What we're about

August 1, 2019

Now in partnership with Creating Connection Barrie (a fully accessible space). Some programs will take place at their community centre place located at 12 Chase McEachern Way (at the bottom of Bayfield St., next to the parking lot across the street from the Salvation Army).

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In House Programs Include:

Peer to Peer Support Group
Guided Watercolour Workshop
FREE Income Tax Services in Partnership with Canada Revenue - By Appointment Only

Launching in May - StopGap Barrie Ramp Project

Outreach Programs Include:

YMCA - Barrie - Sahaja Yoga Meditation - Tuesdays - 7pm to 8:30pm
YMCA - Karate - Contact Ken - http://www.facebook.com/KenShinBudoKai/
Tai Chi - Contact George -

September 7th, 2018

CWC BARRIE ANNOUNCES PHASE 1 OF INDEPENDENT LIVING CANADA MEMBER AGENCY STATUS

—A CENTRE for People with ANY Disability--

Founded in 1986, INDEPENDENT LIVING CANADA is the National Umbrella Organization and Non-Profit Association representing and coordinating a network of 25 Independent Living Centres (ILC) member agencies across Canada, with 12 in Ontario, and none between Toronto and Collingwood— CWC BARRIE ANNOUNCES PHASE 1 OF THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR IL CANADA MEMBER AGENCY STATUS.

“The focus of Independent Living Centres is to support clients with a variety of disabilities to participate more actively in the community through the development of life skills, social networks, peer supports and recreational activities. The Independent Living Philosophy can be found at www.ilcanada.ca (http://www.ilcanada.ca/).

1 in 5 Canadians are expected to have a disability by 2036 - Municipal World, JULY 2018

FACTS (just below) prepared by the Centre for Independent Living Toronto

• In 2012 about 3.8 million people, or 13.7% of Canadians aged 15 and older, reported being limited in their daily activity because of a disability.

The results come from the Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012 (CSD)
• Currently, 1 in 7 people or 1.85 million Ontarians have a disability

• By 2036, as the population ages, 1 in 5 Ontarians will have a disability and people with disabilities will represent 40% or $536 billion of the total income in Ontario.
• Roughly 1 million (43.8%) of working age adults with disabilities are unable to work. Those who are employed have lower incomes than people without disabilities, despite having similar education levels: the average employment income for working-age adults with disabilities is 22.5% lower than the average employment income for working age adults without disabilities.

CORE Programs of Independent Living Centres:
Information and Referral
Peer Support
Independent Living Skills Training and Development
Service Development

Contact:
705-733-5683
www.cwcbarrie.com (http://www.cwcbarrie.com/)
info@cwcbarrie.com

Yolanda Gallo, Executive Director (705) 241-5488:
yolanda.gallo@cwcbarrie.com

Upcoming events (5)

An Evening of Nurturing Spirit @ 6:00 PM

Online event

Creating Connection Vancouver presents: An Evening of Nurturing Spirit Is physical distancing and home isolating getting you down? Could you use a pick me up in the middle of the week? Then you are invited for an hour or so of meaningful community as we bring industry experts to help us learn how to care for ourselves from home. Join in conversation with others who are going through the same emotions as you, and who crave the same uplifting support you do. SESSION FORMAT - Welcome and Introductions - Opening Meditation - Guest Speaker followed by Q&A - Closing Meditation You will hear experts in mental health, nutrition, essential oils, yoga, physiotherapy, meditation, dream analysis and more. Join in an inspiring and informational conversation with others who are going through the same emotions as you, and who crave the same uplifting support. Feel free to bring along your questions too. DATE/TIME: Every Wednesday @ 6:00 PM EDT (CAN/US) ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" to the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. DIAL-IN AUDIO: Can't do video? Just dial-in from your home/cell phone and punch in the meeting ID number. Phone Number:[masked] Meeting ID: (see 9 digits in link to the right under "Online event") Hope to see you there. Here's to your health! NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only partial list of attendees as this event is advertised in many different places. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION CANADA Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. PRODUCTS FOR PURPOSE Please visit our online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/

[ONLINE] Conversation Café & Meaningful Dialogue @ 7:00 PM

In this new reality of self-isolation and physical distancing we can still remain connected as an inclusive and meaningful community by taking conversation to the on-line world. In Barrie, Ontario this used to take place in-person every Friday evening, and now, through ZOOM video conferencing, the circle is drawn wider as its made available to folks here and everywhere. And so, from the comfort of your own space, you are warmly invited into dialogue with others and to discussing different topics each week while exploring some deeper questions along the way. In this safe, inclusive, casual, and accepting environment, dialogue is encouraged over debate as each person has opportunity to share from their own diverse perspectives and experiences. Folks in this group enjoy going beyond small talk, reflecting both inward and outward, helping build pathways for more peace and understanding in the world... and your voice matters! No particular set of beliefs (or creed) is required to be a part of this community building activity. Diverse perspectives are welcome. Whether to discover yourself amidst a community on a common journey, or to find meaning among new friends, there is room at the table for you. Hope to see you there! DATE/TIME: Every Friday @ 7:00 PM ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" to the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. DIAL-IN AUDIO: Can't do video? Just dial-in from your home/cell phone and punch in the meeting ID number. Phone Number:[masked] Meeting ID: (see 9 digits in link to the right under "Online event") NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only partial list of attendees as this event is advertised in many different places. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION Creating Connection is a network of over twenty welcoming and inclusive communities across Ontario, BC and the U.S. committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. People of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition, participate in a myriad of connection groups, forming meaningful community within the reality of this welcomed diversity. As a result of this inclusive outlook, these communities are multi-faceted - expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessing of all. By welcoming and accepting people who identify as “more spiritual than religious”, those searching for meaning, and those with humanist or agnostic approaches to life, the collective Creating Connection experience transcends the sum of our individual ways of being. By embodying the principle of unity in diversity, we discover that dialogue is enriched by individuals with different backgrounds and experiences - and even by viewpoints which are contrary. By building relationships of trust, we can facilitate inner peace and meaningful conversations in our inclusive communities. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/ PRODUCTS FOR PURPOSE Please visit our Products 4 Purpose online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! WEEKEND RETREATS Do you long for deeper, more meaningful connection? Then consider attending one of our upcoming weekend retreats. Experience workshops and presentations that focus on the theme “Live Life Meaningfully Together” and the option to participate in holistic mind-body practices, as well as additional activities that provide a safe setting for sharing thoughts and feelings, allowing you to explore yourself while creating meaningful connection with others. email: [masked] website: https://www.connectionretreat.com/

[ONLINE] Guided Watercolour Art Class @ 1 p.m.

Online event

"When you can't go outside, go inside" and find a little distraction from the uncertainty of current world issues with this on-line art class featuring guided watercolour techniques. Bring your curiosity to a meaningful activity that includes a mixture of stimulation, reflection, thought provocation, peaceful calm, relaxation and mindfulness. For the purpose and timing of this class, we will focus on a watercolor art piece, but feel free to use whatever tools you have in your art bag (crayon, lead pencils, colored pencil crayons, charcoal, marker, etc.) Your guide will be Cathy Wild, a Barrie resident who began painting as therapy in April 2016 after her own journey through self discovery after brain surgery. Some of her art has been on display at The Edge Gallery and at The Barrie Art Club. Through an association with the Community Wholeness Centre, Cathy is excited to volunteer her time in helping others paint while continuing her own recovery. May you find yourself inspired by the giftedness that emerges through your creations. MATERIALS: Regular paper or craft paper, or sketch paper for pencils and pencil crayons. Watercolor paper for watercolors, preferably 140 lb. This can be Canson’s from Walmart or wherever you are able to order or pick up supplies. Pencil, painters tape, backer board (to tape art paper/canvas to), paper towel, brushes Curry’s #0, #3 & #6, water dish (for rinsing brushes), water dish, paper towel, access to computer or cell with camera to see and follow demonstration. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Hope to see you there, and if you are in need of a ride, please send a message to have one arranged. DATE/TIME: Every Tuesday @ 1 p.m. EDT (CAN/US) ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" over on the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION CANADA Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. Please visit our Products 4 Purpose online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/ WEEKEND RETREATS Do you long for deeper, more meaningful connection? Then consider attending one of our weekend retreats. Experience workshops, presentations, holistic wellness practices and other activities that help explore the inner self while connecting externally with others, the world around us and the divine. email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

[ONLINE] Vinyasa Yoga Flow @ 8pm

Online event

Create space in your week for some “you time” - Get out of your head and into your body! You are invited to attend our weekly Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Danica Beth, our certified instructor, and connect live with her on-line from the comfort of your own space. In this class you will coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next (e.g. from Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog, etc.​)​ Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, all skill and experience levels are welcome and accommodated. Please consider having a water bottle on hand and, if interested, a notebook and pen to journal some reflective notes in. Don't forget to connect 10-15 minutes ahead of time to check your set-up and sound levels (but please be aware the session may be locked at 8:40 pm for security reasons). We can't wait to share in this practice with you!

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