Author Archives: Keenan Wellar

About Keenan Wellar

I'm a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of local social change charitable organization LiveWorkPlay.ca which supports a good life for people with intellectual disabilities. I'm a very active user of social media. Find me on Facebook http://fb.me/kwellar on Twitter @SocialKeenan on LinkedIn http://tiny.cc/keenanw. I also manage organizational accounts http://fb.me/liveworkplayfans and @LiveWorkPlay. I make a lot of connections locally and worldwide with people who share my belief in inclusive communities, but I also talk sports, food, and travel, and there are few topics that offend me, so please don't be shy.

Reflection


I started using Facebook live from my balcony as a way to include people in sports and music going on at Lansdowne Park. Then it turned out people enjoyed it even when nothing special was going on. I’m a night … Continue reading

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2016


This silly little app did a pretty good job of capturing some key themes from 2016 – each individual photo might not be an actual “top ten memory” but they all represent aspects of my life with others and my … Continue reading

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The Inside Scoop: LiveWorkPlay Awarded $125,000 in New Leaf Community Challenge


What an experience! Julie and I have done many presentations before, including as paid presenters, once with an audience of about 1,000 people. That’s certainly a lot of pressure. But it’s certainly a very different thing to be pitching for … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year from Julie and Keenan!


This is a digital copy of our annual holiday newsletter! It actually reads pretty good as image files if you click on the images below (they’ll be a little bigger for reading than if you try to read them right … Continue reading

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Book release: The Courage to Fail, the Will to Succeed: Twenty Years of the LiveWorkPlay Experience 1995-2015


I’m thrilled to announce the formal release of the book The Courage to Fail, the Will to Succeed: Twenty Years of the LiveWorkPlay Experience 1995-2015 (available in hardcover, magazine, PDF, and audio formats!). In words and pictures the book chronicles … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Like Winning! RedBlacks Defeat Alouettes: Time To Turn The Page!


I am sure more than a few of my readers will be confused by this edition of my blog, since they are probably used to hearing from me about various social issues related to disability advocacy or other serious topics. … Continue reading

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“They will have real work for real value” or “How can we begin the end of sheltered workshops for a better society for all?”


The recent media attention (see Ottawa Citizen articles 1–2–3–4 by Chris Cobb and an editorial) given to the pending closure of the OCAPDD sheltered workshop at Tunney’s Pasture in Ottawa exposed the general public to a hidden world that has … Continue reading

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