Remembering CILT Associate Director Ing Wong-Ward

On July 6th, 2019, CILT Associate Director Ing Wong-Ward passed away from complications related to colon cancer.  She will be deeply missed by all of her friends and colleagues at CILT and by the many whose lives she touched.

Ing was a fierce advocate, having spent many years challenging ableism through ground-breaking work at the CBC before coming to CILT as Associate Director in 2016. Disabled people everywhere have lost a champion and a treasured voice, and many have lost a close personal friend as well.

Close up of Ing Wong-Ward in striped tee-shirt smiling at the camer

Below, retired CILT Executive Director Sandra Carpenter remembers Ing in a personal tribute:

“Ing passed away in her sleep at around 3 am July 6th, 2019. She is survived by her adoring and dedicated husband Tim Wong-Ward and beautiful, talented and smart daughter Zhenmei. Please send them your kindest thoughts but respect their right to privacy at this time.

For those who knew Ing, she had a 22 year history at the CBC, where she was a tireless small ‘a’ advocate for disability perspectives in the mainstream radio media. Her early years at CBC were spent as a co-host of the Disability Network (D-Net), a first ever regular program on CBC.

Imagine my delight when in late 2015, she decided to join CILT. So by January 2016 she did and not because she lost her job at CBC (which many have) but because she chose us!

Let me back track a bit. Can’t quite remember when I first met Ing but she remembers meeting me when she was 16. That would make sense because I would have been 35 and at the Ministry of Labour. I can’t remember but she remembers our meeting going past 5 and so I took her home and she thought that was very ‘cool’!

Since that time, I watched her. Us fellow SMAer’s have to stick together.

Approximately 20 years ago she actually became my neighbour. We’d often joke that if we cut a hole through the one wall we share we could all live together. I said it was a joke. Some of my attendants might have driven her crazy!

I last spoke to her on July 2nd, 2019. She wanted to thank me for everything (I have way more to thank her for) and she especially wanted to thank me for hiring her at CILT, getting her out of the CBC and making the end of her working life such a joy. She loved us all (CILT staff) and to the end expressed regret that she was not able to carry on my legacy and remain with you all, when I was retired from CILT.

The thing that haunts me is this. When I hired her and when we finalized the succession plan with her I said ‘great…now just don’t die on me’. It was said in jest and we both laughed uproariously, Because I’m close to 20 years her senior I never, never though she would die before me!

But she did die and I want everyone to know that it was not her primary disability that killed her. It was inoperable cancer. In fact she would refer to the cancer and the resulting abscess as ‘the Kraken’. We did share a dark sense of humour.

I want to leave you with a few words that were shared with me when I sent out the news.

“With style and with grace, she left her impression on this place”. Mary Belcourt..one of my attendants.

“What an unfathomable loss!” Kathleen Odell..one of my nieces. Ing was responsible for giving her a job at CILT. Her own daughter and Ing’s daughter enjoy each other’s company when they rarely see each other.

See also David Demchuk’s amazing Tweet.

Words fail us at times like these Ing, but you will be remembered by many many people for a long, long time.

With Love

Sandra”

CILT extends our deepest condolences to Ing’s family and loved ones. We will miss you, Ing.


Don Peuramaki: 1948-2019

Don

On May 15th2019 the community has lost another highly significant and influential giant.

Don Peuramaki had extensive experience in media: television, radio, video production, visual art and music. He was senior and executive producer for the award-winning weekly co-production, Disability Network (D-Net) for eight seasons at CBC Television. The series incorporated both documentary and magazine formats.  Don also produced a two-hour special for CBC sports on the Atlanta Paralympic Games which drew an audience of over 1.5 million viewers.

Awards for D-Net included: ACTRA’s “Into the Mainstream” Award, B’nai Brith’s Media Human Rights Award, International Film and TV Festival of New York Awards, and Columbus International Film and Video Festival Awards.

Full Obituary


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    


Enabling Minds

CMHA Ontario presents A FREE PUBLIC FORUM
#A Better Serve: Enabling Mental Health Accessibility
in Ontario’s Physical Activity Field

When: December 3 , 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm
(International Day of Persons with Disabilities)

Where: Nancy’s Auditorium, YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto   Speakers’ Panel, Networking, Light Refreshments Free, space limited.
For more information and to pre-register, visit the Enabling Minds website.


Helen Henderson Literary Award

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is accepting applications for the Helen Henderson Literary Award.

This award will be granted to a CILT member, or an ally recommended by a CILT member, who produced an outstanding piece of writing related to raising public awareness of a disability issue or barrier.

The award recipient will receive a lifetime membership at CILT, plus a cash prize of $200.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Mar. 31, 2016. Eligibility criteria include:

  • One (1) published piece of writing (published on a website, blog, open letter to the editor or in a journal, newsletter or magazine);
  • Submission must be in English or French;
  • Minimum 700 words; maximum 3,000 words;
  • Addresses at least one (1) disability issue or barrier;
  • Published within a year of the submission deadline.

For more information on Helen Henderson, her legacy and how to apply for this award, please download the application.


NEADS is seeking participants for an on-line survey

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking participants for an on-line survey for students who identify with mental health conditions.

Post-secondary students with mental health difficulties are needed to help them develop an online transition program geared towards students.

The Assessment and Resource Centres of Ontario (one at Queen’s University and ne at Cambrian College) have been funded to develop an online transition rogram in both a northern and southern region of Ontario for students with ental health issues transitioning from high school to post-secondary ducation.

In order to address current gaps in transition programming, NEADS is looking for information from students with mental health concerns who are 18 and older and who have been accepted into or are currently studying at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

For more information, visit the NEADS website, or contact Alana Holmes at alana.holmes@cambriancollege.ca or at 705-566-8101 ext. 7643.

NEADS website 

Survey