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Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden

The Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden is a therapeutic garden that provides a dedicated area of sensory rich stimuli of smells, touches, tastes, movements and sights. Named in memory of Ongwanada past president and former board member Joseph Dominik, the garden is the first fully accessible sensory garden in Kingston, and possibly Ontario, of this size and scope. The garden will provide many therapeutic, educational and recreational benefits to individuals with varying levels of physical and developmental disabilities, as well as others in the community.

In the garden, you will find herbs and edible plants to stimulate your taste buds; brightly coloured flowers and a variety of shapes to catch the eye; sweet smelling flowers and aromatic herbs to tickle your nose; a mixture of textures for your fingers to explore; and a symphony of water, blowing grasses and chirping birds to please your ears. It is a safe, interactive environment for all ages and abilities.

Individuals with moderate to severe disabilities benefit from being outside in the fresh air and enjoying the sounds, sights, smells, feel and tastes of the plants and other garden features. Currently, there are few outdoor experiences accessible to this group of individuals due to accessibility and transportation issues. Through the use of wide, concrete walkways and raised beds, the Joseph Dominik Sensory garden is accessible to all.

However, the benefits of a sensory garden go far beyond those with moderate and severe disabilities. Those with less severe disabilities enjoy the opportunity to participate in the care and maintenance of the garden offering them additional educational, vocational, recreational and physical benefits of gardening. Ongwanada clients have been involved in every aspect of the garden from planting the seeds to caring for the garden to harvesting seeds, herbs and flowers for use in crafts and other initiatives.

The Sensory Garden is open to the public and free to use.

ALERTS

Hydrotherapy Pool will re-open May 7, 2018
Ongwanada is happy to announce that we will be re-opening our Hydrotherapy Pool on May 7, 2018. Our dehumidification and heating system has been replaced.

We apologize for any inconvenience this caused, but know that the closure was to ensure Ongwanada is providing our supported people and the public with a safe and healthy environment while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the pool.

... More Radiology and Pharmacy closure
Radiology will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, 2018 for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Pharmacy will be closed on Friday, March 30 and until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 for Good Friday and inventory.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

... More NEW Radiology Hours
Ongwanada's Radiology hours have changed! The new winter hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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WHATS NEW

MNU-18-03 - TEMPORARY FULL TIME PERSON CENTRED PLANNER-1 YEAR TERM
Date Posted: April 23, 2018.
Closing Date: April 30, 2018.
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Wage: Ongwanada offers a competitive benefit package. The salary will commensurate with experience.

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File No: OP-18-57-Temporary Part Time Registered Nurse
TEMPORARY PART TIME REGISTERED NURSE

Date Posted: April 20, 2018.
Closing Date: April 27, 2018.
Location: Elizabeth Community Residence
Dates of Vacancy: June 18, 2018-December 30, 2018.
Hours of Work: 24 hours minimum per pay
Wage: Hourly: $32.34- $42.07
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Radiology and Pharmacy closure
Radiology will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, 2018 for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Pharmacy will be closed on Friday, March 30 and until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 for Good Friday and inventory.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

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2017-2018 Operating Plan
Document detailing progress toward Building Capacity & Moving Forward with a Person-Centred Approach

September, 2017

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2018-2019 Kingston Internship Consortium Brochure
Please note: This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

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2016|2017 Annual Report
Keeping Vision 2020's Momentum Going

Click below to view Ongwanada's 2016-2017 Annual Report or stop by our Resource Centre to pick up a copy.

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