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Our Journey So Far

It has been a productive and exciting year for the Next Chapter Book Club.

Our goal for the year was to expand the program and to create more community awareness.

We began by starting a Facebook page to share our ongoing activity and create interest using a new method.  We also reached out by distributing posters to libraries, schools, and bookstores.  In May, we increased our membership by establishing a new book club at new local café. In October, our program coordinator, 2 volunteer facilitators, and 4 book club members traveled to Chicago to attend the first conference on adult literacy in Chicago called The Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond. The conference allowed us to share what we have been achieving in our community and also helped affirm what it means to create a supportive and inclusive environment.

This year, NCBC launched our first fundraising project where we commissioned a local artist to create illustrations for a story written by one of our book club members. Along with the story titled, The Next Chapter, we also sold t-shirts to promote NCBC in the community. This fundraising project gave us the opportunity to appear on CTV Morning Live and CTV News at Noon to gain awareness for the program. The Next Chapter Book Club was also featured on the CBC’s morning radio show where members shared their thoughts and feelings about being in a book club.

CBC The Morning Edition Sask – The Next Chapter Book Club

With the added exposure, we were able to fill 3 volunteer facilitator positions and we are already looking into the possibility of starting another book club in January.  The Next Chapter Book Club is growing; we have seen reading improvements from many of our members, as well as increased social connection and community inclusion.  The Next Chapter Book Club has made an impact on the lives of the individuals involved and has also impacted the community. We are excited to continue to grow and develop the program in the New Year.

Eve Reed – NCBC Coordinator

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Jack’s Heat

Have an extra 15 minutes today?  Need a smile on your face this Sunday afternoon?  Want to feel inspired?  Then you have to watch this story about Jack and his teammates.  I think it is extremely important to share stories like these, not only because they are heart warming, but also because the more people that recognize what being inclusive looks like the more people will attempt to create these inclusive environments.  Let’s make these stories ordinary instead of extraordinary so that one day everyone can gain the confidence that Jack gained and feel those moments of joy and belonging.

Congratulations Jesse!

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the technology survey.  As promised, a winner of an iPad mini was picked.  Congratulations to Jesse McGowan!

Jesse had the chance to pick up his brand new iPad from the RDACL office today and was over joyed at being chosen as the winner!  Jesse, an avid music lover, is going to fill his iPad with all of his favourite songs and cannot wait to be able to listen to them!  Jesse is also apart of our Next Chapter Book Club programs and is excited to bring it with him so that he can look up meanings of words, pictures, and even have the e-book on his iPad if he can!  The first thing Jesse was going to do is get his team leader Matt to help him set up his email, teach him how to send text messages and take pictures!

Have fun!

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Good Food for a Good Cause

The fourth annual Lobster Fest is just around the corner!

Flown in fresh from Nova Scotia.

Limited number of tickets!

All proceeds will support the ongoing programs of the Regina & District Association for Community Living.

To purchase tickets contact mainrdacl@sasktel.net, or call the office at 306-790-5680

Wanted: Awesome people making a difference!

The Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and organizations that increase opportunities for community members who have an intellectual disability to contribute in a real and meaningful way to life in our society.  We need your help finding those people!  Please take a few minutes to fill out our nominations form so we can recognize the people who make our community better!

Check out the following awards and see if there is someone you know who fits the description!  Nomination form is below.

Real Work Award

Is given to employers who have employed persons who have an intellectual disability, have a positive attitude and willingness to provide appropriate supports, and promote inclusive employment practices.

Citizenship Award

is given to an individual or an organization for specific contributions that have demonstrated a positive impact on the lives of persons who have an intellectual disability.

Community Award

Is given to an individual or an organization for significant efforts to create greater awareness, acceptance, and understanding of persons with an intellectual disability.

Distinguished Membership Award

is given to an individual who has made a sustained commitment with demonstrated positive impact on the lives of persons with an intellectual disability.

 

Earls East Goes Above and Beyond

When businesses or people put up their hand to help a good cause there is usually one of two things that happen:

1) They do exactly what the cause asks of them.

2) The businesses or people go above an beyond what the cause is asking for.

Without question Jim Demeray and his team at Earls East in Regina would fall into the second category.  When asked to help out the Best Buddies program and join our Toast To Friendship campaign in March, there was no question, Jim was going to make it happen.  So throughout the month of March Earls East and it’s great team of employees supported the program and a donation was made at the month. See number one (above).

Once the month was over I was approached by Jim and he wanted to do MORE for the Best Buddies program.  So he offered up his restaurant, his team, and hosted a group of Buddies for a tour of the restaurant and lunch.  Buddies got a chance to make their own drinks, see how the kitchen works, and pick whatever they wanted on the menu!

It was such an awesome afternoon and we’re lucky that a good friend was able to capture some of it on video!  Check it out and try not to smile!

Congratulation to Campus for All Students

Campus For All is a four-year Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) experience for adults with an intellectual disability. This initiative provides opportunities for individuals to audit classes, improve literacy and establish social connections with fellow students. Campus For All students attend classes, participate in campus activities, make friends, prepare for the work world, and enjoy the same opportunities as their post-secondary peers.

On April 29, 2013 Campus for All students celebrated another successful academic year at the Year End Showcase!

Please click the image below to see the clip of the event.

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Best Buddies Reviews East Side Marios

We know it’s April and Best Buddies month was in March but here the RDACL we just can’t get enough of Best Buddies!  We are going to feature each restaurant that helped us out with our March fundraiser: A Toast to Friendship. Our first restaurant to be featured is:

East Side Marios
2060 Prince of Wales Drive
(306) 775-2525
http://www.eastsidemarios.com/

The buddy pair was given an East Side Marios gift card and a set of questions to answer during their meal… here’s what they came up with!  A huge thank you goes out to East Side Marios for supporting Best Buddies!East Side Marios Food Review

Sasktel announces $500,000 in support of community living

We are very pleased to share with you that as of February 26th, SaskTel has received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to allocate its entire deferral account of $1.54M to fund initiatives that improve the accessibility of telecommunications to persons with disabilities.  Half of this amount will be allocated to the RDACL.

The RDACL is extremely grateful and excited to work together with members of SaskTel and groups throughout Saskatchewan on this project.  On behalf of the board, a huge thank you is extended to all of those instrumental in making this a possibility for the RDACL.  We look forward to the next three years and are excited to get to work!

 

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For the full copy PDF version of the press release please click here:

Sasktel Press Release

“Read All About It” with Chapters and Best Buddies

What a perfect way to start the month of March …

Yesterday I spent my afternoon at the annual “Read All About It” event that is put on by Chapters/Indigo and Best Buddies.  Best Buddies Canada have partnered with Chapters/Indigo locations across the country to create an event that celebrates friendship and inclusion. This was the 5th year that the event has been held.  Throughout the afternoon there were readings by buddy pairs, special guests, and live performances.

Regina’s “Read All About It” event featured a special award of recognition presented by the honourable Ralph Goodale to the University of Regina and the LeBoldus High School Best Buddies chapters for their continued work in the community:

Read All About It Regina Provincial Recognition

 

Mayor Michael Fougere also joined the event and shared a few words about friendship on behalf of the city of Regina:

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Danielle de Graauw from CTV Morning Show was also present as one of our special guests and shared a very personal and heartfelt insight into why friendship is so important:

Danielle de Graauw Read All About It

A Buddy pair from Regina take to the podium to read one of their favourite poems about friendship:

Buddy pair reading

One of our Buddies and a co-facilitator of the Wednesday night Next Chapter Book Club shares a reading on the importance of friendship as our special guests listen intently:

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Once the formal part of the event concluded, everyone was invited to have snacks, visit, and roam the bookstore to shop.  Even better, buddy pairs who registered for the event were given gift cards to Chapters and searched for a book to share together.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and we look forward to seeing you next year!  Remember: March is Best Buddies month so if you have a great story about friendship or a fond memory from your time with the Best Buddies program please feel free to contact us or leave comments below!