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July 26th, 2017
Epic Food Truck Fare 2017   We held our 4th annual Epic Food Truck Fare on Saturday, July 22nd. Once again, we partenered 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.         
June 29th, 2016
We all Benefit from an Inclusive and Age-Friendly Community   Residents are invited to get involved and provide their feedback about what Kitchener is doing well to support aging residents, and identify their priorities for making Kitchener an even more age-friendly community.   If you live in Kitchener and are thinking of your future, are retired or semi-retired, or provide support for an aging adult, this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard, and make an impact on improving areas of our city to support older adults and aging residents.   The survey will take...
May 31st, 2016
Words of Thanks My name is Cathy. I am a 48 year old woman. I spent the better part of 2015 in various hospitals, due to a number of physical ailments.  In January 2016,  I moved to a Long Term Care facility, after my doctors at the hospital informed me that I would not be able to function independently.  I soon found a Long Term Care facility stripped me of my dignity and self-worth. I was surrounded by older people with severe cognitive disabilities. I was subjected to physical and verbal abuse by other patients.  My personal choices were restricted (i.e. meals and...

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