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                                                                      MAKE A DIFFERENCE................ PG 2
                                                                                WHO NEEDS MORE GIFTS? .....       3
                                                                                "THE CLUB" TRANSITIONS .....      3
                                                                          THANK YOU TO OUR EMPLOYERS .....        4
                                                                                     WHAT’S HAPPENING? .....      5
                                                                           FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS .....      6
                                                                                 DAY SUPPORT PLANNING .....       7
                                                                          RALPH CHIODO TRIBUTE DINNER .....       8

VOL. 13, ISSUE 1            WINTER 12

COMMUNITY                                 ARTISTS SHOWCASE TALENT
CELEBRATE                                 AT PAINTING EXHIBITION
GRAND                                     A few short months ago, when
OPENINGS                                  several individuals who have an
                                          intellectual disability came together
Mayor Hazel McCallion, MPP Bob            to share their interest in painting,
Delaney and City Councillors              little did they realize that they
Bonnie Crombie and George Carlson         would be holding their first public
attended the grand openings of            art exhibition by the end of
Community Living Mississauga's            November.
newest Base Site location on Watline
Avenue and Argentia Road.                 The November 29th exhibition,
                                          which was held at St. Andrew's
                                          Presbyterian Church in Streetsville,
The new locations include kitchen
                                          was a celebration of individuals
areas, computer rooms, lounges and
                                          coming together as artists and
television areas, but participants will
                                          celebrating achieving their personal
focus their time on participating in
community-based activities.
                                          "This whole exciting opportunity
Community Living Mississauga              started when two ladies supported
offers Community Base Sites               by our organization realized that
located throughout Mississauga.           they shared similar goals and
The goal of each Base Site is to          started a painting club for anyone,     "Each participant has progressively
provide opportunities to participate      with or without a disability, who       evolved to incredible artists and
in meaningful day time, recreational,     wanted to learn how to paint,"          are extremely proud of their
social and leisure activities at the      explained Anna Rossa, Community         achievements," said Rossa. "To
locations and in the community.           Living Support Manager at               celebrate, all of the groups decided
Each participant directs the activities   Community Living Mississauga.           to come together for a year-end art
they wish to participate in and are       "A local artist, named Christina        exhibition.
provided with a monthly schedule.         Garza, was asked to teach the
On November 23, employees from         “We are really proud to be able to
GlaxoSmithKline's Information          support such a great organization
Technology Department volunteered      and are humbled by the incredible
at Community Living Mississauga.       difference that Community Living
They participated in many projects;    Mississauga makes for the lives of
computer training, toy and book        the people it supports.”
inventories, installing firewalls,
assisting in recreational activities
in the community and providing
support at Mississauga Packaging
and Assembly.

“The day provided a great
opportunity for the GSK Canada IT
team to get out and support
Community Living Mississauga,”
said Jerry Boyer, Director of IT at

                                                                            More than 100 people turned out
                                                                            for the Idlewilde Art Exhibition
                                                                            and Christmas Celebration, held
                                                                            December 10th at Imagemaker Art
                                                                            Studio in Port Credit.

                                                                            The event was an opportunity for
                                                                            artists Peter Corp, Grace Goncalves,
                                                                            Ron O'Connell and Trung Tran who
                                                                            showcased many of their original

                                                                            All of the participants would like
                                                                            to extend their thanks to everyone
                                                                            who came out and made this a very
                                                                            special and memorable celebration.

WHO NEEDS                               "THE CLUB" TRANSITIONS TO
MORE GIFTS?                             THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
                                        RESOURCE INITIATIVE
                                        In August, Community Living Mississauga announced it’s plans for the
Throughout the business world,          evolution of “The Club” and now, after 10 years, the Club in it’s traditional
many vendors give gifts over the        format, has closed it’s doors. We know many of you have fond memories of
holidays as a way of saying thank
                                        creating culinary works of art, cheering on the Argos, Blue Jays and Raptors,
you to their business partners for
                                        watching block buster movies and meeting friends and building relationships
using their services.
                                        that still hold strong today.
But a new trend is emerging.
Instead of buying a trinket for         The old saying about when one door closes another one opens is true, but in
the office or a bottle of "holiday      this case, many more have opened. The Club is evolving into the Community
spirits", many people are making        Engagement Resource Initiative where small groups of friends are getting
donations to their business partners'   together and hanging out each week, doing things they really enjoy. People
charities of choice.                    are trying new things and spending time with new and old friends, doing what
                                        they love to do, or perhaps planning an activity they always dreamed of doing
"We've seen more and more people        but were reluctant to try on their own. The possibilities are proving to be
approach us with this type of           endless!
donations over the past few years,"
said Sara Dias, Manager of
Resource Development at
Community Living Mississauga.           COMMUNITY SPORTS LEAGUE
This type of donation extends           CELEBRATES ANOTHER
beyond the business world as well.
                                        SUCCESSFUL SEASON
"There is a sense of fulfillment for
                                        A very special thanks to all the enthusiastic coaches and committee members
people who opt for gift donations,
                                        who helped make the 2011 season spectacular!!
charitable birthday parties or
non-profit wedding registries - a
feeling they don't get from giving      The Community Sports League, a softball league consisting of recreational
or Receiving traditional gifts," said   and competitive teams for people who are supported by Community Living
Dias.                                   Mississauga, is presently looking for volunteer coaches and committee
                                        members for next season!
So next time you are struggling to
put together a wish list for your       If you are available from 6:30-9:00 pm on Thursday evenings from late May
birthday, anniversary or other          until the end of August and would like to help coach a team, or are interested
special occasion, consider asking       in joining the committee to help organize the league, please call Joanne
your friends and loved ones to          O’Connor at 905-542-2694 ext. 2243.
make a donation to Community
Living Mississauga instead. It is       The “Rep League” team enjoys playing against other teams in the community
the gift that will truly make a         so if you play on a team and would like to arrange a game against our “Rep
difference!                             Team”, please call Lisa Kitchener at 905 542-2694 ext. 2246.

2011 has been another exciting year for the Employment Resource Centre and Job Path at Community Living
Mississauga. We are proud to announce new partnerships and applaud current relationships that have strengthened
over the past year. We would like to sincerely thank all of the employers who have demonstrated commitment to
partnerships which have enabled ongoing growth and the promotion of inclusion for individuals supported by
Community Living Mississauga.

Community Living Mississauga would like to give special mention to the following employers for 2011:

AMC Courtney Park Drive                Little Caesars                         Starbucks
110 Courtney Park Dr.                  Bloor St.                              189 Rathburn Rd. W.
Sarah Medeiros                         Sangeeta Dahaiya                       Joanne Loewen

Aramark                                Loblaws Superstore                     Swiss Chalet
5100 Dixie Rd.                         3045 Mavis Rd.                         6430 Erin Mills Parkway
Maggie McDonell                        O’Neal Brown                           Zain Raza/Manny Azar

Athlete’s World                        McDonald’s                             Tim Hortons
100 City Centre Dr.                    2965 Eglinton Ave. W.                  475 Courtney Park Dr. E.
Dave Nascimento                        Ian Campbell/Grace Selvanadham         Nancy Osberg

Blockbuster                            Milestones                             Tim Hortons
Rathburn Rd. E.                        Heartland Centre                       3285 Derry Rd. W.
Sana Deek                              John Baker                             Steve Nicholson

Bluenotes                              Panera Bread                           Tim Hortons
Square One                             Square One                             6677 Meadowvale Town Centre
Lena Mandaglio                         Bob Way                                Saffi Syed /Steve Nicholson

Boston Pizza                           Real Canadian Superstore               Winners
2915 Eglinton Ave.                     Argentia Rd.                           3135 Argentia Rd.
Mark Ritchie                           Rita Johnson                           Sean Blackwood

Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch               Shoppers Drug Mart                     Winners
1865 Lakeshore Rd.                     Rockwood Mall                          Rockwood Mall
Michelle Millette                      Arthur Cheung/Anil Aggarwal            Ian Kelly-Boxe

Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch               Sport Chek

4559 Hurontario St.                    Heartland Town Centre
Hamza Ehmad                            Jenny Richards

South Common
Loretta Hendrickson
                                       3235 Dundas St. W.
                                       Jody Wessel
                      FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL

                         LEGENDS: NORVAL MORRISSEAU
                            AND WOODLAND ARTISTS
                                      Through April 8th
                                    McMichael Art Gallery
                        Admission: Adults - $15, Students/Seniors - $12
                                       (905) 893-1121

Through March (Weather Permitting)       THEATRE PRESENTS:                  PRESENTS: STEEL
1- Burnhamthorpe Community Centre        ANNE OF GREEN GABLES               MAGNOLIAS
2- Celebration Square                    February 17-18 and 23-25 at 8 pm   March 22-24 and 29-31 at 8 pm
3- Woodhurst Heights Park                February 19, 25 and 26 at 2 pm     March 25 at 2 pm
(905) 615-46100                          Meadowvale Theatre                 Maja Prentice Theatre
Admission: FREE                          Admission:                         Admission:                       Adults: $24.50                     Adults: $20
                                         Students/Seniors: $22.50           Students/Seniors: $17
THE MISSISSAUGA                      
FESTIVAL CHOIR PRESENT:                  (905) 615-4720                     (647) 858-2153
February 4                               MISSISSAUGA POPS CONCERT GLENN GROVES - ALL I HAVE
Eden United Church                       BAND PRESENT: TV POPS    March 24 - Clarkson Pump
Admission:                               March 3                            April 6 - Cuchullainn's Irish Pub
Adults $20                               Meadowvale Theatre                 April 13 - Lucy's Seafood Kitchen         Admission:                         Admission:
                                         Adults: $20                        FREE
                                         Students/Seniors: $18    
                                                                            GREEN LIVING SHOW
                                         NATIONAL HOME SHOW/                April 13-15
                                                                            Direct Energy Centre
                                         CANADA BLOOMS                      Admission (subject to change):
                                         March 16-25                        Adults:$12
                                         Direct Energy Centre               Seniors: $9
                                         Admission:                         Youth (13 - 17): $9
                                         Adults:$20                         Children 12 yrs. & under: FREE
                                         Seniors: $17             
                                         Youth (13 - 17): $16               (416) 360-0044 ext. 327
                                         Children 12 yrs. & under: FREE
                                         (416) 644-5460

UPCOMING FAMILY WORKSHOPS                                                         EMPLOYEE
5 Meets to a Future Plan - Provides      Dates: Wednesday, January 18th, or       UNITED WAY
parents with an interactive                     Wednesday, March 21st
opportunity to develop a plan for the                                             CAMPAIGN
future of their son or daughter who      Place: Community Living
has a disability. Parents who                   Mississauga                       EXCEEDS
participate must be prepared to                 6695 Millcreek Drive, #1
attend all six sessions and complete     Time 6:30 – 8:30 pm
questionnaires and assignments.          RSVP: Sue Taggart at
                                                                                  We would like to thank everyone
                                                905-542-2694 ext. 2312
                                                                                  who participated in Community
“5 Meets” is best suited for families
                                                                                  Living Mississauga’s 2011
with sons or daughters over the age      Wills & Trusts and Financial
                                                                                  United Way Employee Campaign.
of 18. Participation is limited          Planning- A great opportunity to
to a maximum of 8 families.              learn how to establish a specialized
                                                                                  Together, we raised a grand total
                                         will that ensures your son/daughter’s
                                                                                  of $11,557.58 - exceeding our
Winter session starts on January         future is as secure as possible along
                                                                                  goal of $11,500.
17th.                                    with information on how to fund
                                         your son/daughter’s trust fund.
                                                                                  Special thanks go out to the
Topics include: Wills and Trusts,
                                                                                  various teams and individuals
ODSP, RSMC, living arrangements,         Guest Speakers:
                                                                                  who took the time to organize
developing and managing the budget,
                                                                                  and participate in our Sub Day,
setting goals and circles of support.    Craig Ross, Pallett Valo LLP
                                                                                  E-Bay Day, Bake Sale, 50/50
                                         Michael Parris, Financial Planner
                                                                                  Draw, Casual Days and Book
Place: Community Living
       Mississauga                       Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
       6695 Millcreek Drive, #1          Time: To be confirmed
                                                                                  In fact, the money raised during
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm                     Place: Community Living
                                                                                  the campaign will be helping
RSVP: Sue Taggart at                            Mississauga
                                                                                  Community Living Mississauga.
       905-542-2694 ext. 2312                   6695 Millcreek Drive, #1
                                                                                  The United Way of Peel
                                         RSVP: 905-542-2694 ext. 2400
                                                                                  Region helps fund many of our
Planning for Your Child’s Future -
                                                                                  organization's summer programs
For parents with children who have       Power of Attorney & Guardianship -
                                                                                  for children and youth.
a disability, future planning is a       A great opportunity to learn more
more complex process than it may         about the similarities and differences
be for others. It involves looking at    between power of attorney and
day opportunities, housing, networks     guardianship.
of support and estate planning.
                                         Guest Speaker:
Support and Trustee Advisory
Services has developed a workbook        Craig Ross, Pallett Valo LLP
which helps parents with future
planning for their child who has a       Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
disability. This seminar will focus on   Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
the workbook and assisting parents       Place: 6695 Millcreek Drive, #1
in beginning the planning process.       RSVP:     905-542-2694 ext. 2400

Community Living Mississauga is          created specific to the individual’s     such resources are: Community Day
offering Planning Services for           needs, interests and goals. This is a    Programs, College Programs,
parents whose sons or daughters are      great opportunity for families to        Employment Supports, Life Skills
in their final year at school and are    prepare for one of the most              Enhancement Programs and Respite
looking ahead at the transition          significant times in their son or        Options.
process from school to community         daughter’s life and also for changes
day living.                              that adult life may bring.               If your son or daughter is in their
                                                                                  final year at school and you would be
Families will have the opportunity       The planning process helps families      interested in meeting with a planner
to meet one-to-one with a planner        think creatively to identify how their   please contact your Service
who will assist with creating a plan     son or daughter would like to spend      Coordinator or Raheem Awan
for their son or daughter’s continued    their day and also is an opportunity     (905) 542-2694 ext. 2441.
community participation after            for them to become familiar with
graduation from school.                  community resources available to
Each plan is person-directed and is      their son or daughter. Examples of

 Sibling Workshops are offered to a      Workshops will be held from 5 to 8       There is a $10 fee per session,
 brother or sister who has a sibling     pm, generally on the 3rd Monday of       which covers the cost of dinner,
 who has an intellectual disability.     each month. The location of the          refreshments and arts and crafts.
 We are offering sessions in the         workshop rotates between Brampton
 winter and spring for children          and Mississauga. Children are able       To inquire or register for the
 between seven and 11 years of age.      to register for any of the sessions      workshop please call Melanie at
                                         regardless of where they reside.         Kerry’s Place at 905-855-4984 ext.
 The workshops are held in a safe                                                 200.
 place and structured environment
 and are intended to support children                                             Mississauga Location
 with sharing their experiences,                                                  January 16, March 19, May 14
 learning about different disabilities                                            6695 Millcreek Dr., Unit 1
 and meeting new people. This                                                     *please confirm this address with
 workshop is offered in partnership                                               Melanie when you register*
 with Brampton Caledon Community
 Living, Kerry’s Place Autism                                                     Brampton Location
 Services, Treatment, Research &                                                  February 13, April 16, June 18
 Education for Autism and                                                         19 Rutherford Rd S Unit B
 Developmental Disorders (TRE-
 ADD) and Community Living

        Thursday, March 8, 2012  Le Treport Convention Centre
    Order you tickets today by calling Sara Dias at 905-542-2694, ext 2248


          1 - 6695 Millcreek Drive
         Mississauga, ON L5N 5R8

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