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History

History of the Norfolk Association for Community Living By Decades

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2010’s

2019

  • NACL’s Community Outreach Services continued to host community events at our Peel St location as “Community Outreach Studio”
  • 30 employees were trained in Mental Health First Aid in Partnership with Canadian Mental Health
  • Sponsored the 2nd Inclusive Employer Award, presented by the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to McDonald’s of Simcoe at a ceremony in September of 2018.
  • Passports Services have continued to grow rapidly and now serve 140 individuals through individualized funding.
  • Strengthened our relationship with community partner Fanshawe College.  One Manager and several Supervisors have taught in programs on behalf of NACL
  • Hosted 8 Co-op students through Fanshawe College and Westervelt College
  • Employment Services have once again commenced supports at the Simcoe Lions Ball Park
  • Developed a year-long recruitment strategy including attending job fairs, connecting with colleges and high schools and a targeted advertising campaign
  • Participated in Take Your Kid to Work Day and hosted 3 grade nine students
  • NACL’s Board of Directors hosted the 11th Annual Friends and Family Picnic in July of 2018
  • NACL received the Silver Caring Community and Spirit Awards from the United Way of Haldimand-Norfolk
  • Throughout the Easter season, NACL employees raised fund for the a former employee’s daughter Maeve Field who was involved in a motor vehicle accident
  • Welcomed 2 new people into Lifestyle Services 
  • Hosted the 4th Employee Wellness Fair on November 22, 2018
  • The Service Collaboration Committee hosted 2 training days focused on Services Throughout the Ages and True Colours/Community Resources
  • Offered over 19 different types of training opportunities to our employees
  • The Recognition Committee hosted several events including family bowling, a discount night at Swazzees in Waterford and a golf tournament
  • Hosted fundraising BBQs at Turkstra Lumber every other Friday throughout the summer
  • Partnered with You Powered and South Coast Watersports to host Paddle for Pedals, a fundraiser to assist people with disabilities to maintain or replace their bicycles
  • Hosted a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner at Kerry’s  St. James St. Eatery in November
  • Several NACL employees attended the Community Living Ontario Conference in September, 2018
  • Welcomed 7 new individuals for Supported Independent Living services
  • The Fundraising Committee hosted the 7th Annual “Can You Dig It? Gameshow Extravaganza” on May 4th, 2019
  • A new van was purchased with the fundraising dollars raised throughout the year
  • The Fundraising Committee held the 2nd Annual January Prize Calendar which was  a huge success NACL Employees raised $300 for our local food banks during the weeks leading up to Christmas with a 50/50 draw.  This was split 4 ways to support the food banks in Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford and St. Williams.
  • Our Technology Committee is working with 6 people to further their independence through the use of Ipads and adaptive software
  • 6 people gained competitive employment and 3 people gained volunteer employment through Employment Services

2018

  • Community Outreach Services hosted community events at our Peel St. location in the “Community Outreach Studio”. Various activities have taken place including “Canvas and Conversations’, Zumba, Yoga, a Mom and Pop shopping event and more. Check out @communityoutreachstudio on Facebook
  • 22 employees were trained in Mental Health First Aid in Partnership with Canadian Mental Health
  • Sponsored the Inaugural Inclusive Employer Award, presented by the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce. The award was delivered to Sobeys of Simcoe at a ceremony in September of 2017
  • Passport Services have continued to grow rapidly and now serve 56 individuals through individualized funding
  • Assisted the self-advocates group Voices Unlimited to host an all-day workshop titled “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
  • This year NACL welcomed 7 new individuals for Supported Independent Living services
  • Job Links Employment Service has once again commenced supports at the Simcoe Lions Ball Park and new this season the Win-Del Ball Park Concession booths
  • NACL’s Board of Directors hosted the 10th Annual Friends and Family Picnic in July of 2017
  • NACL welcomed 3 new people into Lifestyle Services
  • “Food for Thought” sessions were hosted to encourage conversations on best support services NACL’s Amazing Race was hosted by the Service Collaboration Committee to great success and team building – our employees fundraised $2,718 for the United Way!   
  • Technology committee went to Toronto for the Abilities Expo
  • Several new committees were established including recognition committee, technology committee
  • Fundraising BBQs at Turkstra Lumber were held every other Friday throughout the summer
  • NACL hosted several events in partnership with Community Living Access for A Million Possibilities
  • Norfolk including: Lake Erie Crossing (July 6, 2017), High School Rowing Competitions (December 10-14, 2017), Lakewood Elementary School Rowing Event (Feb 9, 2018)
  • Hosted a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner at Kerry’s St. James St. Eatery in November 2017
  • Hosted the 3rd Annual Employee Wellness Fair on November 30, 2017
  • Several employees attended the Community Living Ontario Spark Change Conference in September, 2017
  • NACL collaborated with other Service Agencies in the area to host the 2nd Family Leadership Conference. 
  • The Fundraising Committee hosted the 6th Annual Can You Dig It? Gameshow Extravaganza on May 5th, 2018
  • A new van was purchased with the fundraising dollars raised throughout the year
  • The Fundraising Committee held a one month prize calendar which was a huge success
  • NACL Employees raised $267.52 for our local food banks during the weeks leading up to Christmas with a 50/50 draw.  This was split 4 ways to support the food banks in Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford and St. Williams.

2017

  • Participated with an inclusive team in the Crimestoppers Baseball Tournament in August.
  • The NACL Board of Directors hosted its 9th Annual Friends and Family Picnic at the Lions Park in Simcoe on Sunday, July 17, 2016.
  • Employees, Board Members and friends of NACL participated in the “Invasion of the Dragons” Dragon Boat fundraiser for the Cancer Support and Resource Center.
  • One of NACL’s Lifestyle locations was the recipient of the United Way Day of Caring and employees of Imperial Oil built a patio that is being enjoyed daily.
  • Collaborated with all DS organizations in Haldimand Norfolk to send 8 youth from local high schools to the Re:action4Inclusion conference in November 2016. A video was produced from this group of students and showcased the value of Inclusive Schools and Community.
  • Trained employees in Optimal Individual Service Design, with Dr. Michael Kendrick.
  • Jenelle Flicker one of NACL’s front line employees presented at the Developmental Services Human Resource Strategy Forum and discussed the Core Competencies, that were developed Provincially and NACL adopted, and how these impact her role at NACL.
  • Attended the 20th Annual OASIS conference where Stella Barker assisted as a representative of the original six founding agencies of OASIS.
  • Participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon while collecting pledges to NACL and Community Living Ontario and completing a half-marathon.
  • Employees of NACL attended the RSA Annual Conference in October, 2016.
  • The NACL Worker Bees participated in the 9th annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee and won 1st place!
  • Received the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award in November 2016.
  • NACL Service Collaboration Day held in May.
  • NACL Employment Services have assisted individuals to secure and maintain 7 competitive job opportunities.
  • In the past year NACL has assisted 4 new people to receive Lifestyle Services.  In addition NACL assisted 6 new people and their families to receive respite services.
  • 4 new people to NACL received SIL Services this past year and 4 people new to NACL received COS Services.
  • NACL’s Passport Service continues to grow with an additional 26 people receiving services this year.
  • Hosted the 2nd NACL Wellness Fair to all employees and community members.
  • People involved in NACL’s Community Outreach Services constructed an Inclusive Gingerbread Community which was displayed at the Norfolk County Administrative Offices throughout the month of December.
  • Held Christmas celebrations such as the Annual Christmas Drop In and four weeks of 50/50 draws.  Proceeds from the draws were donated to four local food banks.
  • Hosted Sarah McVanel-Viny of Greatness Magnified and the FROG factor to employees and other businesses in the community.
  • Hosted sessions for employees, community partners and families with International speaker Lynne Seagle, Executive Director of Hope House in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Our 5th “Can You Dig It? Game Show Extravaganza was held at the Port Dover Community Center Saturday, May 6th, 2017.  This was our most successful year yet!
  • The fundraising committee held several events throughout the year including Pancakes in the Park, BBQs at Turkstra Lumber and a Spaghetti Dinner at Kerry’s St. James Eatery on the Internation Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Hosted Dr. Sean Armstrong, ND from the Armstrong Clinic who presented to employees about Immune Health in February, 2017
  • Through funds donated by the Vittoria Lioness NACL was able to send Employment Service Employees to training session by Bob Vansickle of the Ontario Disabilities Employment Network

2016

  • The NACL Lockyer, Murdoch and Clark Award was presented to Hailey Heppenheimer at the Fanshawe Graduation Ceremony.
  • Through a donation from the Moss family the NACL/Moss Award of Inclusion was presented to local high school students Elly Verlinden & Robert John Roszmann.
  • The NACL Board of Directors hosted its 8th Annual Friends and Family Picnic at the Lions Park in Simcoe on Sunday, July 5, 2015. 
  • Through NACL’s Employee Christmas 50/50 Draws in December we were able to donate money to local area food banks.
  • NACL held its annual “Winter Carnival” at the Simcoe Rec Centre on February 7, 2016.  The event included a public skate, games, snacks and a visit from Olaf and Queen Elsa! This was our best attended NACL event to date and we have officially outgrown the space at the rec centre!
  • Our 4th “Can You Dig It? Game Show Extravaganza” was held at the Port Dover Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 30th.  A catered after party and music by Krank It Up Karaoke followed the show.  The evening was a great success.
  • In addition to “Can You Dig It”, the Fundraising Committee has held numerous other events throughout the year, including The Kinsmen Beer Tent at Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Pancakes in the Park and B-B-Q’s at Turkstra Lumber.
  • Business Support Services held a celebration open house “Cheers to 20 Years” in August of 2015 and reflected on the past 20 years of service in Downtown Simcoe.
  • NACL offered basic Job Readiness training with the support of the United Way of Haldimand- Norfolk.  The Community Outreach Services started to bring local families together to discuss common issues.
  • NACL held Service Collaboration Days in November and April
  • NACL was named a regional champion for Provincial Core Competencies.
  • A 2nd Reliable Interviewer is being trained for Personal Outcomes Measures.
  • Vittoria Lionesses provided a grant to NACL’s Employment Services to educate employees on increasing job development skills
  • AIMS, an electronic data management system, has been up and running since June 2015. The implementation committee continue to work with teams to further extend our ability to fully use the system.
  • Working with our local pharmacy, Roulstons’s, NACL launched eMar – an electronic medication documentation system this spring.
  • Two managers presented at the OASIS Conference on the amazing LEAD experience provided to employees at NACL.
  • Two metal roofs were replaced on agency owned homes with funding from MCSS.
  • Continued to build ridership with Ride Norfolk.
  • NACL trained 5 Employees to provide Person Centered Planning for the agency.
  • Community Outreach Services hosted two presentations of “My Direct Plan” for families and individuals to attend.

2014

  • In Spring/Summer of 2014 NACL was fortunate to once again work alongside Simcoe and District Horticultural Society to beautify the BIA area gardens in Simcoe to create beautiful floral displays in the downtown core.
  • The NACL Lockyer, Murdoch and Clark Award was presented to Timothy Vlasblom, a student in the Social Service Program, at the Fanshawe Graduation Ceremony.
  • Through a donation from the Moss family the NACL/Moss Award of Inclusion was presented to Lyndi-Colleen Morgan, a student at Delhi District Secondary School.
  • The NACL Board of Directors hosted its 7th Annual Friends and Family Picnic at the Lions Park in Simcoe on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
  • Our Annual Dance-A-Thon was held on Thursday, November 20th, 2014.
  • Through NACL’s “Twelve Days of Give Backs” in December food was donated to the St. Williams Food Bank, The Waterford Food Bank and the Simcoe Caring Cupboard.
  • A team from NACL, The Walkamolies, participated in the Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories Walk-A-Thon at the AUD on January 29, 2015.
  • NACL held its “Old Fashioned Winter Carnival” at the Simcoe Rec Centre on March 1, 2015. The event included horse drawn wagon rides, a public skate, games, snacks and hot and cold beverages. The event was well attended.
  • NACL’s “ Blue J’s” participated in the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Grate Grown- Up Spelling Bee at the Vittoria Community Centre on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
  • Our 3rd “Can You Dig It? Game Show Extravaganza” was held at the Port Dover Recreation Centre on Saturday, May 9th. A dinner and music by Krank It Up Karaoke followed the show. The evening was a great success.
  • In addition to “Can You Dig It”, the Fundraising Committee has held numerous other events throughout the year, including The Kinsmen Beer Tent at Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Pancakes in the Park, B-B-Q’s at Turkstra Lumber, RONA and Shoppers Drug Mart and several dinners at Christien’s Restaurant.
  • Once again in May we recognized the contribution of every member as we celebrated Community Living Month. Four part break-away key tags were distributed to people. The pieces of the key tags intertwined to form a puzzle. The people were asked to separate the four tags and give a piece of the puzzle to three others who have enriched their lives, representing how the essential need of each community member is satisfied by relying on and supporting the other members.
  • As a registered member of the Norfolk Non-Profit Bingo Association NACL continues to host Bingo evenings at The Chances BINGO Hall as part of their fundraising throughout the year. NACL continues to look for volunteers to help us at these fun events.
  • NACL continues to train all NACL Employees in Core Competencies.
  • We have finalized our Tri-Carm scheduling software system and we are paperless for all our employee timesheets.
  • We are now beginning the introduction of AIMS, our client database software, throughout our organization.
  • The Development of our LEAD group is assisting employees to further develop leadership skills.
  • Passports ~ The development and marketing of our services for purchase with the creation of a Support Service Administration position, showcasing options for purchase with newly released Passports funds allocated directly to individuals and families from the MCSS.

2013

  • The NACL Lockyer, Murdoch and Clark Award was presented to a student in the Social Service Program at the Fanshawe Graduation Ceremony.
  • Through a donation from the Moss family NACL awarded a local high school student with an Award of Inclusion.
  • The NACL “Breast Buddies” participated in the Canadian Cancer Society “Relay for Life” on June 1, 2012.
  • NACL hosted the 4th Annual Employee Baseball Challenge tournament on June 23, 2012 at the Lions Park in Simcoe.
  • The NACL Board of Directors hosted the 5th Annual Friends and Family Picnic at the Lions Park in Simcoe on July 15, 2012.
  • Our ever-popular Annual Dance-A-Thon was held on October 27th at the Junior Farmers Building.
  • NACL’s Twelve Days of Give Backs was held in December to help our community food banks.
  • A team from NACL once again participated in the M.S. Walk for Memories Walk-A-Thon at the AUD on January 24, 2013.
  • The Chances BINGO Hall opened in Simcoe on Friday January 18. NACL is one of the registered members of the Norfolk Non-Profit Bingo Association and will be hosting BINGO’s as part of their fund raising throughout the year.
  • NACL is pleased to announce that through Wentworth Financial they are able to offer a no cost to employee assistance program that benefits employees and their families.
  • NACL’s “Biker Bees” participated in and won the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Grate Grown Up Spelling Bee at the Royal Canadian Legion in Simcoe on March 6th ~ way to go Biker Bees!
  • Our inaugural “Can You Dig It? Game Show Extravaganza” was held at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre on April 20. Over half the participants dressed up in funny costumes – it was a riot. Many amazing prizes were donated. Thanks to our Fundraising Committee (Maeghan Clark, Stella Galloway, Brad Campbell, Kim Smith, Adam Veri and Ann Engell) for all their hard work in making this event such a success.
  • The School in St. Williams continues to hold a variety of community recreational activities.
  • Employee Service Collaboration Planning Days continue to be held. These days provide an opportunity for employees from each location to share their ideas in a fun and interactive environment.
  • Our Annual “Pay It Forward” program – “Stop and Smell the Roses” ~ was held on May 15 to celebrate Community Living Month. People took two flowers and gave them to someone who has impacted their life and made them feel part of our community. The person who received the flowers kept one and passed one on to someone who has impacted their life.
  • Six teams of people involved with NACL and mentors from the Horticultural Society formed the 60th Anniversary “Diamond Diggers”. In partnership with the Simcoe BIA the teams will design, plant and maintain the flower beds in downtown Simcoe.
  • In partnership with St. Joseph’s School and Elgin Avenue School NACL kicked off Education Week by hosting assemblies featuring Robert Pio Hajjar of IDEAL WAY, to spread the message of inclusion for all.

2012

  • Linda Bell, Community Outreach Services, was the recipient of the Regional Support Associates 2011 RSA Award of Excellence
  • Employee Service Collaboration Planning Days continue to be held. These days provide an opportunity for employees from each location to share their ideas in a fun and interactive environment.
  • The NACL Lockyer, Murdoch and Clark Award was presented to a student in the Social Service Program at the Fanshawe Graduation Ceremony.
  • Through a donation from the Moss family NACL awarded a local high school student with an Award of Inclusion.
  • Our ever-popular Annual Dance-A-Thon was held on October 29, 2011.Our Annual “Pay It Forward” program – “Stop and Smell the Carnations” ~ was held on May 25 to celebrate Community Living Month. People took 2 flowers to someone who has impacted their life and made them feel part of our community. The person who received the flowers kept one and passed on to someone who has impacted their life.
  • Responding to our local community’s needs, NACL again entered teams in both the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee and the M.S. Walk for Memories Walk-A-Thon.
  • NACL participated in the “Let’s Play Ball” baseball tournament hosted by Community Living Six Nations on July 23, 2011. NACL won the tournament and will be hosting the tournament in June 2012.Community recreational activities continue to be held on a regular basis at The School in St. Williams.
  • The 4th Annual Friends and Family Picnic was hosted by the NACL Board of Directors on July 10, 2011.NACL reached a C.A. Agreement with our employees until March 31, 2015.


2011

  • Kim Smith, NHRS, was the recipient of the Regional Support Associates 2010 RSA Award of Excellence.
  • Community Connections celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary with a reunion party in December of 2010.
  • Business Support Services participated in the August 2010 Friendship Festival Parade in Simcoe to celebrate their 15th Anniversary of providing service to the community from their Argyle Street location!
  • Getting Connected Foundations celebrated 10 years of service in May 2011.
  • Quality Assurance Measures training, which was recently introduced by the Ministry of Community & Social Service’s regulation 299.10, was held for all employees, people supported and families.
  • Feed-back on the Medication Administration Education was utilized and as a result the training became more participatory.
  • Employee Service Collaboration Planning Days continue to be held. These days provide an opportunity for employees from each location to share their ideas in a fun and interactive environment.
  • We began Communication & Documentation Education for employees.
  • Two more people were trained in PATH Training.
  • The NACL Lockyer, Murdoch and Clark Award was presented to a student in the Social Service Program at the Fanshawe Graduation Ceremony.
  • NACL’s Annual Dance-A-Thon was held in October with more teams participating than ever before.
  • Our 2nd Annual “Pay It Forward” program – “Stop and Smell the Roses” ~ was held in May to celebrate Community Living Month. People took two flowers to someone who has impacted their life and made them feel part of our community. The person who received the flowers kept one and passed one on to someone who has impacted their life.
  • Responding to our local community’s needs, NACL again entered teams in both the Great Groan-Up Spelling Bee and the M.S. Walk for Memories Walk-A-Thon.
  • NACL held it’s Health & Safety Fair at 644 Ireland in May, featuring information on Pandemic; Punctures & Cuts; Slips, Trips & Falls; and Heavy Lifting and Reaching.
  • Through Ministry funding we were able to increase the size of the parking lot at the back of the building at 644 Ireland Road. This has allowed us to increase our parking capacity by 20 spots. Through this funding we have also had new roof top furnaces and air conditioning units installed.
  • Community recreational activities are being held on a regular basis at The School in St. Williams.
  • The 3rd Annual Friends and Family Picnic was hosted by the NACL Board of Directors.
  • Through MCSS: Partner Facility Renewal – Capital, BV Café & Catering purchased a walk-in freezer; NACL was able to replace the exterior windows at 644 Ireland Road and install new energy efficient lighting.
  • A Seniors’ Focus Group was developed in Community Connections.
  • GCF operated a number of specialty days, available to all individuals in NACL services.
  • All employees had the opportunity to be fitted for respirators to be used in the event of a Pandemic.
  • Orientation for new hires was re-structured to optimize supports for people.
  • NACL’s 1st Annual Service Forum was held; many participated in developing a great “discovery” opportunity with a very informative and creative display of the variety of services that NACL provides to support people.
  • Service Collaboration Days: encourage employees to reflect on “why we are here”; build rapport and inter-service relations; explore ideas and develop plans to create more opportunities for people supported within the community.
  • Funding was obtained through the Federal SW Community Adjustment Fund for leadership and succession planning for our employees.
  • The 2nd Annual Friends & Family Picnic brought people together to eat, socialize and have fun!
  • For the past few years our Halloween Dance has been a main attraction for people – enjoying dressing up, socializing with friends and dancing to the music of “Krank It Up” Karaoke.
  • GCF hosted a March Break “Safety Day” of rights training, personal safety and safe relationships.
  • Information sessions led by Kenneth C. Pope, on tax savings, protection of inheritances and maximizing
  • ODSP Benefits were held for employees of NACL, CLASS, Community Living Haldimand and H-N REACH as well as for NACL members and families.
  • NACL hosted “The Homecoming”, a community celebration of the closure of Ontario’s Institutions for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • The Black Cap Players Theatre Workshop has taken on the management and maintenance of the N.A.C.L. Snoezelen Room at North School.
  • Pay It Forward – “Stop and Smell the Roses” – To celebrate Community Living Month, people were asked to take 2 flowers to someone who has impacted their life and made them to feel part of our community. The person who received the flowers kept one and passed one on to someone who impacted their life.

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