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NEWS RELEASE: Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region names Courtney Horowitz as Director of Operations thumbnail
NEWS RELEASE: Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region names Courtney Horowitz as Director of Operations thumbnail

NEWS RELEASE: Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region names Courtney Horowitz as Director of Operations

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) is pleased to announce that Courtney Horowitz has accepted the invitation to serve as Director of Operations. “As a valued member of our organization for eight years, Courtney has demonstrated her commitment to building meaningful relationships with the people we serve, our families, our staff and partners,” says Allan Mills, executive […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Blog, News, Press & Releases

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2019-20 Annual Report

The 2019-20 Annual Report is filled with stories from staff, people we serve, families and community members alike and is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to over the past year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s report! Click here to read our Annual Report and excerpts from stories. Click on […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Blog

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Community Development

By Kim Sproul, Community Development Manager I like to think of engagement in Community Development as a Venn diagram. In one overlapping circle is the connecting of EAFWR to those we serve. This year, that included Special Sibs (in partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services and KidsAbility), On the House (in partnership with Bridges to […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Enhanced Respite (MFTD)

By Kimberly Little, MFTD and LHIN Program Manager I have had more reflective moments around the kind of support I provide to families, specifically to those who have a child with medically complex needs or who are Medically Fragile Technologically Dependent (MFTD) –considering changes in early 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Having to shift the […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Ontario Autism Program

By: Theresa and Doug Harrison Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has been my go-to help for much of my son Will’s life. In August 2019, we learned that my son Will was eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding. When I looked at the forms, my anxiety level turned to panic. I immediately contacted EAFWR and […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Special Services at Home (SSAH)

There have been so many changes over the past few months due to COVID-19, and families receiving Special Services at Home (SSAH) have felt this impact. Families who previously used their funds for swimming lessons, YMCA memberships and one-on-one time with Direct Support People found themselves at a loss for how to use their SSAH […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Community Engagement and Fundraising

The Community Engagement Team engaged in a transformative process as we participated in the development of a team vision. Our newly found vision has guided our work over the last year and we have committed to work in tandem with EAFWR teams to equip and educate while responding and supporting both the organization and the […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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FamilyHome

By Erin Toner, FamilyHome Coordinator When the FamilyHome Team was asked to share a story, it was a natural choice to write about Shirley Seale. Shirley was a fixture around Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region for many years. Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer in December. I knew Shirley for 8 years, but her time with […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Training

By Cheryl Fuller, Training and Organizational Development Coordinator Did you know that EAFWR offers many trainings that are open to Direct Support People, the people we serve, families and community members? Inclusion doesn’t have to be a big production. A simple hello is a start. Our Inclusion Workshop is not only for new Direct Support […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Volunteering

Joe’s Story After taking a couple of months to get settled in as a newly arrived graduate student at the University of Waterloo from Winnipeg, I started looking for ways to get involved in the community. Being new to the area and having few connections in the community, I figured volunteering would be a great […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story