OHSWEKEN – Community Living had a few special guests attend their culture day last week.
Honourable Helena Jaczek, minister of community and social services, MPP Dave Lavac, and other officials came to Community Living on August 10 to meet the staff and discuss the many ways Community Living has been using the funds it received from the ministry throughout the year.
“We receive funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services on a regular basis,” said Joel Jamieson, employment consultant with Community Living. “It came to the end of the phase and I wanted the minister to come and see what we have done with the funds.”
Jamieson said he wrote her a letter and asked her to come and see how the funds have been used to benefit those at Community Living, a non-profit organization serving adults 18 years and older who have an intellectual disability and live on Six Nations Reserve.
“We didn’t want the ministry to just say ‘here is some money do whatever you want’, we wanted them to see how we use it and what we do with it,” said Jamieson. “We did some outstanding things — we got individuals jobs in the community, that’s sort of what it’s all about. It’s more than just asking for money to support the people in our community who need help, it’s about what we do with the funds we receive.”
After formal presentations Nikki Shawana, Clay, and Alex Martin danced for the visitors and showed them some of what they learned at Community Living’s cultures days.
“Were showcasing some of the cultural components of our program,” said Nikki. “We have culture days every month and we incorporate aspects of our culture here every day.”