COVID-19 Circular 2020-172(r) – Restrictions Designated as Red (Critical) – Revised

Sent on behalf of Catherine Gates, ADM, Sandra Dorbolo, A/Executive Director and Brian Malkowich, A/Executive Director

Please see attached COVID-19 Circular 2020-172(r) regarding updated visitation restrictions for Community Living disABILITY Services participants in accordance with the new public health orders that came into effect on January 23, 2021. New information appears in bold.

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Annual Report 2019 - 2020

This Annual Report covers the period April 30, 2019 to March 30, 2020. We have also included an addendum to update our membership on our activities since the worldwide COVID19 pandemic.

A letter from the Executive Director


Today (March 19, 2020), I called a gentleman who I met over 25 years ago when he was living on his own for the first time in his 50 some years. He is in many respects a very solitary person and being on his own has never stopped him from enjoying a variety of activities, celebrating holidays and filling his time. He has never said he was lonely until today. When I asked how he was doing he said, “it’s kind of lonesome”.

He did travel out of the country, and when he returned from his trip cut short by four days, he had to go into quarantine. Social distancing is not what my friend needs. He will follow the quarantine orders to the letter and will not step out of his apartment. When his fourteen days are up, he will practice physical distancing. In the meantime, he needs social connections more than ever. This is a scary time for all of us.

Social isolation and loneliness can lead to even more medical conditions such as anxiety, depression and cognitive decline, even death. Fourteen days is a long time for someone to be on their own.

  • We need to ensure people are not forgotten as they become less visible in our community
  • We need to ensure that medical care is accessible on an equal basis as other Manitobans.
  • We need to stay in touch just to ease loneliness.

This is a time to stay socially connected. We are all in this together.

Janet Forbes – Executive Director Inclusion Winnipeg

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Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. is seeking governance volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors

Incorporated in 1958, Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. is a registered charity operating in the City of Winnipeg.
The vision of Inclusion Winnipeg is a community where all people are fully included and participating in the community.

Our mission is to enhance the lives and status of people living with an intellectual disability by promoting full inclusion and participation in the community.

We are guided by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and all subsequent conventions.
The Board is a governance board which provides leadership and direction for the organization in advancing our vision and achieving our mission.

Director Requirements

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors you must be:

You must be willing to provide a current Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Verification, Child and Adult Abuse Registry Check, at the request and direction of the board or in compliance of relevant legislation.

Director Expectations

Board Directors must demonstrate a commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of the organization. All Directors are required to have a working knowledge of the organization’s By-laws, and are expected to participate in the following activities:

  • Attend 10 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, the Annual General Meeting, and any special meeting called in accordance with the (article of By-laws);
  • Chair or be a member of at least one committee.
  • Attend Board development and strategic planning sessions;
  • Participate in an annual evaluation of the board;
  • Vote on all motions unless they have declared a conflict of interest;
  • Fulfil the term of office for which they were elected or resign in accordance with the By-laws.

All applicants will be asked to complete Inclusion Winnipeg Inc.’s volunteer form or provide a one-page statement of interest and/or current resume and relevant contact information. You may also request additional information or seek assistance at

The election of Directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting of members in October 2020.

Inclusion Safety Bulletin: Social Distancing

Dear friend of Inclusion,

Inclusion Winnipeg produces “inclusion information bulletins” to draw your attention to important issues that impact children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Bulletins are fact-based and provide background for you to understand an issue in more detail.

1. ISSUE: For people with intellectual disabilities, COVID-19 is a serious risk due to pre-existing health conditions, a reliance on outside support, a lack of understanding of new requirements and congregate living arrangements. “Social distancing” is the best way to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Also called “physical distancing” it means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not (source: Province of Manitoba).


  • Call, email, text, face-time and send a message to a loved one today.
  • Make sure they know all about “social distancing” and how to keep themselves safe.
  • Reinforce these messages

(source Province of Manitoba):

Province of Manitoba:


Please send us your thoughts on this via email to

4. BACKGROUND: Please find below credible information about “social distancing”:

Public Health Agency of Canada
Plain language COVID-19 explanation
Plain language for caregivers and families from the Canadian Association of Community Living

Please stay healthy and be socially creative while keeping your physical distance from each other. We are all in this together.

PDF version of bulletin

Volunteer Opportunity - Winnipeg Blue Bombers & Inclusion Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have chosen Inclusion Winnipeg to run one of their concession stands during the ten home games this season!
For our efforts, we will receive a percentage of the sales from our stand for each game. This is a great fundraising opportunity and we need your help.

Join a core team of dedicated volunteers to help at the games

Volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be able to work 5 or more of the games
  • Pass the online serving it safe course
  • Attend a two-hour orientation prior to the first game

Volunteer roles

Cooks: grilling, simple food assembly, basic food safety and sanitation. Two of the cooks will also need their food handler’s certificate. all cooks will need to attend the two-hour Cook Orientation on Saturday May 25th at either 11:00AM or 2:00PM

Cashiers: serve orders, money handling, beer service, inventory and clean up. Our 2 lead cashiers will need to attend the Cashier Orientation on Thursday May 23rd at 6:00PM

The fees for the Serving it Safe and Food Handlers certificate will be covered by Inclusion Winnipeg.

Game Dates

Friday, May 31st @ 7:30pm
Thursday, June 27th @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 12th @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 19th @7:30pm
Thursday, August 8th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, August 15th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 7th @ 3:00pm
Friday, September 27th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12th @ 3:00pm
Friday, October 25th @ 7:30pm

When registering, please let us know which role you are interested in and the dates of the games you would be able to attend.

Federal Budget continues Ready, Willing, and Able Across Canada

OTTAWA, ON – Federal Budget 2019 commits a $12 million investment to Phase 2 of the Ready, Willing, and Able program (RWA). RWA is a national employment program for persons with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Government of Canada has made a 3-year investment in RWA to continue its work with employers and community agencies across the country to generate employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and ASD.

In response to the budget news, Cynthia Carroll, Chairperson of CASDA said, “This signals the government’s commitment to an inclusive and accessible Canada. This investment allows RWA to continue working toward the vision of an inclusive and effective labour market with an employment rate for people with intellectual disabilities and ASD on par with the national average.”

Based on outcomes and evaluation, the award-winning RWA is one of the most successful national employment initiatives of its kind in the history of the country. It has drastically changed the quality of life for persons with an intellectual disability or autism and has supported a more competitive labour market in Canada.

Krista Carr, Executive Vice-President of CACL, declared, “We are grateful for this investment from the federal government, which will allow us to continue to demonstrate that with targeted support, community involvement and employer leadership, job seekers with an intellectual disability or ASD can obtain and retain employment within the labour market. Real work for real pay.”

RWA has brought real outcomes and has empowered thousands of job seekers with an intellectual disability or ASD who previously were unable to enter or remain in the competitive labour force while providing employers with a source of talent that was previously overlooked. Recognizing the government’s strong commitment to supporting persons with disabilities, the funding announced in Budget 2019 for RWA will ensure this critical initiative continues to contribute to an inclusive and accessible Canada. We look forward to continued conversations with the government to expand and grow RWA.

Please visit to learn more about the Ready, Willing, and Able initiative and keep up-to-date as Phase 2 is rolled out across the country.

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Media Contact: Kurt Goddard, Director of Public Affairs, CACL,

About the Canadian Association for Community Living

CACL is composed of ten provincial and three territorial associations, with over 400 local associations 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.

About the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance

The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) is a coalition of organizations and individuals developing a comprehensive National ASD Framework. CASDA is committed to ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive National ASD Strategy that addresses critical gaps in funding and policies, which are preventing individuals with ASDs and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians. CASDA includes over 55 national, provincial, and local autism organizations as well as individual members.

March 2019 Newsletter

The March 2019 edition of the Inclusion Winnipeg newsletter.

• The Sound of Silence
• Finding a Way Through Grief and Loss
• Teachable Moments in Family Advocacy
• Realtor Creating His Own Way to Give
• Bang a Drum at Community BBQ This Summer

March 2019 Inclusion Winnipeg Newsletter

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

Inclusion Matters - August 2017

The August 2017 edition of Inclusion Matters is now online.

Learn about what the CACL National Association is up to – new initiatives, CACL volunteer and staff announcements, special issues on government policy, upcoming events, new publications and more…

August 2017 Edition of Inclusion Matters