These are a few of our favorite things…

Hey everyone, you might remember back in the spring we heard from Josh all about his first time riding a horse

Well, Josh is still at it, and improving his skills each time he goes out!

 

Way to go, Josh!  What a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Josh and his roommate, Neil, also shared some more of their favorite things!  Heading out for a walk, lounging on the grass, and eating dinner out at restaurants all made the list…

Thanks to Josh, Neil, and their team (especially Anshulee) for sharing a few of their favorite things!  It all looks like great fun.  Way to go, guys!

What are some of your favorite things to do?  Let us know in the comments!

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Pics from the Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkins galore!

Along with Community Inclusion Month, October can sometimes mean cooler weather and shorter days, along with Thanksgiving turkey comas and staying in curled up by a cozy fire…

Not this year!

A beautiful fall day!

Our Pumpkin Patch-ers headed out last weekend for a day enjoying the McMillan Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin smash, and a hay ride. While out and about, they were able to enjoy a balmy day of sunshine with an extra helping of fresh air.

We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the very best part of inclusion – connecting with each other!  Thanks to everyone who joined us, it was a great afternoon.

Sunscreen and sunglasses for everyone!
Nothing but smiles and blue skies!

 

Getting ready for the hay ride!

 

We’re so glad that Joanne, our fantastic Management Support Team Assistant, joined us out and about on the Farm for the sunshine and fun!

Super big thanks to our Home Share Coordinators (Brenda, Karen, and Thea) for their hard work organizing this event – and especially for the delicious snacks, warm beverages, and spook-tacular “go” bags!  And an extra big “thank you” to Thea for sending along her great photos to share.

Guest appearance – spook-tacular critters!

Missed heading out to McMillan Farms with us last weekend? Not to worry! There’s still plenty of time to check it out between now and Halloween…things will just get spookier towards the end of Community Inclusion Month! Check their upcoming events out on their website.

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Calling all DREAMERS…

October is Community Inclusion month – a month to celebrate all the wonderful ways we include others in our lives, and how rich our lives are as a result.

What better way to appreciate our diversity than by sharing our dreams?

So, starting on Tuesday, October 16, and for the rest of October we are showcasing the dreams that make us who we are by creating a gigantic DREAM BOARD to post on our wall.

Check out the DREAM BOARD in progress!

EMPLOYMENT dreams!
EMPLOYMENT dreams!
SKILLS dreams!
TRAVEL dreams!
SOCIAL dreams!

Here are some of the first dreamers in action on Tuesday!

Getting it all out on the table
Graham and Amit dreaming up something SOCIAL
Brittany and Crystal ready to take off and TRAVEL

Our DREAM BOARD is set up for anyone to add their dreams in, anytime they want – stop by and add in your dreams between now and October 31!

Special thanks to Lindsay for the pictures – check out CCSS’ Facebook page for more.

Here are some other ways to celebrate Community Inclusion Month 2018 across BC:  https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/whats-new/celebrating-community-inclusion-month-2018/

Great News! Comic book author pens “Fire Engine Red”

Most of us have dreams about what we want to be when we grow up.  This is a piece of Great News! about someone we know who is making their dream a reality!

You can check out two feature articles (see below) that were recently published by Castanet and Okanagan Edge about George Michail, who is a local Community Living BC employee who works with adults who have developmental disabilities.

In addition to his work supporting people with disabilities, George is also the author of Fire Engine Red.

Fire Engine Red is a comic book series about a female firefighter – and wow! does this story ever sound neat!  George says the story is “inspired by 80s and 90s action movies” (think Die Hard) but that it’s also “more than just mindless action.”

And the best part?  George is only $800 away from his goal of raising $5,000 through Kickstarter to publish the first issue!

Way to go, George.  We can’t wait to read about Red’s adventures.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/239016/Kelowna-author-lives-dream#.W8Xt9j0EQ-4.email

https://okanaganedge.net/2018/10/12/comic-support-surging/

Inclusion Chain on Oct. 17!

Hi everyone – the Community Living Month Inclusion Chain has been re-scheduled for this Wednesday (October 17th) at 10:00am at City Hall. Feel free to distribute the flyer attached to all who may be interested!  Thank you.  See you on Wednesday at City Hall!

COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH Inclusion Chain – CCSS & Pathways

Hi All,

We are pleased to be in collaboration with Pathways to host this year’s Inclusion Chain event together on October 2nd at City Hall in celebration of Community Living Month!  We welcome all Community Connections Support Services employees, management, contractors, families and all people we support, and community members and partners to come and show your support.  All are welcome!  We will have our banner and brochures available for anyone needing information about support services.  Please spread the word – event info attached.

See you there!