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Touching Base - Support Worker Newsletter September 2013

It is not unusual at this time of year for people to start thinking about new opportunities. In many ways we are fortunate to live with four distinct seasons, giving us the sense of needing to change things up; switching tennis shoes for skis, swimming suits for snowmobile suits and the opportunity to go from running everywhere to moving at a slower pace. It is one of the times in life where change is thrust upon us; ready or not. It is at these times when we need to be open to the opportunities that lie ahead. This is true with many of life’s experiences and I would challenge you to ask yourself if it is time to look for new opportunities with the person you are supporting. Have you and the person you support been in a rut? Do you see areas that need improvement? Think about how you are feeling as we get ready to enter a new season. Are you changing some of the activities you are currently participating in? If so, maybe the person you are supporting would like to try a new activity as well.

It is quite common for people to want to hibernate during the winter. However, I would encourage you to be aware of all that is going on in our communities and join in, help out or start something new. There may be less outdoor activities that people want to participate in, but several indoor activities and clubs will be in high gear by early fall. If you are unsure of what might be taking place in the community you work in, I would recommend finding a computer and looking at websites such as 104.9 jrfm, Snap Brockville, municipality websites or making a phone call to your Coordinator to ask for assistance.

Community happens every day, everywhere and it is up to us to assist the individuals we support to find ways to be a part of that. I would like to stress that this does not come easy for all people and all people are not always welcomed. Therefore, in our work, it is necessary for us to be looking for opportunities that allow individuals strengths and abilities to stand out in positive ways.

"Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”

Jean Vanier

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

 

United Way of Leeds and Grenville 2013 Campaign

United Way Direct Payroll Donations

You were mailed a direct donation form in your last pay. If you would like to make ongoing payroll deductions donations please fill out the form and return to Rita. If you need another copy, let Amanda know.

United Way Book Sale & Hot Lunch

On November 14, 2013, BDACI will be hosting their second annual bake and book sale. For those looking for more than just sweets, we have added chilli to the menu. The event will run from 9:00 am until 2:00pm, please come out and support this event.

If you have an interest in helping with this event, or donating books, please contact Crystal Dietschweiler at 345-4092 ext 35

United Way Chocolate Bars and Popcorn

If you get the munchies in the afternoon, pop in and let us help you. BDACI is selling flavored popcorn and chocolates. They are $2.00 each and all proceeds go to United Way and help us to meet our campaign goal.

United Way Raffle Tickets

Are you interested in the possibility of winning Senator’s Tickets, $1000.00 cash, or Gift Cards for several locations in Leeds in Grenville (valued at $1200.00) Stop by the office or let your Coordinator know and they will help you get your name in the draws.


Support Worker Training

Our fall training will take place in November. Please check future pay stubs for further details


Reminder

Please check each and every pay stub you receive and review for important information


"You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals”

George S. Patton

 

Changes at the Office

 

At the beginning of September we welcomed Donna Vanderkloet back from her parental leave. We also said a big thank you to Aga Cabon for her contributions to BDACI over the past year.

 

"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” Benjamin Franklin


Mark Your Calendars - November 2, 2013

 

"Understanding the Societal Context in Medical Decision Making”

The training will take place at the New Hope Brockville Tabernacle from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Presenters for the day are Jo Massarelli and Alex Schadenberg

Sponsored by BDACI

A fundamental assumption underlying this training day is that when people face life and death medical decisions for themselves or others, they enter an "ideological war-zone”. This is because our culture is imbued with a "quality of life” mind set towards sick and otherwise vulnerable people. This kind of thinking rationalizes withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining measures from certain patients whose lives are seen as lacking "quality”, thus leading to their poor treatment, non-treatment and death.

This event was developed in response to this unpleasant reality. It is intended to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the "quality of life” mind set, why it is so dangerous, how it is manifested in medical settings and what can be done to work toward crafting an altogether different and more coherently protective mind set rooted in the absolute intrinsic value of human life.

Subsidies available to BDACI Support Workers. To register visit: www.bdaci.com

 

Are You Looking For Additional Contracts:

Mallorytown area: 2 – 6 hour days

Brockville area: Every second Sunday 11am-5:00pm

Brockville area: 4 hours per week

Lansdowne: 5 hours per week

Elgin: 5 hours on Thursday evenings

Seeley’s Bay: 15 hours per week

Brockville: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30-9:00am

If you would like additional information, please contactCrystal Dietschweiler at 345-4092 ext 35

Our Goal: That Communities offer all people equal opportunity, full participation, respect and value as individuals.