#OC150 Award

An inspiring morning at the OC150 Awards meeting the volunteers in our community who are working towards a more positive, brighter future.

Paul's Extended Family

Micro-Volunteering and Community Building to help oversee his well-being, participation in community and his future security.



In a lifetime of advocating, Helen has learnt of the power of full and inclusive citizenship for all members of our community.

Helen’s work focuses on supporting the programs, the people and the organizations who are creating better systems and opportunities for vulnerable, excluded and underrepresented populations. She works at building positive, meaningful and sustainable systems through smart social policy and bringing people together to build strong and caring communities.

Empowering Abilities Podcast discussing our report “Understanding the Sibling Experience”

The latest Empowering Ability podcast by Eric Goll explores the sibling experience with guest Helen Ries. Helen and Eric, who both have adult siblings living with disabilities, have been doing research on how we can better support our loved-ones and provide them with...

Understanding the Sibling Experience

After many, many months of work we are releasing our report "Understanding the Sibling Experience". We have a number of findings and recommendations that we hope will influence how siblings who support brothers and sisters with a developmental disability are included,...

Ontario Budget 2018 – Gift and Asset limits removed

I didn't see it right away but the #ontariobudget2018 promises to eliminate limits on gifts and asset for people receiving Ontario #Disability Support. It is in on page 64. http://budget.ontario.ca/2018/budget2018-en.pdf Excellent step towards income security for...

Paul’s volunteerism featured in local newspaper

A beautifully written article by our local newspaper, focusing on the volunteerism and contribution of my brother Paul. Often what you don't say is more powerful than what you do say. https://kitchissippi.com/2018/03/29/meet-one-of-westfests-top-volunteers/

Sponsoring Contribution

Westfest has invited the contributions from many who might not typically be offered this invitation.


H-CARDD Connects included our story in the #BellLetsTalk campaign.