Transforming Supports
Four generations! Tom with Bernida, Gwen, Lauren, Feb, and Feb's baby Maggie.

Do you have pandemic accomplishments? These might be things you never really considered before, but took on when the chance presented itself. Maybe you have taken up new hobbies or pursued projects around your home. You could have strengthened relationships with colleagues or neighbours, who you now see more than other friends. While we wait and hope for the chance to see people we love and do things that we miss, we should celebrate our pandemic accomplishments, as there have been many of those at Community Living Essex County in the past year.

Deanna Glover is partnering with ERCA in an application for funding to add receptacles across the trails that she enjoys walking every day. Cassie Armstrong is staying connected to her many friends by sending cards, exchanging gifts, and baking treats. Tom Chevalier recently turned 65 and was celebrated with a drive-by party. These are only a few recent examples of the creative efforts we see across the agency.

Community involvement clearly looks very different these days, but continues in many forms. Although it is transforming and requires flexibility on all our parts, the ability to stay connected is a true pandemic accomplishment.
Keeping Busy At Home
Cooking and baking has been a popular quarantine activity for everyone over the last year. Laurie enjoyed baking a delicious quiche at home last week! 
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The Mars Rover that landed last week to begin its mission to search for signs of life on Mars is named Perseverance. As I think about the challenges our families have had to meet and conquer during COVID-19, the word perseverance often comes to mind.

Seventh-grade student, Alexander Mather from Virginia submitted the winning entry and name, Perseverance, for the Rover, and in his submission to NASA he stated, “We as humans evolved as creatures that could learn to adapt to any situation, no matter how harsh. We are a species of explorers, and we will meet many setbacks on the way to Mars. However, we can persevere… we will not give up…”. Alexander could be describing our families as well as the Mars Rover. 
View of Perseverance from the sky crane during landing Mars, February 18th, 2021.

Here is a resource to help families persevere as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) is offering a 6-week virtual course for family caregivers discussing mental health during COVID-19.
Kelly Runnalls
Family Consultant, Ensemble or 519-776-6483, ext. 225
Spotlight on Community
Vernon's Tap & Grill, Kingsville
For the past 16 years Vernon’s Tap and Grill has not only cooked up delicious homemade hamburgers and pasta, but has developed a reputation as a strong local community supporter.

With years of sponsoring youth sports teams to participating in local fundraisers, owner Vern Wiley takes special pride in giving back to his community. Operating from the former home of Guido’s Pizza at 22 Main Street in downtown Kingsville, Vern has clearly demonstrated his support of Community Living Essex County.

Vern has been actively involved in promoting Giving Tuesday through in-restaurant promotions, helping to both raise awareness and hundreds of dollars for Community Living Essex County.   

As well as donating countless prizes and serving as an event sponsor, Vern’s Tap and Grill is an inclusion champion; promoting the hiring of people with an intellectual disability.

Vern sums up his support by stating, “I truly believe in Community Living and I’m proud to help inspire possibilities.” 
What's Happening?
Julie's Paint Party
Saturday, February 27 at 12 pm

"Love Flutters"

Canvas: Julie will be using a 12x16 canvas, but feel free to use whatever you have! (thick paper, bristol board, cardboard, wood etc.)

Paint colours: black, white, and pink

Brushes: big 3/4" flat head brush, 1/2" flat head, and a liner/ detail brush

Julie will be live on Julie's Paint Party Facebook page at 11:50 am on Saturday, February 27th and the party starts at 12 pm sharp!

Make sure to grab a cup of water to rinse your brushes, a napkin to wipe and a paper plate to put your paints on!

No sign up needed, just show up on Julie's Paint Party Page! This party is a free event!

This party will be available to watch for free for 2 weeks after the event.
Introduction to Punch Needle Embroidery
Friday, February 26
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how to create a beautiful punch needle hoop art for your wall with craft book author and weaver, Lucy Davidson.

What you will need for the workshop:
Lucy recommends a chunky yarn in your choice of rainbow colours.
Eating Healthy on a Budget ~ Webinar
Thursday, March 4, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Eating healthy on a budget is difficult enough without a pandemic interfering with our ability to access and afford certain foods and beverages. Old habits can also be hard to break, but finding creative ways to make eating healthy, convenient and affordable can make you feel good without breaking your budget – and, it’s easier than you think.

Presented by Dr. Jeanette Andrade an assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.
Recipe of the Week
The Best Lemon Bars
Tart, rich and perfection, all rolled into one! Wow your family with this simple recipe.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
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