Supporting people who have an intellectual disability

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Transitioning to Competitive Employment

In January 2016, CLBA received a three year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant to enhance and build from the success of CLBA’s Job Readiness program. The purpose of the grant was to provide people with intellectual disabilities increased economic stability by preparing each person for the workplace. The goal was to provide each participant with meaningful and competitive employment opportunities. 

In February 2016 CLBA hired an Employment Facilitator, Adam Penney, who took the lead on Transitioning to Competitive Employment. During the three-year grant Adam Penney trained 63 people in workplace readiness. At the end of the course, 22 people secured employment opportunities they would not have otherwise attained. Others chose a different path, such as furthering their education by entering into Community Learning Alternatives or pursuing further education at their local College.

These sessions trained people on job readiness, skill-building in a workplace, and employment planning. For more information, contact Sharon Wright, Manager of Community Development and Volunteer Services, at 613-969-7407, Ext. 22.

Volunteering at Community Living Belleville and Area


  • Makes you feel great because you know you are enhancing the lives of people in your community.
  • Keeps you active after retirement.
  • Enriches your perspective.
  • Enhances your resume with experience and service to your community.
  • Boosts your positive attitude.
  • Allows you to make a difference.
  • Challenges you with new experiences, such as:
  • Visit and bring new ideas.
  • Offer your time.
  • Learn new things.
  • Undertake exciting activities.
  • Numerous opportunities to raise someone’s spirits.
  • Try something new.
  • Enhance your skills.
  • Enrich your life.
  • Realize your potential.

Volunteers are screened, which includes filling out an application. This application will be presented to the volunteer at the time of screening.  The volunteer is then matched to a volunteer role that supports their volunteer interests.  Volunteers, including student volunteers, must meet with the Manager of Community Development and Volunteer Services prior to volunteering.

Volunteer positions within the organization range from working directly with a person to leading an activity, supporting a fundraising event, employment mentoring position and/or supporting a special event as an assistant.

Student volunteer positions are more site specific with direct or indirect supervision. Positions are often connected to becoming an assistant during special events. This can be a great experience for students and an opportunity for them to consider choosing an education within the Human Services sector.

If you are interested in volunteering at Community Living Belleville and Area, please e-mail Sharon Wright or call her at 613-969-7407, Ext. 22.


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