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

Manitoba Ombudsman releases 2016 annual report

Manitoba Ombudsman Charlene Paquin has released her office’s annual report for 2016. The report highlights the work and accomplishments of the office under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Personal Health Information Act, the Ombudsman Act and the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.

“This report touches on some of the formal investigations we concluded in 2016, as well as some of our other activities, such as outreach and the development of new resources,” said Paquin. “Our annual report remains a valuable way for us to share information about the work we do with the legislature, government organizations and the public.”

The report is available in English and French on the ombudsman’s website at Print copies are available by contacting the office at 204-982-9130, 1-800-665-0531 or

Manitoba Ombudsman is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba that promotes and fosters openness, transparency, fairness, accountability and respect for privacy in the design and delivery of public services. The office investigates complaints about access to information and privacy matters, the fairness of government actions and decisions, and serious wrongdoings that may have occurred.

Manitoba Ombudsman 2016 Annual Report

CIBC introduces new initiative to support employment for Canadians living with a disability

Bank partners with social enterprise Magnet to tackle employment barriers and focus on diversity hiring

TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability, CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) announced today it is partnering with Magnet, an online network that connects job seekers to employers based on skills and talent needs.

A recently commissioned CIBC and Magnet survey* reveals that nearly two-in-five working-age Canadians living with a disability are unemployed, and this newly formed partnership aims to expand access to job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The same poll reveals that lack of opportunities (13%), past non-inclusive employment experience (9%) and fear of discrimination (6%) are just some of the reasons that individuals with disabilities cite they are not employed.

“CIBC is committed to having a team that reflects our diverse clients and the communities in which we live and work,” says Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, and Diversity & Inclusion Executive Champion, CIBC. “We recognize that persons with disabilities are a largely untapped resource pool and Magnet’s platform will help us connect with these talented and experienced individuals, with the goal of matching them with the right job opportunities at CIBC.”

CIBC is committing to hiring 500 new team members with disabilities in 2017, and will grow that number year over year. As Magnet’s Diversity partner for Indigenous peoples and Persons With Disabilities, CIBC’s funding will help Magnet to further refine its search engine technology, and expand the platform to offer more opportunities to match employers and strong talent.

“We are thrilled to partner with CIBC and are grateful for its support,” said Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet. “When forming this partnership, we were impressed with the authenticity and leadership of CIBC in being an inclusive employer and supporting community initiatives aimed at addressing the issue of employment barriers. We also met and are looking forward to working with many CIBC team members who also bring their personal passion to the initiative.”

Canadians Living with a Disability Employment Poll: Key Insights

Amongst working-age Canadians living with a disability, almost two-in-five (37%) are not currently employed

  • Of those, two-thirds indicate they are not working as a result of their disability
  • One-in-three indicate there are still very real barriers that prevent them from obtaining meaningful employment including: lack of opportunities for individuals with disabilities (13%), their last employment experience was not inclusive (9%), lack of confidence in their own abilities (7%), and fear of being discriminated against (6%)
  • One-in-four (24%) feel their most recent role did not leverage their qualifications well. Of those, some reasons cited include:
    • ‘I settled for the position due to a lack of other offers’ (45%)
    • ‘I was not given further opportunities because of my employers’ perception of my limitations’ (23%)
    • ‘I was lacking the appropriate workplace accommodations / support’ (22%)
    • Of those Canadians who do not disclose their disability with a potential employer, half (51%) don’t reveal this information due to fear of discrimination
    • While many respondents reveal they are comfortable discussing workplace accommodations with their employer (70%), among those requiring them almost three-in-five receive less than adequate workplace accommodations (58%)
      • Three-in-ten (30%) don’t require any workplace accommodations
    • When applying for a new employment opportunity, one-third (35%) of Canadians seek out employers who have a positive reputation for diversity in the workplace

CIBC currently works with a number of organizations that help identify talented persons with disabilities for employment opportunities. In 2015, CIBC became the first Canadian bank to form a partnership with Specialisterne – an organization that connects persons on the autism spectrum with employers. And in 2016 CIBC also forged a relationship with Lime Connect to offer recent grads with disabilities more opportunities to find meaningful employment.

“We want to let job seekers with disabilities know that at CIBC we focus on the abilities and personal strengths of people,” adds Ms. Dottori-Attanasio. “We need a diverse team to deliver on our goal of being a strong, innovative and relationship-oriented bank.”

To learn more about careers at CIBC, please visit:

*Canadians Living with a Disability Employment Poll Disclaimer:
From December 20 to 22, 2016 an online survey was conducted among 1,002 Canadian adults with a disability who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has a margin of error of +/- 3%, 19 times out of 20.

About Magnet
Magnet is a new network powered by data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. The network is also a unique source of real-time labour market information for decision makers and community planners. Magnet’s goal is to address unemployment and under-employment specifically as it relates to youth, new immigrants, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other individuals facing barriers to employment.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at or by following on LinkedIn, Twitter @CIBC, Facebook and Instagram @CIBCNow.


For further information: Olga Petrycki, Director, Public Relations, CIBC, or 416-306-9760.

Class Action settlement for individuals who lived in various Ontario institutions

A Schedule 1 Facilities Class Action settlement was approved by the Superior Court of Justice on April 25, 2016 for individuals living in certain Ontario institutions from various years between 1963 to 1999.

This lawsuit says the Province of Ontario, who was in charge of the facilities (institutions), failed to properly care for and protect the people who lived in the institutions. The lawsuit says the people who lived there were emotionally, physically and psychologically traumatized by their experiences. The Province of Ontario denies these claims.

The lawsuit is for people who were alive as of June 16, 2012 and had lived at various institutions in Ontario, or at any place the institutions put people before they were discharged, between specific dates.

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CACL and PFC host 7th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion

The Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada (PFC), in collaboration with the Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada, hosted the 7th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion in Ottawa on December 2. 

This year’s focus was access to affordable housing in safe and inclusive communities. Joy Bacon, President of CACL, and Kory Earle, President of PFC, welcomed the full room of nearly 200 self-advocates, family members, policy makers, and government officials. Kory opened the day with a grounding reflection on our shared values: “I always deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Our country can do better and must do better.”

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Welcome to Inclusion Winnipeg

Welcome to the Inclusion Winnipeg website, a source of information for families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and anyone who is passionate about inclusion. We are proud to launch our new website on International Day for Human Rights celebrated each year on December 10th, in recognition of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10,1948.

Founded in 1958, the Association for Community Living – Winnipeg Inc., now operating as Inclusion Winnipeg, is a registered charity dedicated to advancing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to live as equal citizens. We believe human rights and inclusion are inexorably linked. As we have done for six decades we continue to work with families and self-advocates to ensure people experience the full range of human rights and enjoy the same opportunities as other Canadians.

In 2016 our Board of Directors decided to change the name we were operating as from Community Living Winnipeg to Inclusion Winnipeg to reflect the changing nature of our work.

Today, the majority of people live in cities, towns and rural communities. Presence in community is not enough, people need to belong in their community and to experience citizenship equally by being fully included in all aspects of society. They can and do make valuable contributions to their communities when given equal opportunity.

Our focus has shifted towards building communities where respect and empowerment are key indicators of fully inclusive cities. Our vision for an inclusive Winnipeg where people with intellectual disabilities and their families are valued equally and able to participate fully in all aspects of society aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Human rights for people with intellectual disabilities cannot be taken for granted. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission reported that in 2015 forty-five percent of the complaints were based on a discrimination related to a disability. Over three hundred people with intellectual disabilities live in institutions in Manitoba even though other provinces closed their large institution years ago.

Inclusion Winnipeg is working to enhance the status of people with intellectual disabilities. Our Board of Directors and staff members look forward to continuously building our network of self-advocates, families, professional service providers and community members who share our vision of an inclusive Winnipeg where all people live with dignity and respect.

Happy International Day for Human Rights.

Janet Forbes
Executive Director
Inclusion Winnipeg