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Month: September, 2015

Update on staffing and volunteers

Hi Everyone:

Once RhythmWorks West resumes tommorrow, all of our classes will be underway. It’s very exciting to have all of our performers back in action and we are delighted to have quite a few new participants with us this term. We still have several spots in
DramaWorks Group A

For those of you who are wondering there are a few staff that aren’t back with us this term.
Lara Martin is still off pursing her other pursuits and her music career in particular. She’s close to completing her album so we are delighted. It’s unlikely at this point that she will return as she has plenty on her plate, but she’s always staying connected with our projects and is always eager to hear about what our SingingWorks group is up to. We wish her all the best.

Morgan Joy is off to school this year, but we’ll luckily likely see her around as she’s attending Humber. We will miss her at DramaWorks & RhythmWorks but we are delighted she is pursuing her goals and we wish her all the best.

We are happy to have our senior staff team Alanna Balicki & Lizz Hodgson supporting me at DramaWorks Downtown and now it’s a great addition to have Anne McCallum as well as Morgan Joy is off at school.

We are excited now to have Alanna putting her GROOVE training to use and all of her experience as our new RhythmWorks Downtown Facilitator this year while Morgan is away.
We are also glad to have Anne McCallum helping as an additional Staff member/Creative Assistant at RhythmWorks & ExpressionWorks with Alanna. We are also delighted to have Anne on board as Volunteer Staff support with our DramaWorks program Downtown and as an additional Staff support at our DramaWorks East/Scarborough program.

It’s excellent to also have Asha Cote & Tony Erlich back in action as supports for our ExpressionWorks downtown, and we are also eager to have Lily & Michael on board as our wonderful volunteers with ExpressionWorks on Thursdays with Susan Anderson.

We are so happy as well to have our York Ladies back with us. Welcome back Sam, Helena, Jenna, Sophie and Ellie!

Christine Duff is still with us on Tuesdays as is Angela. Angela will be off for most of the Fall term due to her work schedule but we are glad to have her back in the Winter hopefully. We are delighted to have these two as our Senior Behavioural Consultants and it’s an honour to have such educated and experienced supports with us.

Jenny Hodgson continues to support Brooke Banning at RhythmWorks West so that’s great news too.

I of course am delighted to still have Adam Bailey, Alysha Hunsberger working together to run SingingWorks while also supporting me at DramaWorks West. We also have Jake Calvo, Tony Erlich & Rachel Greonfeld as Senior volunteers returning once again to DramaWorks West at Swansea Town Hall.

One of our biggest highlights was to see the success Kire Paputts had at TIFF, and despite his success with The Rainbow Kid he has returned as Senior Volunteer Staff to support DramaWorks East in Scarborough. This is a true honour and our participants were elated to have him back.

SocialWorks will be starting October 7th so if you know of anyone in the Mississauga area looking for life skills & independent living skills training through the arts, please send them our way.


New Partnership with Montage Support Services – Rights Training

We are excited to announce that the participants of DramaWay have been invited to partner with Montage Support Services in the development of a rights training workshop. Montage, shares many of the values of DramaWay, placing value on the quality of life and the contributions that adults with developmental disabilities can and do make to their community. A few of our DramaWay performers will be providing the voice- over for quotes that are part of a powerpoint presentation. They will be reading words from people whose rights have been denied, as well as affirming the human rights for all, that were outlined by the United nations. As the hot topic of a Canadian rights act for people with disabilities is on the table for the coming election, the timing of our participation in a training component for people who advocate and support people with disabilities is vital as we move forward in inclusion.

Classes are back in action as of today!

Just a reminder that our Fall term starts back today September 17th.
This evening we have the following programs starting back into action:
SingingWorks Vocal Program at Swansea 345-445 pm in Council Chambers
DramaWorks West in Council Chambers 5-6:30 pm
And ExpressionWorks Downtown at 6:30 pm running until 8:45 pm at 30 Birch Avenue.

Our staff and volunteers are keen to see you all once again and meet some of our new friends.
Reminder to bring a bottle of water and a small snack if you’d like for those 2 hour programs. A bottle of water is just fine for the classes that are a shorter duration.
Dry and clean shoes is always preferred.

As a reminder our DramaWorks West DVD’s are not yet ready but will be soon. They are still being reproduced. Can’t wait to watch them, and we are as eager as you are to see the finished project.

We are eager to hear a short highlight from your summer, so plan ahead and think about what you’d like to share with the group.
Our other programs start back next week check our DramaWay website under the Programs page under your Program name to see which class starts on what date.

We hope you are also trying to catch The Rainbow Kid Film this weekend on the 19th at #TIFF. Our Director & Founder has seen it twice, and we are happy to hear it’s getting a lot of recognition!

See you soon!DramaWay logo by Scott Murray

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