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September 20th, 2017
Fundraising In Motion   Many thanks to the folks from Fundraising in Motion who put on a wonderful gala to support ILCWR last Saturday. It was an evening filled with marvelous food, amazing live music, a professional dance performance, great prizes, conga lines and more. Thanks also to Master of Ceremonies, Carols Benevides from 91.5 The Beat and Meg Downey for capturing the event on camera. We were pleased to have so many staff, consumers and board members there to represent ILCWR. We couldn’t do what we do without the kindness and generosity of others. Thanks to all of those who came...
August 31st, 2017
Thanks to the generosity of Economical Insurance and the May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo,the Youth In Transition group were able to enjoy a weekend retreat at the Hidden Acres Retreat Centre in New Hamburg. It was a busy weekend of team building activities, dancing, cooking, group discussions, art and more. Exactly what the youth group participants needed.      
July 26th, 2017
Epic Food Truck Fare 2017   We held our 4th annual Epic Food Truck Fare on Saturday, July 22nd. Once again, we partnered with the City of Kitchener's Rock and Rumble event. Although there were showers on and off throughout the day, the masses still came out to support. There was live boxing in the early evening and performances from the School of Rock, The Spoons and Platinum Blonde. A percentage of food truck sales went to support ILCWR's Access and Awareness programs.     Many thanks to all of those who made it out. Thanks also to the City of Kitchener, the volunteers and...
July 6th, 2017
INDEPENDENT LIVING CANADA IS HIRING A NATIONAL MANAGER www.ilcanada.org Title: National Manager Reports to: Board of Directors Position Type: OPEN Location: Ottawa Application Deadline: July 14, 2017 Salary: $55,000 – 62,000 depending on experience.   Send resume to: hr@ilc-vac.ca IL Canada is a non-profit, National organization run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.  We operate on the philosophy of the Independent Living Movement which affirms the right of persons with disabilities to control their own lives and live independently. 25 Independent Living...
June 27th, 2017
On June 14th the Tournament of Hope celebrated its 20th anniversary. It may sound unbeielvable but in all those years the golfers have never had to play in the rain and this year was no exception. It was a beautiful day to raise money for people in need of assistance to purchase specialized equipment and assistive devices. The SOLD OUT tournament was a huge success.   It was a fantastic year. Together we raised $52, 416.41 . Due to the generosity of all those involved, we were able to help 12 recipients this year plus several more from our waitlist....
June 6th, 2017
  Life Without Limits   On June 5th, 2017, ILCWR partenered with the City of Kitchener and Dancing with disAbility to celebrate Independent Living Across Canada Day. This year's theme was Life Without Limits: a look at inclusive recreation and leisure opportunities. There was singing, dancing, inspirational words and a chance to meet people from local organizations offering various inclusive recreation and leisure activities.  We were thrilled to have Mayor Vrbanovic provide the opening remarks, as well as words from Jill Simpson, founder of Body, Mind and Movement and the...
April 18th, 2017
Who Feels Like Dancing?   Developed from a pilot project, Jill Simpson has pioneered an inclusive dance movement within Waterloo Region.  Her program, ‘Dancing with disAbility’, welcomes anyone who is interested in exploring dance, no matter what your movement abilities are.  Jill says, “People can do amazing things by thinking about movement in a different way.”  You may be surprised by what you can gain from adding some dance into your life!  Jill is passionate about facilitating an environment which focuses on our capabilities and the ways in which our bodies are...
February 17th, 2017
Tournament of Hope Golf Classic Comes Full Circle In the Beginning   In 1998, Randy Hepditch was the sole recipient from the very first Tournament of Hope. The money made at that golf tournament helped him to purchase a much needed accessible van. Before this, Randy was reliant on public transport and as Randy says “you can have no real independence using public transit”. Appointments you make, schools you choose, everything depends on whether or not accessible transportation is available.   Randy’s family understood the importance of the independence that comes with access to...
December 21st, 2016
AODA Update   As you probably know, the Government of Ontario has an important piece of legislation called the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The purpose of this act is to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people living in Ontario with disabilities.  The AODA is made up of standards that cover different areas of life including: Customer Service, Employment, Information and Communication, Transportation, and most recently, the Design of Public Spaces. Each standard has a list of requirements that businesses and organizations in both the public and...
October 5th, 2016
    Many thanks to the 40 Stantec volunteers that donated their time and talents to the Shammrock Co-Op. Some painted apartments, some organized closets and basements. Others stayed outdoors to help with weeding and  other yard work.    Here are some photos of the Stantec team hard at work.         

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