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Camp News and 2014 Registration Forms

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Spring is just around the corner, and that means Camp is ramping up in a big way! We’ve got plenty of exciting information for you – from camper registration forms, great summer employment opportunities, Leaders in Training sessions, and more!

We’re excited to be announcing that Camp reachAbility Paradise will have an additional two weeks of camp to our programming for 2014! This means more campers can come, making our goal of turning no one away that much more of a reality. The first week of camp in the Annapolis Valley will begin Monday, June 16th, while Cape Breton will open its doors on Monday, June 30th, 2014.

And on that note – the 2014 Camper Registration Form is now available here! Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get those forms in! Feel free to fill it in on your computer, save it, and email it in, or print and mail it to our office. All the details you need are in the form, but if you have any questions, please contact manda@reachability.org.

Not looking to be a camper, but searching for great summer employment? We are still looking for 2014 Camp staff! Are you a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) looking to expand your experiences in a unique setting? A lifeguard who has a passion for working with persons with disabilities? An out-going person who just loves to sing campfire songs, play and craft with people who love to do the same? Check out our job postings here and be sure to submit your resume by April 1st, 2014!

Our 2014 Leaders in Training (LIT) workshops are going great! Just last week, we had Casey Vaasjo in to facilitate a session on Non-Violent Communication, with 10 amazing people taking part. We learned plenty about different ways to communicate – especially in times when communicating is proving difficult! Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Casey for facilitating. Our next session will be an introduction to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) with Liraz Rahinshtein. Check here for more information.

There will be plenty happening leading up to Camp, so keep checking back for more information!


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Leaders in Training: Play for Purpose

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We had a great Leaders in Training session on Thursday, February 13! Facilitated by reachAbility’s CEO Tova Sherman and Camp reachAbility Directors and Coordinators, the session explored the importance of recreation, and why it’s important to play! Lots of returning Camp reachAbility were present, so we spent time reminiscing about last Summer’s camp, and looked forward to the upcoming season. We even danced!

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reachAbilitiy’s LIT program is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities through workshops in areas such as recreation, disability awareness and non-violent communication. We developed LIT to reflect what Camp reachAbility staff said would make them even better leaders. It’s a great opportunity for people to get grounded in new ways to approach working with people of all abilities. LIT 2014 runs from February to May.

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Our next LIT session, Non-Violent Communication, takes place on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. Facilitated by Casey Vaasjo, the workshop will make communication feel easier by using a relatively simple, yet profoundly different framework.

The tools of Non-Violent Communication help us transform situations where we feel uncomfortable, angry, upset, or afraid, into opportunities for satisfaction, growth, and connection. We can practice empowered self-expression and conflict resolution that is direct and compassionate. By shifting out of a mindset based on what is ‘wrong’ to a perspective of meeting needs, we can find mutual resolution much quicker and easier.

Please visit the Camp reachAbility website’s LIT page for more information on this workshop. Capacity is limited to 15, so please RSVP if you plan to attend: Manda at (902) 429-5878, or manda@reachability.org.


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Camp reachAbility 2014

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We are well into 2014, and Camp reachAbility is gearing up for the season! There are many exciting things happening around the office.

First of all, we’re excited to announce our re-vamped Leaders in Training (LIT) program. The staff at Camp reachAbility are what make our program so successful, and LIT is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities.

LIT is about making a difference:

  • in our workplaces by developing leadership through participating in workshops that enhance our skills
  • in our communities by enhancing capacity to effectively interact with clients and agencies
  • in our personal lives by finding significance in working with people, building relationships and connecting with meaningful local supports

Our first session is coming up!

Play for Purpose – Why play is an important learning tool and for developing skills, self-awareness and community

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.

3845 Joseph Howe Road, Suite 201

Join Tova Sherman and Melissa McNeil at reachAbility Association for a chance to learn about (and play around with!) the importance of recreation. This is the first in a series of six workshops for Leaders in Training (LIT), getting you excited about and prepared for work with people of all abilities.

We will also be providing more information about how you can work with Camp reachAbility this summer, so bring a friend!

Speaking of staff, we’re now hiring for the 2014 camping season! We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about engaging with people with disabilities to fill the roles of lifeguards, camp counsellors, and more. We’ve been attending summer job fairs and talking to folks all over Atlantic Canada and Ontario about the exciting opportunities this summer! Check out the job descriptions page.

Finally, for those of you already packing your bags getting ready to come to camp, watch for the 2014 Camper Registration Form in March. We’re looking forward to finding out who’s going to be sitting around the campfire this year!

If you have questions about LIT, job opportunities or camper registration, contact Manda at manda@reachability.org.

Have fun out there!

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