Community Resource Program

The Community Resource Program aims to help people with two women in a wheelchair entering a buildingdisabilities live more independent lives through combining various supports and bringing them to you, where you live. 

*Please note that this program is currently being offered virtually. Support is offered through Zoom, telephone calls and email depending on individual preference.

Programs include:

Virtual Activities & Resource Program (VARP) 

The Virtual Activities and Resource Program aims to build and strengthen social connections between individuals with disabilities through various online activities and programming.

Peer Support

We facilitate opportunities for people with disabilities to socialize and develop new skills through coaching, support groups, workshops and classes. For a current listing of all peer activities, please visit the individual program pages:

Information and Referral

We offer informational assistance and resources for people with disabilities, their family and friends, and the community at large. 

Individual Advocacy

We help people with disabilities develop the skills required to self-advocate in the community in order to achieve independence and participate fully in the community. We can help to resolve issues and concerns that arise in people's everyday experiences, including human rights, accessibility, housing and transportation.

Get in touch

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Community Resource Coordinators

The Community Resource Coordinators provide support to persons with disabilities and seniors with the goal of assisting and empowering the individual to eliminate barriers to independent living. They understand that one size does not fit all and they will tailor supports based on need.

There is no cost for this program and anyone in Waterloo Region with a disability is encouraged to contact us at crc@ilcwr.org.

How it works

The Coordinator may meet with consumers one-on-one or in a group setting. They will develop plans to help identify and address issues or concerns and work towards removing barriers to participation.

Every situation is unique and guided by the consumer. Resolutions and successes may include connecting people with existing community resources such as grocery shopping, housekeeping and laundry, running errands, socializing, arts and culture, and staying fit and healthy. It may also involve working with consumers to address concerns directly in the community, connecting someone with another service provider, or connecting like-minded individuals with each other to work towards common goals and ideas. 

Meet our team

Dan Lajoie is the Virtual Programs and Community Resource Coordinator. He has beenHeadshot of Dan connected with ILCWR for the past 30 years and is an award-winning community advocate for inclusion and accessibility in our community. As a Community Resource Coordinator, Dan takes advantage of his lived experience to help connect consumers to vital community resources, mentor individual advocacy skills, and facilitate peer relationships through group activities. He is the coordinator for our Virtual Activities and Resource Program (VARP) and hosts a variety of peer activities, including the Youth In Transition program, virtual games, guest speakers and discussion groups. Dan works Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Connect with him at  dan@ilcwr.org if you are interested in learning more about available programs or to sign up for an activity.

Sheri Roberts is one of our Community Resource Coordinators. As a person with a disabilityPhoto of Sheri, she understands the challenges one can face when navigating the barriers that exist in our community. She will work with you to help you overcome barriers in your life including dealing with employment issues, accessing recreation and physical activity options, applying for supports, looking for accessible medical care, finding new hobbies, social outlets and more. Sheri works Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m4 p,m. and Wednesday from noon5 p.m. Please reach out to Sheri at sherir@ilcwr.org if you have any questions or need support.