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          November 2021 

MeaningfulLife features stories of accomplishments people have achieved and the Personal Outcome Measures related to these achievements.  Personal Outcome Measures are the foundation of everything Empower Simcoe does to support people.
Empower Simcoe Loves Halloween
(Clockwise top left)  Trevor, Alan and Sam show us that these jack-o'-lanterns are trick or treat perfect.  All throughout Empower Simcoe, this was a spooktacular Halloween!  To see more fun Halloween images of the people and families we support, check out our Empower Simcoe Facebook page.
Outcome - People participate in the life of the community
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Empower Simcoe
Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (EDIAC) was formed in February, 2021 with a mandate to provide advice, comments and recommendations on issues affecting diversity at Empower Simcoe.  With a focus on support and education, EDIAC has been hard at work facilitating opportunities that celebrate the different aspects of diverse cultures and traditions at all levels of Empower Simcoe.  So, who are these dedicated stakeholders who are committed to strengthening Empower Simcoe’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion?  With a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, let’s meet some of the Council members (pictured above clockwise):

Angelia Brooks – Empower Simcoe EarlyON Indigenous Coordinator
I joined Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council because I felt I had some information to share.  I have an Indigenous heritage. Both my life and work experience have contributed to what I can bring to the table. My knowledge of the medicine wheel teachings, the four sacred medicines, traditional drumming songs and crafts, for example, will make a difference in the lives of our employees, as it has for the lives of the families who attend the EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Simcoe County.

Dillon Pilger – Self-Advocate
I joined Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council because I’m indigenous and I want to help others achieve their goals in life.  I know I have good opinions on equity and diversity that I want to share.  If you don’t speak up, you won’t have people know who you are.  It’s important for Empower Simcoe to be a diverse and inclusive leader so we can continue to encourage people to be, belong and thrive in our community.

Edith Reyes – Community Member
I first heard about Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council after seeing CEO Claudine Cousins on the Making Change Town Hall on Rogers TV.  I thought joining the council was an opportunity for me to contribute by sharing my experience working with diversity and inclusion, and do my part to influence positive change.  As a member of a minority group I feel an obligation to support initiatives that increase opportunities and equity for marginalized communities. The events in the past year around discrimination and racism brought equity to the forefront.  Communities have come together to collaborate in many different ways.  I see this as an opportunity to be part of that.
Got a question for Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council?  Email
Learn more here about Empower Simcoe’s commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture where every employee, volunteer and person support feels valued and respected.
Outcome - People are respected; People are treated fairly
2021 Nailed It Challenge
Just like the Netflix Nailed It Bake Off Challenge, Empower Simcoe's supported living homes are showcasing their baking skills in their own Nailed It Challenge competition. Last month's Superheroes and Masks competition had so many creative and yummy looking entries! This month's challenges are Haunt Your Porch, Monster Cakes, and Halloween Jack-o-lanterns. We can't wait to see those spooky Nailed It submissions from our Empower Simcoe supported living homes!
Outcome - People choose personal goals
Lakeshore Ridge...Because Everyone Belongs
As announced last month, the Empower Simcoe Foundation recently launched a capital fundraising campaign for Lakeshore Ridge, our new supported living home in Oro-Medonte. Read all about it here: Lakeshore Ridge Capital Campaign.
We’re very happy to share that we have reached 45% of our $250,000 fundraising goal!  To everyone who has donated to the campaign, thank you so very much!  Your donations will help to put the finishing touches on Lakeshore Ridge and make the house a home.
A special thank-you this month to Empower Simcoe’s suppliers and corporate friends who have supported the campaign to date:
Just Junk
Kyla Vavala Century21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd.
Lake Country Office Solutions
Murray Mechanical Systems
RBC Royal Bank
Wall-Armstrong & Green
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

If you'd like to make a donation, click the button below.  For other ways to donate, or for more information, please contact Empower Simcoe Foundation Donor Relations Coordinator Doug Cleverley at 705-726-9082 x2285, or email
ECE Appreciation
On October 21st, lawn signs in front of our Empower Simcoe EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Barrie, Bradford and Innisfil commemorated Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario.  Empower Simcoe celebrates the vital contributions our EarlyON Program Facilitators make every day that ensure children and families have the resources needed to raise healthy, thriving, resilient children in our community. 

Pictured (l-r): Empower Simcoe EarlyON Program Facilitators Judi Benton, Laura Facciolo, Laura Stevens, Sharon Pettipas-Cole and Kim Marion.

Learn more about Empower Simcoe's EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs and services here.
3 Things to Know About Empower Simcoe's EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Missed last month's Barrie Advance profile on Empower Simcoe's EarlyON Child and Family Centres? Read it here.
Empower Simcoe's Believe In Yourself

The Empower Simcoe Believe In Yourself Committee provides a voice for people receiving support from Empower Simcoe, as well as a forum in which to discuss concerns and to share opinions about rights issues. 

Once again this month, Meaningful Life is pleased to profile one its member profiles on the ongoing work they're doing to educate and advocate on behalf of people of all abilities in our community.

Please meet Empower Simcoe Believe In Yourself Committee Member Allison Bobbette.

Hello, my name is Allison Bobbette.  For the last twelve years, with the support of Empower Simcoe’s Supported Independent Living program, I’m proud to live on my own in my own condo.  I have a great supportive family, as well as friends who have always supported me and are always there for me if I need help. 

As a member of the Believe in Yourself Committee I get to have a voice to help make positive changes to assist people supported by Empower Simcoe. I feel it is important to advocate for others so that together we can make a difference at Empower Simcoe, our community, and make our world better for everyone.  Some of my proudest achievements include graduating from Sault College in Sault St Marie, and winning the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities 10th Anniversary Champion Award presented to me by Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.  I’m also a member of the Empower Simcoe Board of Directors.
In my spare time, I love watching Disney and Netflix movies.  I also enjoy reading, going to mall to shop and receiving things I’ve ordered through Amazon.  My favourite desserts are cupcakes and ice cream.  Of course, hanging out with my family is my favourite thing to do. 

Learn more about Empower Simcoe's Believe In Yourself Committee by visiting their webpage here

Outcome - People choose personal goals; People participate in the life of the community
Calling All Empower Simcoe Artists
In partnership with Creative Cafe, Barrie, the 2022 Empower Simcoe Art Contest is now open!  We're looking for people and families supported by Empower Simcoe to help create the artwork that will be featured on the 2022 Empower Simcoe thank you card.

Enter with your painting, drawing, sketch, or graphic art submission at 39 Fraser Court, Barrie by December 17th, 2021 at 4:30pm.  Submissions should depict the artist's interpretation of an inclusive and diverse community".

The winning submission will receive a one-year family membership to Creative Cafe, Barrie, along with a $75.00 credit (valued at $250.00).

Get more information, guidelines, rules, and conditions here.  Good luck!
Outcome - People choose personal goals
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This Month's CSS Virtual Activities
See what fun virtual activities are scheduled this month for the people we support at Empower Simcoe's Community Support Services Barrie and Orillia.  Download your November calendars here.
Volunteers are the heart of Empower Simcoe and play a vital role ensuring we support people of all ages and abilities to realize their full potential and to enhance their quality of life.  Volunteers are a valued part of our team and play a significant role in all areas of our agency.  Please consider sharing your skills and energy with us today.  We’re always looking for hard-working, compassionate individuals. Complete our online Empower Simcoe volunteer application today. 

Have a comment, question or story idea? Contact: call (705) 726-9082 ext. 5280, or email
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