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Trauma and Supporting People Experiencing Disability During COVID and Beyond

by Lori Morphy, SARC Trainer/Resource Developer – Service Delivery SARC recently hosted a virtual webinar for SARC Members with Dr. Margaret Newbury Jones from Shade Consulting titled “COVID-19, Trauma, and People Experiencing Disability”. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), “Trauma is a term used to describe the challenging emotional consequences that […]
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Josh and Jeff – An Employment Success Story

by SARC Communications Coordinator, Amy Janzen, and Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop Employment Coordinator, Meagan McLeod There’s no doubt that there are employment success stories all across the province, and we are eager to hear and share them. In this blog series, I will be connecting with SARC Members (and beyond) to discover all of the incredible […]
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Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Group Home

by Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner How Do You Know What the Right Type of Furniture Is? Choosing the right furniture for your group home is not an easy decision. Durability and price point are often the deciding factors when buying furniture. Something that can stand the rigors of group home living on a limited […]
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Are you ready to Leap into a new year of learning?

By Mindy Bonderofff, SARC Facilitator of Education and Training Leap, SARC’s management skills development program which is intended for senior management and Executive Directors, is beginning its seventh year this September! Over these last seven years, the program has been updated, revised, and sessions have been added; however, the program itself remains constant – an […]
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#GetReal this Mental Health Awareness Week

By Lisa Malowany, SARC Program Manager and Trainer This week of May 4-10 has been proclaimed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as Mental Health Week. Every year, CMHA ties a different theme to the week to help raise awareness of a different mental health topic. This year’s theme is #GetReal.  When you greet someone, what is one of the first things they ask? Usually it’s something like, “How’re you doing?” with a typical response being, “I’m […]
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What to Do with Your Unfinished Basement

By SARC Facility Planner, Don Epp During my time as Facility Planner with SARC, I have had the good fortune to visit many of the group homes in the province. One question that I have often been asked during my visits is, “What can I do with the unfinished basement?” Bare concrete walls, exposed floor […]
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Maintaining Your Building During Temporary Closure

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Taking an Opportunity to Perform Some Overdue Tasks  During the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations are closing their buildings to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus. Social-distancing is the new normal and the protection and safety of the clients and staff who would normally occupy these buildings is the highest priority for community-based organizations.  While your […]
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Dementia Capable Support in Saskatchewan

by Lori Morphy, SARC Trainer/Resource Developer Recently, SARC was pleased to partner with the National Task Group (NTG) Canadian Consortium to offer a workshop and Train-the-Trainer session for NTG Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  This is the first time this training has been offered in Saskatchewan. It was a full house at SARC’s training centre as people from across the province attended the two-day workshop, as […]
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Caring For Yourself and Those Around You During a Pandemic

By Lisa Malowany, Program Manager and Trainer Without a doubt, we are facing a time in our world that we have never seen before with the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are so many things happening and the news and updates seem to come at us at lightning speed.  This can produce feelings of anxiety in many of us and we may be left wondering what to do.  Then, […]
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Aging in Place

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner What Does Aging in Place Mean? Aging in place has become a catchphrase in the housing industry. It is a response to the need that people want to live in their home for as long as they can. More specifically, aging in place is the ability to live in […]
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Stride Takes Off!

By Lori Morphy, SARC Trainer & Resource Developer   Stride offers a unique ‘blended-learning’ format, which means there are both online and in-person components that appeal to a variety of learners and learning styles. There are options for reading and listening to content, videos, links to documents and resources, group discussions and activities, and the hands-on demonstration of learning.   It’s engaging and full of information that Direct Support Professionals will need to support people experiencing disability, including person-centred practices, supporting choice and […]
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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 2: Hiring A Contractor

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Why You Need a Contractor In the last article, we left the renovation project with a sound budget, accurate drawings, and a detailed plan. All we need now is a contractor to do the work; finding the right contractor will make all the difference in your renovation project. In […]
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Introducing the 2019 SARC Award Recipients

By Amy Janzen, SARC Communications Coordinator From Shaunavon to North Battleford (and a few places in between), we travelled across the province to spend some full and fantastic days with many incredible people. The SARC Awards are an opportunity for our Members to acknowledge people from their community whose commitment to community building, volunteer efforts, […]
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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 1: Planning Your Project

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Every home or building owner knows that renovations are a necessity for their building over the course of time. Items wear out, the purpose of rooms change, or the needs of the people using the space have adjusted. Renovations can replace items at the end of their lifespan, rejuvenate […]
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Yep I do!

By Lisa Malowany, SARC Program Manager and Trainer If you asked Maggie Zacharias, “Do you want the people who support you to go home safe from work?” or “Do you like helping Train staff to be safe?” her answer is an enthusiastic, “Yep, I do!” Let us tell you about Maggie and how she has […]
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Celebrate DEAM!

By Joy McKinnon, SETI Coorindator For the past 8 years, SARC has been celebrating October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM).  October is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning for DEAM!  Last year we noticed a huge increase in the number of organizations engaging in DEAM, but think we can do […]
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