Painted Pumpkin Fun!
Thank you so much to Deb & John's McGregor Veggie Stand for donating the pumpkins for our Virtual Supports session on Friday, October 30th! 20 people joined the virtual session and enjoyed painting and decorating their pumpkins! This was a fun Halloween activity, and each of the participants ended up with a unique pumpkin to display just in time for the weekend!
We're Hiring Direct Support Workers!
Our employees stick around for a long time!

We are hiring Direct Support Workers for locations across Essex County! Do you have a friend or family member who would be a great fit for Community Living Essex County?

Let them know we’re hiring and tell them to check out today!
Healthy Living
Explore the great outdoors and take in the stunning fall foliage. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a vibrant trek with friends or family.

Whether you prefer a challenging adventure or a family-friendly nature walk, you'll enjoy spectacular views, fewer crowds, and milder temperatures.

Not sure where to go? These local trails will put you on the right path.
What's Happening This Weekend?
A live Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans and their sacrifices is important, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. However, as with so many other commemorations during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely gather together as we once did.

The City of Windsor has partnered with the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, local military representatives, Windsor Police Service and performing artists to re-imagine a Remembrance Day program that follows public health guidelines while providing a meaningful opportunity to remember our heroes.

Between Monday, October 26, and Monday, November 9, 2020, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking local veterans and their families to record videos reflecting on their service, their stories, their comrades and Remembrance Day. The videos will be shared across social media as they are submitted in the days leading up to November 11, 2020. The videos can be recorded by phone, in landscape/horizontal format, and submitted to the Mayor’s Office via email at

On Friday, November 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., the Windsor Classic Chorale (WCC) will broadcast their virtual concert “Lest We Forget” to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. The WCC has created a program consisting of “Armistice 1918” by Carnahan, “Requiem” by Hella Johnson, “In Remembrance” by Daley and “After the War” originally sung in the movie Passchendaele and arranged for choir by Mark Sirrett. Along with the choral music, there will be readings and images from around Windsor-Essex commemorating our fallen soldiers. This concert will be broadcast via the Windsor Classic Chorale YouTube channel.

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., representatives of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee (WVMSC), pre-registered wreath bearers and government officials will attend the cenotaph in Windsor for a small ceremony, observing all public health restrictions for in-person gatherings. Spectators are asked not to attend due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance. The service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page, making the ceremony available for all residents to safely experience from their homes. YourTV will also rebroadcast the ceremony at 4pm and 9pm.
Community Supporter Spotlight
Thank You Nick
Growing up on a farm, Nick Mastronardi of Kingsville was accustomed to long hours working together with family members. Working away in a hot greenhouse alongside his four brothers, Nick learned quickly the value of teamwork at a young age.

The greenhouse was a sort of classroom where Nick became educated on the value of hard work and dedication - all lessons that have served him well in his role now as a volunteer with Community Living Essex County, helping to coordinate the Farmers Market at the annual Ruthven Apple Festival. 

For over ten years, Nick has been volunteering his time every fall to help make the festival a success. From selling raffle tickets to taking out the trash, to putting up barricades for the parade, and now coordinating volunteers and securing produce for resale at the Farmers Market. For a number of years Nick also served as a volunteer and President of the Leamington and District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Through it all Nick has demonstrated his commitment to helping his community. As an avid supporter of Community Living Essex County, Nick also golfs in the annual Charity Golf Classic, sponsors events and most recently delivered Apple Fest baskets as part of our first ever Virtual Apple Festival. For Nick, it’s always been about community.

Thank you Nick for being such a great supporter of Community Living Essex County. You have absolutely inspired possibilities.  
Consider registering for the virtual Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel! The weather is getting cooler and it's easy to stay nice and warm indoors. Use this as a motivator to keep active and in shape during the lead up to the holidays AND support a great cause! This annual event is in partnership with Ken Knapp Ford in Essex. All proceeds to Community Living Essex County.
Recipe of the Week
Sweet and Smoky Cedar-Planked Salmon
This smoked salmon—seasoned with brown sugar, paprika, and lemon zest—will satisfy your entire family!
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
How are you feeling?
URGH it is only November!
Poll Results

In what country did Halloween originate?

United States 10.3%
Ireland 43.6%
Mexico 20.5%
Romania 25.6%

The correct answer is Ireland.