Youth Helping Youth

Guest Blog Post by: Bev Clarke, Executive Director of LDAWE

As LDAWE programs and services grow, youth involvement… and more importantly, the contribution of youth in our community continues to grow!

Haunted House FundraiserOn October 31, 2015, Adam Wong and DECA students from Sandwich Secondary School will be hosting Haunted House at 1245 Minto, in Lasalle. Months of planning, building, marketing, recruiting actors, and requesting donations goes into creating the Haunted House. This year, Tim Hortons will be providing free hot chocolate and Bull’s Eye Pizza will be donating pizza to be sold by the slice. All those entering the house are asked to give a donation. Proceeds from the event will benefit LDAWE’s Youth Recreation Program.

Recently, youth assisted in a number of ways to ensure the success of our recent Instruments of Change Conference and Gala. Youth sat on the planning committee and assisted with set up and clean up. Madeline Doornaert, a Walkerville Secondary School student, coordinated the musical entertainment and performed. Talented secondary school students (WCCA performers under the direction of Patti Hopper, the Micelli Twins, Lauren Elliott, Natalie Culmone, Georgia Rose) performed throughout the evening.

University of Windsor students enrolled in the Odette School of Business’ Management and Organizational Life Course are required to engage in a fundraising activity to benefit a local charity. LDAWE has been fortunate to receive donations from eight groups of students in the past couple of years.

This year, St. Clair College students in the Educational Support Program Club have selected LDAWE as the recipient of funds raised by the Club.

And last, but not least, the LDAWE has been fortunate to have the voice of a youth on the Board of Directors, as the Youth Consumer Representative. Rachel Baker and Donny Wilcox previously contributed to the Board, and currently, Lucas Lavoie represents youth at the Board table.

Youth Helping YouthLDAWE encourages youth involvement in a variety of ways, as program participants, volunteers, employees, secondary school co-op placements, and as Board members. LDAWE would like to thank all of the youth who have demonstrated a commitment to building a community partnerships that supports the work of the Association and ultimately assists in improving the availability of services for individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD in Windsor-Essex County.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

National Volunteer Week Poster

This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada.  LDAWE would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for all of the wonderful work they do for people with learning disabilities and ADHD in the Windsor – Essex community throughout the year.

During 2013, LDAWE had 74 volunteers who contributed over 1400 hours of volunteer time to the Association.  This doesn’t even include the students who complete their internships and placements with us throughout the year.  Volunteers completed a wide variety of tasks, such as:

  • Being a member of our Board of Directors, the Pay Attention & Learn Task Force, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and other committees;
  • Administrative duties (such as faxing, filing, photocopying, typing, etc…);
  • Assisting with programs (such as being a program assistant or tutor, developing program curriculum, etc…);
  • Overseeing students who are completing psychological assessments;
  • Assisting with events (such as workshops, conferences, and fundraising events);
  • Performing general maintenance and repairs around the office; and
  • Writing a blog post for LDAWE’s blog.

Last week, LDAWE held its annual Spring Fundraising Dinner & Volunteer Recognition event.  Even though the event is hosted to thank our volunteers, this event could not occur without the support of some special volunteers.   A special thank you to:

  • Elaine Richardson and her family for coordinating the venue and meal;
  • Chef McNiece and her Century Secondary School students for preparing and cooking the tasty meal;
  • Howard, Jackie, Jen, Merissa, Patti, Sarah, and Taylor for serving the meal;
  • Nick (our marketing intern) for coordinating the door prizes and raffle items, marketing the event, and calling our volunteers to offer complimentary tickets,
  • Donny and Shelley for presenting cheques to this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipients;
  • Jonathan for his opening address;
  • Matt and Shelley for selling raffle tickets;
  • Deb for being the “official” event photographer; and
  • To the countless others who helped with setup and takedown of the event.

In anticipation of National Volunteer Week, the Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA), put a special insert into the Windsor Star to promote volunteerism in Windsor – Essex.  One of our volunteers, Ron Paré, was featured in the insert.  Please read his story in the picture below.

Ron Pare's Story

So once again, on behalf of the clients of LDAWE, we would like to thank all of our countless volunteers.  We certainly appreciate everything you do for the Association and we would not be able to offer all of the programs and services we currently provide without your support.