Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, 16 Mar 2018 9:10:36 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>, 16 Mar 2018 9:10:36 -0700

Box of Possibilities Lunch: April 26, 2018
CLUOV's popular box lunch is back for 2018. Enjoy a hearty lunch with fresh fruit, a cookie and chips for just $10 and help us raise money to support initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities. We use local providers for the box lunch. This is our 5th year running the Box of Possibilities lunch program and we usually book more than 400 lunch orders. Help us make this our best year ever, in celebration of our 60th anniversary! Order lunches for your office today!
More Details. Download our information and order form!

CLUOV Celebrates International Women's Day
CCommunity Living Upper Ottawa Valley hosted a breakfast honouring women in the community as part of an International Women's Day event. The Nook Creperie hosted the breakfast and the highlight of the morning was the keynote speaker, Brenda McPeak, a Canadian Forces member who attended the Invictus Games in 2017. The following is some press coverage of the event and photos on our Facebook page.

From Presence to Citizenship: Learning Exchange
CLUOV's Chris Grayson, was the chairperson of the "From Presence to Citizenship’s Learning Exchange." This annual event features nationally and internationally recognized speakers and breakout sessions with champions of transformation. The 2nd Annual Learning Exchange: To a Culture of Inclusion took place February 7-8, 2018 in Toronto with 245 registrants in attendance.
Read more.

Resources You Should Know About

Partners For Planning Resource Network
We know that planning for a person living with a disability takes effort and intention. From relationship building to school transitions, community involvement, financial objectives and more, very little happens without planning. The Planning Network helps you navigate each step and life stage, empowering you with all the right tools and inspiration along the way. Read more.

Estate Planning Guide
People who have a disability and their families now have an online, comprehensive toolkit available to them as they consider their financial objectives and obligations.

Passport Funding Program
Passport helps adults with a developmental disability to participate in their communities. It also helps caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Supports & Services
Community Living offers supports and services that include LifeShare, Group Living, Community Options, Supported Independent Living and Community Respite.

Through LifeShare, Ontario families can offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with developmental disabilities). Click on the video (left) for a short one-minute preview of LifeShare. Then, visit our Lifeshare page for more information, or watch the 10-minute video of real-life Ontario stories to see if this is something you could offer.

Corporate Video

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley Executive Director, Chris Grayson, talks about the organization from the standpoint of client service, employment opportunities and community involvement.

We work hard to inspire possibilities at Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley and while this video shows only a part of this rewarding organization, it helps give people some insight into this vital community asset.

Video produced by Beck Media.

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<![CDATA[Careers]]>, 16 Mar 2018 8:19:20 -0700Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) is a dedicated and innovative organization committed to a vision of inclusiveness for individuals with a developmental disability. We offer support to those with developmental disabilities, and their families, in the way of residential and day supports, assistance with employment, community supports, and respite care.

We are always seeking vibrant, passionate and committed individuals to join our team. We offer an extensive benefits package, pension plan, and a rewarding career with room for growth.

CLUOV accepts and keeps resumes on file for six months. Interested applicants can drop off resumes in person at our office or send resumes Grace Brum, Human Resources Coordinator:

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. Accommodations during the hiring process can be made available to applicants who make their needs known in advance.

Current Recruiting

Community Living Workers

<![CDATA[Key Personnel]]>, 16 Mar 2018 8:18:46 -0700Management Team

Chris Grayson, Executive Director (Ext. 104)
Holly Tennian, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director (Ext. 220)
Donna Locke, Manager of Supports and Services (Ext. 108)
Suzie Desjarlais, Service Coordinator (Ext. 116)
Nancy Healey, Service Coordinator (Ext. 103)
Stephanie Moss, Service Coordinator (Ext. 241)
Tina Williams, Manager of Supports and Services (Ext. 105)
Grace Brum, Administrative Coordinator/Human Resources (Ext. 109)
Sherrie Haskin, Administrative Coordinator/Finance and Property (Ext. 118)
Stefanie Soulier, Supervisor (Ext. 505)
Lina Deslauriers, Supervisor (Ext. 258)
Ashley Leedham, Supervisor (Ext. 229)   Currently on maternity leave
Maureen McKinnon, Supervisor (Ext. 124)

Karen Brown, Supervisor (Ext. 223)
Kim Rennick, Supervisor (Ext. 215)
Jennifer Debenham, Supervisor (Ext 547)

Board of Directors

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who meet monthly to guide the operations of the organization. Each year new members are elected at our Annual General Meeting

Holly Woermke, Chair
Shelley O'Malley, Vice Chair
Laura Mayo, Treasurer
Colleen Whittier, Secretary
Dave Marcus, Director
Keith Rae, Director
Bob Smith, Director
Elaine Neigel, Director
Megan Evans, Director
<![CDATA[Being Involved]]>, 16 Mar 2018 8:08:58 -0700Volunteering

Our Association is a "grass roots" organization, relying on the contributions of community minded individuals who volunteer their time in various capacities. You can volunteer with Community Living in a number of ways.

Board of Directors: The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers elected by the members for staggered three year terms. A nominations committee actively seeks interested people with various life experiences to maintain a dynamic Board. Various committees of the Board depend on leadership of volunteers. Learn more about being on our Board of Directors.

Special Projects: Volunteers can also assist us with special projects and events. These are annual events that require less of a commitment, but one that is more focused for the event. Some of our events include: garage sale, golf tournament and craft sale.

Programs and Services: A variety of volunteer opportunities exist to help people with disabilities or to help with strategic planning. Volunteers can become involved in a range of activities such as helping with a new experimental service in the community. They can also become involved with people with disabilities through partnerships in a host of community volunteer opportunities.

Friendship and Social Visiting: In addition, opportunities exist for people in the community to become actively involved in the life of a person with a disability through friendship and social activities. Some people have not had the same opportunities to grow up in the community or with a family; opening your family life to such an individual can be a life enriching experience. All have something to share and everyone benefits from sharing. Friendships happen naturally in the community, sometimes through introductions by our staff and other caring people.

The Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services requires that we screen and review volunteer applicants and check for criminal offences. This is one way that vulnerable individuals can be protected.

<![CDATA[Box of Possibilities Lunch]]>, 16 Mar 2018 8:06:25 -0700Now Booking for our 2018 Box of Possibilities Lunch!

Lunch Date: April 26, 2018

Community Living is now taking orders for our annual Box of Possibilities lunch.This is a fundraiser for our agency where proceeds are dedicated to initiatives that support people with intellectual disabilities. This year, proceeds are going towards the Petawawa Housing Corporation and Riverview Apartments.

Lunch Options:

  • Turkey and Cheese Panini
  • Veggie (cucumber, cream cheese sprouts and tomato)
  • Ham & Swiss Ciabatta

All sandwich options include fresh fruit, a cookie and chips.


  • Lunch orders of five or more will be delivered to your office (Deep River to Pembroke).
  • Lunch order of less than five can be picked up at Holy Name of Jesus Church Hall, 299 First Avenue North in Pembroke.


Lunches are $10 each (taxes included) and must be pre-paid by cash or cheque. Cheques can be made out to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley.

Click here for Order Form

Need Help? Have Questions:

Contact Holly Tennian
Phone: 613-735-0659 ext.220

<![CDATA[From Presence to Citizenship Event]]>, 07 Mar 2018 10:15:24 -07002nd Annual Learning Exchange

Executive Director, Chris Grayson was the chair of the From Presence to Citizenship’s Learning Exchange. This is an annual event that features nationally and internationally recognized speakers and breakout sessions that features leaders (champions) of transformation that share their best practices and success stories from knowledge-transfer.

The group hosted its second annual Learning Exchange: To a Culture of Inclusion at the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport, February 7-8, 2018 with 245 registrants in attendance.

The conference received great feedback from attendees, with many enjoying the four speakers (David Pitonyak, Julie Malette, Lynne Seagle and Peter Leidy). Executive Directors from other Community Living agencies also participated on a group panel; each provided a brief overview of their agency’s transformation projects, obstacles and challenges they faced as they moved towards inclusion, and their own personal success stories.


Lynne Seagal delivered a keynote on supporting people to lead lives they choose and the power of participatory management. This session covered one organization’s journey of closing all of its group homes and moving to a service where everyone is supported in their own home.

Peter Leidy spoke on "Creating Momentum: New ways to build relationships and communities." Leidy used improv comedy to provide take-aways such as: generating more creative ideas, creating and sustaining momentum, deep listening skills, increasing stakeholder engagement and approaching change differently.

David Pitonyak presented on mindfulness and our habitual ways of thinking management. This keynote examined the ways in which we sometimes get trapped in habitual ways of thinking that prevent us from
paying attention to what really matters.

Julie Malette spoke on developing a person-centred culture. Being person-centred with staff and
using person-centred organizational practices in job design, recruitment and selection, supervision and performance planning create a culture of person-centredness that leads to person-centred supports.

Click here for the full schedule.


For more information, or for any questions, contact CLUOV's Carol Ripley.
Phone: 613-735-0659


<![CDATA[Free Information for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities]]>, 05 Feb 2018 10:39:00 -0700Important Planning Session
Thursday, February 15th - 6:30pm

Do you have a child with an intellectual disability that will soon be completing high school? Are you concerned about what is next for them? Community Living invites you to a free information session that provides you with information on options for your child.

Community Living will provide information on:

  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Passport funding and how you can use it
  • Connecting to available employment opportunities
  • Moving from high school to young adulthood
  • Estate planning and financial planning

Parents, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend, as are young adults with intellectual disabilities.

When & Where

  • Thursday February 15th at 6:30pm
  • Community Living office (894 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke)

Event Flyer Available Here

RSVP to Carol Ripley:
Phone: 613-735-0659

<![CDATA[Minister of Finance Holds Pre-Budget Consultations ]]>, 05 Feb 2018 6:31:14 -0700Grayson Speaks to Minister Sousa on 2018 Ontario Budget

Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community LIving Upper Ottawa Valley, was in Oshawa recently and spoke to Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa. The topic was pre-budget consultations for the upcoming 2018 Ontario budget. Minister Sousa was interested in hearing Ontarians’ views regarding what more the government could do to create jobs and grow the economy, while eliminating the deficit.

Grayson informed Minister Sousa that the developmental services sector has been without base funding for a decade, and hundreds of agencies are experiencing cumulative financial realities. Without immediate and long-term financial investments, the sector is facing serious challenges and tough decisions in the future.

Grayson also brought forward the issue of costs and implications associated with Bill 148. The changes have resulted in an added pressure on an already financially strained developmental services sector. It is also impacting individuals and families who are desperate for community agencies to respond in a proactive manner. The sector is already seeing an increase in the admission of individuals with intellectual disabilities to hospitals, inpatient health units and long-term care facilities - the new forms of institutionalization.

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has begun the process of selling properties they previously ran as group homes and are working diligently with local municipalities and community partners to find affordable housing for the people they support. Grayson suggested that if the government were to encourage and support formal partnerships with municipalities, that agencies may not need as many group homes in the future.

Finally, Grayson mentioned the developmental services sector’s request for an immediate investment of $300 million annualized that would help stabilize the sector, provide annualized increases for service expansion to address the 15,000 people currently sitting on the waitlist, and review staff compensation rates for pay equity obligations.

<![CDATA[Join Our Board of Directors]]>, 01 Feb 2018 11:32:07 -0700We are Looking for Board Members

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) provides supports to people with intellectual disabilities and is dedicated to developing inclusive communities.

CLUOV’s Board of Directors is comprised of 9 volunteers who give their time to ensure the optimal functioning of the organization. A strategic plan guides the future of the agency's focus and direction. The Board is responsible for the governance and accountability of the agency, remaining true to the values of the organization.

CLUOV is an agency that has been recognized around the world for their standard of operating excellence. The agency was awarded the “Four-Year, Person-Centered, Excellence Accreditation, with Distinction” in 2016. CLUOV is one of only six agencies to have achieved this standard of excellence.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Maintain focus on the agency’s vision, mission, and values; help achieve strategic priorities and directions; and monitor compliance with established guiding principles and policies.
  • Be accountable to the general public for competent, conscientious and effective accomplishment of its obligations as an organization.
  • Advocate for full community inclusion with other families and our community.
  • Regularly attend Board meetings providing wisdom and insight into items of importance to the future direction of the agency. Occasionally attend community events on behalf of the agency
  • Being and advocate for inclusion and the championing the reduction of attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusion.
  • Be actively engaged in the work of the Board, carrying out specific duties, as required.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for people who exhibit honesty, integrity, accountability, and commitment to our vision, mission and values. Specific skills and experience that are helpful to us include:

  • Human resources; labour relations
  • Executive and leadership skills
  • Financial accounting; audit experience
  • Understanding of the developmental disability sector
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Diversity (including backgrounds, perspectives and problem-solving approaches)

Benefits As A Director

Being part of the CLUOV Board of Directors means helping grow our communities for the better. Additional benefits of serving on the Board include:

  • Having an opportunity to work and interact with a committed group of individuals to actively develop and maintain high-quality service for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Being regularly informed on community matters and provincial trends and issues.
  • Receiving regular communication on upcoming events and workshops.
  • Attending provincial training conferences from time to time.
  • Being a change champion in your community.

Click here for our key personnel and current Board of Directors

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does the Board of Directors meet?

CLUOV’s Board of Directors normally meets nine times a year on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Dinner is provided.

What if I can’t make it to a Board Meeting?

Contact the CLUOV office prior to the meeting by phone or by e-mail to forward your regrets.

What is the term and how do I get elected?

Candidates are recruited and elected by the Board. Each Director shall be elected for a three-year term. All Directors shall be retired at the end of their term, but shall be eligible for re-election.

What if I no longer want to sit on the Board of Directors?

If an active Board Member wishes to resign, they can submit a written letter of resignation to the Board secretary.

Do I get paid to sit on the Board of Directors?

No. Our Board of Directors are made up of people who volunteer their time and efforts.

How old do I have to be to sit on the Board of Directors?

You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Renfrew County.

Am I able to transfer my seat on the Board of Directors to another person?

Board of Director membership is not transferable

Who are the oficers of the corporation?

The Board of Directors officers comprises of the board chair, vice-chair, treasurer, and secretary. No Director shall fill more than one officer position, except for the chair (as president).

I am a Community Living Worker. Can I be considered to sit on the Board of Directors?

No. A director cannot be an employee, family member, contractor, consultant or professional service provider to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley.

I don’t know much about Community Living. What is expected of me if I were to sit on this Board?

The board chair and executive director provide an orientation to all new directors. This would include briefing materials such as: vision, mission and values; the Board governance manual and agency by-laws; quality assurance measures (QAM); CLUOV’s strategic plan and annual report and previous Board meeting minutes; etc.

Is there any preliminary work I must provide before becoming elected?

All elected Board members are required to provide a Criminal Reference Check, which includes the vulnerable sector screening.

What sub-committees are there that I can participate on?

Our sub-committees include: Quality Enhancement Committee and Community Development Committee.

<![CDATA[Newsletters]]>, 23 Jan 2018 1:27:57 -07002018 Newsletter Issues

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<![CDATA[Important Workshop For Families Hiring Support Workers]]>, 19 Jan 2018 7:42:26 -0700Pooran Law Presents Workshop: January 30

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is urging individuals and families who hire support workers to attend an important information session on how the newly passed Bill 148 could impact their hiring.

Pooran Law is presenting "The Implications of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act." There are several events across the province and one in Pembroke on January 30, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Miramichi Lodge.

The March of Dimes and Development Services Ontario are sponsoring the workshop which will make people aware the support worker they hire may be considered an employee and impacted by the upcoming changes under Bill 148. Anyone using government funding to engage workers should attend.

Confirm attendance with Yvonne by calling 1-877-695-7999 ext.6513. Indicate your language preference (English or French).

Event Details:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Miramichi Lodge, Large hall
725 Pembroke Street West

March of Dimes Canada
Toll Free: 1-877-695-7999 ext.6513

<![CDATA[Employment Solutions]]>, 18 Jan 2018 1:18:49 -0700We Have Employees!

Community Living exists to help individuals with intellectual disabilities be included in the community. There is a belief that when people have an intellectual difference, that they are somehow less able to contribute in an employment role. Yet, the employers who have become involved with us have learned that intellectual differences are not an obstacle to valuable employment.

We have individuals who work full-time positions, part-time positions and casual or on-call positions. They work in the service industry, food and beverage, transportation, retail and municipal government. Here are some ideas of how you might employ someone who is connected to Community Living:

Administrative & Small Job Tasks
As an employer, there are many small jobs that are required at your workplace. These are jobs that match the abilities of individuals connected with Community Living. Some examples include:

  • a coffee and mail run
  • weekly or monthly filing or organizing
  • deliveries (walking/cycling/driving)
  • inventory counts and stock checks
  • shredding and recycle packaging

Many of our employed clients get their start by doing a combination of administrative jobs (watering plants, mail runs, deliveries, stocking, etc.) before being moved into roles with more tasks and greater responsibilities.

Trades & Labour-Related Work
Several of our clients enjoy working with their hands or being "out of the office" for employment. Some of the jobs that individuals have been involved with in the trades and labour-related work include:

  • automotive garage assistants (labeling, tool clean-up, assisting mechanics, etc.)
  • horticultural work (planting, watering and general maintenance)
  • transportation  yard work and pick-ups
  • property maintenance
  • retail work in hardware, automotive and other trades

Employment Examples

Josh Woermke has worked for Cassidy's Transfer & Storage for many years. He started there as a high school co-op student and the company hired him on after his co-op into a full-time position. Josh has his forklift license and does a variety of errands for the company. Officially, his title is "Jack of all Trades!" Josh has been with Cassidy's for 10 years, and is one of two individuals from Community Living who are employed there.

Jeff Shand has worked at Fresco's Cafe Grill since 2000. His role with the busy restaurant has grown over the years to include: receiving, catering, scheduling and assisting with events. This is in addition to his full-time role of kitchen and food preparation.

William Shea works for RMI - Ryan's Maintenance. He was initially hired to sweep the floors and look after general clean-up and tool returns, but it wasn't long before some of the staff noticed that William had additional skills. He now completes oil changes, power-washes the equipment and re-organizes the tools for a more efficient workplace. In addition, he was put in charge of converting the tool chest to metric measurement organization.

Getting Started

If you have a casual, part-time or full-time position at your business or organization that you think could be a fit for someone connected to Community Living, please contact us. We are happy to go through the candidates we have and their qualifications, and help arrange an interview for you with them to see if there is a fit. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have as an employer.

Contact: Carol Ripley
Phone: 613-735-0659


<![CDATA[We Are Recruiting: Community Living Workers]]>, 14 Jan 2018 4:25:16 -0700Could You Be Part of the CLUOV Team?

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is a dynamic, innovative organization that supports local adults with intellectual disabilities. Our vision is to assist in building an inclusive community where individuals with disabilities are included in all aspects of community life.

The support we provide to individuals includes:

  • Assistance with employment
  • Day supports
  • Housing and independent living
  • Community supports
  • Respite care

People receiving supports from Community Living are between the ages of 18 and 70.

Click here for the job posting.

<![CDATA[Joe Erpenbeck Free Session November 29]]>, 22 Dec 2017 12:53:00 -0700Community Living Welcomed Joe Erpenbeck To Pembroke
Free event focused on building caring community and partnerships

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley welcomed Joe Erpenbeck, a Vancouver-based consultant, speaker and trainer to the region on November 29th. Erpenbeck is also a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University.

Erpenbeck offered two sessions: one for the Community Living staff and one for the public. He spoke of culture-changing strategies to help generate a better and healthier community. To accomplish this, Erpenbeck encouraged participants to look at assets within their community and work together to create inclusive communities.

The public conference drew participants from businesses and agencies throughout Renfrew County including: Pembroke Regional Hospital, Calvin United Church, Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation, Kids Corp and more. During the public conference, attendees took part in various interactive activities to get to know one another on a personal level - learning about each others' favourite places, personal interests and network connections.

Later, groups were formed to discuss community priorities - and this led to several visionary projects being revealed from affordable housing to county-wide transportation and more. These "social planning" opportunities were shared with everyone in the room, and drew participation with each other.

Going forward, Community Living offered to be the agency to collect these larger community ideas and see that they moved ahead into the hands of people who could investigate their opportunities. In addition, Community Living would like to assist this initiative by hosting a quarterly social planning panel in 2018.

If you are intersted in being part of that social planning panel, contact Holly Tennian:

About Joe Erpenbeck

Over the last 15 years he has provided training and worked with social service agencies, neighbourhood groups, faith communities and civic groups in the United States and Canada, helping to build neighbourhoods where everyone is included. He provides training on implementation of ABCD and share stories of neighbourhoods in action.  Prior to this Joe worked with people and families affected by disability for 20 years and has held a variety of positions.

Event Details:

When: November 29, 2017
Where: Best Western Pembroke Inn
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm (lunch provided)

For more information: Carol Ripley
Phone: 613-735-0659 ext.101

<![CDATA[Developmental Services Newsletter Features CLUOV!]]>, 21 Dec 2017 1:03:39 -0700Community Living Featured in Provincial Newsletter
Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has been featured in the Development Services Ontario (DSO) November newsletter. The focus of the feature is on Minister Jaczek's visit to the Upper Ottawa Valley.  We are featured on pages five and six.
Click here for the newsletter.

<![CDATA[Survey - Joe Erpenbeck Attendees]]>, 11 Dec 2017 12:18:29 -0700

<![CDATA[The Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community & Social Services visits Pembroke]]>, 27 Oct 2017 8:21:33 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Earns International Award: First For Canada]]>, 18 Oct 2017 12:53:12 -0700Community Living Receives 2017 CQL International Award of Excellence
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana - Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) has been honoured with a 2017 International Award of Excellence by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

The International Award of Excellence is being presented to CLUOV in recognition of their work to build an inclusive community. Among their accomplishments include: helping create more inclusive residential settings, moving away from segregated community programming and engaging the community on how to include individuals with intellectual disabilities in their workplaces, organizations and volunteer initiatives. CLUOV is the first Canadian organization to receive this award.

“Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley was the first agency in Canada to achieve the Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction, with our agency," says Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and CEO of CQL. "They have completely deserved this International Award of Excellence for the innovative work they are doing for the successes they are having with the people they support. Considering that they are the only agency in Canada with that designation demonstrates just how committed they are to cutting-edge, person-centered approaches."

For CLUOV, the award signifies their commitment of both financial and staffing resources to develop authentic living environments that connect people to their communities. They have built new relationships and have moved away from traditional property ownership by the service provider, while still holding itself to the highest standards of quality.

"I am so proud of our organization and staff for making such strong commitments to inclusion," says Chris Grayson, Executive Director for Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. "So many people who receive support from our agency have a positive quality of life built on relationships, opportunities and by making real contributions as citizens.  We have momentum. We are not a status quo organization. We have demonstrated repeatedly that we are relentless in doing the right things for the right reasons."

"Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is an example of a community-minded organization that is truly walking the talk in connecting people with intellectual disabilities to their community," says Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Ontario. "They are doing that in ways that promote respect, dignity and recognition of the contributions each person can make, given the opportunity to do so. The CQL International Award of Excellence is well deserved recognition of this fact. While accolades are important, I know what really motivates them is the support they provide people to live good and valued lives within the community."

CLUOV has been at the forefront of innovative service provision for many years. They hosted an Innovative Housing Symposium which brought together over 100 delegates from across the province; and where government staff, developers, and municipal council members discussed new approaches to inclusive living.

Additional information about the awards and the recipients can be found on the 2017 CQL conference website:

<![CDATA[Minister Jaczek Announces Employment and Modernization Fund Project]]>, 17 Oct 2017 2:40:57 -0700

Minister Jaczek Announces Employment and Modernization Fund Project at Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services chose Pembroke as her location to announce the province's Employment and Modernization Fund Project, with Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley.  The Minister visited on October 12. This was her first visit to Pembroke. 

The Minister toured several residential properties that allow individuals supported by Community Living to live independently. Jaczek also learned about the Valley Housing project that will support inclusive living accommodations for nine additional people with intellectual disabilities in the community.

“We organized this event as a way to provide Minister Jaczek with an overview of the work that we are doing around quality enhancement and housing,” explained Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. “We are currently looking to sell three properties and assist the individuals move to more inclusive community spaces, many of which are created through partnerships developed with local entrepreneurs.”

The Valley Housing project is one of 38 being funded by the Employment and Modernization Fund.

 “I see Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley taking practical steps into the movement away from the group home living model,” said Minister Jaczek. “Things have to keep progressing and that’s what I see the agency has done in terms of inclusion.  I am a huge supporter of independent living to the extent possible with appropriate supports and individual choice.”

The Minister also praised inclusive employers.

"It helps the rest of the community get to know about people with developmental disabilities," she said. "It is a win-win for both the employer and employee.  That’s the next frontier as I see it; getting everyone to understand the opportunities for all of us.”

For more information, including the Ministry's news announcement, follow the links below:

<![CDATA[From Presence to Citizenship]]>, 12 Oct 2017 6:43:22 -0700Person-Centred Thinking in a Knowledge Exchange Project

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley was pleased to participate in a presentation From Presence to Citizenship. This was a two-year Ministry of Community and Social Services sponsored initiative to share best practices and success stories in the Developmental Services (DS) sector led by Community Living Atikokan.

Click for more on this initiative.

Community Living Featured in Conference Video

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) was also included in the “From Presence to Citizenship” conference video in which Dr. David Pitonyak was featuared. Dr. Pitonyak was one of four guest speakers at the Presence to Citizenship Learning Exchange, a two-day conference that discussed successful strategies for seizing opportunities and building new relationships with people that have developmental disabilities in our communities.

The learning exchange also presented a video, where individuals from the Ministry of Communities and Social Services, along with Executive Directors from Community Living agencies across Ontario, spoke about the difference their agency is making on people we support with developmental disabilities and improvements to their well-being. CLUOV Executive Director Chris Grayson is featured in this short video.

<![CDATA[2017 Annual General Meeting]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:13:45 -0700

2017 Annual General Meeting Features Nick Foley

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley invites the public to attend the agency's Annual General Meeting. This year, the guest speaker will be Nick Foley, an author and speaker on inclusion and self-esteem. Nick

Foley is the founder of Celebrate the Hero and Move for Inclusion. Both are initiatives that motivate and empower people of all ages to make a difference by propagating good through action.This is a great opportunity for parents, teens and those working with teens to hear from a North American motivational speaker.

Nick Foley Links:

AGM Details:
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm (Community Living business meeting is only 30 minutes)
Location: Clarion Hotel (formerly Travelodge) in Pembroke

Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided. The evening is free of charge and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Carol Ripley so we know approximate numbers for refreshments and appetizers and to assist with seating.

Phone: 613-735-0659 or

<![CDATA[David Pitonyak presenting to Professionals at the Clarion Hotel in Pembroke]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:07:13 -0700<![CDATA[ Flying the Community Living Flag in support of Community Living]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:06:41 -0700<![CDATA[Governor General's Visit - April 2013]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:06:21 -0700<![CDATA[June 2013 Annual General Meeting]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:06:00 -0700<![CDATA[Golf Tournament August 2013]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:05:38 -0700<![CDATA[Larry Markus ~ 2013 James Montgomery Honour Award Winner]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:05:18 -0700<![CDATA[2013 Photos]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:04:53 -0700<![CDATA[Kelly Walker visits Pembroke]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:04:09 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Announcement]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:03:38 -0700<![CDATA[56th Annual General Meeting June 2014]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:03:17 -0700<![CDATA[Golf Tournament August 2014]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:02:44 -0700<![CDATA[2014 Photos]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:02:18 -0700<![CDATA[Building a Gazebo at the Hunter Street Home]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:01:50 -0700<![CDATA[2015 Photos]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:01:24 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Month May 2016]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:00:53 -0700<![CDATA[4 Year Person-Centred Excellence ~ ACCREDITATION with Distinction]]>, 10 Oct 2017 5:00:28 -0700<![CDATA[58th Annual General Meeting September 16, 2016]]>, 10 Oct 2017 4:59:56 -0700<![CDATA[Golf Tournament August 2016]]>, 10 Oct 2017 4:59:31 -0700<![CDATA[2016 Photos]]>, 10 Oct 2017 4:58:57 -0700<![CDATA[Accreditation]]>, 10 Oct 2017 12:22:33 -0700Accredited With Distinction

In June 2016, Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) was awarded the four-year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). This award confirms that the organization shares CQL’s vision for person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services. 

This is the third accreditation CLUOV has undergone and each time it has stimulated the organization in striving to provide better supports and education to enhance the lives for the people it supports and the community as a whole.

“This accreditation confirms that the services being provided meet with the high quality, high standards and high expectations expected by the agency," said Debbie Cavers, lead reviewer for the accreditation process. "This is as high an accreditation as you can get.”

The CQL Accreditation involved a rigorous process to review and improve services and supports at Community Living. The local agency's efforts were focused on empowering the people who receive support from their organization to make choices in how they live their lives: where they work, where they live, how they create a community. 

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has been awarded CQL accreditation as a result of demonstrating proficiency in the following areas:

  • Basic Assurances ( ensuring fundamental safeguards related to health, safety and human security)
  • Personal Outcome Measures (supporting and empowering people to achieve their goals and dreams)
  • Person-Centered Excellence (demonstrating organizational commitment to continued enhancement of systems directly related to person-centered services)

 “CQL is extremely proud of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley for achieving Person-Centered Accreditation, With Distinction," said Cathy Ficker Terrill, President and CEO of CQ. "Their commitment to quality sets them in an elite group of support providers.”

For more than 40 years CQL has been a leader in raising the bar for human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure and improve the quality of life of all people. Organizations that are awarded accreditation by CQL meet a stringent set of criteria and demonstrate an on-going commitment to person-centered excellence.

<![CDATA[Community Living Ontario Awards Ceremony & Conference 2017]]>, 10 Oct 2017 9:20:17 -0700<![CDATA[CLUOV Earns Two Provincial Awards]]>, 03 Oct 2017 3:00:48 -0700Community Living EarnsTwo Provincial Awards
Recognition tops 120+ agencies in Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario - Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) has been recognized with two awards that were presented at the Community Living Ontario's Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls.

CLUOV earned the James Montgomerie Community Award for being most effective at furthering the goals of the Community Living movement, addressing issues of institutionalization and forwarding the goals of inclusion. Specifically, CLUOV's work to move away from group housing and into inclusive community housing was highlighted as a significant achieving amongst the 120+ Community Living agencies in Ontario. The provincial organization also recognized CLUOV's accreditation with distinction and commitment to the personal outcomes of the individuals they support.

The James Montgomerie Community Award is the highest recognition that any Community Living agency can receive.

"We were very, very proud to bring this award home to our community for the first time in our 59-year history," said Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. "This is such a honour to receive, for our staff, for the people we support and for the communities we serve. We should all celebrate this achievement."

The second win for the local agency came with the Social Media Award. This award was recognized with CLUOV's "31 Days of Inclusion" campaign that ran during Community Living Month in May. The campaign posted a story every day during the month that highlighted how inclusion was happening in the community. Several local businesses, municipalities and organizations were highlighted for their efforts. Grayson says it was another campaign that highlighted how the local region is welcoming the inclusive message.

"Often people measure social media campaigns based on likes and shares - which is fine to have - but that doesn't necessarily influence change," says Grayson. "The stories told in this "31 Days" campaign resulted in building awareness of how many organizations are inclusive, and how others can be as well."

The awards were presented at the Community Living Ontario conference in Niagara Falls last week. Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley attended with staff and people who are supported with the agency.

<![CDATA[Jason Rae]]>, 03 Oct 2017 7:30:02 -0700An Award For Exceptional Leadership

In 2018, Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, will present the first-ever Jason Rae Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the Community Living Ontario conference, September 12-14, 2018.

The award is presented to someone who best represents and champions inclusion at its fullest. Some example of how this is achieved include:

  • Being involved in the community and giving back
  • Being unafraid to speak up and help others find their voice
  • Using leadership skills with both Community Living and within the broader community
  • Being active in standing up for a person's rights
  • Believing in the abilities of others and the value of everyone in being part of the community

Grayson was the Executive Director of Community Living Campbellford when Jason joined the board and was later elected president.

Grayson was inspired by Jason's ambitions and exceptional leadership. With the support of Jason's wife, Jennifer, Grayson initiated this leadership award in Jason's memory.

Community Living Ontario will assist in promotion and hosting the annual award at their annual provincial conferences.

About Jason Rae

Proud, disciplined, gifted, living with integrity and leaving nothing undone are just a few of the ways to describe Jason Rae. He was an exemplary civic-minded role model for his community, and to the individuals he was closest to in his life.

Jason was strongly service-oriented and he did not let his disability impede his passion for life. He was a contributing member of the Trent Hills community and was actively involved with Advocates for Community Education (ACE) and the Community Living Campbellford/Brighton Board of Directors. In addition, Jason sat on various leadership boards and committees focusing on the common goal of inclusion.

Among Jason's achievements include:

Jason passed away in September 2016 at the age of 41.

<![CDATA[Annual General Meeting Reports]]>, 29 Sep 2017 6:26:08 -0700
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  • 2015 Annual General Meeting Report
  • 2014 Annual General Meeting Report
  • 2013 Annual General Meeting Report
  • 2012 Annual General Meeting Report
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    <![CDATA[59th Annual General Meeting]]>, 26 Sep 2017 4:27:34 -0700<![CDATA[Financial Reports]]>, 26 Sep 2017 4:11:45 -0700
  • 2016-17 Audited Financial Statements
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    <![CDATA[Raina Flexhaug Earns Position On CL Council]]>, 18 Sep 2017 6:35:25 -0700Raina Flexhaug Elected To Council

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is very proud of one of their own as Raina Flexhaug has been elected to the Council of Community Living Ontario.

    Flexhaug attended the Community Living Ontario conference and had to rally votes to sit on the committee.

    To be on the Council, you must be a person with an intellectual disability who is at least 18 years old. You must know your rights and advocate for yourself and others. You must live in a designated region and be a member of a local Community Living association. You must then be elected to represent your region and aim to improve the lives of others.

    For more information on the council, follow this link.

    <![CDATA[Jason Rae Award Announced ]]>, 18 Sep 2017 6:30:49 -0700Grayson Announces Jason Rae Leadership Award

    Chris Grayson, Executive Director of Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, has announced the creation of the Jason Rae Leadership Award. The announcement was made at the Community Living Ontario conference this fall.

    The award honours Jason Rae, a client of Community Living Campbellford, who exemplified what it meant to take on a civic-minded role.

    More information on Jason and the award is available at this link.

    <![CDATA[We're Hiring!]]>, 11 Sep 2017 12:08:41 -0700We Are Hiring Community Living Workers

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley seeking vibrant, passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team as Community Living Workers.

    We offer an extensive benefits package, pension plan, and a rewarding career with room for growth.

    Click here for the full job advertisement.

    Send your resume to

    <![CDATA[2017 Golf Tournament - $17,000 Raised!]]>, 01 Sep 2017 2:25:17 -0700Thanks to everyone who participated in our golf tournament this year! We raised $17,000, making it one of our best years. Check out some of our photos of the day!

    Sponsorship Thanks!

    We are pleased to have such great participation from the local business community in support of our event. A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors:

    Corporate Sponsors

    Dinner Sponsors

    Additional Sponsors

    Event Details

    • Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
    • Location: Oaks of Cobden Golf Club
    • Start Time: 1:00pm Shotgun
    • Cost: $80 per person (includes 18 holes, cart rental and dinner)

    <![CDATA[$17,000 Raised At Golf Tournament]]>, 01 Sep 2017 2:22:35 -0700myFM, Grade A IT Services Win Golf Touranment

    The calculations are in and just over $17,000 was raised from this years's 21st Annual Community Living Golf Touranment. The tournament was held on Friday, August 18th at the Oaks of Cobden Golf Course in Cobden. 110 golfers hit the greens for 18 holes of golf, dinner and prizes.

    The winning team this year was comprised of Andrew Dick and Matt Forrest of myFM Radio and Daniel Tomka of Grade A IT Services. Check out some of our photos of the day!

    Other prizes winners on the day included:

    • Men's Longest Putt - Barry Young.
    • Women's Longest Putt - Lorraine Steele
    • Women's Closest to the Pin - Sandi Keon
    • Men's Closest to the Pin - Mitchell Crigger
    • Hole #5 OPEN - won by Pat Hahn
    • Men's Longest Drive - Brian Gardner
    • Women's Longest Drive - Kate Page
    • Hole #7 OPEN - Kate Page
    • Most Honest Team - Team Buske
    • Pink Ball Prize Team - Team O'Malley

    Many thanks to our corporate sponsors, our speciality prize sponsors and our 57 hole sponsors who helped make this event a success.

    <![CDATA[Annual Golf Tournament 2017]]>, 25 Aug 2017 8:34:23 -0700<![CDATA[Golf Tournament: August 18]]>, 25 Jul 2017 10:31:39 -070021st Annual Community Living Golf Tournament

    Be sure to mark your calendar for August 18, 2017 for the Community Living Annual Golf Touranment. See the links below for additional information:

    <![CDATA[Community Living Ontario Media Release: Institutionalization in any form will not be tolerated]]>, 25 Jul 2017 10:30:34 -0700Institutionalization in Ontario in any form will not be tolerated

    Community Living Ontario and the People First of Canada/Canadian Association for Community Living National Task Force on the Right to Live in the Community are denouncing attemps to re-institutionalize Ontarians who have an intellectual disability and are calling for greater collaboration and investment in the Developmental Services sector.

    Angel Oak Communities has proposed converting the former Saint Stanislaus Novitiate Jesuit College at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph into a 70-unit residence for people who have intellectual and physical disabilities and seniors.  In a recent non-binding letter of intent, the Jesuit Province of Canada has outlined its intention to enter into a long-term lease agreement with developer Angel Oak Communities to repurpose their property.

    "It wasn't that long ago we were celebrating the closure of institutions for people labelled with an intellectual disabililty in Ontario.  Today, we were outraged to read about the proposed facility at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph.  As one institution closes, another opens.  This is a huge step backwards for the province of Ontario," said Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada.  Continue reading.

    French Version

    <![CDATA[Contact Us]]>, 25 Jul 2017 10:27:51 -0700To find out more about our services, please call our office.

    CLUOV works with the Eastern Region, Developmental Service Office and can share this application for service process.


    894 Pembroke Street West, Box 1030,
    Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5P8


    Phone: 613-735-0659
    Fax: 613-735-1373



    Do you have a Concern?

    CLUOV staff place a high value on working effectively and cooperatively with you. We want to hear any questions, concerns and objections you may have about your involvement with us. Please download our brochure or complaint policy for additional information.

    What do I do when I am unhappy about something having to do with services?    
    You are welcome to speak directly to the staff about what is concerning you and staff wil address the problem promptly. The staff person may need to speak to other members of their team and/or to their supervisor in order to resolve the problem.

    What do I do if I am not comfortable speaking to the staff members involved?
    If you do not feel comfortable speaking to the staff involved, or if you did speak to the staff involved, but feel that the problem was not resolved, you may speak directly to a Service Coordinator:  613-735-0659.

    How will the Service Coordinator help?  
    The Service Coordinator will work with you to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

    What do I do if I am unhappy with the outcome of my discussions with the Service Coordinator?   
    You have the right to speak directly to the Executive Director: 613-735-0659 ext.104

    What do I do if I am unhappy with the outcome of the meeting with the Executive Director?     
    You may appeal the decision, in writing, to the Board of Directors. Your written appeal should include all information and decisions to date. The Chair of the Board will advise you and the Executive Director of the decision of the Board of Directors. Letters to the Board of Directors should be addressed to the President, c/o of the Executive Director at our address.

    <![CDATA[Group Living]]>, 15 Jun 2017 12:37:00 -0700Residential Support

    Residential Support is provided by Community Living in various locations and situations. We are committed to person directed approaches and have partnerships across the county where we provide 24 hour support. While this support is funding through residential dollars, Community Living uses a holistic approach fostering success in areas of health, safety, relationships, and contributions through this support model. Supports are designed to maximize community involvement for each person supported.

    If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact:

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ]]>, 09 Jun 2017 5:55:30 -0700Spotlight on Transformation - June 2017

    The Ministry of Community and Social Services publishes a monthly newsletter called "Spotlight on Transformation." This month's issue has the following headlines:

    • Province Aims to Boost Employment for People with Disabilities
    • Proposed Changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws
    • Community Living Parry Sound Develops Worthwhile Initiatives Promoting Greater Independence
    • Champions of Accessibility Receive David C. Onley Award

    To access the newsletter, click here.

    <![CDATA[Recruiting Board Members]]>, 15 May 2017 6:37:43 -0700We Are Looking For Board Members

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) is seeking new members to sit on our Board of Directors.

    Join an agency recognized as leader in the world, having been awarded the “Four-year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction.” We are one of only six to have achieved this standard of excellence.

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) provides supports to people with intellectual disabilities and is dedicated to developing inclusive communities. CLUOV’s Board of Directors is comprised of 12 volunteers who give their time to ensure the optimal functioning of the organization. A strategic plan developed guides the next few years of agency focus and  direction. The Board is responsible for the governance and accountability of the agency, remaining true to the values of the organization.

    We need your help as we continue to advocate on behalf of those that we support.

    Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Maintain focus on the agency’s vision, mission, and values; help achieve strategic priorities and directions; and monitor compliance with established guiding principles and policies.
    • Be accountable to the general public for competent, conscientious and effective accomplishment of its obligations as an organization.
    • Advocate for full community inclusion with other families and our community
    • Regularly attend Board meetings providing wisdom and insight into items of importance to the future direction of the agency.
    • Occasionally attend community events on behalf of the agency.
    • Being and advocate for inclusion and the championing the reduction of attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusion.
    • Be actively engaged in the work of the Board, carrying out specific duties, as required.


    • Persons that exhibit honesty, integrity, accountability, and commitment to our vision, mission and values.
    • Specific skills and experience, such as:
      • Human resources and labour relations
      • Executive and/or leadership skills
      • Financial accounting; audit experience
      • Understanding of the developmental disability sector
      • Fundraising and/or philanthropy
    • Diversity (including backgrounds, perspectives and problem-solving approaches).
    • Dedicate the time required to regularly attend monthly Board meetings.

    Benefits To You As A Director

    • Opportunity to work and interact with a committed group of individuals to actively develop and maintain high-quality service for people with intellectual disabilities.
    • Be informed regularly on community matters and provincial trends and issues.
    • Receive regular communication on upcoming events and workshops.
    • Attend provincial training conferences from time to time.
    • Be a change champion in your community.

    Meet Our Current Board of Directors

    • Holly Woermke, Chair
    • Christine Reavie, Vice Chair
    • Shelley O'Malley, Treasurer
    • Colleen Whittier, Secretary
    • Jane Dougherty, Director
    • Elaine Clouthier, Director
    • Dave Marcus, Director
    • Keith Rae, Director
    • Laura Mayo, Director
    • Bob Smith, Director

    Please contact Holly Tennian if you are interested in sitting on our Board of Directors.

    Contact Information

    Holly Tennian, Executive Assistant
    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley
    Phone: 613-735-0659

    <![CDATA[May is Community Living Month]]>, 04 May 2017 2:03:25 -0700Community Living Month Activities

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley joins other Community Living agencies across the province celebrating the month of May as Community Living Month. In the photo below, Town of Laurentian Hills Mayor, John Reinwald (right), accepts the Community Living flag from David Stewart (left) who is a resident of the area, and Nicole Fitzpatrick, a Community Living Worker.

    Community Living also kicked off Community Living Month with our 4th Annual Box of Possibilities Deli Lunch. More than 400 lunches were delivered between Laurentian Valley, Pembroke, Petawawa, Laurentian Hills and Deep River. Volunteers worked hard to deliver lunches. Celebrities incluing City of Pembroke Mayor Mike Lemay, and staff from MyFM Radio 104.9 helped with the deliveries.

    Top: myFm on delivery.
    Bottom, City of Pembroke Mayor Mike Lemay on delivery with Gayle Cayen.

    <![CDATA[OASIS and the Ontario Budget]]>, 04 May 2017 1:56:41 -0700Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS) Comments on Budget

    The following email was sent to various OASIS members from president, Ann Kenney, as thoughts about the recent Ontario Budget 2017:

    I had the privilege of attending the Budget Lockup on behalf of OASIS yesterday, as well as a teleconference with Karen Chan later that evening. For developmental services sector this is a good news/bad news story.  I will start with the good news:

    • The government will take immediate action and invest $677 million over four years to help keep people out of crises and give more people the supports that are right for them
    • In 2017-18 the investment will be over $130 million annualized dollars plus an additional $5 million in infrastructure funds as follows:
      • Provide over 375 additional residential developmental services placement for individuals with urgent needs and youth transitioning from the child welfare system;
      • Support 1,000 additional adults with developmental disabilities to participate in their communities through the Passport program;
      • Establish a special residential support home for individuals with complex needs who are moving from justice facilities;
      • Expand specialized clinical responses for individuals with complex special needs; and
      • Improve access to local community services by making the system easier to navigate
    • Over the next 2 years the government will work with families and community partners to transition over 400 young adults currently in the children’s system into adult developmental services
    • It was stated that this investment will support the government’s response to the recommendations of the Ombudsman of Ontario to address situations of crisis involving people with urgent and complex care needs.

    For Individuals we support:

    • The basic income pilot will commence this year in Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay
    • Investing more than $480 million over four years to raise asset limits, increase income exemptions for cash gifts, and provide a rate increase that will benefit more than 900,000 people across Ontario form Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
    • For ODSP recipients, effective January 2018, the cash and other liquid asset limits will be increased from $5,000 to $40,000 for single individuals, and from $7,500 to $50,000 for couples
    • Effective Sept 2017, income exemption for cash gifts will be increased from $6,000 up to $10,000 per year in both ODSP and Ontario Works
    • Effective Sept 2017, gifts in any amount will not reduce the amount of social assistance people receive if the funds are used to pay for first and last month’s rent, purchase a principal residence, or buy a vehicle that they may need
    • ODSP rates will increase 2% effective Sept 2017, and will include increases to other social assistance benefits and allowances, such as Personal Needs Allowance
    • For northern and remote communities, the Province will increase the Remote Communities Allowance by providing an additional $50 per month for the first person and $25 for each additional family member

     Housing Strategies

    Under the affordable housing strategy the Ontario government is going to strategically leverage provincial land assets as a way to build more affordable housing units across the province. This program will complement the work being done to establish community hubs. The province will pilot the program at multiple sites in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, committing $70-$100 million in land to develop up to 2,000 new housing units, including a mix of market and affordable housing. Beginning in spring of 2017, the province will work with municipalities, the federal government, the housing sector and other interested stakeholders to confirm the pilot sites and final program design. OASIS had previously advocated that if land that the institutions sat on was sold that it be reinvested in our sector,  and it may be worthwhile to purse this with the Government again.

     Children’s Services

    Children and Youth Pharmacare will be available to all children and youth aged 24 and under, regardless of family income.  It will completely cover the cost of all medicines funded through the ODB program. There will be no deductible and no co-payment.

    Affordable child care

    • By 2017-18, investment will support access to licensed child care for 24,000 more children up to 4 years old through new fee subsidy spaces and support for new licensed child care spaces in schools

    Important to the Sensory Partner OASIS Members

    • Keeping all provincial and demonstration schools open to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing; blind or have low vision; deafblind; or who have severe learning disabilities
    • Establishing a reference group to provide guidance and input on strengthening supports for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
    • Pursing legislative changes to transfer the governance structure of Centre Jules-Leger to the 12 French-language school boards to better support French-language communities


    • Jan 2017 – March 2018, five new diagnostic hubs will be established to improve the availability of more timely Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic assessments so children can start accessing services as quickly as possible
    • Continued investment from the $500 million investment over five years  announced in 2016
    • Enhancing autism supports in schools to help children transition to, and continue in, full-time school, including
      • Multidisciplinary, student-specific, school-based transition teams supporting all children transitioning form Intensive Behavioural Intervention services, and
      • After school skills development programs to provide students with additional opportunities to develop targeted skills outside the instructional day and to better equip them for classroom success

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

    • Investing $26 million over four years to expand support for children, youth and families affected by FASD through six initiatives
    • Create one-stop access to information/training resources
    • Providing funding for 56 FASD workers to support approximately 2,500 Ontarians with FASD
    • Support parent support networks
    • Increase access to FASD initiatives developed by Indigenous partners
    • Establish a consultation group to provide advice and feedback to inform implementation planning and prioritization of efforts
    • Create a research fund and invest in knowledge mobilization


    • Enhancing caregiver support tax credit
    • Dementia Strategy
      • $100 million over 3 years including expanding province-wide access to community programs and other investments to enhance access to care, information and support from as early as possible once a diagnosis is made
      • Help patients and their caregivers find and access the most appropriate care and supports, improve training and education in dementia care for personal support workers, physicians, nurses, and other front line workers
      • Invest an additional $20 million in 2017 for respite care bringing their 3 year investment in respite care to $120 million 

    In relation to the Pay Equity issue that many agencies are facing there was no direct support or funding announced, however, there was the following information presented regarding Championing Women’s Empowerment:

    • The Province understands the value of women in the workforce, and what their contributions mean for economic prosperity in Ontario, and indeed the country.  That’s why the government has played a leadership role in women’s economic empowerment and corporate leadership through the action plan to close the gender wage gap and an initiative to support women in corporate leadership
    • Ontario is also committed to strengthening the use of gender-based analysis within government to make sure considerations of gender as an essential component of the policy development process
    • A plan will be released in the coming months
    • This plan will be part of a new women’s economic empowerment strategy.  This summer, the Province will be engaging with key stakeholder groups to help shape this strategy, so that more women are able to reach their full economic potential 

    In discussions with Jonathan Bradshaw, Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister’s Office, they will continue to advocate with the Provincial Network, OASIS and Community Living Ontario to ensure that the Pay Equity issue of our sector remains on the radar.  The Gender Wage Gap working group has also commenced meeting and we are well represented by Janet Noel-Annable at this table.

    In our teleconference with Karen Chan the partners indicated that while we were appreciative of the new funding that we are looking at a tough year for agencies who are faced with their 9th year of no increases to deal with the cost of living increases in operating their services never mind the pay equity issue.  We have agreed to have continued dialogue on this issue with the Ministry, as funding around agencies is reaching the critical stages.  Karen reiterated her understanding of this and emphasized how important it was we get these new individuals into service as it is crucial for sector credibility if we want to make long term gains for the sector. 

    N. Ann Kenney, OASIS President

    <![CDATA[Speakers Bureau]]>, 19 Apr 2017 5:51:27 -0700Inspiring Speakers

    The Community Living Speakers Bureau is available for speaking engagements at your community club, classroom, event or organizational meeting, Our speakers deliver their own, personal stories, that will leave you feeling inspired.

    The individuals involved in the Speakers Bureau have had a variety of life experiences and their talks can be tailored to any group. Some of the topics that the Speakers Bureau has brought to their presentations include:

    • Speaking to classrooms and schools about the impacts of bullying
    • Telling their personal stories of working to be included in community life
    • Experiences with self-advocating and standing up for themselves
    • Their employment experiences and how it has impacted their lives

    There is no cost to book the speakers. They have experience with groups both large and small, and with an audience of adults or children.

    The Speakers Bureau is also a way that individuals with intellectual disabilities can work on building self-confidence while being included in community initiatives.

    To book your speaker, contact Dillon Watts:
    Phone: 613-+735-0659

    To keep in touch with Community Living, follow us on Facebook or visit our website.

    <![CDATA[Community Living Featured in Provincial Newsletter]]>, 19 Apr 2017 5:39:44 -0700Community Involvement Is A Building Block To Success

    A commitment to moving away from traditional group living arrangements and property ownership to more person-centred, community-based opportunities is paying off for Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley and the people we support. That story was featured in the Community Living Ontario newsletter recently.

    The article features CLUOV Executive Director, Chris Grayson, and SynerCapital President, Ashraf Anif and the partnership that has developed.

    Read more on this excerpt from the Community Living Ontario newsletter.

    <![CDATA[CLUOV Earns Housing Grant]]>, 31 Mar 2017 12:54:31 -0700CLUOV Earns Housing Grant

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) is pleased to announce they have received a provincial grant. CLUOV has received a two-year grant of $121,217 from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), Employment and Modernization Fund.  These funds will be used to support new partnerships with property owners and municipal projects that will support the transitions of people with disabilities.  

    CLUOV has made commitments through strategic planning to move from traditional group living models and property ownership, to person-centered and community-based opportunities. Plans are underway to sell two of the organization's current residential properties. Proceeds from the sales will provide training to staff and transitional support for up to 14 people, welcoming some from the provincial wait list and accommodating others currently in receipt of support. A focus of the grant is to enhance community engagement, intentional neighbourhoods and support welcoming inclusive membership and opportunities.

    Transitional Housing History

    CLUOV has focused a great deal of our energy and time developing community value, education and partnerships.  In 2014, CLUOV hosted a  successful Innovative Housing Symposium attended by nearly 100 delegates. Attendance was from across Ontario and included key senior MCSS staff, private developers and regional council members. Since then, the agency has developed and nurtured relationships with many community partners and entrepreneurs that were in attendance.

    CLUOV's successful influence in inclusive thinking and educating these community partners will now allow the agency to:

    • Assist seniors with living in a newly constructed integrated community senior residential sites; allowing them to readily participate in community senior activities;
    • Assist others to move from CLUOV housing to a newly renovated inclusive apartment complex in Pembroke;
    • Create a partnership to develop a barrier- free, accessible triplex, using the intentional neighbour concept for overnight support.

    CLUOV Executive Director, Chris Grayson, was able to be part of the province's announcement on March 30 in Richmond Hill.  

    "This is an exciting opportunity for the agency and our partners," he shared. "It clearly supports the vision of our Board of Directors and their strategic plan."

    Grayson continued to praise the community.

    "Community partners are understanding, and fully supportive of our agency moving away from traditional models of living," he said. "Instead we will move towards a variety of unique and individualized options that will see people supported and many others in our community having choice in where and with whom they live. By developing positive relationships with entrepreneurs who see the value of intentional community and recognize the importance of being inclusive, we can create models that can be duplicated in the future and around the province.”

    Click here for a release.

    <![CDATA[2017 Box of Possibilities Deli Lunch]]>, 31 Mar 2017 12:42:35 -0700Order Your Box of Possibilities Lunch

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is now accepting orders for your Box of Possibilities deli lunch to be delivered on April 27th. Delivery takes place between 10:45am and 11:45am. The cost is $10 per lunch and you must have a minimum of five orders for a delivery.

    For more information, complete our order form.

    <![CDATA[Join Our Board of Directors!]]>, 03 Mar 2017 12:37:19 -0700

    Be Part of a Great Organization - Join Our Board of Directors

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is seeking new members to sit on our Board of Directors. 

    Join an agency recognized as a leader in the world, having been awarded the “four-year person-centered excellence accreditation, with distinction.” We are one of only six agencies to have achieved this standard of excellence. 

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) provides supports to people with developmental disabilities and is dedicated to developing inclusive communities.

    CLUOV’s Board of Directors is comprised of 12 volunteers who give their time to ensure the optimal functioning of the organization. The strategic plan guides the next few years of agency focus and direction. The board are responsible for the governance and accountability of the agency, remaining true to the values of the organization.

    Roles & Responsibilities

    • Maintain focus on the agency’s vision, mission, and values; help achieve strategic priorities and directions; and monitor compliance with established guiding principles and policies
    • Be accountable to the general public for competent, conscientious and effective accomplishment of its obligations as an organization
    • Advocate for full community inclusion with other families and our community
    • Regularly attend Board meetings providing wisdom and insight into items of importance to the future direction of the agency. Occasionally attend community events on behalf of the agency
    • Be an advocate for inclusion and be a champion to reduce attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusion
    • Be actively engaged in the work of the Board, carrying out specific duties, as required

    Skills & Qualifications

    • Persons that exhibit honesty, integrity, accountability, and commitment to our vision, mission and values
    • Specific skills and experience, such as:
      •  Human resources; labour relations
      •  Executive and/or leadership skills
      •  Financial accounting; audit experience
      •  Understanding of the developmental disability sector
      •  Fundraising and/or philanthropy
    • Diversity (including backgrounds, perspectives and problem-solving approaches)
    • Able to dedicate the time required to regularly attend monthly Board meetings

    Benefits To You As A Director

    • Opportunity to work and interact with a committed group of individuals to actively develop and maintain high-quality service for people with developmental disabilities
    • Be informed regularly on community matters and provincial trends and issues
    • Receive regular communication on upcoming events and workshops
    • Attend provincial training conferences from time to time
    • Be a change champion in your community

    Meet Our Current Board of Directors

    Holly Woermke, Chair
    Christine Reavie, Vice Chair
    Shelley O'Malley, Treasurer
    Colleen Whittier, Secretary
    Jane Dougherty, Director
    Elaine Clouthier, Director
    Dave Marcus, Director
    Keith Rae, Director
    Laura Mayo, Director
    Bob Smith, Director

    Click for Board of Directors Frequently Asked Questions

    Please e-mail Holly Tennian ( if you are interested in being part of our Board of Directors.

    <![CDATA[LifeShare News Release - Ministry of Community & Social Services ]]>, 03 Mar 2017 7:14:16 -0700The Province of Ontario Partners with Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley

    Ontario is helping people with developmental disabilities find supportive housing through a program that matches them with families in their communities. LifeShare, or the Host Family program, is an innovative residential program that provides a family setting for people with a developmental disability, where they are supported and can enjoy inclusion, independence and community belonging.

    Here are some links for additional information

    <![CDATA[CLUOV Featured in Inclusion Video]]>, 13 Feb 2017 7:11:33 -0700Executive Director, Chris Grayson, Shares Best Practices


    Dr. David Pitonyak was one of four guest speakers at the Presence to Citizenship Learning Exchange, a two-day conference that discussed successful strategies for seizing opportunities and building new relationships with people that have developmental disabilities in our communities.

    The learning exchange also presented a video, where individuals from the Ministry of Communities and Social Services, and Executive Directors from Community Living agencies across Ontario, spoke about the difference their agency is making on people we support with developmental disabilities and improvements to their well-being. Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley Executive Director, Chris Grayson, is featured in this video.

    Links of interest:

    <![CDATA[David Pitonyak shares stories at Algonquin College]]>, 10 Feb 2017 12:20:26 -0700<![CDATA[David Pitonyak meets with Community Living Management Staff]]>, 10 Feb 2017 12:05:18 -0700<![CDATA[LifeSharer Success Stories]]>, 24 Jan 2017 2:32:31 -0700What is LifeShare?

    Watch this short film where we meet three LifeShare families living in Ontario and hear their stories. Like so many LifeShare participants, these families have created a unique bond between the home sharer and home provider. Through LifeShare, families and individuals across Ontario are “home providers” who offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with developmental disabilities (“home sharers”).


    Real Stories 1- Lucas, Barbara, Alayna and Nathan

    Lucas is a 21-year-old with Down Syndrome and a heart condition, who lives with Barbara, her daughter Alayna and her son Nathan. Before arriving at Barbara’s house, Lucas lived with his natural family and continues to see them regularly.

    Since moving in with Barbara and her family, Lucas’ natural enthusiasm for life and love of people has flourished. Lucas and Nathan have formed a brotherly bond and like to deepen their connection at the local coffee shop.

    “I hardly remember what it’s like for him not to live here.” – Alayna

    Lucas recently graduated from high school and proudly received the Citizenship Award for community service. Now that he’s graduated, he’s focusing on getting a part-time job, assists with coaching a local track and field team and hanging out with friends.

    “Lucas has become an important part of our family. This has been such a worthwhile experience and had such a positive effect on us all!”

    – Barbara

    Real Stories 2 – Karen, Dave and Leanne

    Karen is 54 and has lived with Dave and Leanne since 2014 and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

    Before moving in with Dave and Leanne, Karen lived in a group home with several housemates. She told her developmental services agency that she wanted to live with a family that shared her common interests and values.

    Living with Dave and Leanne has brought music into Karen’s life. Dave is an accomplished guitarist, and he and Karen will often play blues and rock music together, putting on a great show for Leanne. The trio also go out to community pubs to enjoy live music with friends.

    Leanne works full time at a local service agency and Karen is part of an employment collaborative that prepares and packages meals for seniors. The ladies enjoy singing on their morning commute to work.

    All of this has helped Karen come out of her shell and feel much more comfortable in her skin. People closest to her have noticed a real change in her.

    Together, they are looking forward to a road trip to Florida, the beach, and a visit to Disney World.

    “I don’t think you have to be a pro. You just have to be a human being with a heart.”

    – Dave

    Real Stories 3 – Jacob, Erica and Scott

    Jacob is 21 years old and experiences autism. Growing up, he lived with his foster family and his natural mother, who continues to be an important part of his life. Two years ago, ready for the next step in his life, he joined LifeShare and was matched with Erica and Scott, a young couple in their 20s with no children. Scott manages quality control for a hydraulics company. Erica, who is part Ojibway, shares her culture and traditions with Jacob through drumming and smudging ceremonies which he finds soothing.

    As a trio, they like to go bass fishing, RV’ing (across and out of province) and enjoy dancing at concerts; anything from folk to rap to rock. All three are also quite active in their community, participating in the stream clean up with the Ontario Steelheaders, and Grand River Clean Up. They love animals, and have a Great Dane, a cat, and a Vietnamese potbellied pig, who are important members of the family.

    Jacob loves school and is looking forward to graduating from high school. He hopes to get a job, ideally something that involves animals, fishing, or music, and dreams of travelling within Canada and beyond. Erica and Scott have seen a tremendous change in Jacob.

    “He’s part of our family.”

    – Erica and Scott

    Real Stories 4 – Brent and Kathy

    After growing up with his mom, Brent, 42, lived on his own in an apartment but sometimes found it a bit lonely and isolating. He now lives with Kathy who is an experienced home provider. Brent is her fourth home sharer in 20 years.

    As an active leader in her community, Kathy volunteers at a homeless shelter, helps women who are incarcerated, and works with other community agencies. With Kathy, Brent can remain independent while enjoying a sense of belonging and a genuine friendship. Together, they like to play bingo at the local lodge and spend quality time with Kathy’s adult children who, with Kathy and Brent, make up a close-knit family.

    Brent also does many activities on his own, socializing with friends, riding his bicycle to visit his mom, taking karate lessons, and going fishing with his brother, Randy. He is currently exploring potential courses to expand his skills with the goal of finding employment within the hospitality industry.

    “It’s heart first…home second.”

    – Kathy

    More Information

    If you’d like more information about sharing your life with someone, contact Stephanie Moss by email or call 613-735-0659.

    <![CDATA[LifeShare]]>, 24 Jan 2017 2:32:09 -0700What is LifeShare?

    Through LifeShare, Ontario families and citizens (home providers) can offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with developmental disabilities (home sharers). LifeShare (also known as host family) is so much more than providing a room in your home. Being a home provider means you’re giving someone with a developmental disability “a place in your heart, a place in your home.”

    People with developmental disabilities are active participants in their communities. They can be athletes, artists, employees, advocates, community volunteers, neighbours and friends. They’re an important part of the community and contribute to the strength of our province. LifeShare helps adults with developmental disabilities, who are 18 and older, live as independently as possible in their communities.

    A booket (3MB) has been created to discuss the LifeShare program.

    The History and Mission of LifeShare

    The FamilyHome program, LifeShare, started in 1984, as part of the Ministry of Community and Social Service’s commitment to provide a range of services for adults 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Over time, the name of the program changed but the overall goals of LifeShare have remained constant:

    • Provide adults with developmental disabilities a home-like setting with a sense of family, safety, continuity and security
    • Promote a high quality of life
    • Support community involvement, social inclusion, individual choice, independence, rights and responsibilities

    Who is involved?

    There are currently more than 70,000 adults in Ontario with developmental disabilities
    As of 2016, approximately 18,000 people with developmental disabilities receive government-funded residential supports:

    • 57% are part of traditional supported group living residences or intensive support residences
    • 34% are part of supported independent living programs or specialized accommodation
    • 9% participate in LifeShare (also known as host family)


    Still have questions? We have the answers to frequently asked questions.

    More Information

    If you’d like more information about sharing your life with someone, contact Stephanie Moss by email or call 613-735-0659.

    <![CDATA[Our Service Area]]>, 20 Jan 2017 8:04:15 -0700The Upper Ottawa Valley

    Our Association serves people in the following general Upper Ottawa Valley Communities: Deux Rivieres, Deep River, Petawawa, Eganville, Cobden, Lapasse, Rolphton, Chalk River, Pembroke, Beachburg, Westmeath and surrounding areas.


    Apply For Services

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley offers a wide variety of services and supports for people with a developmental disability and their families.

    If you feel that you or someone in your family could benefit from our services, please contact Developmental Services Ontario who will assist you with eligibility and referrals.

    To apply for services:

    <![CDATA[En Francais]]>, 20 Jan 2017 8:01:15 -0700Services de l'Ontario pour les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley/Integration Communautaire offre une vaste gamme de services et de soutiens aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle et à leur famille.

    Si vous croyez que vous ou un membre de votre famille pourriez bénéficier de nos services, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Services de l’Ontario aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle  pour du soutien à l’égard de l’admissibilité et de l’orientation.

    Pour accéder à nos services :

    Notre vision, mission et valeurs

    <![CDATA[Vision, mission et valeurs]]>, 20 Jan 2017 7:45:39 -0700Notre vision

    Faire en sorte que toute personne vive dignement, participe à tous les aspects de la vie communautaire et profite de l’occasion d’y prendre part efficacement.

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley/Integration Communautaire (CLUOV) aspire à une société offrant tous les droits à la fois légaux et humains à chaque citoyen sans discrimination et, au sein de laquelle chaque personne est soutenue et respectée dans ses efforts de participation à la société.

    Réaliser cette vision garantira à chaque personne d’être accueillie et soutenue au sein de sa communauté :

    • Que tous les services communautaires soient offerts à tous les citoyens
    • Que chaque personne puisse aspirer à une carrière de son choix, à un emploi véritable contre une rémunération véritable et ait l’occasion d’y accéder et d’être reconnue à sa juste valeur pour ses réalisations.
    • Que chaque personne ait la chance de prendre sa retraite et de profiter de la vie et de ses activités de préférence.
    • Qu’en tant qu’adultes, les gens choisissent où, comment et avec qui ils veulent habités.
    • Que les enfants vivent dans des foyers nourriciers et des milieux familiaux pour profiter du soutien et des bienfaits de la vie de famille.
    • Que les enfants fréquentent leur école de quartier avec leurs pair du même âge en classe régulière de la maternelle au postsecondaire.
    • Que les programmes d’enseignement soient stimulants et adaptés à la clientèle.

    Puisque notre qualité de vie dépend de quand, comment, où et avec qui nous avons la liberté de vivre, d’aimer, d’étudier, de travailler et d’occuper nos loisirs, prendre nos responsabilités en tant que communauté permettra aux gens d’être suffisamment libres et autonomes pour pouvoir :

    • Bénéficier, développer et entretenir des relations ayant un sens pour eux.
    • Faire des choix et prendre des décisions qui leur conviennent à partir d’une multitude d’options.
    • Recevoir le soutien nécessaire au besoin.

    Notre mission

    Favoriser l’épanouissement de communautés accueillantes en

    • Fournissant des soutiens et services fondés sur le caractère unique et l’autodétermination de chaque personne pour qu’elle puisse jouir d’une vie sécuritaire et enrichissante.
    • Enrichissant la vie communautaire en développant les capacités de la communauté et les partenariats.
    • Créant des occasions permettant aux parties prenantes d’apprendre et d’entreprendre.
    • Promouvant et en valorisant la diversité par le biais de l’éducation du public et la promotion de l’inclusion et du vivre ensemble.
    • Prenant le parti de la défense des droits de la personne et en éliminant ce qui empêche physiquement, psychologiquement et socialement un individu d’être citoyen à part entière. 

    Nos valeurs et notre engagement

    Au fur et à mesure que ces éléments se réaliseront, la vie en société adoptera ces valeurs. Les stratégies de mise en œuvre de l’organisme viseront à accroître les sources de financement et à favoriser les partenariats et les engagements :

    1. Veiller à ce que les concepts «options exploratoires» et «choix éclairés» soient les bases sur lesquelles repose la prise de décision de la part des personnes soutenues par la CLUOV.
    2. Mettre l’emphase sur le fait que la CLUOV ne soutiendra aucune initiative ni aucune activité discriminatoire et qu’elle veillera plutôt à mettre l’accent sur l’autonomisation et l’inclusion.
    3. Enquêter sur les partenariats et les collaborations auprès des organismes locaux et régionaux comme première option de changement. Nous croyons qu’ensemble nous sommes plus efficaces!
    4. Rechercher et proposer de nouvelles sources de revenus, y compris le financement de base, les frais de service, les allocations et les collectes de fonds.
    <![CDATA[David Pitonyak Speaking at Algonquin College]]>, 17 Jan 2017 2:21:50 -0700For Information & to print the flyer for David's Presentation at Algonquin College click here

    To Register to attend David Pitonyak's Session at Algonquin College click here

    <![CDATA[Information Session ~ February 7th Dr. David Pitonyak, PhD Consultant, Trainer in Pembroke]]>, 12 Jan 2017 12:20:19 -0700Dr. David Pitonyak - February 7th   9am - 4pm  Clarion Hotel Pembroke

    On the journey to an inclusive society, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now present in all aspects of our communities.   This information session will explore "what's next?"

    Read More: For details about this one day Information Session:  click here

    Register to Attend this FREE Information Session:  here

    Visit David Pitonyak's website: click here

    <![CDATA[From Presence to Citizenship Learning Exhange in Toronto ~ February 2017]]>, 15 Dec 2016 11:39:28 -0700To learn more about this important learning experience

    click here for Outline

    click here for Agenda

    <![CDATA[We're Hiring ~ Casual/Call Community Living Workers]]>, 10 Nov 2016 10:22:23 -0700Casual/Call In Community Living Workers

    The Community Living Worker is responsible for providing personal support to individuals with developmental disabilities to enable each to be a valued, contributing member of the community. Guided by the goals and objectives determined in collaboration and consultation with the individual and his/her support network, the Community Living Worker is responsible for supporting the development of skills and competencies that will assist each person to pursue and fulfil their goals and aspirations. The Community Living Worker will be required to assist the individual in work, community and home settings and will be responsible for liaising with a variety of community organizations to support those organizations in their efforts towards inclusion.

    For the complete job posting click here:

    <![CDATA[I Am Community Living]]>, 28 Oct 2016 1:14:59 -0700How Can You Include Someone With An Intellectual Disability?

    Including people with intellectual disabilities in your workplace, volunteer organization, service club or circle of friends is something that helps build a community that treats people equally. Here are some ideas on how you could "think inclusively" in your community:

    At Your Workplace

    People connected to Community Living have varying degrees of disability and many are quite capable of working. Approximately 30 local businesses currently employ someone with an intellectual disability, in full-time, part-time and contract/casual positions.

    Here are a few  reasons why someone with an intellectual disability can be an asset to your workplace:

    1. Commitment. The person you hire with an intellectual disability will be one of your most committed employees. They will be highly motivated and will want to prove their worth. They will work hard at the tasks that are asked of them and not necessarily be looking to move on, even from entry level positions. That kind of work ethic can be great for the whole company!

    2. Customer Appreciation. Your customers will notice and appreciate that you are inclusive. It is an advantage to a business to set themselves apart from their competition in a positive way, and this is one way that marketability can be achieved. In addition, the intellectual disability network, and their friends and families, is quite large locally, not just with people connected to Community Living, but also the people with a disability in general. Being inclusive can be a smart customer growth decision.

    3. Business Values. Being an inclusive employer can contribute to the values you wish to convey with your business, and that heightened profile in the community can also benefit in other ways, such as: increased applications for employment opportunities, partnership invitations for significant community events and recognition in local or industry-wide programs.

    Being an inclusive employer is about getting work done at your business and becoming a leader in community building.

    Volunteering and Service Clubs

    While Renfrew County is known for it's volunteer spirit, it's no secret that fewer and fewer people are contributing to volunteerism and service clubs than in the past. Including people with disabilities in your volunteer efforts can go a long way to helping achieve your goals.

    Much like employers, people with intellectual disabilities are committed to being part of causes when someone includes them in the opportunity. People connected with Community Living are involved in many activities, which expands this volunteer's reach to a group of people who may not be familiar with your cause. These are people who can support the organization, attend functions and help spread the word.

    Many organizations locally do include individuals in a volunteer capacity, and they are benefiting from that decision to be inclusive. You could too.

    With Friends and Family or Social Cirlcles

    You are probably already connected to a social circle that includes someone with an intellectual disability. Perhaps you sit near each other at hockey games, or have joined the same community group, or live in the same neighbourhood. Making a further step to being friends is pretty easy when you already share common interests.

    Here's another idea: the next time you're having a get-together of some sort, make a choice to include someone with an intellectual disability. It could be a neighbourhood BBQ, an Epicure or Tupperware party, a garage sale, church service - anything! It always feels good for both parties when you include someone.

    <![CDATA[Inspirational Stories]]>, 28 Oct 2016 10:18:35 -0700Inspirational Stories

    I Am Community Living is a campaign run during Community Living month in May. During that month the agency highlights the stories of some of our clients and staff and share the Community Living experience. These great stories are provided below:

    Allan Garrah
    Born in Gananoque, Allan moved to Pembroke from an institution in Smiths Falls where he had lived since he was a toddler. In 1978 Allan had the opportunity to join Community Living and he became connected with the local area. READ MORE of Allan's story here.


       Josh & Holly Woermke
    Josh Woermke was born in Sudbury and moved to Laurentian Valley when he was three years old. He grew up in the area, attended Fellowes High School and had a co-op opportunity with Cassidy's Transfer and Storage which connected him to his passion for all things automotive. READ MORE of Josh and Holly's story here.

    Jesse Crawford
    Jesse Crawford was born into ranch family on Allumette Island, Quebec. He grew up working outside and took great pride in working with firewood. Jesse worked as part of his family's ranch for several years. He calls it "bush country" and it became a key part of his life. READ MORE of Jesse's story here.

    Jeff Shand
    Jeff grew up in Nova Scotia as part of a military
    family. He moved several times as his father was
    posted to different bases, and finally ended up in
    Petawawa. The family decided to stay in the area after his father retired as all the family had deep connections and relationships here. That was
    perhaps most true for Jeff. READ MORE of Jeff's story here.


    Raina Flexhaug
    Raina came to Pembroke from Calgary, Alberta when she was 17 years old. After graduation, she moved out on her own thanks to help from Community Living. For Raina, the connection to Community Living has been one that has really allowed her to fulfill the potential she had always felt was within her. READ MORE of Raina's story here.


    Tabitha Pitchford
    Tabitha Pitchford connected with Community Living in 2010 when she became their employee. In addition to her Developmental Services Worker designation, Tabitha had something more on her resume - she is a parent of a child with a visual impairment. "When parents say to me, "You just don't understand," I let them know that I actually do understand," says the mom of children aged 15, 12 and 8. READ MORE of Tabitha's story here.

    <![CDATA[In Touch Newsletter October 2016]]>, 28 Oct 2016 6:01:21 -0700In Touch ~ October 2016

    Page 1 ~ One of Six in the World

    Page 2 ~ Samantha's Story

    Page 3 ~ William's Story

    New Hires ....Reception Hired and Two Supervisors

    and, news about the 2016 Golf Tournament and much read the In Touch Newsletter click here

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ October 2016]]>, 27 Oct 2016 7:15:54 -0700Focusing on Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities   read more

    <![CDATA[Estate Planning Guide]]>, 26 Oct 2016 12:10:55 -0700Estate Planning For People With Disabilities

    People who have a disability and their families now have an online, comprehensive toolkit available to them as they consider their financial objectives and obligations. Community Living Ontario has launched the Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide: A Tax, Benefits, Trusts, and Wills Toolkit for Ontarians with Disabilities.

    Written by legal, tax and accounting professionals who specialize in supporting people who have a disability and their loved ones, the 112-page, seven-chapter digital book provides pertinent information on various topics including will and trust planning, consent, capacity and legal decision-making, the Ontario Disability Support Program, the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan.

    People who want to know their options and when to seek out professional support can visit to download a free copy of the guide.

    <![CDATA[Community Living advertises for a Full Time Executive Assistant]]>, 17 Oct 2016 11:02:14 -0700For details on the Full Time Executive Assistant position  click here

    Resumes will be accepted until October 31st at 4 pm

    <![CDATA[Cogeco Pembroke Posts Video of 58th Annual General Meeting & Accreditation Presentation]]>, 17 Oct 2016 9:01:06 -0700To see the video click here

    <![CDATA[Community Living holds 58th Annual General Meeting & Accreditation Celebration]]>, 30 Sep 2016 12:32:08 -070058th Annual General Meeting of

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley

    Community Living held its 58th Annual General Meeting on Friday September 16th.  Shelley O’Malley, Board Chair and Master of Ceremonies welcomed all in attendance.  The meeting opened with a presentation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) recognizing Community Living’s recent significant achievement of a 4 Year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction. The award was presented by Gerry Mansveld and Holly Woermke of the Quality Enhancement Committee on behalf of CQL. “This award confirms that Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley shares CQL’s vision for people receiving supports and services,” says Chris Grayson, Executive Director.  This is our third accreditation and each time it has stimulated the organization in striving to provide better supports and education to enhance the lives for the people it supports and the community as a whole.  To see pictures click here

    The Business Meeting followed this presentation.  Shelley O’Malley presented her report and the Executive Director Chris Grayson presented his report and addressed the audience recognizing the hard work and dedication that resulted in the organization’s successful Accreditation. To read the Annual General Report click here.  The Guest Speaker this year was Karen Chan, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Community & Developmental Services Division at the Ministry of Community & Social Services (MCSS). Assistant Deputy Minister Chan said repeatedly in her address, when she speaks to other agencies about leading agencies she refers to agencies like ours.  Along with providing Ministry updates and upcoming initiatives, she assisted us to recognize Rick McInnes, Program Supervisor with the Eastern Region of MCSS for his years of dedication and service before his upcoming retirement in November.  Chris Grayson also shared his remarks about Rick’s lengthy and prestigious career with the ministry.

    The Executive Award this year was awarded to Dave Marcus.  Dave is a board member with 12 years on the executive including as President, Past President & Treasurer, to read more about Dave see page 15 of the Annual General Report.

    After the conclusion of the business meeting, employees celebrating a milestone anniversary year were presented with certificates.  To see pictures click here

    5 Year Honorees

    Tammy Rosien, Wendy Cayen, Amanda Whittington, Paul Mayfield

    10 Year Honoree                             15 Year Honoree

    Bonnie Michaud                              Nancy Healey

    30 Year Honoree

    Bev Robichaud 

    Following the meeting and awards, many stayed to celebrate with a party and dance.

    <![CDATA[58th Annual General Meeting September 16, 2016]]>, 29 Aug 2016 12:30:16 -0700Community Living Cordially Invites you to the 58th Annual General Meeting

    Special Guest Speaker ~ Karen Chan, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Community and Developmental Services Division,  of the Ministry of Community & Social Services, is our guest speaker this year. 

    September 16th at the Germania Club  for details click here

    <![CDATA[MCSS ~ August Issue of Spotlight on Transformation]]>, 29 Aug 2016 12:14:43 -0700Addressing the OMBUDSMAN'S Report:

    August Issue of Spotlight on Transformation  click here

    <![CDATA[It's Official - Accreditation with Distinction]]>, 29 Aug 2016 12:10:45 -0700It's now official! On June 23, 2016, two reviewers from the Council on Quality and Leadership accreditation agency announced that Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has achieved Personal Centred Excellence with Distinction Accreditation. This is excellent news, both for our organization and for the region we serve!

    To read "Community Living Earns Top Marks" in the Pembroke Daily Observer, please click here

    <![CDATA[About Us]]>, 29 Aug 2016 11:48:58 -0700An Organization Started By The Community

    Community Living was formed over 50 years ago by groups of dedicated parents who saw the need to come together to provide community support services to their children and future generations.

    Parents and family members continue to be the backbone and the strength of our movement. They continue to serve as members of the Board, on committees and as much-needed volunteers.

    Our success has been based on the hopes, dreams and necessities of people who live with an intellectual disability.

    For more about our history, please click here.

    Connected Beyond Local Borders

    Community Living is connected regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Here are some links to more information on Community Living, the movement and how the organization is influential in communities:

    <![CDATA[Supporters]]>, 08 Jul 2016 8:30:58 -0700Our Supporters are influential in the work of our Association. Supporters of our Association include individuals and families, corporations and organizations. All Supporters enhance work we do at Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, and the supports we bring to individuals and their families.

    As a Supporter:

    • you are assisting the work that we do to improve the quality of life for people with an intellectual disability,
    • you help our Association with advocacy by lending your name to our causes,
    • you have the opportunity to be involved as a volunteer, on committees and task groups.

    You can download the Supporter form by clicking here.

    <![CDATA[City of Pembroke Declares Community Living Month]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:41:00 -0700It's an organization that has touched hearts and improved the lives of so many people in the area.

    Read more of Pembroke Daily Observer's article with pictures

    <![CDATA[Annual Golf Tournament: August 12, 2016 ]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:39:52 -0700It's our 20th Anniversary of the Annual Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley Golf Tournament! For more information, follow this link.

    It is not too early to secure your spot, To register click here

    For more about Sponsorship click here

    <![CDATA[Community Living Month Memorial Garden Event]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:38:29 -0700As part of our wrap-up for Community Living Month, we will be remembering Gladys Brook and Grace Ford who have passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

    Join us on Tuesday, May 31st at 11:00am at the Community Living office.  

    <![CDATA[Helping Students With Disabilities Move Into The Next Phase of Life]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:36:22 -0700

    Partners for Planning is pleased to bring families this brand new three-part series focused on planning beyond graduation.

    Each presentation is designed to inform, guide and inspire families, educators and supporters as they help young people living with a disability to transition from high school into adulthood. All parents want the best for their kids as they move into each new phase of life. For families seeking the best possible future for a child with a disability, planning ahead is everything.

    This is a brand new three-part series designed to inform, guide and inspire families and educators as they help students transition from high school into adulthood. 

    For more information about this three-part series, or to register click here


    <![CDATA[Community Living Welcomes The Council on Quality and Leadership]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:34:55 -0700Community Living extends a warm welcome to The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) to the Upper Ottawa Valley. Community Living will be hosting CQL from June 20th through to June 24th. Community Living is delighted to be participating in Accreditation. 

    To read more about The Council on Quality and Leadership click here

    Please stay tuned for more news about Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley & Accreditation June 2016.

    <![CDATA[MCSS Focus Groups Planned]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:34:21 -0700The Ministry of Community and Social Services will be hosting a series of focus groups with people and families that utilize Ministry-funded services and supports.

    Click here for all information

    <![CDATA[Links of Interest]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:30:15 -0700Renfrew County Health Links

    Municipalities We Serve

    Moving Here? Check Out These Websites!

    <![CDATA[Passport Program]]>, 30 Jun 2016 8:18:49 -0700Funding To Participate In Your Community

    Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to participate in their communities, and helps caregivers take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

    If you receive money from Passport, here are some of the things you can use it for:


    • The cost of classes offered through a community centre or local school board (e.g., literacy, computer or cooking classes)
    • Fees for programs designed for adults with a developmental disability
    • Recreational programs (e.g., swimming lessons, camp fees)

    Note: You cannot use Passport funding for tuition that is covered by a government student assistance program (e.g., OSAP), or supports that are available through an on-campus Special Needs office


    • Job preparation or work activities (e.g., hiring a support worker to help with on-the-job training or to act as a job coach at work)

    Volunteer Activities

    • Support needed to participate or volunteer in community activities or events (e.g., covering the cost of transportation, having a support worker go with you to help you participate)

    Daily Life

    • Activities that help develop social skills, independent living and personal management (e.g., learning how to do your banking, take public transit, or use the library)

    Person-Directed Planning (Administration and Brokerage)

    • Getting help to develop a person-directed plan that builds on your strengths and interests, and identifies the support needed to achieve your goals
    • Getting help to manage human resources (e.g., support worker scheduling, job ad development, applicant screening) and financial/reporting requirements associated with managing direct funding

    Note: You can use up to 10% of your total Passport funding for these expenses.

    Caregiver Respite

    • Hiring someone to help with personal care of a person with a developmental disability to give the main caregiver a break. This can be in your home or a different location.

    Passport funding cannot be used to pay for expenses that are not directly related to supporting the individual with the developmental disability (e.g., care for other children in the home, housekeeping, property maintenance, etc.) unless:

    • You have extenuating circumstances (ie: a change in situation where your caregiver must also take over the support worker role temporarily) and advance approval from your Passport agency, or
    • You transitioned from Special Services at Home to Passport before April 1, 2013, in which case you have a one-year grace period to use Passport funding on indirect respite as you adjust to the program. After March 31, 2014, you will no longer be able to spend it on indirect respite unless approved in advance.

    For More Information

    If you wish to be made aware of this funding when it is officially announced, please register with us and we will let you know. Send an email to: or call 613-735-0659 and ask to be put on the Passport Funding Notification List.

    <![CDATA[Resources]]>, 30 Jun 2016 7:55:23 -0700Corporate Resources

    The following information is specific to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley.

    Additional Resources

    This is our page for information that comes in handy to have on our website. Please click the Links option below to see a list of websites for our region, health supports and supports for moving to the area.

    If you have a link we should know about, please email it to:

    <![CDATA[Vision, Mission and Values]]>, 30 Jun 2016 7:50:41 -0700Our Vision

    That all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively.

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley envisions a society where all rights, both legal and human, are afforded every citizen without discrimination, and, where every person is supported in their efforts to become participating, respected members of society.

    The fulfillment of this vision will have ensured that all people are welcomed and supported in their community:

    • That all community services are available to every citizen;
    • That people can aspire to and have the opportunity to work towards a career of their choice, real work for real pay, and fair recognition of accomplishment;
    • That people have the opportunity to retire and enjoy the lifestyle and activities of their own choosing;
    • That, as adults, people choose where, how and with whom they live;
    • That children live in nurturing and supportive family-like environments and enjoy the benefits of family life;
    • That children attend their regular neighbourhood school in age appropriate classes with their peers, from pre-school through to post-secondary;
    • That educational programs are challenging and tailored to the individuals.

    Because of the quality of our lives is so dependent upon how, when, where and with whom we are free to live, love, learn, work and spend our personal time, fulfillment of our community responsibilities will have ensured that people are free and have the necessary empowerment to enable them to:

    • Enjoy, develop and maintain whatever relationships they find meaningful;
    • Make choices/decisions in self-defined terms from a wide range of options;
    • Receive appropriate support when desired.

    Our Mission

    To foster the development of welcoming communities through:

    • Providing supports and services based on each person's uniqueness and self-determination so they may enjoy safe, secure, and rewarding lives;
    • Enriching community life by developing community capacity and partnerships.
    • Opportunities for stakeholders to learn and take leadership;
    • Promoting and celebrating diversity through public education and promotion of inclusion and community living;
    • Leadership in human rights advocacy; and
    • Eliminating physical, attitudinal and societal barriers to full citizenship 

    Our Values and Commitments

    While moving towards accomplishing these areas, Community Living will adhere to these values. The organization's implementation strategies will look to augment funding sources and enhance partnerships and commitments:

    1. Ensure the concepts "exploring options"  and "informed choice" are the basis for decision-making by individuals supported by CLUOV.
    2. Reinforce a clear understanding that CLUOV will not support segregated initiatives and activities and ensure our focus is on individualization and inclusivity.
    3. Investigate partnerships and collaborations with local and regional organizations as the first option for change. We believe together we are better!
    4. Research and introduce new revenue streams including base funding, fees-for-service, grants and fundraising.

    <![CDATA[Supported Independent Living]]>, 30 Jun 2016 7:46:37 -0700The Choice of Living Independently

    Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a community based support which promotes the choice of living independently within the community. People supported through SIL often live in an apartment either on their own or with a roommate or partner.

    Support focuses on enhancing or developing the person’s ability to live as independently as possible. Skill development can focus on budgeting, apartment maintenance, grocery shopping, social and relationship building, community networking, advocacy and rights, healthy living choices and other aspects of daily living. Hours of staff support varies from person to person and is based specifically on need.

    If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact:

    <![CDATA[Community Options]]>, 30 Jun 2016 7:44:03 -0700Promoting Inclusion

    Community Options provides a variety of community based activities to persons 19 years of age and over in the neighborhood in which they live. Community Living links adults to meaningful leisure, recreation, practical learning and volunteer opportunities, creating a schedule of activities that is as unique as they are.

    Our goal is to facilitate great life experiences.

    If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact:

    <![CDATA[A Box of Possibilities Deli Lunch to Kick off Community Living Month]]>, 17 May 2016 8:16:19 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Ontario ~ Shining a light on Community Living Month]]>, 18 Apr 2016 7:20:59 -0700Read here how the CN Tower will be a shining light for Community Living Month being celebrated across the province of Ontario during the month of MAY

    <![CDATA[Mark the Date - April 28th Box of Possibilities Deli Lunch]]>, 29 Mar 2016 8:15:21 -0700

    Order Form for April Box of Possibilities Lunch  click here

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ March 2016]]>, 21 Mar 2016 8:28:59 -0700Please click on the link to read the latest issue of Spotlight on Transformation from the                                                Ministry of Community & Social Services

    <![CDATA[Community Living Ontario March 4/16 UPDATE FRIDAY - features Kirby, Noreene & Claude Adam]]>, 07 Mar 2016 12:14:16 -0700Family shares how determination can lead to a good life

    read story

    <![CDATA[Gone but Not Forgotten ~ Survivors of Institutionalization Empowered to Speak Out]]>, 07 Mar 2016 11:59:56 -0700Gone, but not forgotten – that’s the belief of many former residents of the Huronia Regional more 

    <![CDATA[Housing Symposium ~ Speaker's Presentations ~ updated Dec 3/14 with Youtube videos]]>, 07 Mar 2016 11:37:26 -0700The Innovative Housing Symposium hosted by Community Living at the Travelodge on October 30th saw over 80 people in attendance.  

    Cheryl Peterson, Services Director, Elmira District Community Living

    Housing Options in Elmira.. click here for presentation

    Jack Gillan, CEO Community Living Peterborough

    From a Group Home to a Home of Our Own..   click here for presentation     click here for youtube video - Jack Gillan

    Roger Gervais, Coordinator Ottawa Visitability Taskforce

    Visitability in Canada..   click here for presentation     click here for youtube video - Roger Gervais

    Darlene Cook, CEO Peterborough Housing Corporation

    Innovation in Affordable Housing...  click here for presentation    click here for youtube video - Darlene Cook

    <![CDATA[Health Matters ~ January 2016]]>, 21 Jan 2016 9:29:47 -0700Health Matters ~ WINTER  2016  click here

    Chris Grayson says Thank You to many Health Professionals in the Upper Ottawa Valley

    To read Chris Grayson's article on page 22 click here

    <![CDATA[Community Living is Hiring]]>, 18 Jan 2016 11:46:08 -0700

    Community Living is accepting resumes for Casual/Call In Community Living Workers ~ for Job Description click here

    <![CDATA[High Five Raffle Winners Announced]]>, 09 Dec 2015 1:46:34 -0700

    Here are the WINNERS of our HIGH FIVE RAFFLE.

    Back Row From Left: Gilbert Dupuis (accepting for his Grandson Carick Gaudette) Winner of the $500.00 cash prize, Shannon Slaughter representing The Hyundai Group, Winner of the Automotive Package, Peggy Fiebig, Winner of the Foodie Package and Wade Neigel on behalf of the Algonquin College Group, Winner of the Sports Package.

    Front Row: Peter Laronde representing Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. Missing from the photo George Burchart Winner of the Health Package. CONGRATULATIONS to all the Winners and THANK YOU to all our Donators, Supporters and the many ticket sellers

    <![CDATA[Strategic Plan]]>, 09 Dec 2015 7:12:37 -0700Strategic Plan click here

    <![CDATA[Community Respite]]>, 09 Dec 2015 6:59:54 -0700Respite Services provides an opportunity for planned relief for families and caregivers based on their individual needs and circumstances. Respite also provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to increase their participation in the community, to develop supportive community relationships, to develop skills and abilities and to gain greater independence. Community Living can work with individuals and families to help them coordinate respite, and will assist in locating potential respite providers, assisting families and caregivers to interview, screen, hire and manage their respite services.

    If you would like more information about Respite or any other Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley service, please contact our office.

    <![CDATA[Supports & Services]]>, 09 Dec 2015 6:54:57 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario's Sheltered Workshops to close Forever]]>, 30 Nov 2015 8:16:03 -0700Ontario will eliminate provincially funded more

    <![CDATA[Minister of Community & Social Services promises to end the Sheltered Workshop Model ]]>, 17 Nov 2015 1:27:07 -0700Minister of Community and Social Services Helena Jaczek has promised to end the sheltered workshop model, but advocates are criticizing the Ontario government for saying it will take time to eliminate read more

    Community Living Ontario comments on No New Admissions to Sheltered Workshops

    <![CDATA[Personal Outcome Measures Changing Lives, Building Community]]>, 06 Nov 2015 8:47:12 -0700Nearly a year and a half into their commitment to improve service delivery, Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV), staff and people supported read more  click here

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation - October Issue]]>, 03 Nov 2015 8:15:02 -0700To read the October Issue of The Spotlight on Transformation ~ click here

    <![CDATA[Community Living Ontario - News Update]]>, 28 Oct 2015 11:47:10 -0700Community Living Ontario - Update - October 23, 2015 - click on link

    <![CDATA[Untapped HR Potential]]>, 27 Oct 2015 11:59:28 -0700Community Living is excited to bring Mark Wafer to the region to speak to employers on how they can improve their business performance with a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities.

    Hear Wafer's own story of how he has found success with 20% of his workforce being from a disabled demographic. Wafer owns six Tim Hortons franchises and has 46 employees with disabilities. He says individuals with disabilities have lower absenteeism rates, lower turnover and add to a business' bottom line.

    Free To Attend!
    September 23, 2015
    6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Community Living Conference Room
    894 Pembroke Street West

    Links Of Interest

    Mark Wafer: Enabling the Disabled Video

    CBC Story on Hiring Disabled Employees

    Employ Abilities: Tim Hortons Hires People with Disabilities

    Mark Wafer: The Business Case for Employing People with Disabilities

    Mark Wafer - Twitter

    Click here for more information and details on attending the event.

    <![CDATA[October 22nd ~ Box of Possibilities Lunch ]]>, 30 Sep 2015 7:27:30 -0700Fundraising Never Tasted So Good

    Our Box of Possibilities Lunch is Back! October 22, 2015

    You can place your order between October 2nd and October 16th

    You said do it again, and we aim to please. Together we're Better!"

    Get your order in early!

    Click here for your order form

    <![CDATA[Community Living thanks all participants in Golf Tournament]]>, 22 Sep 2015 6:06:35 -0700Winners & Sponsors for 2015 Golf Tournament  read more

    <![CDATA[Community Living thanks The Home Depot Canada Foundation]]>, 19 Aug 2015 7:14:25 -0700The Home Depot Canada Foundation has approved funding towards a Gazebo to provide much needed shade for our residents who live on Hunter Street in Pembroke.  Together with local Home Depot associates and Community Living volunteers, construction of a permanent wood/steel gazebo structure will be completed by the end of August.

    For pictures click here or visit our Photo Page

    <![CDATA[Guys Night Out]]>, 18 Aug 2015 8:32:17 -0700Guys Night Out ~ September 18th

    You won't want to miss this exciting new event - For Guys - a unique event filled with the things guys like to do, AND, raising money for Community Living.   Join us for an evening of casinos, a live auction, 50-50 draw and sports celebrities all in the name of a good cause.    click here to read more

    <![CDATA[August 14th Golf Tournament ~ Accepting Registrations]]>, 20 Jul 2015 11:42:28 -0700For Sponsorship Opportunities  ~  click here

    We need Dinner Sponsors, Hole Sponsors, Challenge Hole Prizes, and Raffle Prize Donations

    For Registration click here

    Teams of 4 and/or Single Golfers

    <![CDATA[Annual General Meeting to be held in September]]>, 11 Jun 2015 12:10:48 -0700Mark you calendar now !

    Community Living will be holding it's Annual General Meeting on September 16th this year.

    Stay tuned for more information.

    <![CDATA[May 2015~Wanted~Full Time Permanent Supervisor]]>, 05 May 2015 10:16:32 -0700Job Posting - Full Time Permanent Supervisor - click here

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ March 2015 Issue]]>, 09 Apr 2015 12:53:42 -0700Read the latest Issue of Spotlight on Transformation published by the Ministry of Community & Social Services

    Click here

    <![CDATA[Community Living is gearing up for the 2015 Box of Possibilities Deli Lunch Fundraiser]]>, 31 Mar 2015 7:36:23 -0700Fundraising Never Tasted So Good

    In May 2014 Community Living launched it's 1st Box of Possibilities Lunch Fundraiser, and the business community responded with "do it again, it was delicious!"

    We are gearing up....

    Please Save the Date for our first of 2 Spring Box of Possibilities Lunch Fundraisers - April 16, 2015

    Click here for order form

    <![CDATA[In Touch Newsletter March 2015]]>, 20 Mar 2015 6:36:03 -0700Community Living is proudly moving forward into spring with the opportunity to provide new supports and services in our newest home on Macy more

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ February 2015 Issue]]>, 25 Feb 2015 11:56:21 -0700

    <![CDATA[A unique way to share your family home ]]>, 09 Feb 2015 12:40:22 -0700Long time Pembroke resident Kenny Jones has found the true meaning of a family home

    To view our new Family Home Video  click here

    To learn more about being a Family Home Provider or Respite Provider

    Please contact:

    Donna Locke, Service Co-ordinator  613-735-0659 (ext 108)    or,

    Suzie Desjarlais, Service Co-ordinator  613-735-0659 (ext 116)

    <![CDATA[Community Living named Not for Profit Organization of the Year]]>, 02 Feb 2015 9:40:17 -0700Community Living is proud to announce our organization was named Not for Profit Organization of the Year at the 11th Annual Upper Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony held on January 31st at Festival Hall.

    To read more

    <![CDATA[Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has been named a finalist this year in the Not For Profit/Community Organization of the Year]]>, 28 Jan 2015 8:07:30 -07002014 Finalists Announced by the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, read more

    <![CDATA[ODSP Action Coalition comments on Upcoming Changes to ODSP in 2015]]>, 19 Dec 2014 9:08:29 -0700The Ontario Government announced in the 2014 budget that they are making changes to the employment-related benefit

    provided through ODSP and here to read more and complete a survey

    <![CDATA[News & Events]]>, 03 Dec 2014 8:21:47 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario Business Award of the year goes to a Tim Horton's Franchisee Owner]]>, 01 Dec 2014 12:01:45 -0700A Canadian Model for more

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ an update October 28, 2014]]>, 03 Nov 2014 8:45:38 -0700Spotlight on Transformation Update

    Developmental Services..  to read more click here

    <![CDATA[Innovative Housing Symposium]]>, 20 Oct 2014 12:47:58 -0700Symposium Information

    Click here for more information.

    Symposium Registration

    Click here to register for the Innovative Housing Symposium.

    News Clip MyFM 104.9 Interviews Chris Grayson October 20/14

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ October Issue]]>, 17 Oct 2014 7:09:19 -0700Read Spotlight on Transformation ~ New Passport Guidelines are Here

    <![CDATA[WE ARE GROWING COME GROW WITH US]]>, 24 Sep 2014 7:26:19 -0700For job description and rate of pay click here

    <![CDATA[Province unveils plaque at Huronia Regional Centre]]>, 22 Sep 2014 6:40:20 -0700to read more about the plaque unveiling..

    <![CDATA[Community Living reports results from 18th Annual Golf Tournament and Thanks Sponsors]]>, 18 Sep 2014 8:51:41 -0700For pictures & thank you to Corporate & Dinner Sponsors:

    For Article about our Tournament:

    For list of Hole Sponsors:

    <![CDATA[Select Committee Report on Development Services Distributed]]>, 27 Aug 2014 11:54:45 -0700<![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ An Update from the new Minister of Community & Social Services]]>, 27 Aug 2014 11:51:22 -0700<![CDATA[Class Action Suit ~ Update July 18, 2014]]>, 23 Jul 2014 10:54:15 -0700Court Pushes Back Deadline as former residents hit roadblocks in Claims Process.

    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, was very surprised....more

    <![CDATA[We are growing, Come grow with us ~ Staffing required]]>, 11 Jul 2014 9:14:01 -0700<![CDATA[56th Annual General Meeting June 19, 2014]]>, 25 Jun 2014 12:10:56 -0700<![CDATA[2014 Provincial Election Campaign - #End the Wait]]>, 22 May 2014 1:16:57 -0700<![CDATA[Class Action Suit]]>, 16 May 2014 10:02:22 -0700<![CDATA[Kelly Walker in Pembroke April 30th]]>, 05 May 2014 12:23:46 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Month]]>, 05 May 2014 12:22:27 -0700<![CDATA[Ontario Trillium Grant]]>, 05 May 2014 12:21:37 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Ontario applauds new Budget]]>, 22 Apr 2014 8:45:09 -0700<![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ An Update from the Minister of Community & Social Services Ted McMeekin]]>, 22 Apr 2014 8:14:06 -0700<![CDATA[JOB POSTING]]>, 16 Apr 2014 10:29:29 -0700<![CDATA[MCSS Announces ~ Elimination Waitlists for Developmental Services]]>, 14 Apr 2014 10:45:32 -0700<![CDATA[Select Committee on Developmental Services ~ Video Review]]>, 08 Apr 2014 7:28:13 -0700<![CDATA[Kelly Walker Comes to Pembroke]]>, 04 Apr 2014 6:30:18 -0700Kelly Walker, a motivational speaker, musician and expert on change and transition is coming to Pembroke. Walker is offering two workshops - both free to the community.

    Working Happiness: A new perspective on work-life balance
    Festival Hall, Pembroke
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    If you have experienced burnout with your career, or you think one day you could feel that way, this workshop might be for you. Working Happiness: A new perspective on work-life balance, takes a look at how you can stay energized with your career and your work environment. Presented by Kelly Walker, an expert on transition and change, this seminar will be one you won’t soon forget. Walker’s mix of humour and music helps address issues that impact us as employees and employers. This could be two hours that changes your life.

    Alive Again: From grief to new beginnings
    Festival Hall, Pembroke
    6:30pm: Social
    7:00pm: Show Starts

    When someone close to us dies, part of us dies too. Kelly Walker will explore the dynamics of grief, accompanying feelings and the mystery of inner re-adjustment that is part of the process. We will explore how as well the social dynamics of loneliness, re-integration and new relationships. Walker is one of Canada’s leading experts on questions of transition and change, and style of presenting brings even the most controlled audiences to their feet. 

    Sponsored in part by Campbell Monument, Neville Funeral Home, Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home and Bereaved Families of Ontario.

    Please see above for posters on this event.

    For more information and to register, please contact Community Living:

    Phone: 613-735-0659

    <![CDATA[Select Committee on Developmental Services ~ Interim Report]]>, 06 Mar 2014 10:14:15 -0700<![CDATA[Settlements Reached in Rideau Regional Centre Class Action ~ February 24, 2014]]>, 04 Mar 2014 10:26:12 -0700<![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation ~ An Update from the Minister of Community & Social Services Ted McMeekin]]>, 26 Feb 2014 7:40:15 -0700Spotlight on Transformation Newsletter from Minister Ted McMeekin more..

    Spotlight on Tansformation Newsletter French Version more..

    Memo from Developmental Services Ontario more..

    <![CDATA[Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuits]]>, 29 Jan 2014 8:25:54 -0700<![CDATA[Canadian Blood Services thanks local Blood Donors]]>, 23 Jan 2014 1:18:17 -0700<![CDATA[Tentative Settlements Reached in Rideau Regional Centre and Southwestern Regional Centre Class Actions]]>, 24 Dec 2013 9:41:10 -0700<![CDATA[Members of Pembroke city council dropped into Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley to spread some Christmas cheer]]>, 19 Dec 2013 12:03:44 -0700<![CDATA[Huronia Apology from Premier Wynne]]>, 12 Dec 2013 9:46:01 -0700Premier Wynne offered an apology to survivors of abuse at the Huronia Regional Centre, one of Ontario’s three largest institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (the last closed in 2009). Click here for the release and video.

    <![CDATA[Kathleen Wynne apologizes for Huronia]]>, 10 Dec 2013 8:36:33 -0700Apology...more

    <![CDATA[Kathleen Wynne will apologize]]>, 04 Dec 2013 12:47:42 -0700<![CDATA[Donating to Community Living]]>, 27 Nov 2013 8:28:33 -0700Donations
    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley relies on the generosity of community, family and friends to support our work. All donations made locally are used for programs and services in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

    You have many options available to you to make your contribution fit your needs and preferences.

    To make a secure donation to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley through Canada Helps please click here.

    One Time Donation
    This is a simple method of making a one-time donation to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley. 100% of your donation will be used to assist adults in our area who have an intellectual disability.

    As a Gift in Memory of a Loved One
    Many families may request an In Memoriam Donation when they lose a loved one. This is a meaningful way to express sympathy and condolences at this time. In Memoriam donations can also be made at any time throughout the year.

    As a Gift in Celebration
    Giving in Celebration is a simple and personal way to mark any special occasion while contributing to a charitable organization. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday or anniversary, or whatever you are celebrating, make a difference in the life of someone with an intellectual disability by asking your family and friends to make a donation instead of buying you a gift.

    In Person
    Please visit our office at 894 Pembroke Street West, in Pembroke to make a donation in person. Our business office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    By Mail
    Please download our printable Donation Form, print it, complete it and mail it with your cheque to:
    Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley
    P.O. Box 1030
    Pembroke, ON K8A 6Y6

    <![CDATA[Spotlight on Transformation]]>, 26 Nov 2013 1:32:37 -0700Issue 36 ~ November 2013 SPOTLIGHT on Transformation....more

    <![CDATA[Community Living joins Giving Tuesday in Canada on December 3rd]]>, 26 Nov 2013 1:12:55 -0700<![CDATA[Select Committee on Developmental Services]]>, 06 Nov 2013 1:31:03 -0700<![CDATA[Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley and CUPE 5088 reach a tentative agreement]]>, 17 Oct 2013 11:43:22

    <![CDATA[Larry Markus is awarded highest Provincial Honour for Self Advocacy]]>, 26 Sep 2013 1:19:20 -0700<![CDATA[Settlement Reached]]>, 19 Sep 2013 7:31:10 -0700Community Living Ontario recognizes the great injustice suffered by people who had an intellectual disability and were sent away from their community to government run institutions over many decades...more

    <![CDATA[$35 Million Huronia Settlement Reached]]>, 17 Sep 2013 12:52:43 -0700<![CDATA[Receive Our Newsletter]]>, 10 Sep 2013 6:31:22 -0700<![CDATA[Chris Grayson comments on story of "Young Man with Autism in Durham"]]>, 22 Aug 2013 6:43:33 -0700<![CDATA[Golf Tournament]]>, 21 Aug 2013 12:11:26 -0700 


    <![CDATA[Reports]]>, 09 Aug 2013 11:04:45 -0700<![CDATA[Family Home Providers Needed]]>, 08 Aug 2013 11:27:00 -0700<![CDATA[Supply and Call-In Workers]]>, 22 Jul 2013 11:02:12 -0700<![CDATA[Photos]]>, 18 Jul 2013 8:47:43 -0700<![CDATA[Staff Login]]>, 18 Jul 2013 8:47:43 -0700