by Brandon Mayer and Melissa Ottenhof
May is Community Living Month, an annual, province-wide celebration of inclusion. Community Living is a not-for-profit organization which promotes inclusion, and assists those with intellectual disabilities in having equal opportunities, and North Grenville is home to its own chapter. After two years of virtual celebrations Community Living North Grenville [CLNG] is looking forward to a month of fun activities connecting with their community again. This year’s theme is, “Community Means Inclusion” and a full schedule of events is available on the CLNG Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100028847846846).
The month kicks off with a flag raising and pancake breakfast at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on May 3 from 7:30 am-10:30 am.
May 8 – 14 is “Wear Your Community Living North Grenville Swag”. Orders for merchandise can be placed with CLNG.
The North Grenville Community Theatre, and Isle of the River Theatre will be teaming up to put on two productions in support of Community Living Month. The organizations will offer two plays at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall on May 20 at 7:00pm. Tickets to the event are $15 each and can be purchased at the CLNG Office at 2830 County Road 43 in Kemptville.
The plays are both directed by Darrell Nunn. “How He Lied to Her Husband” is the first, written by George Bernard Shaw. The second play is called “The Marriage Proposal”, written by Anton Chekhov. Both plays are fun, entertaining and nice way to spend an evening while helping a great cause.
The last week, May 22-28, is Blue and Green week. North Grenville residents are encouraged to “Add Green and Blue to Everything You Do”. Previous years saw residents enjoying green pancakes with blueberries, green eggs, and even blue and green spaghetti.
All month long, CLNG will be collecting food donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Last year the community answered their challenge and they received over 600 items, resulting in OPP Constable Holmes and OPP Acting Inspector Josh Kingsley getting a pie to the face. Donations can be dropped off to the CLNG administration offices at 2830 County Road 43.
Jonsson’s Your Independent Grocer is running a window campaign to support Community Living North Grenville. Donate what you can to put your name on the window and show that you believe “Community Means Inclusion”.