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Simaril Supported Living Meat Raffle

Tickets can be purchased at our office at 1-1031 Autumnwood Drive, or by calling 204-788-4366... we could be selling tickets in your community!

Draw date is at Noon, on June 23, 2017 - just in time for the first long weekend of the summer. In addition to the prizes stated on the tickets, there will be an additional 15 draws for a Kolbassa Ring from Tenderloin Meat & Sausage.

Good luck!!



The Story of Doug and Jennifer

Once upon a time there was a young man named Doug. Doug met a young lady and her name was Jennifer. Doug and Jennifer worked together at Versetech. During that time they were both able to spend time together and build a relationship. They were the best of friends. They attended bowling tournaments, the zoo etc.

Life had different plans for them both and they ended up going their separate ways. Doug as well as Jennifer had never stopped thinking of one another. On numerous occasions Doug would mention to me about his girlfriend Jennifer. As life went on Jennifer never stopped wondering where Doug was or where he was living.

Jennifer and Doug have known each other for forty years. They have not seen each other in 10 years, on March 4, 2016 that they were able to reunite with each other over a cup of coffee. The excitement and happiness to see each other again was captivated them both. You could see they still loved each other after all those years. If anything it seemed to have grown. They are presently working on getting together on a regular basis because they have a lot to catch up on. They are both retired and are now enjoying each other’s company when they are able to. It just goes to show you as it does in these two people that love never dies.



International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2016) with Kevin Johnson

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Jeannette the Beautiful Fun loving person

It is with deep sorry in our hearts that we advise the death of a beautiful, fun loving, cheerful and ever singing Jeannette Horodecki, who suddenly took ill and passed on to glory on December 19, 2016.

Jeannette was born on October 1, 1949. She came from a family of 8, dad, mom and 5 siblings all of whom she loved dearly.

Jeannette loves having parties to bring all her family together and never get tired of speaking with them on phone. The yearly barbeque she organizes for her family will be missed.
She also loves keeping track of her money in the bank, shopping, dressing herself up in nice clothing with hair accessories and smelling good with an array of body spray and perfumes to choose from.

Jeannette was an epitome of beauty, elegance, fun, warm and ever smiling face, sweet glow innocent, fresh and sweet smelling lady, never a dull moment, love... you name it!

Jeannette attended Community Venture's day program for over 30 years and will eagerly get ready on scheduled days to go and have "fun with lots of friends and her sweet heart Aaron." She was well respected and liked by everyone at the program.

Jeannette is a Ma`am woman, highly respectful and appreciative, she was a coffee lover whose breakfast must be accompanied by a good cup of coffee.
The Christmas loving Jeannette went during the Christmas season. She would start preparing for Christmas immediately after one Christmas, and would talk about Christmas all year round. Little wonder she left during Christmas.

We at Simaril will always remember Jeannette as a Christmas Angel.



Clare's Story

On May 24, 2016, Clare McCarthy was able to cross one of her biggest dreams off of her bucket list; to go on a Disneyland trip. Clare has always had a love for Disney, whether it be movies or songs, and going to Disneyland was a frequent topic of discussions. About two months prior to leaving for Disneyland, with the assistance of her father and Simaril staff, Clare started planning her trip. With visits to travel agents, picking a hotel, figuring out transportation, deciding on how long to stay and activities to fill each day, Clare was involved in all of the planning. It was decided that the vacation would be a week, with a hotel within walking distance of Disneyland and fun activities to fill each day.

Clare was up and ready to go, full of excitement at 3:00 a.m. on May 24th with a flight first to Vancouver and then changing planes to arrive in Anaheim nine hours later. On the first day of the week-long trip, using a bus, train and subway as transportation, Clare visited Hollywood which included seeing Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, The Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Hollywood Sign and many other major attractions.

The following day, Clare finally made it to Disneyland. There were two parks at Disneyland, but she decided to visit Disneyland Park first. Claire went on rides, met some Disney characters, and bought lots of souvenirs. With so much to see and do as well as having so much fun on the first day, we made purchases for the next day to visit the second park.

The third day of the trip was spent at Universal Studios where Clare met more characters (including Lucille Ball, Curious George, and a handsome police officer), went on more rides, visited movie sets, and bought more souvenirs.

The fourth day of the trip was spent going out for a nice brunch, shopping at a nearby mall, attending a magic show at Houdini’s hideaway, and gathering photos. The last day of the vacation Clare made one last visit to Disneyland and the California Adventure Park. Where she went on the famous Mickey Mouse Ferris wheel (as well as a few other rides), watched the amazing World of Colour water show and bought more souvenirs.

After finally managing to fit everything in her suitcase, Clare flew back to Vancouver and from there back to Winnipeg. Along with all of the souvenirs and over a thousand pictures, Clare brought home plenty of laughs, memories and stories of the many adventures she had. The memories of which she would treasure for life.



Kirby's Story

When Kirby came to Simaril in June of 2015, he had brought up that he had never been to a Winnipeg Jets hockey game and was very interested in going for his birthday in December.

On December 5, 2015 Kirby opened his birthday card and was excited to be told he had been given tickets for the Jets game on December 15 against the St. Louis Blues. Kirby asked a former Simaril staff and now friend Michael to attend with him. Michael picked Kirby up at 5:30 p.m. and they went for dinner at Boston Pizza before the game.

Kirby: “Once we got to the arena I bought myself a foam finger to cheer the Jets on. The arena was so loud with all the Winnipeg Jets fans cheering “GO JETS GO”, I had Michael explain to me step by step of each play so I knew what was going on when the crowd started chanting “GO JETS GO” I then followed along and chanted it with all the fans. It got me excited when everyone started cheering. The first period the Jets were up 1-0. During intermission I went and checked out the Jets store, where Michael was telling me what they had in the store, I found a t-shirt that I was interested in. In the second period the Blues ended up scoring twice with the score now 2-1 for them. During second period intermission Michael and I went walking around the arena and stopped at Tim Hortons for tea. The Winnipeg Jets ended up losing 4-3. I had a great time with Michael and I am looking forward to future Jets games I can attend.”

"GO JETS GO"



Kirby's Story

When Kirby came to Simaril in June of 2015, he had brought up that he had never been to a Winnipeg Jets hockey game and was very interested in going for his birthday in December.

On December 5, 2015 Kirby opened his birthday card and was excited to be told he had been given tickets for the Jets game on December 15 against the St. Louis Blues. Kirby asked a former Simaril staff and now friend Michael to attend with him. Michael picked Kirby up at 5:30 p.m. and they went for dinner at Boston Pizza before the game.

Kirby: “Once we got to the arena I bought myself a foam finger to cheer the Jets on. The arena was so loud with all the Winnipeg Jets fans cheering “GO JETS GO”, I had Michael explain to me step by step of each play so I knew what was going on when the crowd started chanting “GO JETS GO” I then followed along and chanted it with all the fans. It got me excited when everyone started cheering. The first period the Jets were up 1-0. During intermission I went and checked out the Jets store, where Michael was telling me what they had in the store, I found a t-shirt that I was interested in. In the second period the Blues ended up scoring twice with the score now 2-1 for them. During second period intermission Michael and I went walking around the arena and stopped at Tim Hortons for tea. The Winnipeg Jets ended up losing 4-3. I had a great time with Michael and I am looking forward to future Jets games I can attend.”

"GO JETS GO"


Lorna's Story

My trip to The Pas was overdue and a long time coming. With the help of my sister and a lucky horse shoe, I was able to go home sooner rather than later. I was able to travel to The Pas August 11th to August 16th of 2015 to visit family and friends.

The last time I had been back home was five years ago. The trip was supposed to be a vacation, however, one week before my trip my best friend of many years passed away. This trip turned into a time of grieving and looking back at memories.

My recent trip took many years of saving and a few months of planning with the help of Simaril. Each month, I put a little money away when I could. On July 13, 2014, I quit smoking and I put the money I would have bought cigarettes with aside when I was able to. In July 2015, my roommate and I had a joint garage and bake sale. We were able to make more money than we thought at the sale. It was nice to see the generosity and support from the surrounding community. Not only did we sell things and baked goods, we also received a donation here and there.

Planning a trip for a person living with a physical disability is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. There are things you have to do in order for a trip to succeed. When booking a hotel room, we had to check for wheelchair accessibility (for example, will my wheelchair fit through the door?). I knew of a hotel that was on ground level and fully wheelchair accessible and booking the room had to be done as soon as possible because there was only one room accessible. Simaril supported me in booking a lift system through MediChair. Transportation took the longest to plan and decide on. I chose to rent a van and a staff from Simaril drove to The Pas. This was the best choice for me because I was able to get there sooner and the price was cheaper than other ways. To me it did seem safer, I felt comfortable and I was with someone I trusted. Upon leaving at 5am, staff and I were able to see the sun come up as I started my journey home. I was able to see nature that I don't get to see often when we were driving.

I went to The Pas to basically be myself, relax and forget my problems. I also got to spend quality time with family and friends. I was even able to meet my nephew for the first time. I made time to visit my best friend's gravesite with his family and this was important to me. The trip was a good break from my everyday routine (school) and it let me create unforgettable memories.


Lenore Sova Lenore Sova

We are deeply saddened to advise that after a lengthy illness Lenore passed away on September 25, 2015 at the age of 65.

Lenore Sova was born in May 1950. Lenore lived with her parents until she was 42 years old. She came to Simaril in 2003.

Lenore attended Sturgeon Creek School for her education.

Lenore had a great sense of humor, she loved to joke around with everyone. She loved to socialize with friends, family and her support staff. Lenore enjoyed meeting new people and going for coffee.

During Lenore’s 30’s and 40’s she worked at the Bay downtown as a dishwasher in the restaurant. In 2002, Lenore started working at Imagine Abilities. She was responsible for counting and packing items that were being boxed and shipped to different businesses.

Lenore most loved spending time with her family and friends, especially going to Bingo on Tuesdays. She also enjoyed attending sporting events when she was able to, and eating out at different restaurants, especially her favorites’, Smitty’s and Boston Pizza.

In 2011, Lenore achieved one of her goals, she went to Las Vegas. She went with her family to attend a family wedding. She had lots of fun shopping, attending shows and gambling. She had always loved traveling, she would go to either Grand Forks or Fargo once a year for a few days to shop and gamble.

In October 2014 Lenore decided to retire from her job at Imagine Abilities. Lenore had many friends at Imagine Abilities, she was well respected and liked by everyone she worked with. After retirement Lenore enjoyed shopping, going to bingo, and spending time with family and friends. Lenore will forever be missed by everyone that knew her.