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Community and art team up for inclusion in North Muskoka!

Art and community is a powerful combination.

Community members came together at Sandhill Nursery in Huntsville to explore their creativity and create a beautiful piece of meaningful artwork, called Wesley. It is now up for bid in an online auction in support of Community Living Huntsville. The auction closes September 5, 2022, at 8:00 PM.

Community members also contributed to our second annual Artists for Inclusion online art auction. The auction raised awareness and thousands of dollars for our Transitional Housing Initiative.

And hundreds of community members came to Tom & Winnie: Art, Mystery and Tragedy, presented by renowned Canadian author Roy MacGregor at Huntsville’s Algonquin Theatre earlier this month, also in support of Community Living Huntsville.

Art and community have creatively helped us raise needed funds and vital awareness for our programs, services, and initiatives in support of people with developmental disabilities, and their families, in North Muskoka. In this newsletter, you can find more about these collaborations. You can also learn more about our Transitional Housing Initiative, our new Be an Inclusive Landlord initiative, and a healthy school lunch box program we are proud to support.


We are grateful for our community, including our arts community, as we continue to create meaningful and lasting change for people and families in North Muskoka with creative ideas, together. 


Jennifer Jerrett

Community Engagement Specialist

Community Living Huntsville

Program Spotlight: Children and Youth Services

Community Living Huntsville supports Salvation Army’s Healthy Lunch Box Program

Our Children and Youth Services team is proud to support The Salvation Army Huntsville’s new Healthy Lunch Box Program! If your school-aged child is in need of a lunch kit for the new school year, or your family struggles to find affordable, healthy, school-approved items or ideas for school lunches, this program aims to help.

Read more on our website about the program, how we are lending a hand, and how to register.

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Community Living Huntsville's Transitional Housing Initiative

Community Living Huntsville Transitional Housing logo.

For years, the housing crisis in Muskoka has disproportionately affected marginalized community members, including people who live with the label of developmental disability. Homelessness is a real threat – and a stark reality – for many. 

That is why our team at Community Living Huntsville has launched our new and innovative Transitional Housing Initiative. It has changed lives, and aims to change more. And it relies on fundraised dollars, donations, and charitable grants to continue. 

You can learn more and donate by visiting our website.

Donate to Transitional Housing

Calling all North Muskoka landlords!

Are you a North Muskoka landlord? We want to work with you!

For people with disabilities to live as equally valued and equally thriving community members, they need access to one of the most basic human rights – housing.

But competition in the rental market is fierce. We want people and families we support to have the same opportunities to access rental apartments as everyone. So, we have launched a new Be an Inclusive Landlord initiative to encourage North Muskoka landlords to consider people we support when on the search for new tenants.

Learn more on our website

Be an Inclusive Landlord
Fundraising Highlights

Sandhill Nursery art collaboration to support Community Living Huntsville

Sandhill Nursery, its artist-in-residence Kristyn Watterworth of KryArt Studio, and community members have come together to create Wesley, a 3’ x 4’ painting on canvas, to be auctioned online in support of Community Living Huntsville’s Transitional Housing Initiative! You can read the full story on our website.

“There is community in every brushstroke on that canvas, and, in a way, it represents what a community can accomplish when it works together," says Jennifer Jerrett, Community Engagement Specialist for Community Living Huntsville.

Visit to place your bid today! This online-only auction closes Monday, September 5, at 8:00 PM.

Bid today!
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Artists for Inclusion

raises $7.6K

Last-minute bidding frenzies kindled more hope for housing in North Muskoka. And the final tally was even more than we first thought!

Read more on our website about Artists for Inclusion 2022, the intense final moments, and how donors and bidders have helped make a difference in our community.

Read the story

‘Tom & Winnie’ supporters revisit past to create stronger future in North Muskoka

The mystery may never be solved, but one thing is for sure – an enduring fascination with Canadian icon Tom Thomson has made a difference for people in North Muskoka.

“Roy MacGregor took us on an adventure through time – and we didn’t even have to leave our seats,” laughs Jennifer Jerrett, Community Engagement Specialist for Community Living Huntsville. “But he had us on the edges of them.”

Read more on our website about how "Tom & Winnie: Art, Mystery and Tragedy" gripped the audience at the Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville, and how funds raised will help build a stronger community.

Read the story
Upcoming Community Living Huntsville Events

September 14 – Golf Fore Inclusion

October 2 – Autumn Brunch

November 17 – Huntsville’s Got Talent

Community Living Huntsville is also excited to celebrate our "Diamond Jubilee" 60th anniversary in 2022. Find more information as it becomes available at

Ways to Give
Community Living Huntsville must raise more than $150,000 annually through private donations, special fundraising events, and grants to sustain our programs.

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