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Activities day to support Turning Leaf

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All are welcome to attend a day of fun and games in support of Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated (TLCSSI).

The event takes place on Fri., July 26, starting at 9:45 a.m. at the Sturgeon Heights Collegiate field at 2665 Ness Ave.

The day consists of several activities, specially designed to include even those who are physically limited.

"We’ve incorporated four wheelchair events for anybody who is not mobile," day program co-ordinator Kaitlin Beaudry said.

There is also a Frisbee toss for both wheelchair and non-wheelchair users. Other activities include a relay race and shot put throw.

The non-profit charitable organization supports adults with mental and intellectual disabilities in two ways.

"We have day programs where people come to spend their eight-to-four, Monday-to-Friday with us. We facilitate life skills classes and social outings as well as work experience and volunteering," Beaudry said.

"We also have eight residential houses in Winnipeg."

TLCSSI also has residential houses in Portage la Prairie, Winkler, and Selkirk.

Many members of TLCSSI live in those houses, and are assisted by community support workers.

"We support them in doing things like going for groceries, making appointments, interacting with their community, things like that," Beaudry said.

TLCSSI also offers supported independent living, which means community support workers help out the members in their own homes.

"We also offer some counselling services in-house. We have a clinician who comes in and will offer counselling services or crisis intervention if it’s needed. And we have a crisis team on hand if there’s an issue after-hours," Beaudry said.

Beaudry said the idea for an activities day was inspired by similar organizations doing the same thing, such as Special Olympics.

"We thought that we would sort of follow in their footsteps and take the opportunity to gather all the organizations in the city together for a day of healthy activities as well as networking between members," Beaudry explained.

"It’s a good day of fun to get everybody together and meet new people, forming relationships."

A poster for the event urges participants to bring a lunch or money for lunch, as well as water. Loose fitting clothing, hats, bug spray, and sunscreen are strongly encouraged.

The event is expected to end at 2 p.m. The entrance fee for participants is $2. Proceeds go to the Fallen Leaf Fund. To sign-up, call 204-694-1377.

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