Bell Let's Talk (About Mental Health) Day
Now more than ever, people are struggling with loneliness, isolation, and other mental health challenges. Every action counts and you can add your voice to the world’s biggest conversation about mental health today, January 28th, on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

With the challenges we’ve all faced over the last year, taking every action to drive progress in mental health in our communities is of critical importance. This year’s nationwide Bell Let’s Talk Day multimedia campaign highlights the actions we can all take to drive mental health forward and create positive change. Whether you’re staying virtually connected with a family member, working directly with people, investing in access to care or even just taking care of your own mental health, every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020 set a new single-day record with 154,387,425 messages across all platforms, growing Bell’s funding for mental health by an additional $7,719,371.25. This year, by joining the conversation, you can take action to create positive change and drive Bell’s donation to Canadian mental health programs.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians everywhere will join in the global mental health conversation. You can use a wide range of communications platforms to join in – and directly drive Bell’s donations to Canadian mental health programs simply by participating.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.
Temporary Wage Enhancement - Passport
The presence of COVID-19 has created pressures around the provision of safe and supportive care for vulnerable people. Temporary Wage Enhancements provided by the government of Ontario are being provided to help support a stable and growing workforce to provide the right services for people who need them.

People and families who purchase services from eligible workers with Passport funding are eligible for the Temporary Wage Enhancement support. However, you cannot get this temporary funding if you use personal or non-passport funds to pay the worker.

To get the temporary wage increase for an eligible worker you pay with Passport funding, please submit regular Passport reimbursement claims with supporting receipts/invoices by March 17, 2021. Your claims for this temporary support can be for expenses dating from October 01, 2020 to March 31, 2021. That means if you expect to have temporary wage increase expenses between March 17th and March 31, 2021 you can submit a claim that projects those expenses.

For detailed information about the temporary wage enhancement, please visit the ministry’s website.
The Power of Positive Thinking 
Dear Families,

This last year has been difficult, especially for families who have a family member with a disability. As we continue to adapt to the unknown, positive thoughts will help us weather these long and dark winter days. Although sometimes easier said than done, remember as a caregiver you deserve to be kind to yourself. Give yourself credit for all that you do for your family!

Here are some suggestions to help remain positive:

  • Practice gratitude and reframing
  • Take breaks from news stories
  • Take care of your body
  • Make time to unwind
  • Connect with others
  • Share kindness

For further suggestions for caregivers, visit: https://www.apa.org/research/action/children-disabilities-covid-19
 
Please do not hesitate to connect with one of the dedicated family members at Ensemble. It is our pleasure to explore possibilities with you as we 'live the life' just as you do!

Contact us at ensemble@communitylivingessex.org or via phone at 519-776-6483 ext. 225
Community Spotlight on DPM Insurance - Essex
For many years now, DPM Insurance Group in Essex has been running a successful business - providing people with a variety of insurance products to help protect them from unexpected risks like accidents. In addition, this business has been a great community supporter. Owner, Cindy Barnett, her family and DPM staff have a long history of helping people through donations to the Essex Food Bank, supporting local youth house league baseball and hockey teams and promoting church and non-profit groups and events. DPM Insurance-Essex has served as a Community Living Essex County ambassador for years, lending their support to our events like the Jingle Bell Run, Ruthven Apple Festival and most recently as corporate matching partners of the 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign. Cindy has personally helped with Community Living promotional campaigns and many of her staff has served as volunteers at the annual holiday gift wrapping fundraiser at Devonshire Mall. Just as it’s comforting to know you’re covered with a great insurance policy, it’s certainly comforting to know we have supporters like DPM Insurance-Essex. Thank you! 
Upcoming Events
What's Happening?
Join CLaroL the CLown for a mini magic show followed by a mini workshop where kids will learn how to do some of CLaroL’s tricks.

Make sure to bring; a long pencil, 3 Kleenex/tissues, 3 different coloured crayons and a deck of playing cards.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Thank You Breakaway Gaming Centre!
Stay Fit and Healthy
30-Minute No-Equipment Full-Body Toning Workout
Fitness and dance expert Nicole Steen makes sure you hit every muscle in your body in this 30-minute no-equipment workout. Nicole alternates between toning moves and cardio bursts while standing, then brings you down to the mat for the workout's second half. Expect to feel the burn from top to bottom with this one!
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Online
Watch sea nettles as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don't let these unassuming invertebrates fool you — their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting as they drift through open waters. When their tentacles touch tiny prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.
Recipe of the Week
Cannelloni with Arrabbiata Sauce
Cannelloni, packed with flavour and filled with spinach and veal, cooked in a rich sauce and topped with mozzarella.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
What is your best personal remote work hack?
Take regular breaks to eat, to go for a walk, to jog, etc.
Talk to your colleagues regularly and share how you feel.
Over communicate. Keep in touch with your team all the time.
Every once in a while get up and go for a walk, or at least look out the window.
Create a dedicated work desk with a proper work setup.
If you can, work in a separate room with a door.
Poll Results

Would you attend a concert or sporting event prior to getting vaccinated for COVID-19?
Yes. 15.6%
No. 68.9%
Only if there was adequate physical distancing. 15.6%