Promoting and supporting the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life for over 64 years.

Norfolk Association for Community Living (N.A.C.L.)

An inclusive life is one where the inherent right of all persons, regardless of their individual circumstances, mirror those rights of every other citizen. It is the embedding in the activities of the community, which are not obstructed by the varying degrees of ability afforded to humanity, where all persons are members.

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2010’s

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.
    • 2010

      • 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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