CILT Remembers Michael Miceli

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) offers our deepest condolences to the family and peers of Michael Miceli. Michael passed away in Toronto on December 22nd, 2020

For over 10 years, Michael was a valued part of the CILT community. He warmly engaged with his peers and non-profits at many of our independent living skills and social events.  A graduate of York University’s Critical Disability Studies Program, Michael was articulate in advocating for disability justice, including with government. He did so effectively over the past 2 years as a member of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC).

Michael was a very kind, outgoing and generous person and could have a conversation with anyone. He had Muscular Dystrophy and volunteered with non-profit causes over the years. Michael’s tireless pursuit of a world inclusive of people with disabilities inspired and rallied others to engage as allies with him.

Thank you, Michael, for all you have done to elevate our community’s issues and to shape a better world that includes everyone.

Anyone wishing to read or write memories of Michael on the Dignity Memorial website, can do so from the link: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/toronto-on/michael-miceli-9963470


CILT Remembers Sylvia Draper-Fernandez

Sylvia

On January 23rd, 2021, CILT lost our devoted and long-serving bookkeeper Sylvia Draper-Fernandez. Sylvia has been a member of the CILT family for more than 30 years, having served as our financial adviser since the very start of CILT.  Our deepest condolences go to Sylvia’s family and loved ones.

Sylvia’s wise counsel helped formalize CILT’s standing as a non-profit in the early days and her shrewd guidance helped CILT grow into what we are today. Sylvia was instrumental in developing and rolling out the Direct Funding Program across Ontario, and she was deeply involved in every expansion the program has received since its inception.

I have personally had the great pleasure of working directly with Sylvia since the start of my time as Executive Director at CILT in 2018. She was straight-forward and no nonsense and deeply and sincerely supportive of CILT and the work we do. I recall reluctantly phoning her while she was on holiday with her partner Rick in Florida and explaining that we had a time-limited opportunity to again expand the DF program but we needed her help. Sylvia did not even hesitate. She stepped-up, as she always did, and helped us to assemble yet another possible expansion budget. She joked at the time ‘Well at least I still get to have cocktails on the beach later!’ Even as CILT has transitioned into remote work as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sylvia remained equally committed to supporting us through everything this transition entailed.

Not only did Sylvia support CILT this way, but she was also equally devoted to supporting other non-profits who were trying to do good in the world.

Sylvia had a wonderful sense of humor and a very kind heart. She loved to talk about her family and she was very proud of the accomplishments of her daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Sylvia’s laugh was warm and deep and would usually come at the end of a call, when the official ‘business’ was complete. We will all miss Sylvia very much. She was an incredibly wise and caring person, deeply devoted to her work, family and community.

Despite her importance to operations, Sylvia preferred to remain in the background, always attending CILT’s AGM and quietly mingling with staff and members. But her presence in terms of CILT’s accomplishments cannot be underestimated. In 2016, CILT presented her with an award, pictured above. The award is inscribed and reads: “Meritorious Service Award, Sylvia Draper-Fernandez, In recognition of over 30 years of outstanding contribution to the financial well-being of CILT and embodying the values of the Independent Living Movement”

Thank you, Sylvia for your dedication to CILT. We will remember you, always, as a dedicated champion for CILT and an outstanding colleague and friend.

Wendy Porch, Executive Director, CILT.

January 2021


Zoom Recording of Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities in Toronto, Research Presentation by Dr. Naomi Schwartz


Focus group on how Toronto could improve nonpolice crisis responses for our communities

The City of Toronto has contracted Gerstein Crisis Centre to help them hear from you about how Toronto could improve nonpolice crisis responses for our communities.

To join one of the 90 Minute Focus groups, please contact 416-408-4942 or focusgroup@gersteincentre.org.

For more information, click here.


CILT COVID-19 Fall Update

CILT remains committed to supporting consumers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we are looking at increasing case counts in Ontario, CILT & Direct Funding remain committed to ensuring that participants in the Direct Funding Program can access their services in a safe environment, minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

For our Fall update and information on some of the other actions CILT has undertaken since March 2020, please click here.


Wheelchair for Sale-Available until May 3rd

Brand new, never used, bought for $11,000 in 2010.

Specs as follows:

Q600 black from 2010

75-amp NE controller

14″ pneumatic tires

Foot platform

Swing away joystick Right side

Synergy Seat

15×16

14-18 width package, 14-18 depth package

18″ back canes with push handles

Single post armrests with waterfall arm pads

 

Available for pickup in Hog’s Hollow neighborhood in Toronto between April 29 and May 3

If interested, contact Cheryl by cell/text at 778-883-6229.


Help Develop Ontario’s Budget

Ontario is hosting in-person and online consultations across the province, and seeking public input to help develop the province’s Budget.    For the second year in a row, the province has launched Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that makes it easier for the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future.   Ontario is looking for public input on how the province can:

  • Invest in people’s talents and skills
  • Build and revitalize public infrastructure
  • Support an innovative business environment
  • Improve public services

Ontarians can get involved in the conversation by visiting ontario.ca/budgettalks where you can:

  • Share, discuss and vote for ideas online by January 31, 2016
  • Learn how to attend one of the public town halls across the province
  • Email ideas to submissions@ontario.ca
  • Mail in your ideas
  • Tweet ideas using #BudgetTalks

For more information including quick facts, additional resources, and contact information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website or Budget Talks.

Budget Talks


Christmas Concerts with ASL Interpretation

  There will be two upcoming Christmas events that include ASL interpretation up on the stage:   The City of Toronto will host its annual Christmas Concert.   When: Thursday December 24, at 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West   The concert lasts approximately one hour and will conclude with a visit from Santa! For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.   And:
  Toronto Christmas Market will once again provide ASL interpreted shows up on stage.
When: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Where: Distillery Historic District             2:00 pm Santa’s Elves Singalong with ASL Interpretation             2:30 pm Children’s Storytelling with ASL Interpretation   For more information, visit the Toronto Christmas Market website.

 


Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund

Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.

The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.

The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.

For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.

Ontario Newsroom


Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund
Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.   The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.   The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.  For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.   Ontario Newsroom