Events for Life will be recognized as a leading organization supporting individuals with special needs allowing them to live, learn and work in an integrated, inclusive community.
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.
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.
Katrina has spent the last 10 years raising her two boys and the last 4 of them being the part-time Office Manager at The Bowering Lodge and Eagle Maxadventures. Katrina has lived in the community of Thornbury for 30+ years and loves to see how it has come together to support EFL. Prior to having children, Katrina volunteered at a turtle refuge and hostel in Costa Rica, the Georgian Bay Animal Rescue, worked as Program manager at Sail Georgian Bay and worked in the banking industry for 6 years. Katrina is thankful to join such a great team who is making a difference in our community.
Board of Directors
Cathy Butler, Chair
Kathy Dewling, Secretary
Melanie Johns, Board Member
Mike Pikering, Treasurer
Katie Sherk, Board Member
Kevin Whyte, Vice-Chair
Gary Wilson, Board Member