Contact Us! - NWT Disabilities Council


Contact Us! - NWT Disabilities Council
Contact Us!
The NWT Disabilities Council’s
Winter Newsletter
Happy Holidays!
Come visit us in our new office in the
Lower Level of the Scotia Centre.
Suite 116, 5102 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S8
Phone: 867-873-8230
Toll Free: 1-800-491-8885
Fax: 867-873-4124
Annual Santa Claus Parade
The NWT Disabilities Council
joined the Annual Santa Claus
Parade this year with our float
“Five Golden Rings”
We are hoping to make this an
annual occurrence, so if you
would like to assist us on our
float build, please let us know!
Email: [email protected]
NWT Disabilities Council
YK Grand Prix
These past few months have been incredibly busy on every level at the Council. We
had the Grand Opening for our new office, our Annual Benefit Auction and began to
look ahead and plan for next year’s event. The support for our relocation has been
incredible. We have seen more foot traffic and feel connected once more.
The Safe Harbour Day Centre, which provides shelter and supports for people
experiencing homelessness and its related issues, has been operating for two months
now and as the temperatures have dropped the number of people seeking shelter
from the streets and cold increase. We have provided public health services, held a
flu clinic, information and referral services, employment readiness, food, some
clothing and personal hygiene supplies, comfort and a warm safe place to rest.
Renovations to add another washroom and a small kitchenette will add to our ability
to provide service. Many of the individuals have common complex issues such as;
mental health challenges, physical health challenges and addictions. Either alone or
in combination these can be disabling. The one thing that is apparent, after working
with these individuals for a while, is that each journey is scarred with personal
trauma most of which starts in childhood. As the space is completed we will begin to
provide programs that help to develop self – esteem and lead to a more stable place
for individuals.
We have had a warm response from the community and have people stop by with
baked goods, donations of clothing and personal hygiene items and outerwear. We
are always happy to receive donated items at either the Day Centre or our main
Our programs have undergone many revisions over the last few years to ensure they
are current and viable. We have seen as much as a 100% increase in
requests for some of our programs from Learning Supports for Persons with
Disabilities to respite and early childhood intervention. We continue to advocate for
more services and work in partnership with all level of governments to achieve more
inclusive and integrated communities. We are excited as we move into the New Year
and the focus on collaborative and integrated supports in addressing the concerns
and needs of people living with disability in the North.
Denise McKee
Executive Director
Winter Holiday Closing
Our office will be closed
from December 22nd, to
January 2nd inclusive. We
will be reopening Monday
January 5th at 8:30.
All of us at the NWT
Disabilities Council would
like to wish you a safe and
Happy Holidays, and a
wonderful New Year!
Learning Supports for Persons with Disabilities Program
This year, the Learning Supports for Persons with Disabilities fund had too
many applicants to support. The response to this from our funder,
Education Culture and Employment, has been to nearly double our
available funds and see that all those applicants were supported in their
education goals!
Information Referral and Support Program
This year, IRS has had the honor of assisting people with applications for
various services including YATS, Canada Pension Plan Disability and
housing issues. IRS has also been invited to participate in supporting
clients in cooperation with other services like the Safe Harbour Day Centre,
YKACL and the Salvation Army. Thanks to everyone who has helped to
make this year a big success.
Early Childhood Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Worker is a position that provides 1:1 support to
children 0-4 years with a disability. All of our workers have specialized up to
date training on how to effectively work with these children. Currently, we
are supporting 9 children in our program. All of them have specific goals
that we are collaboratively working on with a team of professionals that are
directly involved in their care. One of our main goals throughout the year is
to have them develop the skills necessary to transition to kindergarten. This
is so that they will leave our program with a plan in place to assist the
teachers in helping them with successful integration into the classroom in
the new year.
2014 Annual Benefit Auction Donors
Respite is the ability for a family
to have a qualified worker come
into the home and provide care
for a child with a disability. The
worker will also take the child
out into the community to participate in community events
that the child is interested in.
The Disabilities Council supports 12 families in 3 different
communities across the NWT.
This program is growing at a fast
pace with an increasing number
of new interest and needs.
Third Annual YK Grand Prix
The 2015 YK Grand Prix will be
happening Sunday June 7th on School
Draw Avenue. We already have a third
of the slots spoken for! If you would
like to volunteer, or pre-register a child
in the races, please contact our office!
Like us on Facebook at YK Grand Prix!
Some of the participants of the 2014
YK Grand Prix
100.1 Moose Fm
A Taste of Saigon
Ace Enterprises
Acklands Grainger
Adam Dental Clinic
Adrian Boyd
Aggie Brockman
Air Tindi
Arctic Appliance Ltd
Arctic Defensive Driving School
Arctic Energy Alliance
Ashleigh Van Dusen
Aurora Village
Bank of Montreal
Barren Land Jewellery & Gifts
Bartle & Gibson
Beck's Kennels
Ben Nind
Bill Braden Photography
Blue Raven B& B
Borealis kennels
Boston Pizza
Bromley and Son
Buffalo Airways
Business Development
Camco Construction 2013 Ltd
Canadian North
Canadian Tire
Carl's Carpet Cleaning
Chasing Light Studios
Cheryl Fennell
Cheryl Thomas
Christina Vernon, RMT
City of Yellowknife
Coast Fraser Hotel
Coldwell Banker
Cor Van Dyke
Corothers Home Hardware
Creative Basics
Crowe Mackay LLP
Dancing Moose Café
Dancing Raven Studio
Darren Jacquard
Dave Belanger
Days Inn & Suites
Dean Webb
Dene Nation
Dimensions Hair Salon
Dustin Bentall
Embleton House B&B
Epic Grill
Erasmus Apparel
Explorer Hotel
Fetch Some Training
Fiddles & Stix
Fitzgerald Carpeting
For Men Only
For Women Only
Fran Hurcomb
Gaia Integrative Clinic
Gallery of the Midnight Sun
Gallery on 47th Street
Gary's Inn Barber Shop
Gastown Ltd.
Gloria McBain
GNWT - Industry, Tourism
and Investment
GNWT - Sport
Gold Range Bistro
Golder & Associates
Gourmet Cup
Great Slave Animal Hospital
H&R Block
Helen Balanoff
Homelife Sunrise Real Estate
Hot Shots Pub & Grub
Igloo Inn
Incity Moving
Investors Group
J & R Mechanical LTD
John Dzurka
Joie de Vivre
JSL Maintenance & Service Ltd
Judy Sharp
Kathy Paul-Drover
Kavanaugh Brothers Ltd.
KBL Environmental Ltd.
Kimberlite Career & Technical
Kingland Ford
Lake Awry Cap & Crest
Lindy Carpenter
Lulu'z Market
Malcolm and Faye Stark
Mark's Restaurant
Mark's Work Warehouse
Merle Norman
Mike Bryant
MLA Bob McLeod
MLA David Ramsay
MLA Glen Abernethy
MLA Robert Hawkins
MLA Wendy Bisaro
MP Dennis Bevington
Muddy Fingers Pottery
The McKee Family
Northern Fancy Meats
Northern Images
Northern Interiors
Northern Souvenirs
Northern Territories
Federation of Labor
Northern Transitions
Northland Utilities
NWT Pipe Band
NWT Tourism
Office Compliments
Old Town Glassworks
One of a Thai
Originals by Instinct
Outcrop Communications
Overlander Sports
Pat Braden
Patricia Bourque
Pawan Chugh
Pelley's Pellet Supply
Pin Taylor Architects
Polar Bear Storage
Quality Furniture
Rebecca Oakes
Rebecca's Flowers
Red Apple
Reiki for All
RMW Counselling Services
Robbie Craig
Russell De Carle
Sami & Joel Thomas
Sandra Bowden
Scotiabank Staff
Sheila Bassi-Kellet
Shelby Wilton
Shelia & Rosmond Rennick
Shoppers Drug Mart
Side Door Youth Ministries
Solace Massage
Sport North
Stephanie Stanzell
Stewart Weir MacDonald
If we have mad a mistake, or missed your name, we apologise
Summit Air
Sundog Yoga
Sushi Café
Sutherland's Drugs
Taiga Yoga
Tamarack Computers
Territorial Beverages
Terry & Kelvin Hawkins
Thanh Dat
The Black Knight
The Brick
The Medicine Shoppe
Therese Boullard
Tim Horton's
Tlicho Government
Top of the World Travel
Tru Hardware
Tundra Transfer
Union of Northern Workers
Visual Effects
Vixen Hair Den
Wallbridge Law Office
Weatherby Trucking Ltd.
Weaver & Devore
Westown Tire Inc.
Williams Engineering Canada
With Bread
Yellowknife Beverages
Yellowknife Book Cellar
Yellowknife Chrysler
Yellowknife Veterinary Clinic
YK Elk's Lodge
YK Guild of Arts and Crafts
YK Liquor Store
YK Senior's Society
YK Ski Club
If you would like to donate
to our 2015 Annual Benefit
Auction, please contact our

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