Current happenings at Planned Lifetime Networks

Welcome to our Planned Lifetime Networks – Waterloo Region (PLN) website. At PLN we believe we are better together!  Relationships are the foundation of building a great life and safe future for all, regardless of ability or circumstance.  As well, wise financial and future planning today ensures a great life for a vulnerable loved one tomorrow and for their lifetime.

At Planned Lifetime Networks, we provide for both of these essentials, building social support networks, and education on critical issues regarding future security.

Do you have a relative or friend isolated due to disability or circumstance? Please explore our site where we have information and links which may be useful to you.

If you would like us to notify you about upcoming information sessions and events please sign up for our emails here.

Presidents Message December 2016


 Coming Events and Announcements

April 24, 2017 – Future Planning Session

May 24, 2017 Wills, Estate Planning & Henson Trusts


2017 Art Show – We are currently seeking artists submissions for our 2017 Art Show. See flyer for details

Free Webinar Series with Al Etmanski & Vickie Cammack – IMPACT-Ability
On October 24th, Plan Institute, in partnership with Tamarack Institute, will be launching an exciting free Webinar Series with Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack based on Al’s bestselling book IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation. The book chronicles more than fifty stories of impact: impact that transforms, that lasts, and that disrupts the status quo. Vickie and Al have spent the last dozen years studying the field of social innovation to learn more about impact.

In each one-hour session, Al and Vickie will focus on one of the patterns identified in his book and interview a special guest whose experience led to the pattern and whose work exemplifies it. In the first session, coming up on Monday, October 24th 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST, 9:00am – 10:00am PST, Al and Vickie will interview Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough to open up the webinar series and discuss the Importance of Being a Wise Traveller.

For an overview of the IMPACT-Ability series and a list of upcoming sessions, visit their site:

To register for the first session, please do so here:

Join for one session, all seven, or whatever your schedule will allow and be a part of a virtual learning circle with people from a diverse range of sectors who share your curiosity about strengthening their effectiveness at advancing positive change.

Happy virtual learning!

Employment Opportunities

Looking to get involved? PLN is looking for connectors to work with families to build networks. See attached flyer.

Our 2016 Side by Side Art Show “ART and Soul” – a GREAT SUCCESS!

!!NEW!! Elmira Art Workshops – A Great Success


Recent articles of interest:

CBC –Program that helps intellectually disabled adults live independently gets provincial funding
CBC – The Current Feb 1 2016 – Today we bring you the story of Helen who became her brother’s caregiver after their parents died. Paul has Downs Syndrome and Helen says it’s time for Ontario to step offer more supports for non-traditional caregivers. Read Helen Ries’s article “I Know Your Loneliness”
DSO_Sheltered_Workshops – What you need to know!
DSO Central West Region would like to provide you with some information from the Ministry of Community and Social Services regarding sheltered workshops
CBC The Current-Housing for individuals with a disability
Select Committee on Developmental Services – Final Report
TED Talk: Making Stress Your Friend
No more wait lists for disabled in Ontario, all-party report urges
Adults with Special Needs serve coffee and smiles to Guelph library partons
CBC Sunday Edition Documentary House of Dreams
Bank of Montreal calls for improvements to RDSP



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