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Po$$ibility Grant

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Po$$ibility Grant.

The Po$$ibility Grant, an endowment fund with the Winnipeg Foundation, is open to ICOF employers in Manitoba to pursue a dream such as starting their own business, purchasing something new, planning a special event or having a fun weekend with friends. 

The grant will be offered once a year and all ICOF employers are eligible to apply.

Congratulations to the 2019 Po$$ibility Grant Winners

Richard T.

 Chantal L.

Here is Richard’s story…

Richard would like to say a big thank you for the Elkhorn Resort gift from your Po$$ibility grant. He had an awesome time, especially the boat ride, hot tub, seeing a bear, a few deer and a coyote. The weather was perfect. Awesome gift.







Chantal's Story

Hi it’s Chantal and on October 4/2019 my mom picked me up to start our trip to Kelowna BC to celebrate her 65th birthday!

We drove as far as the Best Western hotel in Swift Current Saskatchewan - the journey was long but roads and weather were great.  We had a good sleep, got up to venture to Airdrie Alberta to eat at Swiss Chalet with my great uncle Ken and Lloyd and Heather who used to live across from my mother in Brandon.  We had a great visit lots of laughs.

My great aunt Cleo was in a hospital in Calgary, so we visit her and had a great time at her family’s place. We left for Kelowna in the morning to get my uncle Laverne where we would be staying.  The traffic was not busy but the mountains were amazing.  We made it there in time for supper for my mother’s 65th birthday.  Uncle lv made her favourite dish, salmon steaks with a lovely b-cake.  She was very surprised we had done the plan without her knowing.  The rain kept us in door but we had a great time.
The animals were great to hang out with and some plants needed to be brought in.  We made our family traditional Belgium cookies one evening.  We drove to the casinos and mall in Vernon BC where we got lucky and lots of fun.  We listened to the news to find out a bad storm hit Manitoba. We were thankful to miss it.  My sister Marsha and her family met us for thanksgiving dinner. Uncle lv had to go back to the vet clinic to work so we left to get back to Calgary.  But we had a great holiday.

I thank the possibility grant committee for choosing me so l could surprise my mother who helps me so much.

Held on April 6, 2019, The ICOF Spring Fling was hosted in Winnipeg by a committee of 5 ICOF employers.  Approximately 130 people came from all over Manitoba and it was great to see everyone having fun. The fling was filled with music, dancing, food, mingling, photo booth pictures, 50/50 and a rainbow auction.

The ICOF committee said:

“It was a great day, everyone had lots of fun and people really enjoyed themselves”.

“I thought it was a big hit and we should keep doing it every year.”

Spring Fling 2020 will be held on Saturday April 25th 2020 
1pm to 5 pm Holy Eucharist Parish Centre 460 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg $5.00 per person

The 2020 Spring Fling committee hopes to encourage everyone to come out again next year meet new people, share a dance, have fun or win a prize.

If anyone would like to donate prizes towards the rainbow auction, baking, veggie or fruit trays or would like to assist with the April 2020 Spring Fling
please contact Spring Fling Committee.

A Word from Laurie, Senior Coordinator…

I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a training for house managers at Pulford Community Services. We spent time discussing effective communication and tools to create a strong staffing team. The training was well received by the participants.

I also participated in the Launch into Life train the trainer series, which was a one day training opportunity to learn how to conduct the training for parents and self-advocates who are in the transition stage from high school to adult life planning. The training was to build the skills and knowledge for potential facilitators to reach out to more families in the community.

I was also excited to attend the Mental Health First Aid training session. It was a great learning opportunity to identify and discuss issues for people living with mental illness. The course was engaging and very informative. 

I am excited to be attending the upcoming PATH/ MAPS training in early March. 

Looking forward to continuing my work with ICOF employers and their support networks! 

Innovative Life Options holds Manager Training

Last week Pulford Community Living Services hosted a two-day training session facilitated by Innovative LIFE Options Inc. that aimed to provide our managers with new ways to build new management skills. The training leaders were Laurie Miller and Christine Currie who lead our staff through a variety of different lessons dealing with things like their core competencies and the roles of the manager. Being flexible in your management, communication, leadership and building self esteem were all touched on as well.

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Shannon, Resource Coordinator for Westman and Northern Regions wrote:

I had the pleasure of working with Envision Community Living as they explored ways to support individuals in their program to live meaningful lives and finding purpose in their life. This is a topic I am passionate about and I appreciated the opportunity to share my passion while developing my facilitation skills, taking me far outside my normal comfort zone. I look forward to sharing all I have learned through this process.

For the past several months I have been bringing together my Westman groups. This has become a regularly scheduled event, the third Monday of each month, at a favorite local coffee shop. There is never a requirement to attend, there is no set agenda and it is completely guided by the network members who attend. It has been a fabulous opportunity for folks to connect with one another while driving rich conversations around challenges being faced. This has created an amazing environment to share knowledge and experiences.

Entrepreneur Workshop

On Friday, April 21, 2017, approximately 30 ICOF Employers, network members, and staff gathered at 120 Maryland Street to participate in an Entrepreneur Workshop. Sponsored by Innovative LIFE Options, Community Futures Manitoba, and World Trade Centre Winnipeg, the workshop was designed to provide ICOF Employers with information, ideas, and resources to assist them in starting their own businesses.
Some of the highlights of the day included small group discussions to generate business ideas, a tradeshow of provincial entrepreneur resource agencies, and a Skype interview with ICOF Entrepreneur Devon Yelinek  to learn about his business, Devon’s Cookies. During the morning, participants also had an opportunity to learn about product development, customer demographics, budgeting, and business promotion by creating their own lemonade stand businesses.
Congratulations to David Weremy and Corey Demontigny for receiving an award for the best lemonade stand presentation and to all of the participants for their energy and creativity throughout the day. We look forward to watching your ideas grow into successful businesses.


"There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

Edith Wharton