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Feature Article - March 23, 2006

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Feature Article - March 23, 2006

Land o'Lakes community services:Adult protective services

by Cheryl Hartwick

Jilene Tooley is the Adult Protective Services worker for the Adult Protective Services Program. The program is a part of Land o’ Lakes Community Services providing supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities who live in north Lennox & Addington county, specifically people living in the Kaladar, Flinton, Northbrook , Cloyne and Denbigh areas and who are over the age of 18. Funding is from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, as well as from community donations and fundraising efforts.

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The belief that all people have the right to equal opportunity, the right to live as an equal in their communities and the right to be supported as they choose goals and life paths is the basis of the Adult Protective Services Program. Services are offered both short-term (situational or crisis support) and long-term (case management) and include advocacy, case management, form completion and comprehension, life skills training and much more. The key is to assist clients to help themselves by providing them the necessary tools.

Fundraising efforts and donations from the community make it possible for the participants of the Adult Protective Services Program to enjoy extra activities that may not otherwise be possible. In the past fiscal year alone, several people participated in some day trips.

Jilene and the participants would like to thank everyone who has helped them. Earlier in the fiscal year, the Land o’ Lakes Lions club donated to the program, which allowed six individuals to participate in theatre trips to Napanee. The Public Relations & Promotions committee of LOLCS contributed funds last summer and eighteen participants enjoyed a wonderful trip on the Kingston Thousand Island Boat Cruise.

Most recently, on March 11, there was a delicious “all-you-can-eat” spaghetti dinner at the Barrie township hall in Cloyne. Thanks to North Frontenac township for the donation of the hall, the Public Relations & Promotions committee and other volunteers who worked hard to serve about 60 people. The approximate $400 raised will be used to help organize trips for this summer.

A major obstacle for the Adult Protective Services Program is a lack of volunteer drivers for these special outings. If you are interested in donating some time and your vehicle to take the participants on trips, please let us know. We always welcome new volunteers and remember - you would get to enjoy the trip as well and have some great new experiences.

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