We wanted to extend a big thank you to Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director of Autism Ontario, and Ross Woledge, from Odgers Berndtson, for all of the fundraising support they have contributed to make Transition to Life Kitchener Waterloo a success!  Mrs. Spoelstra and Mr. Woledge attended the Transition to Life ceremony and presented participants with certificates. Below is thank you letter given on this night by one of our participants.

Read more: A Big Thank You to Our Funders!

Today we have the opportunity to get up close and personal with 18-year old novelist Patrick Taylor as he talks about his first book Minority, which was published earlier this year.

Q: So, you're an author. Tell us about the book.

A: Minority is set in a dystopian future where a cruel government rules the city and mutants are outlaws. But a group of young adult mutants and anti-heroes are fighting  against this corruption to win back their rights. 

Q: Not too many teenagers can say they're published a book, what got you started?

A: I remembered reading in Chickadee magazine about Nancy Yi Fan, who wrote her first novel when she was 12 years old, so I knew it was something I could do too. And I've been writing stories since Grade 7.

Q: Any inspiration in terms of other books?

A: One book in particular that influenced me was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It is also about mutants in a dystopian future, so that was interesting. But I found he had too much talking and not enough action. I wanted to write a book where the characters were  developed by what they did. If they're saving someone or fighting, that's character development. Sitting around talking about how strong you are − that's just boring.

Read more: An Interview with Transition to Life Graduate Patrick Taylor

Our Transition to Life Kitchener/Waterloo course now has an extended application deadline of June 20th.

The course will operate every Wednesday from September 14th to November 30th. Classes will run from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 

For more information about this program please visit our Transition to Life page.

 

 

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

Click here to download the brochure for this course.

 

The Transition to Life program will be running in Kitchener Waterloo this fall on every Wednesday from September 14th to November 30th. The class will run from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. An additional one hour commitment for coaching sessions is also required on one day during the week. 

 

 

Read more: Now Accepting Applications for Transition to Life Kitchener Waterloo

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