OPTIONS northwest Community Connections Committee:
This committee was recently developed to provide inclusive opportunities for people supported. Persons on the committee direct the type of activities and, with the assistance of support staff on the committee, participate in planning, organizing and working at the events. The focus is on community inclusion and to date they have planned a few very successful events which were enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming events!
Thunder Bay Family Network:
Thunder Bay Family Network (TBFN) is dedicated to nurturing the strengths, dreams and enthusiasms of individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers. They are a non-profit organization that encourages, promotes and supports a community that welcomes family members and helps them build a safe and secure future by providing information, resources and supports to families. They believe that the safety of your loved one with a disability is directly related to the number and quality of relationships in his or her life and that these relationships can be developed and strengthened between families and in communities through the creation of personal networks of support. TBFN runs The iCAN! Social Network program one evening per week and is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their families to enjoy fun and inclusive activities with volunteers from the community. Activities may include karaoke, cheerleading, crafts, baking and games. The focus of iCAN! is to create a positive and welcoming environment for individuals and families to network and have fun. Cost is $3 per visit or $10 per month.
Update June 15, 2020
Subject: Away from the office and update from TBFN
Dear Families, Supporters, and Partners
This pandemic has affected everyone in so many ways and Thunder Bay Family Network is no exception. We have attempted as best we can to maintain operations but over the last few weeks have had to make some difficult decisions. Effective June 16th, our Community Development Coordinator, Dana Larrett, will not be working until further notice. We simply do not have the ability in the current climate to maintain the same staffing level until we have the safe climate necessary for the important in person work that we do. This decision was made in full consultation and with support from Dana and we are grateful for all she has done for the Network during the last three months. We look forward to welcoming her back as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the Board of Directors will continue to maintain the network and provide as much information and support to families as possible. All emails should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org until further notice. Please note there may be delays in response time. For urgent matters please contact Board President, Sharon Bak by phone/text at 807-476-4525. Our ICAN! Social Network, under the leadership of Natalie Husfeldt, will continue to operate virtually.
We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the work we do and assure you this change is temporary. Please continue to stay safe and take care of each other.
To register or for more information on TBFN: