Many Kootenay businesses are facing difficulty these days due to labour shortages in the area. Unbeknownst to many Kootenay employers, there’s an untapped job force out there that is being underutilized. For some, like the intellectually disabled, they want to work but haven’t been given an opportunity to contribute.
The last piece I supplied was dealing with decision. It remarked on the playing of the cards we are dealt. It was the first month in the year, the beginning of the new decade, bringing thoughts of acceptance, deciding and asserting in life. Words of confidence and movement-this month I saw this definition of fika, and thought as we have embraced the need to make decisions to empower our life, we need also to appreciate the good things these decisions bring. We sometimes are so busy on the path to where we are going that we forget to appreciate the journey and the daily accomplishments that we experience.
Let’s use this month of February to appreciate the accomplishments exercise fika on our journey of maximizing life.
Thoughts until next time,
We had a wonderful night with all the people who attended the Friends of Realm and Realm Texas hol’dem on Saturday, we gave away great door prizes, had a great pulled pork dinner and silent auction!
Realm’s Blast into good health
Featuring guest speakers with starry night dinner and dance to follow
Friday February 21, 2020 at the Heritage Inn Health conference from 12:30pm-5:00pm Dinner and dance from 6:00pm-10:00pm
Tickets are $40 for full event Or $30 for dinner and dance only
RSVP by February 14, 2020 by signing up at Realm or by phone at 250-426-3393
On January 9, 2020, a few members from the volunteer heritage work crew of Realm had the privilege to go to Fort Steele to take part in a photoshoot for a Fort Steele advertisement. The group members went on a sleigh ride as the photographer took photos of their enjoyable ride.
January 9th 2020
I just saw this post and thought it is great beginning to the New Year- Our theme throughout the next year or so will be exploring life- we hope that it will be to the” maximum” for as many of us as possible in ways that we determine- to make choice and to assert in life, so that our expectations are met, accepted and encouraged, so that we have the life experiences that we can! Deciding to play your hand as its dealt is the beginning😊
Dec 10th, 2019
The people in charge of the light tour decided that we will have a light tour scavenger hunt based on Christmas songs. All of us who joined the light tour were split up into teams.
On Thursday, December 5, 2019 in the evening at REALM, Melanie Caron and Jonathan Righton hosted a Christmas photo shoot. For this holiday season, the thought of looking for unique ideas in a budget friendly manner for a gift for their friends and family.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Self-Advocates of the Rockies held their second fundraiser at REALM with a silent auction and bake sale including their second edition of a candy jar guessing game.
Members of the Self-Advocates of the Rockies and three DSP’s from REALM along with REALM’s practicum student Takara Mohnssen traveled to Richmond for the 2019 Self-Advocates Conference at the Executive Inn Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre.
REALM would like to thank everyone who participated in our first annual ICE (Inclusive Community Employers) Awards. Hosted at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. In the pursuit of recognizing and raising awareness of businesses in the community who are leaders by providing meaningful employment to everyone. We invited the community during the month of September to nominate an organization with whom they thought deserved to be honoured. With a total of nineteen local companies nominated, in collaboration with our sponsors, we awarded five businesses with a unique honour recognizing their excellence. The remaining organizations were acknowledged for their leadership.
For our Future Fashion Magazine
If you are a fashion-forward person, have a skill in photography, writing, modelling or promotions
What do you enjoy the most about the summer?
I really enjoy that there is no snow and I can enjoy my walks
I enjoy walking around Idlewild Park but have not gone fishing there yet
I also enjoy visiting Elizabeth Lake and watching the geese
The month of October is recognized as Community Inclusion Month, bringing awareness to inclusion in communities and employment.
Organizations promote this initiative by holding a variety of different events all over Canada recognizing inclusive employers and communities.
Stephanie Goertson REALM Idol Winner 2019
Why do you sing?
“It makes me feel amazing and excited”
When watching Stephanie perform whether it is on stage for REALM idol or during our karaoke and chicken nights she takes on the song and lets her personality shine.
Wow, another 2 years the paper included our story form 2017 In complete gratitude for the wonderful team that calls itself REALM for making our Community Picnic a success as well as Amanda Kama and Sam for pulling it together… Big Shout Out to all of the people who came out and joined us today. We are incredibly grateful for your support of REALM and celebrating unity in the community with us.
We would also like to shout out to the following sponsors for supplying prizes for our Golfers and/or their active participation in our day. Hope to see you next year! Thanks for all your support!!!
We are trying something new this year! All packages have changed!
Take a look at what would interest you the most, check off the package you
want and return the slip to REALM. We will hand out calendars On
We are asking people to pay in full or month by month,
June 26th will be the Summer Kick-Off BBQ at Wasa Lake. We will be out
there all day. Meet at REALM at 10:00 am and we will transport you out there.
Let us know ahead of time if you need to be back to town at a
certain time and we can arrange for you to get to town.
$10 for BBQ
August 28th we are having a Wrap-Up day at Calaway Park. This is an
additional cost on top of your package. Keep in mind this will be an all-day trip.
$50 for Calaway Park
On Tuesday, May 28th, REALMS operations staff held their annual appreciation and awards luncheon at Auntie Barb’s Bakery.
We would like to congratulate Raymond Edinger, on being the recipient of this year’s Lucy Memorial Award.
Our congratulations also go out to Lynnetta Beingessner and Sheila Neidig on receiving an honorable mention of the Lucy Memorial Award.
If you thought Food, Fun and Fashion- You are right!!!
Get it all at our “Bras on Dudes and Boxers on Babes” event
Cranbrook Eagles Hall, May 8th@430pm.
Tickets $15 in advance until April 30th or $20 at the door.
**come join the fun and help raise funds for Relay For Life and the Realm Rovers Travelling Team. For more information call 250-426 3393 and ask for more information.
Kootenay Friends of REALM FIRST ANNUAL FUN GOLF TOURNAMENT
When: June 9, 2019– Shot Gun Start – 12:00 PM
Where: Mission Hills Golf Course
In anticipation of our picnic on July the 18 2019 We have a few clips from 2015 & 2018 Realm Community Picnics
The 2019 ‘Bras on Dudes and Boxers on Babes’ event is just around the corner!
To celebrate “ Employment Month for Persons’ with Disabilities “ REALM would like to honor these forward-thinking employers for their support and assistance with job training, work experiences, and paid employment.
The REALM Rovers head to the Island to spend two nights in Victoria before heading to the Comox Valley to participate in Relay for Life
The Cranbrook Townsman wrote a great article on our community inclusion movement.
Read the full article by clicking the below link!
May 2nd REALM hosted an event to fund raise for Relay for Life Comox Valley and the REALM Rovers raising over $2000.00 The event included Bras on Dudes/Boxers on Babes Fashion Show, Pie Throwing, Head Shaving, Silent Art Auction, Survivor Islands, Bake Sale, Treasure Boxes, Door Prizes and a Sphegetti Dinner