EAFK in the Kingston Whig Standard

Meghan Balogh of the Kingston Whig Standard visited Extend-A-Family Kingston to learn about accessible technology in our day programs.

Click the link below to read the article: Cutting-edge tech providing 'platform for accessibility and inclusion'


All are welcome at our Community Open House at 361 Montreal Street on Wednesday May 29th from 10am-7pm.   Come try it yourself!

Announcement Extend-A-Family Kingston Executive Director

TO: All Extend-A-Family Kingston Stakeholders

FROM: Danielle Carnegie, Board President, Extend-A-Family Kingston

SUBJECT: Announcement- Extend-A-Family Kingston Executive Director

DATE: September 24, 2018

I am very pleased to announce, on behalf of the Extend a Family Kingston Board of Directors, that Paul McGarvey has accepted the offer of the permanent position of Executive Director. Paul has been acting ED since David Monroe’s retirement in December. Most of you know Paul from his work over the past 12 years with EAFK and the regional and provincial work with the Passport Program and Developmental Services Ontario.

Paul’s leadership, experience, strategic planning ability, relationships and big picture thinking, has contributed significantly to strengthen regional processes and encourage continued strong collaborations. In his tenure his leadership has aided to grow and strengthen EAFK programs for children and adults in the Kingston community.

Please join us in offering congratulations to Paul and wishing him continued success in his new role.

Danielle Carnegie

Board President

Extend-A-Family Kingston

Annual General Meeting

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On the evening of Thursday June 28 Extend-A-Family Kingston held its Annual General Meeting in our beautiful Diversity Garden, at our Kingston location.

Guests enjoyed live music, an EAF social circle, delicious refreshments and of course the business of the meeting.

Jennifer Fisher of Wilkinson and company presented the Audited Financial Statements. 

Outgoing Board President Ron, Cumming shared his remarks and an overview of the Agency's accomplishments the past year.

Interim Executive Director, Paul McGarvey also reflected on the past year at Extend-A-Family Kingston. Paul began his remarks with the dedication of a Cherry tree in honour of former Executive Director, David Munroe who retired this past year.  Paul shared that the tree will be planted  in Extend-A-Family’s diversity garden to signify the roots that David has sown into our agency.


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Aging with a Developmental Disability Q&A Evening

For Families of Persons with a Developmental Disability

Are you prepared for their aging process?

Do you know where to go for help in your area?

If you have questions like these and more, then this event is for you!

Who should attend: Parents, siblings, relatives, anyone who is involved in the care, safety and welfare of a family member with a developmental disability


Kingston Monday, June 25th Family & Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox & Addington - 817 Division Street

Ottawa Monday, July 23rd Algonquin College - 1385 Woodroffe Avenue; Room: A217

Thunder Bay Thursday, August 16th Confederation College - 1450 Nakina Drive

York Region Thursday, Sept. 27th Reena - 927 Clark Ave. W., Thornhiill - Room: Lower Level Training Room

We all age, it’s part of the life cycle but when you are the primary decision maker for a loved one, some of the steps along the path may not be as clear as you’d expect . This evening event is a time for you to hear about possible decisions you could be faced with as your family member ages.

Our panel will help point you in the right direction to acquire information to help plan for this transition.


Please direct any questions regarding this workshop to: Cliff Walsh Reena Learning & Development Registrar, cwalsh@reena.org | (905) 889-2690 x 2048

March Break Movie Week at EAF

March Break movie week was hit at EAF! 

Check out the links below to sample some of the awesome videos made by the Extend-A-Family Kingston cast and crew!

The Loot Box Stopper:  https://youtu.be/IURrA1i_5zo

Starring: Trey L.


The Farm Animal: https://youtu.be/12nWJADThsg

Starring: Hailie A. and  Jazzy P.


Zombies: The Last of Mankind: https://youtu.be/BfPf147Brsc

Starring : Isaac A.,  Richard A., Mike N. and AJ F.


The Curse of the Skeleton Gem: https://youtu.be/f8tZZCvOGAg

Starring: Mike N. and Gordon B.


Superfriends to the Rescue: https://youtu.be/3w2I76EMFAQ


Anita B.          Gracelyn C.            Karen M.               Tracy C.              Bryan B.                 Kirsti O.                 Betty H.         Tom A.                    Trinity F.                Jack C.                Ila C.


Peoples: https://youtu.be/qdAG_n0gVvo

Starring: AJ F.


Alyssa and Friends: https://youtu.be/meUabNOKlHs

Starring: Alyssa M.


The Best Movie Ever: https://youtu.be/09U_N3Mth2Q


Sara R. and Robbie S.


subscribe to our youtube page to see all of the fantastic movies and videos made at EAF

SPOTLIGHT on transformation February 2018

Spotlight on Transformation is the Ministry of Community and Social Services' newsletter for people interested in services and supports for people with a developmental disability. It features:

  • information about what is happening in Ontario’s developmental services system
  • updates on our progress in improving services and supports, and
  • inspiring stories of inclusion in communities throughout Ontario.


Click on the link below to open the February 2018 issue

In this issue:

  • Ontario is improving living spaces for people with developmental disabilities
  • Community Living Essex County launches new hub for developmental services sector


Moving On Mental Health; a message from the regional director

Hello, please see below on behalf of the Director of East Region:

As you are aware, Moving on Mental Health (MOMH), announced in November 2012 as part of Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, is the plan to transform the child and youth mental health service system.  The establishment of lead agencies with responsibility for planning for the effective delivery of core child and youth mental health services is a central component of the transformation. 

31 lead agencies have been identified - an identification process related to the Niagara service area was recently undertaken, with a lead agency expected to be identified by April 2018.  The launch of the final lead agency identification process for the Cochrane Timiskaming service area will be commencing shortly. 

We would like to remind you that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ MOMH web page at www.ontario.ca/movingonmentalhealth is the primary way of providing information on the lead agency identification process. We encourage all those interested to visit the web page for information about the MOMH plan.

Please circulate this message within your organization.

Thank you,

David Remington

Bonjour, voir ci-dessous au nom du directeur de la région de l’Est :

Comme vous le savez déjà, le Plan d'action pour l'avancement de la santé mentale, annoncé en novembre 2012 dans le cadre de la Stratégie ontarienne globale de santé mentale et de lutte contre les dépendances, vise à transformer le système de santé mentale pour les enfants et les jeunes. L'établissement d'organismes responsables chargés de planifier la prestation efficace de services essentiels en santé mentale offerts aux enfants et aux jeunes est au centre de cette transformation.

On a identifié 31 organismes – un processus d’identification lié à la zone de service de Niagara a récemment été mis en œuvre, et on s’attend à ce que l’organisme responsable soit identifié d’ici avril 2018. Le lancement du processus d'identification final de l’organisme responsable de la zone de service de Cochrane-Timiskaming commencera bientôt.

Nous aimerions vous rappeler que la page Web Pour l'avancement de la santé mentale du ministère des Services à l'enfance et à la jeunesse, accessible à l'adresse www.ontario.ca/avancementsantementale, est la principale source d'information sur le processus de sélection d'organismes responsables. Nous encourageons tous les intéressés à consulter la page Web pour obtenir de l'information sur le Plan d'action pour l'avancement de la santé mentale.

Veuillez faire circuler ce message au sein de votre organisation.


David Remington

Passport Program

For people with Developmental Disiabilities

 Extend-A-Family has also been the Regional Administrator of the Passport Program since 2006 and currently oversees the funding approvals and allocation for 1,253 individuals across the South East Region (East region)

The Passport funding program serves the following communities:

To learn more about Developmental Services Ontario Passport Program. please CLICK HERE

DSO Engagment

In July 2011, Extend-A-Family Kingston was designated as the Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) for the South East Region under The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) helps adults (aged 16+ years) with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. There are nine DSO agencies across Ontario to serve you.

The DSO in the South East region is called Developmental Services Ontario South East Region (DSO-SER). The DSO-SER is a program of Extend-A-Family Kingston.
The DSO-SER serves the following communities:

To learn more about Developmental Services Ontario. please CLICK HERE.