We got a chance to take some nice shots of our Dinner Society and Social Club Members during the events last month. The Dinner Society learned how to make delicious chicken pitas and the Social Club group had fun making cool 3D puzzles and some great lego structures!

Read more: March Events at the Centre

The CN Tower held the record for world’s tallest freestanding structure from 1975 until 2007, when it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  At a mere 553.33 m (1,815.4 ft), the tower is now only in 6th place for this record, with Burj Khalifa still in first place (829.8 m/2,722 ft).  Technically the CN Tower has never held the record for world’s tallest building because it doesn’t have floors continuously from the ground and is therefore not considered a building according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) or Emporis. Instead it is categorized as a tower.

Read more: Fun Facts with Daniel - The CN Tower and The Meaning Behind Leap Year

Congratulations to David Francis, a Transition to Life graduate from Barrie’s 2015 class!  David has been hired into full time position with CIBC’s governance department at the head office in Toronto!

During Transition to Life David participated in a workshop with Specialisterne and was selected as a candidate for the training program. David’s background includes a degree in Religious Studies and a Certificate in HR Management as well as real-world work experience.

David sat down with Pat O’Connor from Integrated Autism Consulting to discuss his new position at CIBC, his young family and his advice for young adults with ASD on transitioning to adulthood.

Read more: An Interview with Transition to Life Graduate David Francis

Last week members had a great time skating at City Hall and ended the night at the Centre with some Film Trivia. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Read more: Skating at City Hall with The Social Club

We are pleased to announce that the Transition to Life program will be running in Toronto this Spring from April to June. 

Integrated Autism is currently seeking young adults who are interested in being a part of the program who meet the following criteria: 

  • Documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger Syndrome)
  • Ages 18-28
  • High level of motivation to meet program goals
  • Parent commitment and involvement
  • Mandatory attendance and weekly assignment completion
  • Ability to attend the course and employment placement independently

To apply please email us with your Name, Age, Address, Phone Number or fill out an online application

Application deadline is March 15. Interviews will begin the following week. 

Click here to download the brochure.

With an area of 743,330 km2 (287,000 sq mi), Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world and the largest in Asia.  It is also the world’s only sea island to be divided by more than 2 sovereign countries.  It contains part of Indonesia, part of Malaysia, and all of the small sultanate of Brunei.  As of 2010, the island is home to 19,804,064, approximately the combined population of Ontario and Quebec.

Borneo’s rainforest, which covers most of the island, is 140 years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests on Earth.  The island’s wildlife is very diverse, with about 15,000 species of flowering plants (including 3,000 species of trees), 221 species of mammals, 420 species of birds, and 440 species of freshwater fish living on the island.

The longest place name in the world is the Thai city of Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, with 176 letters.  The name, composed of Pali and Sanskrit words, translates to, “city of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra's behest”.  It is often shortened to Krung Thep and in English it’s called Bangkok.

With 85 letters, the longest one-word place name is that of a hill in New Zealand called Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu.  Other long place names include the famous Welsh village of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch (58 letters), a Massachusetts lake called Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (45), and a South African farm by the name of Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein (44).

With 116 characters in total, the longest official place name in Canada is an Ontario municipality called Corporation of the United Townships of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde.  The longest one-word place name in this country is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, which is a lake in Manitoba and has 31 letters.

At the other extreme, there are also many one-letter place names throughout the world, with names such as A, D, E, O, U, and Y.  In fact, the Vietnamese name for Italy is simply Ý.

Read more: Fun Facts with Daniel - The Island of Borneo and the World's Longest Names