A u n t L e a h ’s N e w s
February 28 2010
Aunt Leah’s goes to the
The month of February was packed full of for the Deaf has worked with Aunt Leah’s
Olympic activities for the participants of Aunt throughout the last few years and has had many
Leah’s. Through Kids Up Front and the Vancouver of its students participate in Aunt Leah’s Training
Olympic Organizing Committee, Aunt Leah’s Programs.
received 100 tickets to send its’ current and past
participants to some Olympic events! On Feb 20th 20 participants and staff were able
to see a Men’s Preliminary Hockey match
One special participant of our Support Link between Switzerland and Norway. There was a
Program was able to go with his Support Worker lot of interest in this event by the youth and
and see the Opening Ceremonies Dress families that we work with. One youth who
Rehearsal. The youth reported that it was a pretty attended the curling event caught the Olympic
Inside this amazing ceremony to see live. fever and was wearing an all red outfit. Everyone
issue: was impressed with where the tickets were when
On Feb 16th Aunt Leah’s was able to send 20 they arrived to the game (lower bowl behind one
Aunt Leah’s 1 participants and staff to a women’s qualifying of the benches) but were even more
goes to the curling match. Some of the youth were skeptical impressed with how great the hockey game was.
Olympics! about curling. But after witnessing the crowds at
the event we think they are converted to die hard Aunt Leah’s also received tickets to two victory
curling fans. Aunt Leah’s was happy to provide ceremonies.
the Vancouver School for the Deaf with a set of
tickets for a class to go to this event. The School Continue on Page 3...
ILFFY (Independent Living for Families and Youth)
Aunt Leah’s ILFFY Program operates every On Feb 24th we were happy to have Pivot Legal
Wednesday evening out of our New Westminster Resources present a workshop on their services
Retail 2 office. These workshops are provided on and provide the youth with information on
Wednesdays for all of our residents in our navigating the legal system.
Training Support Link Program and Aunt Leah’s House.
The month of February was focused on informing Coming up in March we will be focusing on the
our young people about their legal resources. Environment. Our in house David Suzuki
enthusiast and environmental expert, Candice
Cooking Club 2 On Feb 3rd we welcomed Youthco Aids Society. Lander, will be providing two workshops designed
They lead a workshop on Sexual Self Esteem. to enlighten, empower and educate our youth on
being ambassadors of the earth.
On the 10th Jim Mandelin from John Howard
Society came in a spoke about his own In addition, our own Angelina Oates, World Host
experience with the justice system. The youth instructor extraordinaire, will be leading the World
Aunt Leah’s 3 attending the workshop were captivated by Jim’s Host Workshop (formally known as Superhost).
updated story and experiences. This Provincially recognized workshop is designed
Website! to provide certification in Customer Service and
On Feb 17th Cameray Child and Family Services the Tourism Industry.
provided the youth with information about their
Aunt Leah’s News Page 2
Aunt Leah’s Retail Training Program
Aunt Leah’s Retail Training Program will be 675 S.E. Marine Drive (at the corner of
starting it’s next 12 week session on April 1st Society helps prevent
Fraser and Marine) in Vancouver. Training
and is currently accepting students. The Retail shifts are on Thursdays, Fridays and children in foster care
Training Program is a pre- employment from becoming
Saturdays. Students receive a training
program for youth. This program works with
the participants to learn valuable lifeskills to allowance for their training hours. Homeless, and mothers
obtain and keep employment as well as the in need from losing
practical skills needed to work in the retail Interested individuals can find out more about
custody of their
industry. The program is designed to build the Aunt Leah’s Retail Training Program by going
student’s confidence and work with them on to our website www.auntleahs.org or you can children. To support
how to present themselves professionally and contact our Training Program Coordinator, them on their journey of
in interview situations. Graduates of the
Angelina Oates at 604-264-7238. self-sufficiency, we
program will leave with excellent customer
service skills, a reference and a World Host provide supported
certificate. Program graduates have shown housing, job training
success in obtaining employment and
motivation to go back to school for additional
and coaching on
training. essential life skills.
The Retail Training Program operates out of
Aunt Leah’s Thrift Store which is located at
Aunt Leah’s Cooking Club Program “Some People like
Aunt Leah’s Cooking Club Program will be start- to paint pictures,
The venue for the Cooking Club is the kitchen
ing it’s next 12 week session on March 31st.
Aunt Leah’s Cooking Club Program
located at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in or do gardening or
Kitsilano. The Cooking Club operates in part-
operates out of St. Mark’s Anglican Church nership with St. Mark’s Community Meal. On build a boat in the
located at 1805 Larch Street (and W. 2nd Ave) Thursdays at 12 noon. St. Mark’s welcomes
in Vancouver. It is a 12 week program designed the community to come and enjoy a free basement. Other
to provide students with some basic cooking
skills as well as experience preparing food in an
meal. The customers range from the elderly,
working poor, homeless and the isolated. The
people get a
industry style kitchen. Our goal is to teach
students how to prepare various meals (from
Cooking Club is responsible for preparing the tremendous
meal. Our Students work with our chef at pre-
scratch) including vegetarian dishes. The paring a main course meal and a vegetarian pleasure out of
emphasis will be on good-tasting quality food, option for 100 people. In addition their will be
frugal food cost, and good nutrition. add on menu items specifically for the stu- the kitchen,
dents to prepare based on their interest and
Trainers follow a set curriculum but also available time of the program. The Cooking
customize the program for each student based
on their strengths and abilities and ensure that
Club hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays is just as creative
from 9am – 12 noon. Lunch is provided for
reasonable accommodations are made
whenever possible to accommodate those
the students. and imaginative
students with disabilities. Students will leave Interested individuals can contact Sarah an activity as
the program with experience in food Stewart at 604-525-1204 ext 223 to find out
preparation, kitchen safety and sanitation, food
more about Aunt Leah’s Cooking Club.
drawing or wood
safety and a set of recipes to prepare at home.
Upon successful completion of the program, carving or music.”
students will be invited to attend a graduation
ceremony and provided with a reference from -Julia Child
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Aunt Leah’s Goes to the Olympics Cont. from page 1
A group our participants were able to see youth were also treated to a performance by
Christine Nesbitt receive her gold medal for INXS.
her short track speed skating race. Aunt
Leah’s youth sure know how to sing Oh It was exciting to watch the youth and families
Canada! They were then treated to a perform- connected to Aunt Leah’s get caught up in the An Individual’s
ance by the popular band “Hedley”. Olympic Fever. It was a once in a lifetime artistic/soulful
experience and something that they will
On Feb 24th Aunt Leah’s crew were able to remember for the rest of their lives. Aunt centre must be
attend the Awards Ceremony at BC Place Leah’s was honoured to be a part of it.
when Clara Hughes received her bronze medal
for her Long Track Speed Skating Race. The appreciated.
Aunt Leah’s Website has been updated!
Aunt Leah’s Society has recently updated it’s website! You can view it at www.auntleahs.org -One of Aunt Leah’s
New features on our website are:
• List of ILFFY Workshops for the month.
• Aunt Leah’s Video
• Aunt Leah’s quarterly Newsletter
• Upcoming events
• Youth resource section
• Detailed program information
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