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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

Eve Reed & Nicole Behr

Eve Reed & Nicole Behr

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

Keep it Simple, Start With Hi

I have always been a firm believer that simple is usually better.  Why make things convoluted, complicated, and intimidating when they are really quite simple? So for me, being an advocate is simple.  Being an advocate doesn’t have to mean planning elaborate fundraisers, sitting through long meetings, or volunteering vast amounts of your time.  To me, being an advocate is simple. That is why I love Community Living BC’s new initiative called Start With Hi

This initiative interviewed six different individuals who all had different reasons of why feeling comfortable in their community is important.  To see the six individual videos please check out the website here.

To get an overview of what this initiative is all about please take a minute to watch the video below and then next time you’re out in the community where you might not know someone, start with hi!