Community Living South Muskoka – Standing Up for Your Ability to Choose
The Board is fully supportive of the way that the CLSM Strategic Plan is being used as a guide to the work of all staff. All too often, Strategic Plans are adopted and then the only reminder of the Plan is a plaque on the wall. As you read this report you will see how our plan is part of each initiative.
This has been a great summer for weather and activities here at Community Living South Muskoka. Our Facebook page was filled with smiling faces out enjoying the great outdoors both here in Muskoka and throughout the province. At the same time, some hard work was still happening behind the scenes, and we would like to take this opportunity to share a few highlights and invite you to join us in upcoming fall events.
We would like to thank all of the team members who participated in team meetings over the past few months with the CEO to review and discuss the strategic plan. We remind all staff of the invitation to join the management team this fall for our Operational Work Plan meetings.
We continue with our goal of being A Leader in Innovation which includes exploring the creation of a Muskoka Social Services Hub. As a first step in this direction, we were pleased to welcome the office of Hospice Muskoka to our 15 Depot Drive location.
The Community Skills Development teams have been busy over the months of July and August at Morrison Meadows for a second summer of Theme weeks. They have also been researching best practices for delivering an inclusive community based support model. We had Live Work Play from Ottawa join us in early June to share how they moved from a centre based skill development model to a fully inclusive, individual community based model. The teams have been using this information to redesign our services, and we are pleased to announce that our implementation plan will be ready to be shared with you in early October.
Continuing with the theme of being a Person Centred organization, the management team is pleased to announce the creation of an operational plan to implement new person centred tools and brush off the dust of some old ones. Our focus continues to be on individual accomplishments, and we welcome you to continue sharing successes to be celebrated on our social media platforms.
Our agency has continued to make strides in being well known in our community as A Highly Valued Community Organization. The events over the winter and spring highlighted the wonderful community support we have received. We look forward to our upcoming fall events and invite you to join us. We have the Fall Harvest Festival running at Morrison Meadows September 22-25 and a Tree Planting day planned for October thanks to the generous donation from TD Bank.
Finally, we would like to extend an invitation to our Annual General Meeting, Awards Celebration and Family BBQ on September 26, 2016. To
recognize our Valued, Skilled Staff we were pleased to be able to announce a new scholarship fund in honour of Barb Luckasavitch, and will also be announcing this year’s recipients of the Core Values Awards and Muskoka Employer of the Year.
Gord Haugh, Board Chair
Krista Haiduk-Collier, Chief Executive Officer
Excerpt from CLSM Fall 2016 newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here: http://www.clsm.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/September-2016.pdf
In 2007 Community Living South Muskoka purchased a 35 acre farm on the outskirts of Bracebridge called Morrison Meadows. We wanted to create employment opportunities for the individuals we serve, and become an outdoor recreational space for our community to enjoy and see individuals with a developmental disability as capable, friendly, teachers, partners and community leaders.
Morrison Meadows is intended to enrich the lives of Muskokans and visitors to the District by providing opportunities to enjoy farming, nature, and outdoor recreation activities. To learn more visit the Morrison Meadows website or watch our YouTube video
About Community Living South Muskoka
Community Living South Muskoka is a registered charity that provides supports to individuals with developmental disability and their families commencing at the age of 2 through to their senior years. Services are offered in South Muskoka, from SevernBridge and Port Severn/Honey Harbour to the South and from Mactier to midway between Bracebridge and Huntsville in the North. Community Living South Muskoka is a member of OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs), a provincial organization representing 189 agencies that provide supports to individuals and families in the developmental sector.
Community Living South Muskoka is committed to enabling individuals to meet their personal goals and live and participate actively in the community. Working closely with our families and with the support of our funders, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children & Youth Services, and the District Municipality of Muskoka, we have tailored supports and services to meet the individual needs of the people we support as well as taking into consideration the needs of their caregivers.
The “Go To” expert for those impacted by a developmental disability.
Community Living South Muskoka provides lifetime support to all those impacted by a developmental disability, utilizing skilled staff and effective partnerships involving the individual, the family and the community with the result that the individual is accepted as a valued community member.
Excel in leadership, accountability, best practices and social inclusiveness to ensure continued quality service.
Garner trust in all our relationships based upon honesty and integrity.
Value people for their uniqueness and contributions, while appreciating differences.
- A Highly Valued Community Organization
We will work to ensure that the community recognizes, respects and is inspired by CLSM, its success stories and its high quality affordable services.
- A Leader in Innovation
We will work to increase the proportion of direct funding coming in to CLSM to strengthen our funding base. We will explore diversified revenue streams and innovative service programs.
- Person Centred
We will focus on the individual to maximize their abilities.
- Valued, Skilled Staff
We will invest in our staff to build skill, confidence and tenure.