Our Stories

Onward, to Niagara!

Let’s go on an adventure!

On August 22, 2017 Calyge and Pam set out on an adventure to Niagara Falls for the first time.  They were able to spend two wonderful days seeing the sights in Niagara like the Niagara Casino, Butterfly Conservatory, Rainforest Café, Clifton Hill (with all its wonders) and of course the Falls!

This was such an exciting time for both they hardly slept a wink.  They just wanted to see and do as much as they could with the time they had.

What an Adventure!   Great work and Great trip!

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A New Bike for Michael

Michael was in need of an updated bicycle; as his old one had seen many miles of use, and was breaking down from wear and tear.  He was approved to use his Passport funds for the purchase, because he uses the bike to access his community on a regular basis.

Here he is with Kevin from Cycle Works.  Kevin is amazing!  He took the time to ask Michael what he was looking for, let him try out a few bikes, then helped Michael with choosing the necessary accessories, such as, a helmet, tire pump, and lights.  Michael, as you can see, left a very satisfied customer.

Enjoy the trails Michael!

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A Greener Future

For Community Living Month, Airport Residents wanted to help make our community cleaner and safer for everyone, so we decided to expand our agency battery collection to include three of community partners:  The North Bay Chamber of Commerce, Whitman’s Jewellers and The Voyager Hotel.

This was a great opportunity for all parties to get to know each other and combine our efforts in a common goal, helping keep batteries out of our landfills!  Together we were able to collect 80 pounds of batteries in just one month!

On Behalf of Community Living North Bay and Airport Residence, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people:     Mr. Peter Chirico and his staff at the North Bay Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Paul Forbes and his staff at Whitman’s Jewellers, and Mrs. Tracy Richardson and her staff at The Voyager Hotel for all their support.  Together we made a difference!

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Curtis loves Horseback Riding

Curtis loves horseback riding, and he uses his passport funds to access staff support to enjoy that opportunity at Sunnydale Riding Stables.  Recently staff noticed that Curtis was not enjoying himself as he usually would and after some investigation they got to the root of the problem; the helmets at the stable were all too tight.  Curtis had previously put up with the tightness of the helmets because he loved the horseback riding experience so much.   Curtis would like to extend his appreciation to the Outcomes Fund for purchasing a proper fitting helmet, and some extra lessons.  As you can see in the photos, Curtis is now riding in style with a helmet that fits!

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Linda’s Dedication Pays Off

Being a part of the SIL team, every shift can be an adventure. Depending on the person you support and their interests, the opportunities are endless. Recently, Linda was supported with her Special Olympics Team.

Linda is a member of the North Bay Special Olympics Bowling Team. Alongside her fellow bowlers, Linda spent an exceptional amount of time dedicated to improving her bowling average. At the end of bowling season, Linda travelled accompanied by a Community Living staff member with her Special Olympics team to the final tournament in Azilda.

At the bowling ally, spirits of bowlers seemed at an all-time high as three district Special Olympic teams merged to form new teams of players. With various ages and districts, these new team mates didn’t miss a beat in cheering on each other.

Linda’s hard work and determination did not go unnoticed and she could routinely be seen high-fiving her staff and friends when she knocked down the pins. If you know Linda, you know when she gets excited, her excitement is contagious.

After lunch hour, eager players waited to hear whether or not they beat their hard earned bowling averages achieved by previous months of hard work and dedication. Linda was no exception to this. Linda placed third in her category and received a white ribbon which she now proudly has on display in her home.

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Individualized Funding making a difference!

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!!!

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Welcome to EYC

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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.

Diversity

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Never has there been a better time to introduce children to diversity. We are fortunate to live in a country where so many various ethnics, race, disabilities or just being different are represented, giving families plenty of wonderful opportunities to learn and appreciate how different cultures live.

Children are naturally curious and it is essential that we demonstrate and explain the need to put cultural, diversity and racial differences into perspective. They can either learn to appreciate or devalue traits that make others different from themselves, including understanding and being accepting of others who have physical or intellectual disabilities.

During the month of May, the Resource Consultants with Community Living North Bay will be going out to the various child cares, introducing story books all about diversity and differences and that it is OK to be different.

The Resource Consultants will be reading a story book to each child care, explaining and discussing the various diversities.  You are never too young to learn about inclusion.

Property and Maintenance – Supporting Roles

The Property and Maintenance Department strives to ensure that the daily activities of the people supported are respected and taken into consideration when maintenance, inspections or repairs are scheduled.
Scheduling requires input from Supported Persons, Staff and Managers, combined with the availability of outside Contractors/Inspectors and P&M Staff, to coordinate the work to achieve the least disruption and successful completion of each job.
When Contractors/Inspectors and P&M Staff are on site, their priority is to ensure the work gets completed in the most efficient way, while being courteous and respectful to the people we support.
It is true that consistent Contractors & Inspectors interact with most people at each site, as they have become familiar with the routines and are genuinely happy to see everyone.
It is a pleasure to continue to work with these Contractors & Inspectors who go above and beyond to be part of a supportive and accepting Community!

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Hello my name is Awesome

Anthony Vacheff is exactly what his T-shirt says – “Hello, my name is AWESOME”.

Anthony has been with the Early Years since he was just a little boy. He would come and play with his Dad and Mom on Tuesday evenings and Saturday’s. For Anthony, deciding where to do his 40HR volunteering was an easy choice as he wanted to ‘give back’ and be there for other children.

Anthony enjoys engaging the children in whatever they want to play in. He brings out their giggles, imagination and is very good in following their lead. Anthony has also volunteered his time on PD days and during the December, March and summer holidays. He has helped with our Olympic Day as well as the Safety day we hold in June.

We are very pleased to recognize such a wonderful young man and hope he’ll continue to volunteer with us for the next 3 years! He is a star in our eyes!

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