Community Living Out Loud

Community Living Out Loud

Welcome to Community Living Out Loud, brought to you by Community Living Mississauga. On this podcast we celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability and the incredible work being done to advocate for them and their families. Through conversations with experts, advocates, and individuals with lived experiences, we hope to inspire and educate listeners on the importance of building strong, supportive communities. Founded in 1955, Community Living Mississauga is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to people who have an intellectual disability. Our mission is to provide support to people who have an intellectual disability to ensure their quality of life in the community is meaningfully improved. Our vision is that all people will live in a state of dignity and respect, and share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of everyone. All people will have the freedom to make choices and decisions that enable them to achieve self-determination. We believe that people who have an intellectual disability have a right to live in the community and to participate actively in community life. Each person, regardless of disability, should enjoy the full rights of citizenship and the full experience of membership in the community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of people we support, family members and concerned members of the community.


May 1, 2024 32 mins

Caring for a loved one with an intellectual disability can present a wide array of challenges, from accessing government resources to navigating the complex worlds of education, housing and employment. It can be overwhelming. Where does someone even begin? 

In this episode of Community Living Out Loud, host Peter Reynolds is joined by Chris Beesley, CEO of Community Living Ontario and Don Osmond, a long-time member of the Parent Con...

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All children deserve the opportunity to play, grow, and learn alongside their peers in a supportive and inclusive environment. It not only benefits children with special needs but helps foster a community that reflects the diversity of society.

In today's episode of Community Living Out Loud, host Peter Reynolds and guests Lisa Fantauzzi and Maria Jarmillo discuss the work of Community Living Mississauga's Early ...

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January 7, 2024 26 mins

The opportunity for meaningful social, recreational and leisure activities is important in anyone's life. But perhaps more important, is the ability for people to choose those activities themselves.

In this episode of Community Living Out Loud, host Peter Reynolds speaks with Steve Farstad, Day Support Manager at Community Living Mississauga, about the organization's "Base Sites", which provides these o...

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Living Out Loud! We can't thank you enough for supporting our podcast, and we look forward to bringing you more interviews and stories next year as we continue to celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability.

Let's get loud over the holidays - together. 

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Some people work to live, others live to work. But what could be better than doing a job that you love for a cause you believe in? In this episode, host Peter Reynolds is joined by Noor Mufti, Director of People and Culture at Community Living Mississauga to discuss the organization's work and the employees who contribute to its success. Noor also explains his role in ensuring a stable and skilled workforce and creating an env...

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October 2, 2023 25 mins
In this episode, host Peter Reynolds explores the importance of personal outcome measures in supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. Peter is joined by Nicole Farrell, manager of the Outcome Support Team at Community Living Mississauga and Jessica Portelance, who is not only supported by Community Living Mississauga, she is also a Community Living Mississauga Board member.

Together they discuss how personal...

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Hiring people who have intellectual disabilities is more than just "the right thing to do", it makes good business sense. Join host Peter Reynolds as he speaks with Marissa Marr, Manager of Career Connections at Community Living Mississauga, and April McKay, Director of Human Resources at TruEarth about the benefits of hiring inclusively, which leads to increased innovation, productivity, workplace safety and community su...

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Join Host Peter Reynolds as he chats with Mary Dillon, Community Recreation Liaison at Community Living Mississauga about their Summer Teen Activity Program. Peter also welcomes Durrell Martin, a parent whose son participated in the program, and whose daughter volunteered there. Durrell shares his personal journey with Community Living Mississauga and the transformative impact the organization has had on his whole family. 

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Volunteering is more than just helping others; there are tremendous benefits to the volunteers themselves. In this episode, Peter speaks with Deb Walsh, Manager of Volunteer Services at Community Living Mississauga and Mark Overton, Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Principal of Student Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), about the value of volunteerism, the opportunities available at Community Living Missi...

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April 30, 2023 35 mins

Community Living Out Loud is a podcast that celebrates the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and the advocacy work done on their behalf.

In this first episode, host Peter Reynolds talks with Laura Sluce, CPA and partner at Ernst & Young, and Keith Tansley, Executive Director of Community Living Mississauga. They delve into what the organization does, the services it provides, and how individuals with inte...

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Come celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability and the incredible work being done to advocate for them and their families with Community Out Loud, a  podcast presented by the Community Living Mississauga. 

Join us for inspiring stories and practical resources to help person’s with intellectual disabilities live independently in the community.

You can listen on your favourite podcast app, or watch us on YouTube...

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