A 3-photo collage. First photo shows a boy with facemask and backpack ready for school. Second shows an elementary school class holding a colourful banner that reads: inclusion. Third is a high school student at home holding an iPad.
Why everyone should celebrate National Inclusive Education Month
Together, we’re better.

National Inclusive Education Month happens each year in February. It is an annual effort led by Inclusive Education Canada to promote inclusive education practices in our schools. Why is this important? Research shows students with and without developmental disabilities benefit from an inclusive learning environment. Everyone learns while developing social competence, friendships, and community.

But what is inclusive education? For us, it is more than students sharing an in-person or virtual classroom. It is also about actively engaging and productively involving every student in a collaborative and responsive learning environment suited to the needs of all learners. Our Children and Youth Services and Community Participation teams support students and families, and work with partners in early, elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and continuing education, to help make this happen.
Everyone should be supported in their goals, while living with dignity, sharing in every element of living, and having equal opportunity to participate.

We encourage you to follow our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin social media channels as we celebrate inclusive education and its champions throughout the month – and consider the work yet to be done. We invite you to share your success stories of inclusion in our schools, too, by emailing us at socialmedia@clhuntsville.ca.

Sincerely,

The Community Living Huntsville Team
Program Spotlight: Children and Youth Services
Supporting inclusion for children and youth since 1962
Community Living Huntsville supports and advocates alongside more than 300 people and their families in North Muskoka - and that includes children, teens, and young adults.

Our Children and Youth Services team includes Resource Consultants and Family Support Workers who work with families to create plans, navigate systems, access services, build skills, collaborate with early education and school partners, prepare for transitions, find answers, and more.

The team also helps co-ordinate respite services for families, too.

Learn more about our Children and Youth Services team and how to connect with them by visiting the Children and Youth Services section of our website.
Did you know?
Recycle your unwanted electronics with us!
A graphic with a Community Living Huntsville logo and icons for different types of electronic devices. Text reads: Chuck It for Charity. We help keep 100,000 metric tonnes of old electronics out of landfills each year. That's roughly 20,000 elephants.
Community Living Huntsville's office at 99 West Road is a local electronics recycling depot. And it's free!

You can drop by and drop off several kinds of unwanted electronics. Put them in the green electronics recycling bin outside the Old Stone Schoolhouse. There is a bucket for used batteries, too.

When you discard your unwanted electronics, you not only tidy up your home, cottage, or business, but also help our not-for-profit organization raise funds. Find a list of accepted items on our website at clhuntsville.ca/join-a-fundraiser. Questions? Contact Sharon at 705-789-4543.

Chuck it for charity today!
A graphic of photos and text promoting Ontario Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector. A collage of 8 photos show a diverse set of people of all ages smiling, talking, playing, or volunteering. Text reads: Let's celebrate Ontario's nonprofits.
Celebrate Ontario's first Nonprofit Appreciation Week
Let’s celebrate Ontario’s nonprofits!

The first Ontario Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector happens February 14 to 20, 2022. The week, based on new provincial legislation, aims to celebrate the vital role of those in the nonprofit sector, like Community Living Huntsville, and their teams in creating and maintaining healthy, vibrant, and inclusive communities in Ontario.

Join us! Follow us on our social media channels throughout the week and support us with likes and shares, as we aim to raise awareness of who we are, what we do, and how everyone can get involved!
Fundraising Highlights
Huntsville Polar Bear Dip 2022
A graphic with photo of a polar bear splashing into water and text that reads: Huntsville Polar Bear Dip, February 19, 2022, at noon, Hidden Valley Beach, in support of Community Living Huntsville.
Brave the cold - take the plunge!

The 2022 Huntsville Polar Bear Dip is set for Saturday, February 19, at noon at Hidden Valley Beach. The annual charitable event, hosted by the Huntsville Polar Bear Dip, will raise funds for Community Living Huntsville.

You can help in these ways:

1. Like and share The Huntsville Polar Bear Dip Facebook page,

2. Come to the event as a dipper or spectator, or

3. Support dippers with donations through the event's Huntsville Polar Bear Dip 2022 Canada Helps page.

COVID-19 safety rules will be in effect.

Find the latest details for dippers and spectators, plus fundraising information, on the event's Facebook page.
Upcoming Community Living Huntsville Events
May – Community Living Month
June – Artists for Inclusion
July – Dance for Awareness
TBD – MP Scott Aitchison Charity Golf Tournament
September – Golf Fore Inclusion
October – Autumn Brunch
November – Huntsville’s Got Talent

Community Living Huntsville is also excited to celebrate our "Diamond Jubilee" 60th anniversary in 2022. Find more information as it becomes available at clhuntsville.ca.
Ways to Give
Community Living Huntsville must raise more than $150,000 annually through private donations, special fundraising events, and grants to sustain our programs.

Make a contribution that counts.
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