Career Compass
A Success Story
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, employment situations for many people were affected. At the beginning of March, Rachael was hired on at Value Village in Leamington. Just a couple of days into her orientation, everything went into lockdown and the work opportunity was on hold.

In September, the opportunity to return to Value Village was presented. With some job coaching provided by Career Compass, Rachael is now working independently and a proud member of the Value Village staff team!

Rachael is now responsible for helping to keep employees and customers safe by ensuring all high-touch surfaces are sanitized. In between sanitizing, Rachael works with the front-end team to bring back returns, help customers, and ensure the items for sale stay organized.

Great work Rachael, and thank you to Value Village in Leamington for being an inclusive employer! 
International Day of People With Disabilities
Thursday is International Persons with Disabilities Day. Hosted by advocacy groups in London (Ontario), Whitehorse (Yukon Territories) and Queensland (Australia), self- advocates from across Canada and Australia will be sharing their stories and successes. If you check the agenda, you’ll even see our very own self-advocate group at Community Living Essex County, New Day, is joining the celebration!
 
To cover all of the various time zones, this event will run from 9:00 am – 8:30 pm, via Zoom. Once registered, you can tune in to whichever presentations interest you!
We Are Hiring!
We are currently hiring Direct Support Workers! Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.
Kiss 2020 Goodbye with our Holiday Raffle!
Giving Tuesday
December 1-December 24
Did you know Community Living Essex County is a registered charity? All donations made during our Giving Tuesday campaign, December 1-December 24, are being matched dollar for dollar by Libro Credit Union!
Holiday Food Drive
The second annual '2 Guys Can Drive' event is taking place outside Reaume Chevrolet Buick GMC, located at 500 Front Road, LaSalle, on Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th, or until the van is full! '2 Guys Can Drive' is accepting non-perishable food donations and gift cards for local food banks.
Happening This Weekend
Last Chance to Register for the Virtual Jingle Bell Run
Recipe of the Week
Peppermint Bark
Peppermint bark is the classic holiday treat that everyone loves. Smooth, sweet chocolate combines with cool peppermint to make a delightful homemade candy that people just can’t get enough of.
Please note that Friday’s Holiday Themed Takeout Pasta Dinner at St Paul’s Church that was included in our Home for the Holidays newsletter has been cancelled. 
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
Do you prefer live or artificial Christmas trees?
Live trees all the way!
I will stick to artificial trees - less mess.
Neither
Poll Results
Have you started decorating for the holiday?

Yes, I go overboard every year. 14%
Yes, just started. 62%
No, it is too early for me. 18%
I do not decorate for the holidays. 6%