In a very moving, tearful ceremony tonight at Community Living Algoma (CLA) on 99 Northern Ave., memorial leaves were added to the ever-growing Memorial Wall tree that recognizes those that have passed-on in the CLA community.
The Memorial Wall was an idea from a member of the Community Living Algoma Family Network in the Sault. They wanted a place to honour, respect and cherish the memories of all those that have shared in the CLA journey, both those with developmental disabilities and those who were employees.
“They are with us in spirit,” wrote Lezlie Wilson, CLA's Executive Assistant, in a statement for SaultOnline.com
“Their legacy ensures that we provide the richest and most meaningful opportunities for people to enjoy life in the community.”
The Memorial Wall was approved in the spring of 2013 by the board of directors.
“A committee was formed to discuss/plan and implement this wonderful idea for Sault Ste. Marie and their district locations of Wawa, Hornepayne, Elliot Lake and Blind River.”
Dumanski Compass Imaging designed and created the wall but the committee chose the design of a tree with each leaf placed, in memory of one who has passed, with their name printed on the leaf.
A slogan of “Always on my mind, forever in my heart,” was incorporated into the design and came out in the speeches tonight.
Proceeds from the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation’s Charity Golf Tournament made the Memorial Wall possible.
This is the third year that the Airport Development Corp.’s Charity Golf Tournament has allowed the ceremonies, maintenance and extension of the Memorial Wall to continue.
CLA would like to thank the SSMADCs Charity Golf Committee and their board of directors for this partnership.
$156,000 to upgrade and repair local community agencies
The provincial government is investing $156,000 for repairs and renovations for eight projects at non-profit agencies in Sault Ste. Marie as part of its Partner Facility Renewal program, announced David Orazietti MPP today during a visit to Sault Ste. Marie by Minister Dr. Helena Jaczek.
“Community agencies provide invaluable help to so many Ontarians. Investments in these projects will result in stronger services and better programs for those who use them in our communities,” said Orazietti. “This type of investment in infrastructure renewal means that agency staff can focus on delivering high-quality supports in our communities.”
These investments include:
– Community Living Algoma is receiving $131,000 for 7 projects such as window replacement, resurfacing driveway and heating/cooling upgrades
– Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. is receiving $25,000 for upgrade replacements of HVAC systems
Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the province is investing $16 million for upgrades and repairs at more than 170 community agencies across Ontario. These investments help developmental services, community services, Violence Against Women agencies, and Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy agencies better serve clients.
Community Living Algoma’s Executive Director, John Policicchio said, “Community Living Algoma expresses our appreciation to Minister David Orazietti for his ongoing support of developmental services in our community. The funding allocated through the Partner Facility Renewal is much needed funding for the seven minor capital projects which have been approved. The funding will ensure that our properties are adequately maintained to ensure safe, updated and modern buildings for individuals with a developmental disability.”
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years. This is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
“Our government believes that people in need deserve all the help we can give them. By investing in our community facilities, we are making sure that vulnerable Ontarians have safe, accessible places to go when they need support the most.” said, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
Supporting community agencies that help those most in need is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
Building a Good Life In Community Transition of Sheltered Workshop - Presentation Community Living Algoma’s Journey (link provided of presentation)
Community Living Algoma is a not-for-profit organization that provides supports and services to over 800 children, youth and adults with a developmental disability and their families throughout Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma.
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Community Living Algoma Summer Employment Success
For the past 25 years, Community Living Algoma has offered employment services for the people we support in our community. In the summer of 2015, the agency launched its very first summer employment program geared to transitional-aged youth.
A grant proposal was submitted through the Canada Summer Jobs program to help offset the costs of launching the project and in May it was confirmed that the agency would receive funds to hire three job coaches for the summer to work with the students.
Three students were selected to participate in the program. Community Living Algoma partnered with three local employers who offered the students jobs that totaled 30 hours per week for each person. The employers were responsible for paying the wages of those students.
With the initial success of the pilot program, Community Living Algoma intends to involve a greater number of young people in the summer of 2016.
If you are an employer wishing to participate in the summer employment program or a student wanting to get a summer job, please contact us at 705-256-7564.