Inclusive Hiring
The Hiring Chain - Performed By Sting

March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day, and this video was created to encourage businesses to hire people who have Down syndrome. By hiring someone with Down syndrome, you start a virtuous chain: the more that people with Down syndrome are seen at work, the more they’ll be recognized as valuable employees, and the more they’ll be hired. Do your part, start the Hiring Chain today.

If you would like more information about our Career Compass Employment Supports visit our website or email 
Voices of Tomorrow
Want to make the modern workplace more inclusive? Help us out! 
Youth leaders from Community Living Windsor and Community Living Essex County are leading a social impact project to promote inclusive employment. The project is called “Voices of Tomorrow”. They are conducting a survey to capture youth experiences around employment and feedback from employers and educators. They want to hear from any youth (aged 14 - 29), employers or educators in Windsor and Essex County area who want to provide input regarding meaningful employment. Results of the survey will help design recommendations for decision-makers and employers on changes required for more inclusive employment. 
Please take a minute to complete this survey at the link below.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The increasing vaccine supply in our community is welcome news as protection from the virus is key to the health and well-being of people supported. 
The agency expects to receive notice from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit soon regarding plans to vaccinate people receiving residential supports, a priority group in Ontario’s vaccination plan, and we are proactively preparing.
Karen Bolger, Executive Director and Corey Dalgleish, Director, Community Living Operations are working closely with the health unit as they finalize plans to begin delivering vaccines to people supported. Consideration is being given to each person’s health, mobility and unique personal needs and best efforts will be made to arrange suitable vaccination plans. Vaccines may be administered at a designated location (i.e. clinic, hospital) or through a mobile unit that allows the person supported to remain at home or travel a shorter distance.
To help answer questions regarding the safety of the vaccine for people supported, virtual/phone appointments are being scheduled with their doctor who will review the screening form and explain the benefits and any risks of receiving the vaccine. The agency has also assembled and posted on our website a number of resources about vaccines and what to expect during and after the immunization appointment. Agency employees are using these resources to educate people supported about the vaccine and to support people able to provide informed consent.
The resources include:
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information Social Story
  • Top 10 Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Video – A Discussion about the COVID-19 Vaccine 
  • What you Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine – Public Health Ontario
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form
Our health unit also has a vaccine resource page on their website. It includes details on the testing, efficacy and safety of the vaccines, plus a frequently asked questions section. You can access this information from their home page by clicking the COVID-19 vaccine button or use the following link.
We hope this resources are helpful to you. If you have questions, please reach out to Karen Bolger by phone 519-776-6483 ext 224 or email at
Our agency is confident that our excellent relationship with the health unit and the positive steps we have taken to prepare will result in the smooth delivery of vaccines to the people we serve. 
Spotlight on Transformation
Where are we going and how do we get there? These questions affect all of us, every day, from issues as small as what to eat for dinner to a life-altering, cross-country career change. We know where we are and we know where we want to be, but how do we make the journey in between?

Some of us are detail-oriented and make incremental decisions that add up to bigger changes over time. Others are more spontaneous and figure things out along the way. There are tools that can help with the process, depending on your needs. People supported and their families are familiar with the Personal Outcomes Planning method, to help set and achieve goals over the course of a year. Strategic planning, goal setting, and identifying priorities are helpful for both organizations and individuals to develop a road map for where they want to go.

And then sometimes we get a curveball like a global pandemic. We didn’t see it coming and it changed our road maps instantly. Many of us couldn’t meet our Personal Outcomes Planning goals last year for reasons entirely outside of our control. As an agency, Community Living Essex County is adapting to our new reality. It affects the programs we offer, the people we support, and pushes all of us out of our comfort zones. But there are many positive changes happening as a result, and more still to come. We couldn’t have predicted the last twelve months, but we are ready to tackle the next twelve together.
 “Dad, when I'm running, it feels like my disability disappears.”
-quote from Rick Hoyt on running with his dad as part of Team Hoyt
A dad you might not have heard of passed away last week at the age of 80.  But, many parents and families in our community look up to and aspire to be like Dick Hoyt for their family members. 

As a youngster, Rick wanted to run in a charity run, so Dick ran the 5km race, pushing Ricks’ chair. Over the next 40 years, “Team Hoyt” ran in over 1000 races. Dick is an example for all of us as families of how we can help our loved ones reach for as much independence as they can, to help them have their best life possible. May we all aspire to be like Dick Hoyt for our loved ones!

Kelly Runalls,
Parent Consultant
Ensemble, or 519-776-6483, ext. 225   
An article about the amazing partnership between father and son team, Dick and Rick Hoyt:
Siblings: Citizens With A Cause Webinar
Hosted By Community Living Ontario
 Youth Advisory Council 
On Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6 pm, the Community Living Ontario Youth Advisory Council will be hosting Siblings: Citizens with a Cause, a virtual workshop designed for young people (aged 14-29) who are a sibling of someone who has an intellectual disability.

Join in as youth from across the country come together to discuss the impact of their experiences, discuss what inclusion means to them, explore their roles as advocates and so much more!
Strategies for Mental Health
Fireside chat with Yona Lunsky, Anupam Thakur, and Nicole Bobbette
March 29, 2021 |1:30-3:00 PM EST
Are you a family member of an adult with a developmental disability? We know that many of you are struggling to support the mental health of your loved one during COVID-19.

Join the folks at CAMH's Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre for a fireside chat with a psychologist, psychiatrist, and an occupational therapist as they talk together about practical strategies for families to support their loved ones a year into the pandemic.

This panel will discuss questions such as, “After so much time indoors, how do I help my loved one feel safe doing activities again?” “We are on a waitlist for mental health services. What can we do in the meanwhile?” “What if I am worried that the medication my loved one is taking is not working anymore?”

This event will be run through WebEx Events and will be recorded.
Contact for questions.
Cooking Class
Thursday, April 1, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

We love frozen, microwave Hot Pockets and you should too! APRIL FOOLS!

Love the concept of a hot pocket filled with deliciousness, but make yours from scratch.

Join Earthbound Farms and Cabot Cheese to make the hottest pocket on the block. Earthbound Farms offers this killer combo, their broccoli and cauliflower medley, and stuffing it in a pocket with cheese. Re-imagine the hot pocket with Chef Joel at this free homemade event!
Virtual Viewing of the Sun
Saturday, March 27, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Have you looked at the sun through a telescope? Join in to observe the closest star to us and learn about why it's important to our earth!

UCR Astronomy and UCLA EPSS (Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences) are co-hosting a virtual solar viewing event! During this online event, they will be observing the Sun through telescopes and learning more about its properties and impact on our home Earth.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Live view of the sun (in different colours/wavelengths)
  • Formation of the sun
  • Surface features of the sun, solar eclipse
  • Solar activities and space weather
  • Tips for solar viewing and learning more about the sun
Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam
Livestream Art Tour
Sunday, March 28, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:40 PM

Join in for a virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, plus works by many other artists including Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and more. They will discuss how the museum’s paintings and drawings compare and contrast with well-known items at other museums and the context of these works in Vincent’s life and legacy.

This educational and entertaining program is open to all and since it is a virtual event via Zoom you can connect from anywhere in the world.
Membership - Join Us!

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Voting rights
  • Invitation to virtual AGM
  • Electronic Communications
  • Closer Look mailer
  • Annual report
  • I'm All INclusion window cling (corporate members)
  • I'm All Inclusion accessory (individual members)
  • Membership card

Do you believe in inclusion? Join us today!
Paper Easter Egg Wreath
An egg-cellent DIY Easter wreath! See how to make an Easter wreath with paper eggs, perfect as a DIY Easter decoration.

  • Scissors
  • No. 2 Pencil
  • Permanent Markers
  • School Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Construction Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Paper Plate
  • Clear Tape
Cut out middle section of paper plate
to create wreath base.
Use paper egg to trace 4–5 eggs
on different colors of construction paper.
Cut out.
Draw designs on construction paper
eggs with markers.
Glue cardstock eggs to plate in
gaps between construction paper eggs.
Loop a piece of ribbon and tape to the
back of the wreath to hang.
Sketch an egg shape on construction
paper and cut out.
Use paper egg to trace 4–5 eggs
on different patterns of cardstock.
Cut out.
Glue construction paper eggs to
plate, leaving space between eggs.
Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow and glue
to top of wreath. Dry all glue steps
1–2 hours.
Recipe of the Week
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes With Cheddar

This golden and glorious mash-up of potato gratin and Hasselback potatoes gives you both creamy potato and singed edges in each bite. The trick here is placing the sliced potatoes in the casserole dish vertically, on their edges, rather than laying them flat as in a standard gratin, in order to get those crisp ridges on top. Allow extra time for the task of slicing the potatoes, for which it's helpful to have a mandolin or food processor (though not necessary). You want to pack the potatoes tightly and keep them standing up straight. Potatoes and cheese make for the perfect partner to your Easter ham.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
What anniversary is Community Living Essex County celebrating in 2021?
Poll Results

On the first day of spring, where on Earth would one see the Sun passing directly overhead?

At the equator 56.3%
At the Tropic of Capricorn 12.5%
At the Tropic of Cancer 12.5%
At the Arctic Circle 18.8%

The correct answer is at the equator.

The Sun intersects the celestial equator on both the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.  Therefore, the Sun appears at the zenith (directly overhead) on the first day of spring and the first day of autumn.