November 2018 Highlights

Chris’s Corner

HO Scale Model trains

This HO Model trains are the most popular one for everyone that do modelling of a layout in 1:87.1 scale. Some people run their trains with either DC or DCC. Bachmann Trains now has Bluetooth in their locomotives and anyone can run locomotives via Android/Apple iOS smart devices. The sounds are not coming out of the locomotives, it is coming out of the devices speaker when you launch Bachmann E-Z App. There are various model makes for rolling stocks and locomotives. HO is half the size of O gauge trains. There are lots of hobby shops both in Canada and in the USA. My dad got me started on HO trains in the early years and ordered tracks, locomotive and everything else online.

Submitted by Chris Del Rosario

Reindeer Run, Walk or Roll

Community Living Fort Frances and District’s first ever Reindeer Walk, Run or Roll event was held on November 3rd! Participants enjoyed making their own jingle bells and warming up with some hot chocolate and coffee. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Open Art Studio – Garland

The final Open Art Studio was held on November 12th @ the Fort Frances Library. Participants enjoyed making garland out of different strips of fabric. This session was the final session from our Moffat Family Funding, we hope to be able to run the Open Air Art Studios once again next summer!

Queen’s University scores more than points with basketball tournament

Participants in Ball 4 a Cause probably worked up more than a sweat and an appetite after taking part in last Saturday’s basketball tournament at Queen’s University. They likely gained a better perspective around inclusion.

The event was organized by Friends 4 Inclusion, a student committee that raises awareness about the need for inclusion and accessibility on campus and in the community. The group has a long association with Community Living Kingston and District.

“We’ve had a relationship with them for at least 20 years,” said Eleonor Egidio, the organization’s Volunteer Services Coordinator.

About 10 teams took to the court in specially-designed wheelchairs for an afternoon of fun. It was the third year for the basketball tournament. Previously, the committee organized a dodgeball tournament.

“They switched it up because they thought it related more to the people that we’re supporting, and it also allows students to get more of a sense of what it [could be] like to live with a disability,” added Egidio.

In addition to hosting awareness and fundraising events on campus and in the community, the committee also recruits student volunteers that are matched with a person who has an intellectual disability based on his or her areas of interest.

“I know in terms of having students as volunteers, there are organizations in some communities that think they’re a transient group, they’re short-term. I figure if it allows people we support to access the community, or to learn a skill, to participate more, then why not?”

Egidio also pointed out that some students take part in the volunteer program throughout their entire university career, often hanging out with the same person, participating in community events, and forming natural relationships.

Ron Laroche, Community Living Ontario

Published by Chris DuCharme

Community Living Fort Frances and District IT Technical Support Person

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