Input Being Sought from Stakeholders As We Plan for the Future
Despite the pandemic, Community Living Essex County is looking forward and forging ahead with its strategic planning process. With the guidance of an experienced consultant and a steering committee made up of a variety of stakeholders, we are undertaking the important process of planning for the next 3-5 years in order to best serve people with intellectual disabilities and their families. This week, the critical process of eliciting input from all stakeholder groups has begun.
Service recipients, parents and family members, community partners, employees, board members, and volunteers will all be invited to share their thoughts to help us form clear goals and priorities that will guide our work. This year is unique in that in-person focus groups and planning sessions will not be held, however virtual meetings, electronic surveys and interviews by phone will be taking place and individual preferences for participation will be accommodated. Our aim is to gather input from as many people as possible who engage with the agency in any capacity, whether as a donor, support worker, service recipient or parent.

Now is the time to share honest feedback, provide input regarding in-demand services and supports, give opinions about areas in which the agency should focus its attention and resources, and to have your voice heard. While we continue to face challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and we work together to keep each other safe and well, we can also look to the future - toward brighter days, reconnecting, and refocusing on growth, innovation and change. Let's use these most unusual circumstances to think outside the box, broaden the realm of possibilities and set the stage for an exciting 2021 and beyond.

Focus on Families
As the holiday season approaches, the Ensemble Advisory Families: Lois, Marilyn, Susan and Rubina along with family consultant Kelly, want you to know that we understand how isolating the COVID pandemic has been on caregivers and families.

Our committee families are here to support you and your loved ones during this difficult time. Ensemble provides emotional and informational support to families to promote feelings of inclusion, acceptance and understanding which contributes to the well-being and stability of the family. 

It would be our pleasure to assist in any way we can. Please contact Kelly, Ensemble Family Consultant and she will be happy to connect you with a Committee member.

Season’s Greetings! 

Lois (Mom/Caregiver), Marilyn (Mom/Caregiver), Susan (Mom/Caregiver), Rubina (Sibling/Caregiver) and Kelly (Mom/Sibling)

Ensemble Contact Information - Phone: (519)776-6483 Ext. 225 or Email: ensemble@commuitylivingessex.org 
Local Virtual Holiday Concert Series
Tune Up the Parks - Holiday Edition

Starting Wednesday, November 18, every Monday and Wednesday new performances will be shared on the Town of Essex Facebook Page for a digital and holiday-themed Tune Up the Parks concert series. Performances will also be posted to the Town’s YouTube channel for future viewing. Earlier this year, the popular series took the Internet by storm with performances by local artists and bands. That series will take a turn for the festive, with local performers helping residents jingle their way into the holiday season.
Amherstburg & Leamington Drive Thru Santa Claus Parades Happening This Weekend
Santa is still coming to town! Experience a drive through reverse parade! How does this work, you ask? The parade is stationary and vehicles will pass the parade entries to view. Bring a coffee or some hot chocolate to enjoy from your car, turn on the holiday tunes and enjoy the wonderful, festive parade entries and scenery.

The Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade is will take place Saturday November 28, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Libro Recreation Centre, at 3295 Meloche Rd.

Details: Vehicles will enter on Simcoe. Enter the line at Howard and Simcoe only. Line will form on Simcoe/Pike Rd/ going westbound. This is the only parade line entrance. The Parade has a designated Radio Station 90.7FM which will entertain you on route and relay important parade updates. Get there early, as the line will be cut off at 6th concession at 8:45pm.
The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce again looks forward to bringing the annual Santa Claus Parade to the community, but in the drive-thru format this year.

Details: Saturday November 28, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Point Pelee National Park

There is no cost to enter the park, but please bring a donation for the food bank and/or a toy for Toys for Tots which will be collected along the parade route. Children can bring their letter to Santa to put in the mailbox and letters with return addresses will get a reply.
Virtual Jingle Bell Run Fast Approaching
New Holiday Newsletter
Check your inbox Monday for our first edition of a new weekly newsletter called Home for the Holidays! It will run through the month of December and will be filled with fun holiday activities, crafts, movies, and recipes to help you enjoy the holiday season from home, while we all do our part to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Recipe of the Week
Potato Latkes

What would Hanukkah be without a heaping platter of traditional potato latkes?  Traditional potato latkes are golden, crispy, and truly delicious, This recipe is foolproof and makes perfect latkes every time!
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
Have you started decorating for the holidays?
Yes, I go overboard every year.
Yes, just started.
No, it is too early for me.
I do not decorate for the holidays.
Poll Results

Where is your favourite place in Essex County to enjoy a beautiful fall day outdoors?
Point Pelee 50%
Ojibway Park 14.7%
Holiday Beach 5.9%
Hillman Marsh 5.9%
Windsor Waterfront 23.5%