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PACE Achieves Exemplary Accreditation Standing

June 2017 – PACE has been accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada which marks a very successful end to extensive process of organizational preparation and review.

“We want to thank our clients, staff, accreditation team members, community partners, leadership and the board for their ongoing efforts and dedication to the providing safe, quality services,” said Laura Visser, Executive Director.  “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to ongoing quality improvement and to delivering top quality services.”

The survey took place May 29 - 31, 2017 and determined that PACE met all of the standards and criteria for an overall score of 97.3 per cent.

Accreditation Canada provides four different possible rating levels; its highest recognition being Accreditation with Exemplary Standing.  Exemplary Standing is for an organization that goes beyond the requirements and demonstrates excellence in quality improvement.

PACE is a proud sponsor of Breaking the ICE 2017

PACE is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Breaking the Ice Conference - October 28 and 29, 2017.  PACE will be providing the attendant services at this year’s event.

Breaking the ICE Canada 2017 Conference

Novotel Toronto North York

3 Park Home Avenue, North York, Ontario

What does ICE stand for?

I = Independence

C = Community

E = Empowerment

What is Breaking the Ice?

Breaking the ICE is a client-focused conference for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). 

The purpose of the conference is to provide individuals who use AAC an opportunity to learn from each other, create meaningful relationships in the community, and have a platform to share ideas and feelings. 

The conference engages participants who are underserved in the community, with the goal of promoting Independence, Community inclusion, and Empowerment (ICE). 

How do I find out more and/or to register?

Click here.

 

PACE's new Executive Director - Laura Visser   

November, 2016

It was announced today by Bill Noble, Chair, Board of Directors that after a comprehensive search, Laura Visser has been hired as the new Executive Director at PACE Independent Living.  She will start on Monday December 12, 2016.

Laura brings a wealth of experience and passion in leading change management initiatives, strategic planning, communication strategies and service excellence.

She has extensive work experience in the community, hospital and government sectors.  Her career began at the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) as the Member Networking Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director.  Laura continued in leadership roles as her career path took her to the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital) as Director, Communications, Planning and Partnerships and progressed further at Lakeridge Health as Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Communications and then at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC) where she was the primary Lead on Strategic Sector Initiatives and Integrated Family-Centred Care for Children with Health Complexity.

Laura’s accomplishments include inspiring, influencing and facilitating cross-sectoral dialogue – with the meaningful engagement of clients and caregivers – at the local, regional and provincial levels.  Under her leadership, she delivered the “Complex Care for Kids Ontario” strategy which was approved and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Laura graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Gerontology and she also has a Masters in Health Science, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from University of Toronto.  Laura is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

Laura is no stranger to PACE as she was a member of the PACE Board of Directors for over eight years (2004 – 2012) and the Board Chair for five of those years.  During this time, I had the pleasure of working with Laura and I am very excited about working with her again and in her new capacity as Executive Director.

PACE recognized with a “Community Partner” award

PACE has been recognized by the Aphasia Institute as a Community Partner for its ongoing commitment and contributions to Aphasia community.  Tracy Howell, Director, Support Services, who leads this effort, attended the Aphasia Institute annual general meeting where she received the honour on behalf of PACE. 

“Through this long standing partnership, clients benefit as PACE provides personal support to those who need it while attending the community programs at the Aphasia Institute” explains Tracy.  “In return, the Aphasia Institute provides training for PACE staff on how to work with clients with aphasia and to help overcome communication barriers”.

WHAT IS APHASIA?

Aphasia is an acquired disorder caused by an injury to the brain and affects a person’s ability to communicate. It is most often the result of stroke or head injury. An individual with aphasia may experience difficulty expressing themselves when speaking, difficulty understanding the speech of others, and difficulty reading and writing. Sadly, aphasia can mask a person’s intelligence and ability to communicate feelings, thoughts and emotions.

Retirement of Joanne Wilson, Executive Director

It was announced today by Bill Noble, Board Chair of the PACE Board of Directors, that a search has been launched for a new Executive Director.  The new Executive Director will replace Joanne Wilson who will retire from PACE on December 31, 2016.  After more than 25 years of dedicated, passionate service to PACE, Joanne is setting her sights on a well-deserved retirement and spending more time travelling and with family and friends.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Joanne for more than five years and I am going to miss her tremendously and I know that many of you will as well.” said Bill Noble, Board Chair of PACE’s Board of Directors.Joanne began her PACE career as Executive Director in November 1990.  At that time, there were three supportive housing projects and a budget of just under $3.0M.  Through Joanne’s leadership, PACE has grown to the current nine supportive housing projects, a large attendant outreach program and a budget of over $14M.  Joanne has built and maintained significant relationships within the attendant services community and the health care system as a whole.  In addition, Joanne is a well-respected member of multiple working groups and committees at community, LHIN and provincial tables.

Today (May 19) is Personal Support Worker Day!

This day has been declared as it is an opportunity to recognize the valuable work of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Ontario.   At PACE, approximately 80% of our employees have a PSW qualification. 

“We thank all of our front-line staff who hold the PSW qualification in their respective roles for the essential work that they do every day!” said Joanne Wilson, Executive Director.  “It is your efforts, along with those of the other staff, that enable PACE to be recognized as a leader in supporting people with disabilities to live independently through the delivery of high quality innovative services.”

New PACE supportive housing - opening soon

New PACE accessible supportive housing will be opening in May 2016 in what was the Pan Am/Para Pan Am athletes’ village.  These are the first new supportive housing units that PACE has opened in 20-years!

The building is owned and managed by social service charitable organization - Fred Victor.  The goal for the building is to provide permanent housing especially for single adults, youth and families with high needs for affordable housing and on-site support services.

The building, located at 20 Prince Street in the West Don Lands (known as the Canary District), contains 108 units and meets LEED Gold standards for building design, construction, operation and maintenance of green developments.

PACE has made commitments for the entire PACE available units and the prospective tenants are anxiously waiting to move in.

Welcome Kim Breland to PACE

Kim Breland joined PACE on March 14, 2016 as the new Program Manager for the supportive housing project that will open spring 2016 at the former PanAm / ParaPan Am village site.

Kim comes to PACE with 15 years of experience creating and managing programs that serve diverse populations at Vita/Mens Sana, Madison Community Services and Trinity Square Enterprises.  Kim’s ability to work successfully with communities, neighbours, families, service providers and other stakeholders will be an asset to PACE in establishing its new program.

 

PACE artists display their works at Arts Etobicoke Storefront Gallery

Participants from our acquired brain injury (ABI) art day program at the Paula Cassin Learning Centre are currently displaying their works at the Arts Etobicoke Storefront Gallery -  4893A Dundas Street West,Toronto, ON M9A 1B2.  The exhibition runs until Saturday March 5, 2015.

A group of PACE artists have named themselves the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Creative Connections -   Raven Crow, Larry Eyres, Joseph Kure, Jorge Oliveira, Everado Quiel and George Szuszwalak - have created original pieces of art including paintings, sketches, photography and collages.  These PACE artists describe the process of creating art as fun, humorous and an inspiring way to help their recovery.  Every individual brings their own special gifts to the group and inspires creativity in each other.

For more information about the art program and/or the display, please contact:  Sherri Wheeler at 416.789.7806 ext. 312 or swheeler@pace-il.ca.

 

Service transfer of Clarendon Foundation to PACE Independent Living – effective September 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have been asked by the Toronto Central LHIN to work with them on a service transfer that will have PACE taking over responsibility for Clarendon’s two supportive housing sites.  This service transfer will result in the Clarendon Consumers receiving services from PACE and Clarendon Staff becoming part of the PACE organization.  PACE will begin providing services on September 1st, 2015. 

In addition, we are delighted to share that we have a new Director, Support Services, Sallie Morrison, who will provide the senior leadership in overseeing these two supportive housing sites.  Sallie has more than 20 year’s leadership experience in not-for-profit services for people with physical disabilities and for seniors in the province of Ontario.  Most recently, she was the Director of Services including supportive housing for AbleLiving Services (Thrive Group).

PACE looks forward to this new venture and to the continuation of a high level of quality support services to current and future Consumers at PACE. We will be working to ensure a smooth transition for all those impacted by the changes.

PACE and the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) are proud to announce the creation of the Paula Cassin Education Fund.

The Paula Cassin Education Fund provides funds towards educational opportunities that will enhance the lives of people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury.

Paula Cassin’s career was spent being a tireless advocate for brain injury survivors.  She made a significant contribution to the acquired brain injury community.  Paula had a passion for lifelong learning.  It is only fitting that this fund created in Paula’s honour gives back to the community she had such a significant impact on and in a way that she enjoyed.

Paula was the Executive Director of abi Possibilities for the past eleven years, prior to Possibilities integrating into PACE in June 2014.  She served on the BIST Board of Directors for three years and was the Board Chair in 2008/2009, her final year on the Board.

The funds are intended to make available experiential learning opportunities to those who need them most.

Click here to make a donation.

PACE IL entered into a partnership with Fred Victor Mission (as the lead) and Loft Community Services to bid on obtaining some of affordable, mixed-use residential units built originally for the Athletes' Village during Pan and Parapan Games 2015 in Toronto. PACE IL and its partners were the successful candidates along with Wigwamen Housing Inc., who is partnered with Ontario March of Dimes. For further information, read http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2012/10/pan-and-parapan-am-games-to-create-affordable-housing-legacy.html, and http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/230718--pan-am-games-athletes-village-to-be-converted-into-affordable-housing. Also see http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=781410.

 

PACE Independent Living ensures full inclusion of persons with disabilities

PACE Independent Living has established an Accessibility Policy to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) provides a way for Ontario to become barrier-free.

Accessible customer service came into effect starting January 1, 2012. The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service applies to all organizations (public, private and non-profit) that provide goods or services either directly to the public or to other organizations in Ontario and that have one or more employees in Ontario.

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