- Pursue options that enable choice, acceptance and community involvement
- Respect differences; applaud creativity
- Ensure safety and security of program participants
- Facilitate peace of mind for parents and participants
- Foster open communication and cooperative relationships
What We Do
Once a special needs student reaches the age of 21, their formalized high school experience ends and many do not continue on to college, university, the trades, or find employment. Opportunities to build life skills, live independently and be engaged in leisure and social activities are limited, especially in rural communities. Events for Life fills this gap.
Events for Life Centre Inc began as a summer program in 2013, and has grown every year since then. We currently offer day programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 4 pm in addition to PD Days. Local recreational activities create opportunities for increased physicality and community orientation. They include swimming, dance and music therapy, pickle ball, Zumba and yoga.
Our participants also operate a Coffee Nook that is open to the public, where they learn life skills such as menu planning, baking, customer service and basic banking, among others.
Other organized activities outside of the program day are our “Super Socials”. These include activities such as dances, movie nights and traveling to see sporting events and various theater productions.
Barb has spent the last 30 years working with children and youth in the fields of outdoor recreation, summer camping and event planning. She brings experience as a General Manager and Executive Director in the not for profit sectors. Barb spent 20+years managing an ancillary recreation centre at Seneca College where she developed an outdoor adventure camp and integrated children and young adults with special needs into the programs. Since moving to the Blue Mountains Barb has volunteered for Big Brother Big Sisters Georgian Triangle and the Beaver Valley Outreach. Barb's passion is working with people and making a difference in her community.
Shelley obtained her Educational Assistance Certification at Georgian College, Owen Sound. She has worked as an EA at Georgian Bay for the past 12 years, supporting youth with special needs. Shelley has an excellent rapport with staff, students and their families, always advocating for her clients to the best of her ability. Shelley continually strives to enhance her learning through professional courses, reading opportunities and learning from others. She has volunteered with Rainbows (bereavement training), school parents’ council, Church committees and Special Olympics coaching.
Lynn graduate from Georgian College in the Educational Support Worker Program, after which she spent 11 years with the Bluewater District School Board working as a EA with special needs individuals. Lynn prides herself in her dedication and compassion for the participants and seeing them grow, and have purposeful and meaningful experiences.
Brenda has a background in the education field as an Educational Assistant. Brenda is a calm and compassionate person and she brings these qualities to the EFL program. She has seen the need for programs like EFL in our community and jumped at the opportunity to be part of the program. She finds it to be one of the most rewarding experiences in her career of helping people with special needs.
Board of Directors
Cathy Butler, Chair
Kathy Dewling, Secretary
Christa Carroll, Treasurer
Melanie Johns, Board Member
Kevin Whyte, Board Member