Motionball Marathon of Sports

On May 25th 2019, I was one of 1000 participants that took part in #Motionball Marathon of Sports. This annual event celebrates people of all abilities in participating in a day full of sports in support of the Speical Olympics. This fundraising eventsponsored by #underarmour, #Air Canada and a hots of others, Motionball showed that all people from whatever circumstances can come together and participate in competitive sports. Oh boy were they ever competitive!! We all met at Downsview Park where in the midst of over 1000 people we were all able to find our tables and our fellow teammates for the day. After a brief introduction to our team, I met a George. George was an older fellow full of spunk, wit and life who let his grit and heart over power his physical limitations. After the introductions and a few housekeeping items we were all set to go on our path of sports for the day.

Our first sport was touch football, I must admit after a few warm ups and running down the field, I was exhausted…Did I mention that it was just warm ups? The highlight of the game is seeing George who must be around 5’3 and has limited sight in one eye, do a two hand catch over 3 people for a touchdown, WOW!

What was even more impressive about George was his sportsmanship; Through out the day He wanted everyone to participate and have fun, especially others who were on the opposite team. When playing ball hockey he would sometimes purposely lose the ball to an opposing player so that they would have a chance to score. If the player did score, George would be one of the first to congratulate them on their achievements. When we played basketball George would grab a defensive rebound and then hand the ball to the opposing player, a girl with special needs she would try to score and miss numerous times, but George showing patience  would keep grabbing the rebound and handing the ball back to her so she can try again. When she did score the crowd erupted in cheers, and George was the first one to celebrate with her, giving her a high five.  George embodied the spirit of motionball and its games.

George helped me realize what happens when people, from all abilities are given a chance to let their light shine. George was competitive, he wanted to win, and he tried to help his team win for most of the games we played….he played well, In frezbiefootball he threw a touchdown, scored a nice backhand goal while playing hockey, made a great assist in basketball. But George also knew about sportsmanship and recognized that winning is great, but what’s most important was having a good time…for OTHERS to have a good time.

Next year Cadence’s Staffing Services will look to put a team together to help raise funds for the Special Olympics and to participate in Motionball Marathon of Sports. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our team please reach out to me on email at arainford@cadencesstaffing.ca. If you like to find out more about motionball please visit their website at motionball.com. Lets create some good times for others!!!

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April 1, 2020: Mourning Normal

As the sun shines in my office window, I think about how different life is right now amidst a global pandemic. It’s finally spring and yet I’ve spent more time inside than any other time in my life. Things have changed drastically in a short period of time with words like social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine, protective equipment and toilet paper rolling off the tip of our tongues. With all of this going on, many of us are mourning our normal lives.

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As an adoptive mom of two children that are differently abled (and I use that term intentionally, as both my kids have amazing talents that I could never possess) this Covid-19 pandemic reminds me of other times in my life when I have mourned what I anticipated to be my normal. In 2008, our daughter, Cadence, made the journey from Haiti to Canada with us. It was one of the most joyful times in my life. As a mom, you dream about all the amazing things that you will experience as a caregiver of a precious little girl. However, within months of our journey home, we began to observe small indicators that our little girl was struggling to adjust. I’ll save the details for another post, but needless to say, it was the beginning of our journey where mourning normal would become the norm.

I truly hope that the people in your life are safe, healthy and well cared for. That desire is what drives AJ and I to do the work we do. We want to thank our Associates for their dedication to the people that they support and care for on a regular basis. You are our sectors HEROS! At a time when things are confusing, stressful and anxiety is high, we commend our essential service workers both in the social service sector and all sectors as we move forward through this unprecedented time. Stay well.       ~Ange