Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ 21st., July 2014

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Variety Village

Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness, awareness, education, training and skills development.

Our Impact Why We Exist

Vision: Opportunities for people with disabilities.

Philosophy: Through our programs and services, Variety Village makes a profound difference in the spirits and lives of people with disabilities and their families in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario.

For over 60 years our goal has been to improve the quality of life and integration into society of all people,

Vision: Opportunities for people with disabilities.

Philosophy: Through our programs and services, Variety Village makes a profound difference in the spirits and lives of people with disabilities and their families in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario.

For over 60 years our goal has been to improve the quality of life and integration into society of all people, regardless of their abilities. By offering specialized programs and services, we create a level playing field without barriers, intimidation or other obstacles. Dedicated to people of all abilities, Variety Village is a great place to get fit and have

Our Story What We Do

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History of Organization

Since its inception in 1948 as a residential training school for boys with physical disabilities, Variety Village’s goals of independence, access and personal achievement for people with disabilities have evolved.

With the integration of students with disabilities into the Ontario educational system in the 1970s, Variety’s focus shifted to physical conditioning and fitness.

History of Organization

 

Since its inception in 1948 as a residential training school for boys with physical disabilities, Variety Village’s goals of independence, access and personal achievement for people with disabilities have evolved.

With the integration of students with disabilities into the Ontario educational system in the 1970s, Variety’s focus shifted to physical conditioning and fitness for young boys and girls from organizations such as the Ontario Crippled Children’s Centre (now Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital).

With the construction of the Variety Village Sports Training and Fitness Centre in the 1980s, accessibility, inclusion and the achievement of personal goals for people with disabilities found a new home. This proved to be a dramatic turning point as youth with disabilities actively participated alongside able-bodied children for the first time.

Unique to Canada and one of only a handful of facilities internationally, Variety Village established a new benchmark within its facility – its innovative programming and the philosophy of inclusion for all people.

Accolades and Accomplishments

Accommodates just under an average of 25,000 member visits per month

Industry leader in the development and delivery of adapted physical activities and sports and serves as a consulting organization in implementing integration and access components in order to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Director of Access and Awareness, Archie Allison, was inducted into the 2011 Canadian Disability Hall of Fame as a Builder sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and has received the 2012 City of Toronto’s Access Award.

Hosts numerous annual and special events including the Lieutenant Governors Games, the Toronto Police Children’s Games and in 2011, hosted the End of Day Celebration for the Rick Hansen Relay and awarded the privilege to be medal bearers

Long time member Robert Hampson, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, also inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2012.

Received 2011 Excellence Canada Ontario Accessibility Award – for going above and beyond in successfully implementing the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. (AODA)

  • 2011 Employer Champion Award – Passport to Prosperity
  • Five staff received the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding and dedicated service to their peers, the community and to Canada.
  • Our Programs How We Do It
  • Centre for Inclusive Sport Development:
  •  Variety Village Fitness Centre
  •  Membership-based sports and fitness centre. (5,953 members with 60%  special   needs and their families).
  •  Offers programs for all ages in our 76,000 square foot field house, 200m indoor track, 3 basketball courts, rock climbing walls, cardio room and weightroom, swimming pool, hot pool and accessible equipmen
  • Subsidized

 

Centre for Inclusive Sport Development:

  • ·Variety Village Fitness Centre
  • ·Membership-based sports and fitness centre. (5,953 members with 60% special needs and their families).
  • ·Offers programs for all ages in our 76,000 square foot field house, 200m indoor track, 3 basketball courts, rock climbing walls, cardio room and weightroom, swimming pool, hot pool and accessible equipment.
  • Subsidized membership fees to ensure no one is left out.
  • Variety Village Athletic Clubs (VVAC)
  • 9 teams who compete at provincial, national and international levels.
  • Grassroots & community based programs
  • Pre-competitive teams and fitness programs.
  • Intro to sport programs are designed to focus on fundamentals of games and activity improvement in a non-competitive environment.

Health & Wellness:

Rehabilitation to Community Stroke Recovery Program brought to you by Scotiabank

This transition program, sponsored by Scotibank and Green Shield Canada, helps stroke survivors continue healthy active, lifestyles in their community.

 

Ability in Action

The Variety Village Ability in Action program promotes participation and inclusive activities for the class, school, community groups and organizations. The Ability in Action Program is offered both on-site at Variety Village and off-site at schools, community or business locations. The scope of the program initiatives are directed towards a wide cross section of participants like parents, edcuators, staff and volunteers of all ages and abilities. They benefit from this instruction which increased knowledge and awareness of adapted sport and recreation resources and training. This year we were pleased to have reached over 6,000 participants.

Funding and Program Partners

Right now the only partner we have is an information sharing community partner TO2015 IGNITE program. The Ability in Action program has no financial partners as it is fee for service.  We have kept the fee to a modest $5.00 per student to make it affordable for participants, however this creates a shortfall for us annually. In the past we have recieved financial support to purchase adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and sledge hockey chairs.

 

LATEST NEWS

 

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Bret “The Hitman” Hart joins the Golden Hearts at Variety Village on Sunday, September 6, 2014

 

VARIETY VILLAGE 2ND ANNUAL OPEN WATER SWIM AT BOSHKUNG LAKE SATURDAY, SEPTMBER 6, 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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spring/summer + camps 2014 download the new guide here.

 

 

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 For more information ~ Please visit

http://www.varietyvillage.ca

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