Recruiting an Advocacy Coordinator to join our team.

Are you interested in joining a dynamic organization working to advance the rights of all people to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of a welcoming community?

Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. is recruiting an Advocacy Coordinator to join our team.

The Advocacy Coordinator is an integral member of the Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. team in supporting and advancing the mission of our organization in a way that is consistent with the organizational vision, values, beliefs and strategic objectives. Inclusion Winnipeg is a member of the Canadian Association for Community Living federation.

Key responsibilities include: Providing direct individualized advocacy to adults who have intellectual disabilities, and to families of children who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Providing support to community organizations and partners through professional development training related to advocacy and self-advocacy; facilitation and mentoring in practices that advance human rights; person-centred thinking and planning; accessibility & accommodation and greater social inclusion.

Promoting the rights of people in accordance with the Manitoba Human Rights Code and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to enjoy the same access to society as all other citizens free of discrimination and with access to accommodations as required.


  • The successful candidate will have an understanding of intellectual disability, the importance of social inclusion and the barriers to building a good life in the community.
  • Knowledge of legislation, standards and regulations that impacts people with disabilities including the Vulnerable Persons Act, Accessibility for Manitobans Act, as well as legislation related to education, housing, health, employment and income assistance.
  • 3-5 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field such as Disability Studies, Education, Social Work or Human Rights, Community Health.
  • Three references, one must be from an employer. Ability to provide clear
  • Criminal Record Check certificate with vulnerable sector search, Children Abuse Registry and Adult Abuse Registry checks.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Send your cover letter and application to or mail to 1-120 Maryland St. Wpg. MB R3G 1L1 by December 17, 2018.

Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy Promising for People with an Intellectual Disability

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) welcomes the release of Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy and its significant focus on social inclusion and the tremendous potential it appears to offer persons with an intellectual disability.

CACL looks forward to the implementation of the Strategy and to working with the Government of Canada over the coming months and years. It is critical for government infrastructure to maximize the effectiveness of its investment. As the Poverty Reduction Strategy and its various initiatives unfold, we encourage the Government of Canada to keep the lived experience of people who have an intellectual disability in mind and included.

“Persistent poverty remains, and it can only be addressed by both income and disability-related supports,” said Joy Bacon, President of CACL.

Some indicators of an approach inclusive of persons with an intellectual disability could include – but are not limited to – representatives from the intellectual disability community on the advisory council, up-to-date data on persons with a disability within the Strategy’s Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), and the inclusion of current out-of-pocket expenses that persons with a disability spend to be added to Canada’s Official Poverty Line calculation known as the Market Basket Measure. CACL is pleased to see that the Canada Income Survey will be designed to be able to report on income and disability. We strongly recommend that sufficient data be collected to be able to track progress by type and range of disability.

In addition, CACL hopes that the Government of Canada takes leadership with its provincial and territorial partners to ensure that Canada’s first national Poverty Reduction Strategy is implemented to its fullest potential.

“It is critical to know we are making a difference. CACL remains committed to exploring and advancing conversations about the unmet needs for income support for persons with an intellectual disability,” said Krista Carr, Executive Vice-President of CACL.

CACL welcomes the focus of the strategy on inclusion and looks forward to working with the Government of Canada. We also echo Mile Corak’s, Economist in Residence at Employment and Social Development Canada, forward in the Strategy that, “Credit is due, not when budgets are spent, but when outcomes we care about are efficiently and effectively achieved.”

CACL is composed of ten provincial and three territorial associations, with over 400 local associations spread across the country and more than 40,000 members. CACL leads the way in helping Canadians build an inclusive Canada by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities into places where everyone can belong.

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Media Contact: Agata Zieba, Senior Communications Officer, CACL,

Positive Approaches Institute with David Pitonyak


Supporting People with Difficult Behaviours in Ordinary, Everyday Places with David Pitonyak & Guest Presenter Lisa Foster, Executive Director
Community Living Thunder Bay

This intense learning experience will change your world view and how you approach working with “difficult” clients.

This training is designed to build capacity within an organization or community to deliver and sustain respectful and positive approaches to difficult behaviours. The training requires participation in all nine days and a variety of “homework” assignments to test newly acquired skills in real world places.

There are currently more than 7,000 people working in Manitoba as direct support workers in the disability field and there are not enough continuing education and training opportunities to support them. We believe that high quality supports result in a higher quality of life for people living with an intellectual disability and strive to fill that gap with high quality, relevant education and training, like the Positive Approaches Institute.

About David Pitonyak, Ph.D.

David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviours. He believes that difficult behaviours are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his/her surroundings. Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviours is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to change.

David has provided consultation and training for individuals, families, professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. He has worked with people in a variety of settings, including home and professionally-staffed residential settings, schools, supported competitive jobsites, sheltered workshops, and day activity programs. Visit for more information.

About Lisa Foster

Lisa is the Executive Director of Community Living Thunder Bay, and prior to that, she spent 10 years as the Director of Organizational Development, Innovation and Adult Services at Community Living Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie., Lisa is deeply passionate and committed to serving people with intellectual disabilities and creating fuller participation in community life for people we serve through valued social roles. She is a leader in contributing to quality of life issues for all members of our community in inclusive education, positive approaches, employment and social capital.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

Registration Fees:

  • $1,650 per person
  • $2,900 per team of 2 from same agency
  • $1,400 per person for teams of 3 or more from same agency.

Lunch and materials will be provided.

To Register Please EMAIL completed registration forms to and we will invoice you; or SUBMIT the completed registration forms with cheques payable to:
Inclusion Winnipeg, 1 – 120 Maryland Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 1L1.

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Consulate of the United States

We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to funding support from the U.S. Consulate Winnipeg, we are able to bring U.S. speaker Dr. David Pitonyak back to Winnipeg this summer for the Positive Approaches Institute.

August 13-17 & 27-31, 2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

August 13-17 & 27-31, 2018: Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB
(204) 942-6555

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Winnipeg Next Chapter Book Club Looking for People Interested in Joining as Members or Facilitators

Once a week, a group of friends meets to read together at the Pembina Trails Public Library.

The Next Chapter Book Club provides an opportunity for people of all abilities, readers and non-readers, to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed community setting. In each meeting, we spend some time chatting about our week and enjoying snacks and drinks. We take turns reading and pause often to talk about ideas that interest us, feelings and connections that arise from the book, and to encourage one another. It’s not about learning to read; it’s about learning about life and each other. We are becoming a group of friends.

Next Chapter Book Clubs meet in public spaces and are facilitated by trained volunteers to allow everyone to participate. As in any club, choices about what to read, and how to organize the meetings are decided by the members.

What do the members like best about the book club? Everyone had a different answer.

“I really like talking about new words – we found some really interesting words in this book.”

“I just love to read.”

“I like the snacks. I like to eat!”

“I liked reading a fantasy book. It’s good that we have choices about what we want to read.”

“I like to see my new friends.”


It’s time to see if we can start another club! Both facilitators and participants are needed. Anyone can be a participant – we welcome people with or without disabilities, and you don’t need to be able to read – the only requirement is that you want to enjoy a good book with other people.

Volunteer facilitators receive online training, which includes a club demonstration, so they will be comfortable and effective guiding a book club for individuals with a variety of reading levels and abilities.

To join a club, volunteer to facilitate, or find out more, please email Deborah at

A Conference for Parents & Family Members

A Conference for Parents & Family Members

March 23rd and 24th, 2018 Conference 9:00am-4:00pm

Victoria Inn 1808 Wellington Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba

Things you might be thinking about…

Who is the conference for?

The Family Gathering was created as an opportunity for parents of people labelled with an intellectual disability to come together, learn, and con- nect. If you are a sibling, relative, or loved one who feels they would ben- efit from attending the gathering, or are wondering if you are the right per- son to be attending, you can give us a call at 204-784-4814 for more in- formation.

What if I have a family member who needs to come with me?

We are aware there are many barriers that come up when planning to at- tend events. Therefore we are trying to create an accessible venue as much as possible. Please give us a call if special accommodations need to be made to make your attendance possible, or just make the experi- ence at the gathering a beneficial one.

What if I can’t afford to get there?

Our intention is to make this event as accessible as possible to everyone. Cost to attend the event is $25.00 per person; where needed subsidies may be available. Please call 204.772.3557 to inquire.

Download Family Gathering Booklet and Registration 2018

Proposed Opportunities Act Would Have Positive Effects for Persons with an Intellectual Disability

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) commends the recent introduction of The Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act (Bill C-395) in the House of Commons. The Opportunities Act would ensure that persons with disabilities never lose more in benefits and taxation than they gain as a result of earning increased employment income.

“Only 25.5% of working-age people with an intellectual disability have any paid employment compared to the national average of 75.5%. This legislation helps break the link that exists between persons with an intellectual disability and systemic poverty,” said Joy Bacon, President of CACL.

Canadians with an intellectual disability are among the most vulnerable in Canadian society, with many persons already living in poverty and excluded from paid employment. ‘Clawback’ rules in social assistance are part of the problem, creating disincentives to work. Nearly half (43.7%) of working-age people with an intellectual disability were on provincial or territorial social assistance as their primary source of income at some point in 2009.

“Ending poverty of persons with disabilities is a shared responsibility between both federal and provincial/territorial governments,” said Krista Carr, CACL’s Executive Vice-President.

The Government of Canada has begun the process of developing a national poverty reduction strategy. Should Parliament not pass the bill into law, we would encourage integrating the proposals within the federal government’s national poverty reduction strategy.

People with an intellectual disability are far less likely than others to have access to paid employment and disproportionately rely on government sources of income assistance. CACL believes the provisions of Bill C-395 are a strong evidence-based response to their long-standing poverty and labour force exclusion. Adopting these provisions, by one means or another, would bring much needed federal leadership to the issue of income security for people with disabilities along with a framework for federal-provincial/territorial collaboration that has been lacking for far too long.

National Housing Strategy Makes Historic Investment: 2400 New Affordable Housing Units for People with Developmental Disabilities

Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the National Housing Strategy, with a target of 2400 new affordable housing units that enable community-based independent living for people with developmental disabilities. The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and People First of Canada (PFC) welcome this historic announcement.

Joy Bacon, CACL President said, “We are thrilled with the Prime Minister’s announcement today. A dedicated investment to create at least 2400 new affordable housing units for people with developmental disabilities will have a transformational impact on building inclusive communities right across this country.”

Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada said, “An equal right to housing is long overdue. Far too many people with intellectual disabilities are homeless, and dying unnecessarily. Canada used to invest in institutions for us. Finally, the government recognizes we deserve a home, in the community, just like everyone else. We are incredibly grateful to the Prime Minister and Government of Canada for hearing our voice and heeding our call. To be part of this national strategy truly means we belong as equal citizens of this country.”

This investment will be welcomed in communities across Canada. Krista Carr, CACL Executive Vice-President said, “Our local and provincial/territorial associations stand ready to partner with all levels of government, with other community sectors, and with housing developers to develop and activate the plans needed to reach this target. It is an extraordinary opportunity, a watershed moment in Canada’s recognition of the rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. There is a lot of work ahead. But we have the capacity and partnerships ready to make this happen.”

Never before has the Government of Canada so clearly recognized the housing needs and housing rights of this group. We estimate that over 100,000 Canadians with intellectual and developmental disabilities currently live in precarious and vulnerable housing situations in Canada – over-represented among the homeless population; living with aging parents who can no longer manage and too poor to live more independently; congregated in residential facilities that deny basic housing rights; and, placed in nursing homes and long-term care because they are unable to access affordable and supportive housing in the community. The consequence is hugely disproportionate social isolation, economic exclusion, poverty, preventable deaths and victimization among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canada.