Annual General Meeting 2018

The Board of Directors of Reena, Reena Foundation & Batay Reena invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday, July 17, 2018 | 7pm
Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre
927 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill, ON L4J 8G6

Election of Directors
Approval of Financial Statements
Presentation of Awards

RSVP by Friday, July 6, 2018 by clicking here.

ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival

May 30 – June 4, 2018
ReelAbilities Toronto Event Listing

About ReelAbilities Toronto
In 2016, the American-born ReelAbilities Film festival crossed the border and launched in Toronto, Ontario, making this the first official international chapter of RAFF.

At RAFFTO, we are proud to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

Over the past 3 years, RAFFTO has launched programs alongside producing the festival in the spring of each year. Programs such as the ReelAccess/CinemAccessible Guide and the CBC-ReelAbilities Breaking Barriers Film  Fund have helped build this Toronto festival into a mainstay of the city’s disability and cinematic fabric!

To learn more click here.

Reena Congratulates Tamir on receiving a $5.1M Ontario Grant

Reena congratulates Tamir on receiving a $5.1M Ontario Grant to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities in Ottawa area

April 16, 2018 – Thornhill, ON – Tamir, Reena’s sister agency in Ottawa, was awarded a $5.1M grant from the Government of Ontario to launch their Integrated Living Centre (ILC), a ground-breaking Ottawa project that will expand and transform delivery of services for people with developmental disabilities.

The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West Nepean on behalf of the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Community and Social Services (MCSS), announced the funding support for the Integrated Living Centre (ILC), in a press conference today at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre in the heart of the Jewish community campus.

The ILC modelled after the innovative Reena Community Residence in Vaughan, will provide a variety of supportive housing and other services to people with developmental disabilities, within a fully inclusive environment under one roof, in a partnership between the Tamir Foundation, Jewish Family Services and March of Dimes.

Bryan Keshen, President and CEO of Reena stated : ““it was an honour and pleasure to be there as part of the announcement and seeing Tamir’s tremendous creativity and hard work being recognized. We look forward to seeing many more similar announcements.”

Reena would like to thank Minister Helena Jaczeck, former Minister of MCSS and the Government of Ontario for their initial funding of the Intentional Community Consortium (ICC) a group consisting of 15 non-profit community-based agencies, led by Reena, dedicated to helping meet the housing and support needs of persons with developmental disabilities.  Minister Michael Coteau and the entire Ottawa Caucus worked tirelessly to ensure that affordable housing with supports for those with developmental disabilities would be built in the Ottawa area serving a tremendous need.

“We will deliver uplifting and affordable care and inclusion for persons with developmental and other disabilities, and this will be integrated within the heart of the Jewish community and campus,” said Richard Zuker, chair of the Tamir Board of Directors, who also expressed his appreciation to Minister Chiarelli and the MCSS.  Mr. Zuker also extended thanks to Reena, Tamir’s sister organization based in Toronto, and the Intentional Community Consortium for their support with the project.

Reena is looking forward to working with other agencies across in the Province in the expanding ICC to create more affordable housing for those with developmental disabilities and is looking forward to additional funding from government to support this, especially at our new community residence, in the planning stages, in Thornhill.

About Reena
Reena promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values. Reena was established in 1973 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a practical alternative to institutions. Since that time Reena has grown to provide support for 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

More information: reena.org
Contact: info@reena.org
t: (905) 889.6484

More Special Needs Services and Supports for Children and Youth

Ontario Invests in New Children’s Treatment Centre to Better Support Kids and Families

Office of the Premier Newsroom Bulletin

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Oakville today to open a new facility at ErinoakKids, Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre for children and youth with special needs. The new ErinoakKids facility, along with two additional new buildings in Mississauga and Brampton, will double the centre’s space and provide more care to children and youth in Ontario with special needs.

The three new facilities will consolidate 10 existing spaces into modern, state-of-the-art buildings, making it easier for families to access the care they need, minimize travel and ease the anxiety of finding the right place for the right care. ErinoakKids helps more than 16,000 children and youth living with physical, intellectual, developmental, and communication disabilities, including autism, every year.

Children, youth and their families will benefit from more responsive and coordinated services, including stimulating therapeutic playrooms and multi-sensory rooms, an audiology area for hearing aid fitting and dispensing, a family resource centre to support parents and caregivers, and a youth drop-in.

The government is also investing more than $300 million in new funding over three years to add 2,000 new teachers, specialized support staff and education workers to help eliminate wait lists for special education assessments, as well as an additional $62 million in the Ontario Autism Program.

Making sure children and youth with special needs can get the right supports to reach their full potential is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and easier access to affordable child care.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has invested $163 million in the construction of the three new ErinoakKids facilities in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton.
  • In 2017–18, the province invested $630 million in programs and services for children and youth with special needs and their families.
  • The $62 million toward autism supports in Budget 2018 is in addition to the more than $500 million over five years already provided to expand and improve services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • To improve special education services in schools and eliminate waitlists for assessments, Ontario is investing more than $300 million in new funding over three years.
  • Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is helping children and youth with special needs get the services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood.
  • As part of the Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $1.8 billion over three years to expand services for adults living with developmental disabilities.

To read the full bulletin from the Ontario Newsroom click here.

Program Closure Notice

Due to the weather Reena’s Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre Day Programs, Older Adults Program and Developing Work Connections will be closed today, Monday April 16, 2018.

Pathways and Channels North will remain open for Fee for Service individuals or people that live at the Reena Community Residence.

Pathways and Channels South will remain open for Fee for Service individuals only.

Please note Reena’s Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre will have limited staff available for individuals who live with their families and need to attend programs.

Training’s are closed.

Outreach Programs scheduled for this evening are also closed.

Spotlight on Transformation – April 2018

The April 2018 edition of “Spotlight on Transformation” is available. This bulletin is provided by the Ministry of Community & Social Services and covers the developmental services transformation.

In this issue:

  • Introducing the new Minister of Community & Social Services: Michael Coteau
  • Major investments evolving Developmental Services in Ontario
  • Call for applications for funding for Family Support Networks now open

To view the bulletin click here
To view previous editions of the bulletin click here

National Volunteer Week 2018

April 15 to April 21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom!” – Volunteer Canada

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the value of volunteering”. Volunteering benefits the person receiving help, the organization and the volunteer. It builds confidence, competence, connections and community. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all our volunteers!

To learn more about volunteering at Reena click here

Why Wait: An Update of the York Region Demonstration Project Housing Models

DATE AND TIME
Mon, 11 June 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

LOCATION
Reena Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre
927 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill ON

DESCRIPTION
The Why Wait Demonstration project provided an opportunity for seven York Region individuals and their families to develop creative housing models in their own communities. Although each model was unique and based on the individuals residential Vision, the models also had several things in common:

  • 1) Each model had funding to hire a Facilitator to support the implemention of their models, their networks of support and their individualized goals.
  • 2) Each model was provided with education and funds to create a Microboard, to support the sustainability of the model.
  • 3) Each model had funding to hire staff to provide daily support.This evening is about sharing the journey of all seven families. The panel discussion will include the seven families and Brendon Pooran (lawyer that developed the Microboards). It is meant to inspire other families through story telling and the sharing of highlights, opportunities and achievements.

Partner agencies that supported this initiative included Montage Support Services and York Support Services Network. Montage provided trained staff and coordination to those families interested in the purchase of agency staff and YSSN provided the brokerage of MCSS funds.

Safe Social Media Practices: Overcoming A Fear of Social Media

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities

drawing of a person thinking about their career

Artwork provided by an individual supported by Reena.

Dear Joanna,

I am learning how to use social media tools in my job search, especially Linkedin. I’m worried about posting my photo and other personal information, and particularly concerned that my disabilities will be seen by the entire cyberspace. How do I keep my privacy on these sites? How do I handle my fear of this important job search and career tool?

Signed: Social Media Worrier

Dear SMF,

Practicing safe social media networking is the way around your concerns. Here are some suggestions from www.itservices.uchicago.edu as well as from employers with whom I interviewed in order to avoid “unwanted attention” as well as the “danger of having a false sense of anonymity and security”.

  1. Do not post inappropriate material. Be aware of who can see your pictures and comments. Think about the possible reactions of your potential employers, parents and relatives before posting. Always remember to look at the background of a picture too. Everything you write or post is permanent. Even if you can delete your account, anyone on the Internet can easily download or print the information or save it to a computer.  Think carefully before posting your personal information (our phone number, email address, home address, name and age). The web can make a strong first impression. Untag unwanted material from others, such as on Facebook. Use Google to search your name. Make sure there is nothing online that you don’t want others to see.
  2. Always use the strongest privacy account settings. All sites have this option to help you with confidentiality issues. Secure your personal information. Make your profile viewable to friends only, and not to everyone in your network.
  3. Focus on your ABILITIES, experience, qualifications, skills and education. I’ve mentioned this point in several of my blogs, and I’ll mention it again. You can prepare a social media profile that communicates your strengths, not your limitations, that target those companies and industries where you would like to work. Analyze a few profiles of professionals in your field to learn how you can showcase your experience and enthusiasm that you will bring to the job, the team and the company. Joining the groups in your industry/sector is another way to network, and learn more about your field and the people working in it.
  4. Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network. Identity thieves might create fake profiles in order to get information from you. This is known as social engineering.
  5. Be careful about installing extras on your site and delete unused widgets. Many social networking sites allow you to download third-party applications that let you do more with your personal page. Criminals sometimes use these applications in order to steal your personal information. To download and use third-party applications safely, take the same safety precautions that you take with any other program or file you download from the Web.
  6. Choose your social network carefully and only use sites with clearly stated terms of use. Evaluate the site that you plan to use and make sure you understand the privacy policy. Find out if the site monitors content that people post. Read the terms of use, and make sure they can protect the actual blogs, not just the user accounts, with password protection. (Even so, it’s better to assume anyone can see it.)

Regards: Joanna

To submit your questions and comments to this column in confidence, please email Joanna Samuels, Employment Resource Specialist at Reena. 

2018 Ontario Budget: Building a Better Future

March 29, 2018 – Thornhill, ON – Reena is very pleased that the 2018 Ontario budget provides the opportunity for citizens with developmental disabilities a better future.

Moving Forward
We congratulate the government of Ontario for tabling a budget that will afford opportunities to Ontario’s developmentally disabled citizens for a better future. The budget has created opportunities in education, employment, housing, health and in support services that moves forward and extends the opportunity for citizenship and quality of life. Reena looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister and Ministry of Community and Social Services (primary funder) and the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier and the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs to strengthen the opportunities across all relevant ministries for those with developmental disabilities over the next 3 years and beyond. 

MCSS Opportunities to Care
The proposed additional investment of $1.8 billion over the next three years in developmental services builds on the last four years of investments in the sector. Representing  the single largest investment to developmental services in the province’s history it is intended to help stabilize core services (unintended costs associated with Bill 148 , base operating inflationary pressures  )  while increasing resources to individuals and their caregivers including:

  • Expanding direct funding to Passport Program to ensure that more 40,000 eligible people with a developmental disability will receive at least $5,000 per year, providing choice and flexibility in receiving critical supports and services;
  • Supporting more than 800 people with developmental disabilities who are inappropriately housed in hospitals, long-term care homes, shelters or correctional facilities in moving into suitable safe homes in their community;
  • Encouraging innovative housing solutions at the community level that will increase residential capacity and improve in-home supports, including respite for caregivers to alleviate the challenges associated with full-time care, allowing people to live at home longer;
  • Funding increases of more than $200 million over three years to over 350 community-based agencies to continue the delivery of high-quality services and enhance the capacity of service providers, ensuring long-term sustainability of the sector.

Inter-Ministerial Opportunities
As with all citizens of Ontario, those with developmental disabilities stand to gain from many other initiatives mentioned in the budget, such as, ODSP, enhanced seniors services and funds, mental health initiatives, pharmacare, dental care and housing for vulnerable communities, to name a few.

Specifically, we anticipate that in line with the National Housing Strategy, at least 5% of the more than $1 billion invested each year in affordable housing will be allocated, with supports, to those with developmental disabilities. 

  • Over 18% of people who live in shelters have a developmental disability
  • Over 50% of those with developmental disabilities live with significant medical issues
  • Women with a developmental disability are 65% more likely to experience abuse
  • 90% of those with developmental disabilities live below the poverty line

Reena will continue to work very closely with MCSS and the other affected Ministries to ensure that those with developmental disabilities and their specific needs are taken into account as these programs are implemented and to address the ongoing needs of the Developmental Services Sector.

About Reena
Reena promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values. Reena was established in 1973 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a practical alternative to institutions. Since that time Reena has grown to provide support for 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 More information: reena.org
Contact: info@reena.org
t: (905) 889.6484

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Removing Barriers and Providing Better Care

Excerpt from Budget 2018 – Budget Papers – Chapter I

Investing in Developmental Services
Ontario is committed to building a fair society where people with developmental disabilities can live independent, healthy and inclusive lives. Over the past decade, the government has transformed the developmental services sector to better support approximately 47,000 adults with developmental disabilities through a community-based approach that enables choice and active participation in the community. To enhance continuity across the system, the government introduced supports to ease the transition from youth to adult services, so that care for families remains reliable and uninterrupted. Investments also supported tools to help families navigate available services to ensure that families can make the best informed choices for their households.

Starting in 2018, Ontario will invest an additional $1.8 billion over three years to expand services for people living with developmental disabilities, including:

  • Expanding direct funding to the Passport program to ensure that more than 40,000 eligible people with a developmental disability will receive at least $5,000 per year, providing choice and flexibility in receiving critical supports and services;
  • Providing resources for case management and planning supports that will help youth access relevant services as they transition to adulthood, including paths to postsecondary education, employment and financial resources;
  • Implementing a 24/7 emergency hotline to provide immediate support to individuals and families with urgent needs and to deploy front-line professionals to prevent crisis situations;
  • Strengthening training for police and front-line justice sector workers to identify and potentially divert individuals with developmental disabilities from the justice system, directing them to more appropriate services when needed;
  • Supporting more than 800 people with developmental disabilities who are inappropriately housed in hospitals, long-term care homes, shelters or correctional facilities in moving into suitable, safe homes in their community;
  • Encouraging innovative housing solutions at the community level that will increase residential capacity and improve in-home supports, including respite for caregivers to alleviate the challenges associated with full-time care, allowing people to live at home longer; and
  • Funding increases of more than $200 million over three years to over 350 community-based agencies to continue the delivery of high-quality services and enhance the capacity of service providers, ensuring long-term sustainability of the sector.

Through these additional investments, the government is building on its work over the past decade to transform the way it supports individuals with developmental disabilities.

To learn more click here

Chief Financial Officer

THE OPPORTUNITY
Are you an innovative financial leader who has a broad range of knowledge, skills, and experiences, and is seeking to apply these skills to a leading, dynamic social services organization, with a focus on developmental services and early learning, and is passionate about embracing change, to continuously improve its wide range of services and supports?

 How would you like to contribute and build upon the success of such an organization?

 We, *OXeNHaM Consultants Inc., in partnership with our Client Reena, are searching for a seasoned, strategic Chief Financial Officer to oversee the financial and accounting operations of the agency Reena, its fundraising arm Reena Foundation and housing arm Batay Reena, and take the organizations to new levels of success.

POSITION SUMMARY
As member of the executive management team, reporting to the President/CEO, the CFO of Reena, aside from being responsible for the strategic oversight of all financial and accounting matters for Reena’s three corporations, oversees the accuracy, timeliness and integrity of the company’s financial information, approving all agreements concerning financial obligations, administering lines of communication with banks and loan agreements. This position also ensures protection of corporate assets through the property management system and a procurement program, as well as tight record-keeping through a dedicated information technology system.  Managing the staff departments of Accounting, Property and Procurement, the CFO holds final responsibility for the financial activities of the organization. 

Responsibilities
Strategic Planning: Works closely with the President/CEO to establish and execute a strategic vision for the organization in line with financial means, as well as directing the management team relative to fiscal planning, control and acquisition of assets.

Accounting Management and Reporting: Oversees all accounting and finance functions of Reena, Reena Foundation and Batay Reena. Provides the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with an operating budget; works with the COO to ensure success through analysis of operations relative to the financial results. Creates and maintains internal control systems to preserve financial integrity. Holds ultimate responsibility for all accounting activities to be in accordance with established legal, regulatory and company policies and procedures. Ensures comprehensive insurance coverage and risk assessment and creates and maintains internal control systems to preserve financial integrity of the 3 organizations.

Financial Initiatives: Initiates and monitors the implementation of strategic business plans. Authors and enacts contracts and grants, manages all corporate mortgages, renegotiating as needed, proposing improvements to reduce costs and developing more efficient procedures and effective use of company resources to improve overall financial performance. Proactively builds coalitions of individuals/groups beneficial to the agency based on a strategic understanding of the agency’s mandate and changes.

Staff Management: Chairs Finance Department meetings, manages entire staff of Accounting and Finance Departments, assigning tasks, providing guidance and proactively addressing issues. Conducts regular supervision with staff and annual performance appraisals; leading, motivating and  informing staff on direction of department and new initiatives or changes, providing  opportunities for employee development in light of current and future organizational needs.

Management of Property, Procurement and IT Departments: Oversees activities of Property, Procurement and IT Departments and meets regularly with Property Manager, Procurement Supervisor and Manager IT to coordinate activities, provide guidance with staff management. Holds ultimate responsibility in adherence to provincial fire codes and municipal zoning requirements, ensures adherence to provincial Broader Public Service policies as it pertains to procurement, in association with the Procurement Supervisor. Works with Manager IT to establish and increase use of technology within Reena.

Leading Change: Takes action to change the culture and direction of the agency for positive growth, creating an environment that promotes and encourages innovation.

Policies, Procedures and Compliance: Works in compliance with all of Reena’s policies and procedures, applicable regulations and organizations, such as Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Quality Assurance Measures Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
Professional Experience/Qualifications:
University Degree in related field

  • Accounting Designation: CPA-CGA
  • 5-10 years controllership or CFO experience
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Sage
  • Experience leading and managing staff
  • Knowledge of current financial legislation and requirements
  • Understanding of the non-profit and charitable sector

Personal Characteristics, Skills and Competencies 

  • Strategic operational, financial and business leadership strengths (as defined by integrity/credibility/ability to win trust; vision/foresight; ability to rally others around a shared vision; ability to deliver planned results);
  • Creative problem solving skills; thinking outside the box to identify new solutions;
  • Well-organized with keen attention to detail;
  • Empathy and compassion;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to, and interact with, people at all levels;
  • Strong communication skills (listening, verbal, written and presentation);
  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills;
  • Collaborative, collegial, inclusive, yet decisive leadership style;
  • Ability to create an environment in which all systems and processes support high levels of performance and are used to motivate employees to achieve goals

Please apply by submitting your resume, a letter of interest marked CV-RE OX2018 and salary history/expectations to: exec@oxenham.com

The deadline by which we must receive your application is 11:59 p.m. EST, April 23, 2018. Please note that we will only accept applications sent to us electronically at the e-mail address set out above.

Reena and OXeNHaM Consultants Inc. sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be selected for interview. 

*About OXeNHaM Consultants Inc
OXeNHaM Consultants Inc.  is a global executive search/recruitment and talent management firm head-officed in Toronto.  We work with companies and candidates across diverse industries in local and global markets in private, public and not-for-profit sectors to provide one-of-a-kind talent solutions under our integrated Total Talent Stewardship™ program, comprising: Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Talent Analytics and Employer Branding. Our track record over the last 19 years has been to help companies build sustainable results leveraging their most valuable asset – their people.

Advantages of Self-Employment

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities

drawing of a person thinking about their career

Artwork provided by an individual supported by Reena.

Dear Joanna,

I’m struggling with getting a job offer even though I’m a qualified customer service specialist and it’s my strength and passion. Because of my disability, I am unable to pass the interview and secure a job in the traditional competitive labour market, especially with the increase in minimum wage. I’ve been encouraged by my family to be self-employed and work on projects as a consultant. Any feedback regarding the advantages of having my own business would be helpful.

Signed: Exploring Self-Employment

Dear ESE,

I’ve consulted with Sally Wilkie, Lending Program Manager of Rise Asset Development, www.riseassetdevelopment.ca  to respond to your inquiry. Rise provides low interest small business loans, free small business training and mentorship to individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities or other similar barriers.  Thanks to the growth of technology, especially the internet, self-employment  for persons with disabilities has become a viable option for those who want to be economically self-sufficient, suggests Wilkie. She presents the following advantages of self-employment in today’s labour market:

  1. Internet digital marketing. With the growth of technology, online shopping is bigger than ever; and so is the selling of products and services using the internet as a marketing tool.  The traditional ways of marketing with the retail stores or radio and TV are no longer the only way to do business! The costs of starting a website, with a domain name and other online marketing features are modest. In fact, some businesses don’t require a website. Many Rise clients promote and sell their products or services online.
  2. Flexibility. Self-employment allows owners to have the flexibility in their schedule and work on his or her own terms.  Unlike working at a job, when starting your own business you can set the schedule, the hours, and the location.  And you can organize your work life around your accommodations.  You are operating on your own, and this alleviates issues regarding your disability in both the job search as well as the workplace. For example, often full time work is not for everyone. You can chose how much or how little time you want to spend on the business. Rise supports clients operating both full and part time businesses.
  3. Turning a hobby, passion and/or interest into a business. Being able to turn your passion, hobby, strengths and/or interests into a business and actually work in this is the best part of self-employment. Often jobs available for persons with disabilities are low wages, low level skills requirements and entry level with few opportunities for career advancement (Prince, 2016).  In self-employment, most people start their own business because they love what they do. The challenge is the marketing and selling of the products or services as well as learning and understanding how to build and keep a customer base. This is requirement for anyone starting a business.  For example, Rise has helped many artisans to develop the business skills they need to turn their art into a successful income generating business.
  4. Builds character and confidence. With self-employment, Wilkie points out how learning the skills of business are important not just for being self-employed but also for working in the general labour market. Persistence, sales techniques, preparing and implementing a business plan and other strategies help build stamina and perseverance. There will always be road blocks and challenges along the way. Having to problem solve and figure out how to find help and support to get past the barriers is part of the learning curve. This builds confidence and character in addition to having the help and advice from mentors, teachers, trainers and the program’s support staff that are available to help you. “Keep your eye on the goal, be willing to learn and be open to new ideas” is part of the recipe Wilkie suggests.
  5. Learn innovative ways to connect and network. One of challenges of a start- up small business is that it’s isolating. When you go to work for someone else, you have your colleagues. When you start a business it’s just you. This is an opportunity for you to find creative ways to connect with other people and professionals who are also self-employed (and even potential customers!). For example, join networks on social media and/or in the industry associations and clubs.

Regards: Joanna

To submit your questions and comments to this column in confidence, please email Joanna Samuels, Employment Resource Specialist at Reena. 

References:
Prince, M. (2016). Inclusive employment for Canadians with disabilities. IRPP Study, (20), Sourced on February 15, 2018 from http://irpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/study-no60.pdf

Wilkie, S. (2017). Rise Asset Development. www.riseassetdevelopment.ca’s Peer Supported Start-Up Program.

 

 

Spotlight on Transformation – February 2018

The February 2018 edition of “Spotlight on Transformation” is available. This bulletin is provided by the Ministry of Community & Social Services and covers the developmental services transformation.

In this issue:

  • Ontario is improving living spaces for people with developmental disabilities
  • Community Living Essex County launches new hub for developmental services sector

To view the bulletin click here
To view previous editions of the bulletin click here

SET Program Information Night

Summer Employment Transitions (SET) Program Information Night
March 8, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30PM
Reena | 927 Clark Ave West, Thornhill

Summer Employment Transitions (SET) offers both full and part-time paid employment opportunities from June to August for participants who have identified with a developmental, intellectual and/or ASD disability and looking to gain experience and finding continuing employment. Participants within the program will receive Job Coaching support throughout their employment, with the intent of becoming fully independent within the workplace. 

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 to 29 years
  • Must be available for program events and shifts from June 3rd, 2018 to August 2018
  • Must be able to arrange transportation to and from work
  • Able to work flexible hours as required by potential employers
  • Commit to working the entire work period required by the employer
  • Independently able to self-administer medication if required
  • Willingness to sign media consent form for promotion of the program
  • Applicants must be prepared to accept the employment opportunities that are secured and available by SET Job Coaches

Mandatory Program Events

Job Readiness Training

  • Sunday June 3rd, 2018 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Reena Battle Centre (927 Clark Ave W, Thornhill)
  • Sunday June 10th, 2018 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Reena Battle Centre

Friday Biweekly Debriefs

  • July 13th, 27th, and August 10th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the Reena Battle Centre

End of Summer BBQ

  •  Monday August 13th, 2018 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the Reena Battle Centre

If you have any questions regarding Summer Employment Transitions or Reena’s Supported Employment Services, please contact:

  • Victoria Ghouchandra – RSES/SET Program Coordinator at (905) 889.2690 x2111
  • Rob Scott – Reena Resource Supervisor at (905) 889.2690 x2209