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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Faces of our community celebrating

Door prize winners

Family sharing their struggle and success story

Mayor Bill Elliot bringing greetings from the City of Wetaskiwin Council

Self Advocacy activity

Shane Westin from Alberta Amputee Sports & Recreation Association

Safeway Manager Kelly Sharing their inclusive workplace story

Special Olympics presentation

Sharing stories and work experiences at the employer bridging workshop

Friends of the Library

CLAM Rally video


Charlene Burns from the Central Alberta PDD Board

Catholic Social Services presentation at the Employer Bridge Workshop

Chamber of Commerce

Hon Blaine Calkins (Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin)



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Public library as a collaborator (roles)

The Wetaskwin Public Library provided the space, community awareness point, marketing support, display materials, co-ordinated with Alberta Amputee Sports and Recreation Association for a presentation and with a local family sharing the three generations of coping with Asperger Syndrome and the ability to learn story.

We provided tissue boxes, coffee filters, coffee maker, digital projector, laptop, and power bars.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Itinerary and agenda for December 3

Welcome to the Ability Celebration
Friday, December 3

 Inclusiveness Bridge workshop
1-1:20 pm:  What is it that makes each organization unique in providing ability services? (Representatives or directors)
1:20-1:25 pm: Building an inclusive community (Chamber of commerce Alan)
1:25-1:40: Safeway success story (Manager Kelly, coworker and Nicole)
1:40-1:50 pm: Volunteering and employment strategies (Blaine)
1:50- 2 pm: Communication Survey by employers and open the floor for questions

2-4 pm: Community celebration
2-2:10 pm: MP Blaine Calkins
2:10-2:20 pm: Mayor Bill Elliot
2:20 pm-2:30 pm: Charlene Burns, Ponoka Wetaskiwin representative for the Central Alberta PDD Board

2:30 pm-3 pm: Blain Fuller, Special Olympics (Childrens area)
 3-3:30 pm: Shane Westin, Alberta Amputee Sports & Recreation Association (Childrens area)

2:30 -2:45 pm: Self Advocacy Game Show by Stargazers staff Desiree (Program Room)
2:45 -3 pm: What is Self advocacy (Program Room)
3-4 pm: Rally video or a PowerPoint presentation (15 minute intervals)  (Program Room)
3-3:10 pm: Door prize draw
3:10 – 3:25: Family sharing their story of raising their son from school to university
3:25-3:45 pm: Marlin Styner, Chair of Alberta Premiers Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Activity and communication stations: All around the library

·        Ability Association of Alberta
·        Brochures of CSS, Horizon’s Centre

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thank you Wetaskiwin Times

Wetaskiwin Times in partnership with the Wetaskiwin Public Library, Catholic Social services and Horizon Hurricanes are proud to present the Persons with Abilities Working Together (PAW project)
Watch out for cat paw (positive attitude) footprints!

Saturday, November 27,11 -11:45 am @ the library
Cat PAWty @ the library (Stories, crafts, puppet show and music)

Friday, December 3 @ the library
1-2 p.m.: Inclusiveness bridging training workshop for business organizations
2-4 p.m.: Community celebration for the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities
(Guest speaker, Communication stories and presentations and Displays)

Everyone is Welcome. Admission is Free. Door Prizes. Refreshments are provided.
Must bring along Positive Attitude Mindset

For more information please call Samantha Quantz at 780-352-6096 or visit

Friday, November 5, 2010

Proclamation on November 8

Good morning,
I am pleased to introduce the people working together to celebrate, 'International Day of Persons with Disabilities.'
Proclamation Manager/Media Spokesperson: Samantha Quantz from Horizon Centre
Active working partner: Patricia Hettler from Catholic Social Services

Date: Proclamation to be signed on Monday November 8th at 3:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 3rd Floor, Council Chambers
Media presence: Media will be present to take a picture
Library Board members who have confirmed that they are interested in being part of the delegation: (Please note the time is Monday, Nov 8th, 3:30 p.m.): Chairperson Marilyn Keller,  Joan Suchotzsky, Linda Gilbert and Angela Greenidge
Key events happening in the community:
1. Schools,  PAW Cats display and activities: Nov 22-26
PAW= positive attitude, Persons with Abilities Working Together
2. Public library, Cat party for families: Saturday, Nov 27 from 11 to 11:45 am
3. Public library, Dec 3, 1-2 p.m., Employer Bridge Training Workshop
4. Public library, Dec 3, 2-4 p.m., Community Celebration with guest speakers from all around our city and province.
For more details, please see the attached work notes.
Proclamation text:
“International Day of Persons with Disabilities”

WHEREAS: we acknowledge that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to renew our commitment to the principles of empowerment, dignity, and equality for every member of our community.
WHERAS: we recognize that when we work together, we can build a world free of unnecessary barriers and include every member of our community.
WHEREAS: we understand that persons with disabilities continue to face barriers to their full participation in society, we must continue to embrace diversity, reject discrimination, and insist on equality of opportunity and accessibility for all.
WHEREAS: we support the vision of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Central Alberta Community Board; for an Alberta that honours and respects the dignity and equal worth of persons with developmental disabilities.
Therefore I, BILL ELLIOT, Mayor of the City of Wetaskiwin, do hereby proclaim on behalf of the City of Wetaskiwin, the day of December 3rd 2010 to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the city of Wetaskiwin.
I call upon everyone in our community and area to take this day to celebrate the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities in Wetaskiwin and around the world. We recognize the progress we have made toward equality for all, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring individuals with disabilities can reach their greatest potential.
Given under my hand and official seal this 22nd day of November 2010.

            BILL ELLIOT