Black Workers Initiative Council

The past few months have been some of the most difficult times we have lived through. Witnessing the continuous harm and murder of Black people has brought on a heightened layer of trauma that many of us have been living with for years. Difficult times call for difficult conversations. And as uncomfortable as these conversations may be, now is not the time to be silent, as organizations and businesses are now forced to examine the role they play in upholding systemic racism and anti-Blackness.

An email was put out last month asking for those interested to join a Black Lives Matter committee. As a result, CLASS is pleased to introduce the Black Workers Initiative Council (BWIC). Currently, the Council Members are Natasha Shakespeare (Casual Float), Natasha Weese (Full-time East/SIL, Condo), Teagen McLaughlin (Casual Float, former SSW ) and Chaunte Asafu-Adjaye (Part-time Hilltop).

The Council has met a total of 6 times and are still in the process of determining their purpose and recommendations. To start senior management will be participating in an educational session which will include topics such as systemic racism, anti-Black racism, white privilege and micro-aggressions. There will also be opportunities for all employees to participate in learning sessions. Specifically, for our Black employees, we are planning a sharing circle (led by a Black facilitator) with the purpose of sharing experiences in a safe space. We have partnered with a local organization Making Change @makingchangesc to facilitate these sessions.

As a Council, we want to create a workplace environment that encourages respectful discussions and conversations. Continuing education through sessions, events and advise management on matters specific to anti-Black racism is being planned. Stay tuned for more information and bios from the Council members in upcoming newsletters and on the CLASS Facebook page.

If you have a question for the Black Workers Initiative Council you can reach them at bwic@class.on.ca

Black Lives Matter

CLASS, along with the rest of the world is deeply saddened by the recent death of George Floyd and it is especially heartbreaking as it is not an isolated incident. Racism is a tragedy that speaks to all of us about our failure to help all people be safe in their communities and to thrive.

It has always been a core value of our agency to be inclusive. We strive to be an organization that supports the human right of all people to be treated with respect and kindness. We are a diverse agency and that is our strength. So it is important for us to voice that we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the battle against systemic racism.
Empathy and understanding are important, and we are committed to working together to be part of the solution in making this world a better place.

To start, we would like to have a team of staff with lived experience of black racism who can assist us in setting a positive direction in our planning and messaging. We want to ensure we can provide education at all levels of the organization and create safe spaces for opening up the dialogue for difficult conversations as an important first step. CLASS staff can refer to their email for more details on how to become involved. Thank you.

#blm #class

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CLASSic Lunchbox – tHE WELL (Alliston LOCATION) – EVERY WEDNESDAY

In partnership with The Well, CLASS offers delicious home-made lunches every Wednesday. Join us for a great affordable meal and you’ll be giving back to your community by helping people develop employment skills.

Click here for the flyer.

For More Information Contact: 705-435-4792 x239

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CLASSic Lunchbox – evERETT lEGION – EVERY THURSDAY

Community Living Association for South Simcoe (CLASS) is starting up a lunch program on Thursdays at the Everett Legion. This program will provide people with disabilities the opportunity to develop employable skills while offering an affordable lunch to all community members.

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For More Information Contact: 705-435-4792 x239

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DSO CER News Bulletin – Winter Edition

Click here for winter addition of the DSO CER News Bulletin.

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Bill 148 – Implications for Families and People with Disabilities

Please see the following link regarding Bill 148, which will impact families and people with developmental disabilities.

http://www.pooranlaw.com/bill-148-implications-for-people-with-developmental-disabilities-and-their-families/

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MCSS Q and A Ombudsman Report 2016

Click here to view the report.

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CLASS 27th Golf Tournament – August 19, 2020

Nottawasaga Inn Resort 6015 Highway 89 Alliston, Ontario

Live and silent auctions, prizes, dinner, and more! With your support, funds raised will go towards enhancing the support for people with intellectual disabilities. Proudly serving the South Simcoe area since 1962. Registration begins at 10:30am Shotgun start 12pm.

Questions? 705-435-4792 or Email us golf@class.on.ca

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CLASS Newsletter Spring 2020

It has been a very different time the first half of 2020 has brought to us all. Please read our updates on the home page about COVID-19. As well you will find out newsletter attached here, to read more about what CLASS has been up to – Click here for our Newsletter 2020.

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DS Transformation Spotlight 53

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Fee For Service Passages

Class provides fee for service programs tailored to meet individual needs and interests for more information click here for more information.

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Greetings, Parents and Advocates!

It is extremely important that all parents/guardians of children with special needs know about various legal and financial issues that will arise with respect to your child(ren).  This could be now depending on their age or pre-planning for the future.  It also applies to anyone in the household with a disability.  Due to the importance of the topics we will be discussing that night we felt that it was essential that you receive a special invitation to attend this evening. We are looking forward to having you at this informative meeting.  Please bring anyone with you that you think might find this useful.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact C.L.A.S.S. at 705-435-4792 or email me at jlk.526@hotmail.com Click here for more details.