay their respects to the men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in the free society we do.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will Remember Them, We will Remember Them!
Michael had always wanted to get his driver’s license so he decided to use some of his passport funds to support him with realizing his goal. He passed the written test and is proud to show off his G1 license, congratulations!!!
Here at the Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) we welcome all families with children birth to 6 years of age. Recently we welcomed a new family from Iroquois Falls. Three year old Carmen and 6 month old Anthony have been attending the OEYC with their parents Natalie and Lyle. For many months this young couple lived in the area without knowing about our children’s activities. It was Natalie’s sister who suggested they “check us out”. Now Natalie says “I am surprised that not more people know about the Early Years Centre and I tell everyone I meet”.
The timing couldn’t have been better; Lyle and Natalie had a concern for Carmen, she was expressing a fear of starting school this September. They knew they needed to find a place where Carmen could socialize and build confidence in herself and with her peers. Now after coming to the OEYC for several months Natalie says Carmen will often say “I wonder who’s going to be there?” referring to both other children and the staff. Carmen can often be found in the Gym or Lounge playing with her best friend Ella. These parents also noticed that the staff all have different areas of expertise and appreciate the Educators open and caring attributes.
Both Lyle and Natalie have participated in programs offered; Natalie has taken Anthony to Infant Massage and has enjoyed time with other moms at Mother’s Night Out. For Lyle participating in our Daddy and Me program offered an opportunity to converse with other dads and enjoys the adult conversation. They also liked the extracurricular events that happen during local school Professional Development days and March break.
Lyle and Natalie agree, the OEYC has been instrumental in the socialization of their children, and has been fundamental in building new relationships as parents. They now make play dates with other families that attend the Ontario Early Years Centre.