What’s New at Ongwanada

Memo to Families (October 20)

October 20, 2020 | October 20, 2020 [PDF] re: Visitor Guidelines Dear Ongwanada family members, As we continue to manage our way through this ongoing pandemic, I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to each of you for your continued patience and understanding with the various precautions and guidelines that we have put…

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Memo to Families (October 1)

October 1, 2020 | October 1, 2020 [PDF] re: Visitors Dear Ongwanada family members, As you may be aware, the province of Ontario has imposed visitor restrictions in long-term care homes in areas of the province identified as COVID-19 hotspots. To date, there have been no changes to visitor guidelines in developmental services, however with…

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Memo to Families (September 2)

September 2, 2020 | September 2, 2020 PDF re: Short-Term Outings Dear Ongwanada Family Members, Further easing of restrictions for individuals living in congregate care settings as communicated by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services allows supported individuals to leave the community residence premises with families for a short-stay absence or outing. Families…

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Ongwanada Annual Report 2019/2020

In 2019/20 Ongwanada provided supports and services to 544 unique individuals and their families. Many individuals residing with the organization or referred to the organization were supported by multiple services. Given the specialized nature of many of these services, referrals to Ongwanada came from a variety of referral sources and from across the length and…

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Memo to Families (July 28)

July 28 2020 | Memo to Families PDF re: New Visitor Guidelines Dear Ongwanada families: As referenced in my correspondence of July 16, 2020 the Ministry of Children and Community Social Services has modified congregate living visitor guidelines to allow visits indoors and essential overnight visits for supported individuals. All visits will continue to be…

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Memo to Families (July 16)

July 16 2020 | Memo to Families PDF Dear Ongwanada Family Members, As the province of Ontario moves forward with Stage 3 of reopening this week, we have had many inquiries about what this means for Ongwanada’s programs and services. We understand this interest and the desire to bring back some normalcy to all our…

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Memo to Families (May 19)

May 19, 2020 | Memo to Families [PDF] Dear Ongwanada families, As the province of Ontario begins the process of re-opening from the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that you are likely wondering when Ongwanada will begin reopening its services. While I would love to be able to give you a definitive answer, the reality is…

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For your participation: Family survey on the impact of COVID-19

Ongwanada is committed to doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of people with developmental disabilities and those who support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been asked by a partnership of Ontario’s developmental service agencies called the Sector Pandemic Plan Initiative for assistance in understanding needs, advocating for resources and…

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Memo to Families (April 22)

April 22, 2020 | Memo to Families [PDF] Dear Ongwanada family members, It has now been several weeks since we first implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the Ongwanada community; measures that, to date, have been successful. We also realize that many of you have questions about what we’ve been doing since…

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Memo To Families (April 1)

April 1, 2020 | Memo to Families [PDF] April 1, 2020 Dear Ongwanada Family Members, As the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so does Ongwanada’s approach to addressing this global crisis. We continue to be in close communication with provincial and local health authorities and are following their recommendations and advice in…

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