Edith celebrated her 80th birthday in February!  She was delighted to have a Patsy Cline impersonator sing her favorite songs! 

Edith was surrounded by people she cares about and enjoyed her beautiful cake!

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Michael spent the day enjoying his community while selling his yarn.

Jannie's 2022 Adventures

Looks like Jannie had a great time going ziplining! 
Check out her video!

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On a sunny day last summer, Chantal Lussier welcomed me to her house in Winnipeg where she lives and operates her business, Chantal's Homemade Creative Crafts. She greeted me with a beautiful smile, funny jokes, and a laughter that was truly contagious. We entered the sunroom to discuss Chantal's business and crafts. The room was bright, colourful, and filled with a variety of different arts and crafts that she created.


It was just before Halloween when I came to Dylan's house. His home was decked out with spooky décor but little did I know the true gems that were in store!

ICOF Employer, Dylan Bodnar, graciously welcomed me into his home to talk about his business, Dylan's Dabblings & Stonewear. Dylan's Dabblings & Stonewear has been running strong for nine years now. It focuses on hand-painted garden statues, a variety of crafts, jewellery, and most impressively - rocks and precious stones.


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An Author Among Us

A very talented ICOF employer, Ryan Nelson, who along with support from his staff is in the creative process of writing his first novel,
"The Crusades of Captain Rye and His Renegades". 

Not only is this about creating a story, Ryan is reaching out into the greater community with messages and pirates treasures in a bottle and engaging people to share their treasure finds and connect via social media.  Ryan has fans as far off as Great Britain


Nelson's passions

He's a man of few words, but that doesn't stop him from letting you know just what's on his mind. Ryan Nelson, 24, was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy when he was six months old – a condition that makes him unable to speak or have the use of his limbs.

Though Nelson, who uses a wheelchair, isn't able to speak by himself he has enough vocal noises and commands to chat your ear off.


A Dream Day

Excitedly and with lots of love, 70 people gathered at Fort Gibraltor this summer to witness the wedding of Sylvia and John. After a year of planning and saving, the day finally arrived that they would say "I do". With the help of family, friends and an Options for Services contractor, Sylvia and John spent just over a year planning their special day.

They tasted cupcakes, made decorations, picked colors, created centerpieces and put their flair into each aspect.




Innovative LIFE Options
4-120 Maryland Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada R3G 1L1
Ph: 204-772-3557
Toll Free: 1-866-516-5445
Fax: 204-784-4816
Email: info@icof-life.ca
Innovative LIFE Options is a non-profit organization that promotes self-directed living in Manitoba through three unique support options, In the Company of Friends, Options for Services and the Community Navigator. Our mission is to present people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to direct their best lives.


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