In the Company of Friends ICOF and Innovative Life options

Employer's Stories!

Murray gives back to what's
important to him!


Altona at Night

In 2015 Brandi decided she wanted to do something to assist the new refugee families that were moving to Altona. With support from her friend Katherine, she attended the Regional Adult Education Centre once a week and worked hard creating, writing and taking pictures for a book for new families. 

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An Author Among Us

A very talented ICOF employer, Ryan Nelson, who along with support from his staff is in the creative process of writing his first novel,
“The Crusades of Captain Rye and His Renegades”. 

Not only is this about creating a story, Ryan is reaching out into the greater community with messages and pirates treasures in a bottle and engaging people to share their treasure finds and connect via social media.  Ryan has fans as far off as Great Britain!           Click here to read more

Nelson’s passions

He’s a man of few words, but that doesn’t stop him from letting you know just what’s on his mind. Ryan Nelson, 24, was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy when he was six months old – a condition that makes him unable to speak or have the use of his limbs.
Though Nelson, who is confined to a wheelchair, isn’t able to speak by himself he has enough vocal noises and commands to chat your ear off.

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A Dream Day

Excitedly and with lots of love, 70 people gathered at Fort Gibraltor this summer to witness the wedding of Sylvia and John. After a year of planning and saving, the day finally arrived that they would say “I do”. With the help of family, friends and an Options for Services contractor, Sylvia and John spent just over a year planning their special day. They tasted cupcakes, made decorations, picked colors, created centerpieces and put their flair into each aspect.

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Artist finds her creativity with exquisite paper making

MillieMilli Flaig-Hooper is a very accomplished paper maker, who operates her own business called “The Paper Fifrildi”(the Old Norse word for Butterfly). As a graduate of Gimli High School, Milli discovered her interest in papermaking during the fall of 2007 when she began experimenting with a papermaking kit.

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The ‘option’ of rediscovering the past

Linda FunkFrom the outside looking in, Linda Funk’s life looked pretty good. She had a small circle of friends, dedicated supporters and helpful staff. Linda had an active social calendar full of Brandon Wheat Kings games, visits with her sister, dinners with friends and occasional trips out of town. But, something was missing…Linda’s past.

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LIFE is good In the Company of Friends

MurrayMurray Couling is passionate about a number of things, but no two things light up his excitement more than the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team and Emergency Services activities. This fall, Murray had a chance to be involved in and show his support to both! In Murray’s words, “It was so great.”

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Spring Fling

About 100 ICOF Employers, family members, friends, network members, and staff gathered together for the annual ICOF Spring Fling. Held at the Dakota Lawn Bowling Centre on April 1, 2017, the afternoon featured music, dancing, socializing, food, prizes, and a photo booth.
The Spring Fling was the product of five months of planning by four ICOF Employers who formed the Spring Fling Planning Committee. David, Sylvia, Amy, and Kendra met monthly to arrange every detail of the event including the DJ, decorations, ticket sales, food, prizes, and photo booth costumes. Along the way, they also had the opportunity to connect with each other and build some new relationships.
Congratulations to the Spring Fling Planning Committee for organizing such a wonderful afternoon and to all individuals who won door, auction, and dance prizes. We’d like to thank everyone who donated desserts and prizes. Your generosity helped make the day a huge success. We look forward to seeing you at the next ICOF social event.
If you’d like to join the ICOF Spring Fling Planning Committee for 2018, please contact Dave at, Sylvia at, Dana at, or Barb at .