- ImagineAbiliity hosted 4 summer students throughout July and August in at Madison in Contract Manufacturing, Art Zone, Cafeteria and Community Services.
- We accepted 10 new graduates on July 4, 2018 9 out of the Madison location and 1 out of the William location which is up by 4 compared to last year. We also accepted 8 new entrants through our regular intake process.
- Since June, eight new staff have been hired and two staff retired.
- People First HR worked with Marge and Audra to revise ImagineAbility’s Policies and Procedures. They are now complete. People First HR will be coming out to present the revised manual to all employees and we will then set up a schedule so that employees read review and sign off on the policy manual once a year.
- Paul MacDonald from MLT Aikins will be coming out to conduct Respectful Workplace Policy training at Madison on October 1 for all Madison Staff and any new William Staff.
- Over the summer ImagineAbility emails were moved to Office 365. We are currently looking at security considerations and costs of WIFI connected to our computer system and an independant WIFI from Shaw for the open areas at Madison and William.
- William Avenue hosted five garage sales since May. There was good turnout due to facing a high traffic street. All money raised went to programming and a special event. A bus was rented in August and a trip/ beach day at Birds Hill Provincial Park was organized with a free lunch for everyone.
- As with previous summers, Community Based Services aimed to provide as many opportunities for community experiences as possible. Below is a list of some of the activities we were able to facilitate:
Bocce Ball, Archery, Basketball, Assiniboine Zoo, Millenium Library, West Kildonan Library, Thunder Rapids, Winnipeg Photo Project, St. Norbert Monastery, Fort Whyte Alive, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Mini Golf, Police Museum. Splash Dash Boat tour, Horseback Riding, Red River Exhibition Park Gem Show, Aviation Museum, Winnipeg Mural tour, Manitoba Legislature tour, APTN Tour and many more.
- Abilities Manitoba and the Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (ADSPM) and the Family Advocacy Network (FAN) are partnering on a wage campaign that started in September and will run through November.
The Abilities Manitoba executive finalized the ‘ask’ around wages and ADSPM is in agreement. We will be asking that the Province commit to fund wages (average wage not starting wage) at the following rates:
Year 1: 50% above minimum ($17.03)
Year 2: 55% above minimum ($17.59)
Year 3: 60% above minimum ($18.16)
Our rationale is that we need to move away from a dollar figure to a percentage above minimum wage. Make Poverty History Manitoba has done extensive research and determined that $16.45 is a living wage for a single person with one child. Proposed rates are below/at rates health Care Aides receive who cannot perform some duties expected of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). PLEASE SIGN THE POSTCARDS AND SUBMIT THEM BACK TO YOUR MANAGERS.
- The next ImagineAbility Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for April 13, 2019. Please mark this on your calendars and we hope you can all attend.