Just outside of Merrickville stands a log home that is nearly 150 years old. Sitting in one hundred acres of pastoral peace, it is the home of Destiny’s Way, an organisation devoted to caring and providing support for individuals with a diagnosis of cognitive, intellectual, and/or developmental exceptionalities. Destiny’s Way was established in 2008 in response to a growing need for supportive respite care in that field. All those who pass through the doors are soon welcomed by friendly hosts and a warm and peaceful atmosphere; all the while enjoying the comforts and amenities of modern country living.

Founder and Managing Director, Jacqueline Mansell, is a registered practical nurse who, along with a support staff of developmental service workers (DSW), social service workers (SSW), and personal support workers (PSW), provides families with an opportunity to take a well needed break. Day, overnight, and after school programs are currently being offered to families on an ‘as needed’ basis.

“Caring for a loved one can be quite rewarding yet, at times, extremely physically and emotionally draining. Our mission, here at Destiny’s Way, is to offer a safe, supportive and enriching respite environment, where each individual experiences an enhanced sense of identity, belonging and self-worth.”

By utilizing appropriate empathy, patience, and understanding, Destiny’s Way is a place where we pride ourselves on adhering to respect for human dignity while enjoying an atmosphere of relaxation and enjoyment. Jacqueline is very aware of the growing need for the services Destiny’s Way provides.

“Over the past few decades, we have seen a dramatic increase in children diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities. This ever increasing trend is growing at an alarming rate. Our day and overnight respite programs provide stimulating daily activities and/or outings which can be orientated to custom fit specific goals, needs, and desired interests. Our daily menus include nutritionally balanced meals which are allergy and culturally conscious, and are geared  to individual requirements. This person-centred approach helps to create an inclusive environment which encourages a sense of belonging, comfort, and security for individuals and their families.”

Working in co-operation with other agencies working to supply these needed services, Destiny’s Way is part of a major fund raising event taking place in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve. On December 31, 2015, doors open to the 1st Annual Ottawa New Year’s Eve Charity Ball located at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road Ottawa, On. As major sponsors of this event, the goal of Destiny’s Way is to raise awareness and funds that aid in providing the many needed services for this growing population. So dust off your tuxedos and your evening gowns to experience a truly classy, exciting, fun filled evening with all proceeds supporting Children at Risk and QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism.

Destiny’s Way is encouraging people in Merrickville-Wolford and North Grenville to come out and enjoy an amazing celebration of the New Year. There are many clients from this area that benefit from the work of these organisations, and they deserve our local support. Jacqueline is also looking for volunteers to help out at the Charity Ball.

“We are in need of people to help out as volunteers. We need approximately 10-15 people to help sell 50/50 tickets, be “pointers” for the live auction, work the debit/credit machines (training onsite), and registering guests when they arrive. Please let me know if you can come out and support this incredible event at no cost to you! You’ll get the four course meal and the entertainment all for free! What a rewarding evening!”

Information and tickets are available at: www.ottawacharityball.ca

Destiny’s Way Winter Camp runs from December 19-23, and from December 27-31, 2015. A schedule can be found on their web site at:www.destinysway.ca


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