It was a very sad day that I received the call from Shirley - Amy had died that morning. I was struck dumb. I didn't have words to express what I felt ... indeed, didnt know exactly what I felt.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Good day to you folks!
Summer seems to have come and gone in an instant. PLAYSENSE was busy - youths, teens, young adults and older adults coming and going. We had a blast!
~5 weeks of camp - 2 for teens, 3 for youths
~visits from various folks/critters (drummers, pianists, cross-Canada cyclists, frogs, snakes and a friendly beetle)
~we also went to visit Lea at the Enabling gardens (an absolute must see!)
~painting my car
~swimming at HCH pool
...and many other great games and activities!
Other newsworthy notes:
Shelldale Centre is expanding, with Community Health moving into the extension. You all have been very patient with the construction that has made access to PLAYSENSE more and more difficult
In addition to expanding, they have had to change PLAYSENSE a bit (we lost our window :( ) and I wanted to thank you all, again, for bearing with us as that has happened!
Shelldale Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a big picnic. HUGE turnout. Ive never been to their yearly bbq's, but they know how to throw them! The Shelldale's framework is truly unique and very person-centred ... I commend them for the work they do. The value of community initiative is concretely displayed in this very unique centre.
Pictures to follow of the Summer of '011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Good afternoon folks! Wanted to send a quick invite to PLAYSENSE's Easter Eggs-travaganza! Come out for an egg hunt, some crafts and some free play from 11am-2pm on Monday, April 25th. If you cant make it, be sure to check out this website for a bunch of Easter printables, crafts, and ideas!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Just a quick FYI for all those folks who loved Karen C.'s ShakeItUp! program. She will be running a 6 week session starting the first week of May. It will be a group geared to the teens and will be located at Bulldog Fitness (corner of Grange and Victoria).
More info as I get it!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Kimberley here, just writing a few thoughts about UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
For those who don't know, the UN created an AdHoc committee to draft and publish a convention outlining the rights of folks with disabilities. Countries are encouraged to read and sign their approval. However, it doesn't stop there; countries have the responsibility to do an internal review to ensure that, as a nation, we uphold the tenants of this convention. Thus, after the review is completed, and any changes needed are made, that country is said to have 'ratified' their signature to the convention. A record number of countries attended and signed the convention on the date of its release (thankfully, I'm proud to say) Canada was there representing us! I am some what perturbed, though, at how long it took Canada to ratify this convention: 19 days shy of three years!!!!!!!! Numerous other countries ratified much before we did, and not just the countries you might expect - sure, some of the leading edge European countries (i.e. Belgium, Denmark and Sweden) beat us, but so too did other nations (i.e. Algeria, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Iran and Rwanda) and that is just to name a few! 81 nations were able to ratify before we did!
What is behind the major delay in ratification? Canada was a large player in the drafting and wording of the convention - some key peices are uniquely Canadian! It just doesn't make sense. However, in understanding that by ratifying, Canada is agreeing to abide by the principles and to make ongoing progress towards a more inclusive and accessable society. Infact, we will be held accountable, scruntinuzed by other nations and the UN . My hunch is that beaurocracy got caught up in the "what if"s" ... what if we have to make complete overhauls? what if we are called to task about unemployment and housing nightmares that folks with disabilities currently face. Must be scary knowing everything can now change and that stepping on the disenfranchised will now be recognised for what it is.
All that said, Canada did ratify - with much pomp and arrogance, but I shall leave my rants for another time - on March 11, 2010. With ratification in place, there can now be higher expectations of this great nation we live in! Folks with differing abilities are better positioned to demand access to services and inclusive practices that have, traditionally, been unwelcoming and inaccessable. To this end, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living have drafted a working paper to help spark dialogue about making real and meaningful changes in Canada to better align ourselves with the components of the Convention.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: Canada ratified convention, but included a Declaration and Reservation - put simply, a disclaimer about a few peices that they interpreted to mean certain things (i.e. the use of supportive or substitute decision makers) and how Canada will or will not come in line with this interpretation (i.e. if the Convention is to be read that these alternative decision makers will be eliminated, in Canada we will reserve the right to appoint persons in certain and specific cases). I wonder if this is one specific scenerio that was holding up the process and as a compromise or as a solution, they made a stated reservation/ammendment? how Canada stands on this issue? Im curious.
Also interesting is that Canada chose not to sign, let alone ratify, the Optional Protocol to the convention....you know, the peice that allows for complaints to be filed and an enquiry to ensue, and actions to be taken. Hmmmmmmmmm
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
PLAYSENSE had a successful march break camp - at capacity each day and lots of smiles and laughter from the participants! One of the grand adventures was our DrumFIT class, depicted above, where we had a blast and got some exercise! In picture below is little Ava enjoying a bounce on an athletic ball with her SKIC worker Sara!