Funds Raised Through Giving Tuesday Puts iPads In The Hands of People We Support
Thanks to the generous support of individuals and businesses in our community we raised a total of $12,000 through our December 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign. These funds have been used to purchase 21 iPads for people with intellectual disabilities to use for learning, shopping, virtual supports, and connecting with family and friends. We want to recognize and thank our matching sponsor, Libro Credit Union in Essex County. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors, as well as everyone who helped us spread the word about our campaign! Look for upcoming stories about the impact these devices are having in the lives of recipients.
Vaccination Awareness Campaign Launched
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, City of Windsor, County of Essex, Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores HealthCare want to ensure you know where to turn for the latest information as vaccination opportunities become available to different groups in our region. Click the button below to read their press release for additional information.
Community Living Ontario Offering a FREE Inclusive Education Online Training Course
Community Living Ontario is offering a free 7 week online course for families, in partnership with Genia Stephen (starting on April 25th).

This is a comprehensive training on inclusive education, meant to support families in engaging with all aspects of the school system.

To register please email
Honouring the Caregiver
National Caregiver Day was recognized on April 6th, and we at Ensemble want to acknowledge all caregivers and let you know that we are here for you! 

Caregiving can include caring for aging parents, ill partners, young children at home, as well as caring for someone with an intellectual disability. It is refreshing to see the often unnoticed work done by caregivers being recognized.  

This past year the COVID-19 pandemic has really brought caregiving to the forefront, highlighting just how many Canadians care for a loved one in their life. Hopefully, with the wider recognition of caregiving, we will see more supports for caregivers as well. We are truly all in this together.

Follow the link below for National Caregiver Day – Recognizing Caring Canadians.

Kelly Runalls,
Parent Consultant
Ensemble, or 519-776-6483, ext. 225   
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Free Musical Performance Presented by FanFare Music Entertainment & Community Living Toronto
This Friday, Fanfare Music Entertainment is offering a one-hour musical performance for adults with an intellectual disability. This free event will take place on Facebook, from 12:30 to 1:30PM. The show is sponsored by Community Living Toronto and it's free for anyone to watch and enjoy.
Simply follow the link below at 12:30PM on Friday and enjoy!
Powerful Tools For Caregivers
Virtual Workshop
Free Therapeutic Art Workshop
Saturday at 11:00 am

Sarah Serrano-Esquilin is a Brooklyn based artist, educator holding a license in Special Education, and a recent Master’s graduate at Pratt Institute in Creative Arts Therapy.

She has been creating art and writing poetry for the last 6 years, and has worked with celebrities, brands, and galleries. Sarah believes in the therapeutic benefits of art and making it accessible to all.
Starburst Wreath From Paper Straws
Starbursts often come with a mirror in the center, and they look especially good above a bed or a dresser. You could even glue a round mirror in the center of this wreath if you wanted! Paper straws come in many different colors and designs, so you can mix this up and create whatever look you want to match your decor!

Supplies for Straw Starburst Wreath
Step 1: Divide into quadrants
Add a straw to each quadrant of the wood craft ring with hot glue.
Step 2: Divide into eight sections
Add another straw in the middle of each of the four quadrants, eyeballing it so that they are spaced equally.
Step 3: Space out straws
Continue adding straws, spaced equally between the previous straws until you have covered the wreath form with 32 straws.
Step 4: Cut smaller straws
Cut smaller straws to fill in the remaining gaps. I cut a variety of straws 6.5″ inches long and some 5″ long.
Step 5: Fill in all gaps
Add a 5″ straw and a 6.5″ straw between each of the full length straws. Continue until you have filled the entire wreath.
Recipe of the Week
Pasta e Fagioli
This classic Italian soup of beans and short pasta with tomatoes and vegetables is a classic favourite.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
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What is your favourite Easter treat?

Peeps ~ 7%
Mini Eggs ~ 60.5%
Cadbury Creme Eggs ~16.3%
Jelly Beans ~ 16.3%