#5ToSurvive Media Coverage

CLO and its members have been working tirelessly to spread our #5ToSurvive message through the media. Check out all of the news articles, radio interviews, TV segments, and more that we’ve compiled.

PRESS RELEASE: Family Engagement Grants Offer Opportunity for Inclusion & Community-Building Across Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, January 5, 2024 — Committed to facilitating positive change, Community Living Ontario (CLO) launched its first-ever family engagement grant initiative to promote meaningful engagement and help provide families with loved ones who live with intellectual disability an opportunity to network and build good lives.    Aimed at supporting and encouraging engagement activities, grants of up to … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Community Living Ontario Celebrates Award Winners Who Are Dedicated to Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, October 17, 2023 — Community Living Ontario (CLO) has announced the recipients of its 2023 Inspiring Possibilities Awards.   After several years hiatus, CLO revived these unique awards in 2023. Celebrating people, teams, and organizations making a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, the Inspiring Possibilities Awards are revered by self-advocates, families, support workers, … Read More

Get to Know: Cameron

Cameron O’Connor grew up in a home where music is a second language. His mom, Allison, runs Dreams Come True Music Studio, and Cameron has been an active participant in their musical performances and concerts. Cameron also has an interest in DJing. He loves to listen to modern music and dreams of being able to mix tracks like the masters.  … Read More

Student Links: Getting to Know Nicole Flynn

Besides spotlighting students who meet mentors through Student Links, People You Should Know features people in the community who have interesting stories to share. In this edition we will be getting to know polymath Nicole Flynn. A polymath is someone who is knowledgeable about a number of subjects. Tell us about yourself. I am a photographer, conservationist, writer, business owner, … Read More

Student Links: Young Artist Blossoms into Confident Quilter

Shania Brown is an artist based out of Kingston, Ontario, whose passion for art shines through in all her unique creations. Looking to expand her artistic skills, Shania spoke to Student Links about finding a mentor who might teach her more about textiles. Shania was introduced to Annette Willis, a local quilter and the owner of chasing lightning bugs studio … Read More

Student Links: Aspiring Woodworker Polishes His Skills

Simon Lafleur is an explorer at heart. From collecting rocks, enjoying a variety of music, and DJing, to modelling and taking part in sports, he is always open to new experiences. It’s this curiosity that led him to pursue a Student Links mentorship with Bill Wright, a woodworker from Nepean, Ontario. Woodworking has been one of Bill’s passions for over … Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, ON, April 28, 2022 — This May, Ontarians might start noticing a lot more blue and green popping up in their communities — and not just from fresh spring flowers. Blue and green are the traditional colours of Community Living Month, a province-wide annual awareness campaign that takes place each May to promote authentic inclusion for … Read More

Student Links: Driving the Road to Independence

As a young child, Mitchell “Mitch” Heyd would spend countless hours with his beloved toy cars, taking them for a spin along roads drawn onto cardboard. Now, as a young adult, Mitch is still forging his own road ahead and still passionate about automobiles—only now he gets to work with the real thing, excelling beyond his childhood dreams. Mitch had … Read More

Equality Fails Students

by Nicole Flynn Students are being failed by equality!   Students who are marginalized because of their identities, such as being Indigenous, or a person of colour, or identifying as LGBTQI2+, or having a disability, have been given “equal” resources by our educational system. But equality actually robs these students of a proper education.    Why? Because equality provides the same … Read More