Well, it is now February 2, 2016, Happy Groundhog Day. Time seems to go so quickly with so many exiting goings on at PCL. As we move forward each year provides us with a new and exciting opportunity and a chance to review our past successes. 2015 saw the move of the ladies from the Casey home into the Jacqueline home where they no longer have to climb stairs and have a much more accessible home including a fabulous pool which they and others supported by PCL enjoyed quite a bit over the summer. With that move we were then able to increase our supports and add 4 children to our community. They moved into the Casey home and the staff have been working hard and doing a terrific job supporting them in their daily and community activities. Catherine J transitioned into a long term care facility which could better meet her needs and based on my last visit with her she is doing very well and enjoying this environment. We also lost Veronica C. to Alzheimer’s disease in December and I can never ever thank the staff team and the other individuals supported in this home along with their families for the tremendous support and resilience they showed through a very challenging time.
In January we welcomed Deb B. into the Jacqueline home to become a new member of the ladies of Jacqueline. She is adjusting to her new home and housemates and they are enjoying each others company. At the end of March we will welcome two young men into the Stanwood home, Brandon and Sam who will become our newest members of the PCL community. With this change we are able to increase our supports in this home and make a family environment for the two men.
PCL is also enlarging our room at the Core Sports and Recreation Complex in order to improve our day activities and increase our space. This means that we will no longer be crowded in a small room but have space and opportunity to support more people in an active and healthy day activity. We continue to receive much praise and support for this program in the community and have seen many of the people we support gain new skills and confidence in both physical activities and brain game activities.
We are also very excited to begin our Computer Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with the school boards and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Our new employee Maria will be working with students from the two school boards to teach them computer skills which could assist them in obtaining employment or volunteer placements in their future.
In partnership with six other parallel agencies in our community, PCL is once again participating in the Pledge to End Bullying Campaign. April will focus on Abilities and this is the month we are sponsoring. We will be choosing one individual supported, ,from all the agencies, to be in a CTV televsion commercial about bullying and standing up to bullying. This person will be an “Upstander” and share their story. As well, one person from PCL will be highlighted on the CTV, pledge to end bullying and other websites in a short vignette highlighting their gifts to the community. I am accepting stories this week and the final decision will be up to the committee and the CTV partners.
There are a few events that are coming up for the year as well that i will highlight briefly:
We have been invited to attend a Pancake Tuesday Mardi Gras Event at St. Francis Church on Feburary 9th, Gayle R. at Blueridge has been coordinating this. Thank Gayle, sounds like it will be a fun time
Our Annual Golf Tournament is set for June 24th so save the date and;
We will be holding a Tribute Singers event on July 9th as a PCL Fundraiser thanks to Kara R. (from Monarch) and the PCL fundraising committee.