Spring 2018 Newsletter

A Message from the Executive Director

It is hard to believe that Spring is upon us. We have been very busy here at Connect 4 Life, with lots of activities happening such as our broadcast training program where we have been engaging our students with many hands-on experiences. We have been developing new programs and focusing on our upcoming Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon. We are pleased to be continuing and developing many partnerships with The Learning Place, Sheridan College, Accessible Media Inc, CBC and many other community partners. We are preparing for another busy summer with lots of community outreach and growing Connect 4 Life to its next stage. We would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters without their support and dedication we would not be able to do the work that we do and a very special thank you to our placement students whose placement will be coming to an end in April. Their learning and growth has been wonderful to watch and their help greatly appreciated. Wishing them much success in their future endeavors. Please stay tuned for our upcoming events and we look forward to continuing to provide our clients with expectational service in the areas of education and training.

New Programs Coming Soon!

An Accessible Voice in Broadcasting: This six-month Radio Broadcast Training Course is unique in that it is the first in Canada designed for people with disabilities. It introduces people with disabilities to basic radio production. They will learn how to operate studio equipment and the theory behind it, as well as how to use digital audio editing software. Students will also be introduced to on-air presentation as well as news and sports writing and presentation, and Accessible content. Graduates will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship. Call us right away to find out more!

For more information or to register please contact Melanie Taddeo at 647 454 1252 or melanie@connect4life.ca

Life Skill Workshop

Connect 4 Life will be holding a life skill workshop series which will be facilitated by our Sheridan College Social Service Worker placement students Sharlene Byfield and Ranice Wright. The workshops will be held at 7700 Hurontario St #413, Brampton, ON. Please do not hesitate to email Melanie@connect4life.ca or call (647)454-1252 to register or with any inquiries.

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Thank you to all our volunteers without them what we do would not be possible!  Volunteers come in all shapes and forms, whether they volunteer daily, occasionally or come in for a guest speaking their support is invaluable and we truly appreciate them. We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with Connect 4 Life, please contact us at info@connect4life.ca

Broadcast training students

We're excited to introduce this year's broadcast training students and share with you their positive experiences with the course so far!

Sean Pickard

I really need to thank Melanie and the sponsors of the Broadcast Training Program. This program has allowed me to move past a hump in life, while helping me explore new options and possibilities. The understanding and coaching are second to none, which makes it an easier and smoother learning experience. It is amazing how much you can learn and experience in such a short time.


For me, the broadcast training program has been great. I've had an interest in the field for a long time and this program is allowing me to learn lots about broadcasting with the prospect of employment after graduation. Melanie teaches things very clear and has definitely done her research so she's presenting things as they are. And when there are questions she's willing to address them in a clear way. And what's good in my thinking is we'll repeat stuff until it's clear and we understand it, we're not rushed into moving on before we're ready.

Resource Fair

Connect 4 Life and The Learning Place will be holding their 2nd annual Community Resource Fair on March 8, 2018 from 9AM-2PM.  We have invited community agencies to come and share information about themselves to our clients and other members of the community. 

The agencies that are attending are:

Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin

Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin

Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region

Mississauga Furniture Bank

NPower Canada

Our Place Peel

Peel Regional Police Diversity Relations Bureau

Region of Peel Children's Services

Spectra Community Support Services

The Centre for education & Training (TCET)

Volunteer MBC

Thank you to everyone who will be attending. All this wouldn't have been possible without your support.

Voices 4 Ability

Hello everyone,
Voices 4 Ability is always looking to grow if you have any new show ideas or suggestions please email v4aradio@gmail.com

Hi everybody,


My name is Sean Pickard and I am the new station manager with voices 4 ability radio. Here at V4A, we pride ourselves on being in touch with our community. That is how we intend to provide the best content for all our listeners. If you know of a show, expo, community event, we would like to hear about it. Do you have a show idea? Tell us about it, and let’s have some fun while spreading the word. Thank you for tuning in and letting us be part of your world.

What’s your ability?

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely yours

Station manager,

Sean Pickard

Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon

Connect 4 Life will be hosting their 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon on April 28th, 2018 in efforts to raise funds to support and enhance our programs. To participate You will need a team of six players to reserve yourselves an alley. The entry fee per team is $150 ($25 per person). The last day to register is April 20th, 2018. Please register and return the form to info@connect4life.ca. It will be held at Classic Bowl located at 3055 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON.

Special Thanks to our Supporters

Accessible Media Inc.
Derek Welsman
Kelly MacDonald
Kai Black
Peel Regional Police
Perpetual Rhythms DJ Services
Prouse, Dash & Crouch, LLP
Sam McDadi
TD Bank Group
The Learning Place

Winter 2017 Newsletter

A Message from the Executive Director


It always amazes me how time has a way of flying by. We have been very busy here at Connect 4 Life. As our winter newsletter is created it is a great opportunity for us to reflect on our year and all we have accomplished.  This summer and we had the privilege of working with the Region of Peel’s summer job challenge where we had an amazing student working with us. She had a summer filled of new experiences while we had help in the office. It was a win win opportunity.  We continued to grow our partnerships with the Learning Place, Accessible Media Inc, CBC, and Sheridan College, while creating new ones with the University of Toronto, and the Region of Peel. Our 3rd Annual Gala was another great event that gave us the opportunity to celebrate of successes while thanking our wonderful supporters. We also have another great Broadcast training class underway and some fabulous placement students from Sheridan’s SSW program, and the University of Toronto’s Medical program. the list goes on and on, but as the holiday season draws closer and our year comes to an end I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Board of Directors, volunteers and all of you  for the continuous support without you we would not be able to do the work we do.

I also want to wish you all a Safe and Happy holiday season, and all the best for the year 2018.


Melanie Taddeo

Placement Students

Sharlene ByField is a Social Service Worker student from Sheridan College who has been a placement student at Connect 4 Life since September 2017. She has experiences dealing with mental health addictions, and youth in trouble with the law.

Ranice Wright is a Social Service Worker student at Sheridan College who has been a placement student at Connect 4 Life since September 2017. Ranice was also hired during the summer through The Regional of Peel to work at Connect 4 Life.

We are very fortunate to have a great bunch of placement students 2 from the SSW program at Sheridan College, and 2 students from the University of Toronto’s Medical program. These student’s assist us with a variety of areas while gaining experience working with individuals with disabilities, and the ins  and outs of a charity. Welcome Alex, Frank, Sharlene, and Ranice.

The Broadcast Training Program

On October 10, 2017, Connect 4 life started their new class of the Broadcast Training Program. This 24 week program is the first in Canada designed for individuals with disabilities.  The students are currently learning the basics of radio broadcasting, the use of digital audio editing software and how to operate studio equipment, as well as the theory behind it. Students will also be introduced to on-air presentation, including news and sports writing, presentation, and accessible content. We would like to thank Accessible Media Inc (AMI) and  Canadian National Institute for the Blind CNIB) for their support and sponsorship.

Station Managers Report


It has been a great couple of months with Voices4 Ability. Shows are still a success and ratings have remained steady, we are looking forward to the holidays and we have added some Christmas music and holiday Station IDs. We are looking for new show concepts to add to our great lineup, if you have any suggestions please contact v4aradio@gmail.com

I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I am leaving voices it has been one of the most memorable two and a half years. I would like to thank everybody for their support. I have learned a lot and grown as a person.

Finally I would like to thank Melanie for all that she has given me during my time here at voices without her I would not be where I am today. I would like to wish everybody at connect4life and voices4 ability the best of luck in their future endeavors.


Brock Richardson Station manager  

Voices 4 Ability


It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to our Station manager Brock Richardson. Brock is one of our first graduates of our Broadcast training program, and then completed his internship with Voices 4 Ability and then took on the role of station manager. He has become part of the decor after being around for over 2 years. Brock has demonstrated a lot of growth during his time with us. He took the Neutral zone to AMI and was hired by them, and now he has decided that it is time to move forward in his personal life and will be moving to Kitchener. We want to thank Brock for all his hard work and dedication to Voices 4 Ability and Connect 4 Life. We want to wish him all the very best and much success in all of your future endeavours.

An Evening Under the Stars


An evening under the stars is a celebration for Connect 4 Life and their supporters. A time to reflect on the many accomplishments and successes, the charity has accomplished up to date. On September 30th, 2017 Connect 4 Life held their third annual gala at the Speranza Banquet Hall. It was a night to remember, as everyone dressed to kill. The atmosphere was welcoming, just like the greeters at the door. Some highlights from the evening were the live entertainment and guest speakers. The guest speakers for the evening was MP Sahota & MPP Malhi ,  who presented Connect 4 Life with Pure Soul Energy  following behind . A Bollywood dance from Ritu and Elsa that had the guest rocking in their seats. Capturing the elegant evening on the lenses was Tanya Chowdry, while six awards were given out to students. The President’s award was given to the Learning place. The Robert Pearson Guiding Star award was given to Kai black , Volunteer Of The Year award was given to Derrick Welsman.  Ambassador of the year was given to Kelly Macdonald and last but not least Top Show In Voices Of Ability was given to the radio station Alt Rock Over Load given to the host Tyler Markham. While the event was going on, in the back they had a silent auction for different items.


Bringing the evening to an end we listened to Comedian Pamela Apel as she brought the house down with her funny jokes and down to earth personality.

The Evening under the Stars was truly a well-organized function and enjoyable to watch. 


We are so grateful for all of our dedicated volunteers without your help and support we wouldn't be able to do the work we do. We have some volunteer opportunities available such as Board of directors' members, fundraising, Station manager, and editors. For more information please contact anthony@connect4life.ca

Special Thanks

Thank you to supporters

A BIG thank you to our Wonderful supporters:

Accessible Media Inc

Aero Sports Trampolines

Angela Franchitto

Anthony Franchitto

Art Gallery Ontario

Be Inspired Jack Astros etc


Big It Up

Blue ocean office supplies

Boston Pizza

Brock Richardson

Canadian National institute for the blind


CN Tower

Coaching for self-publish

Curies Holidays


David Son


Gabriel Mammone

GMS Group

Hershey’s Centre Mississauga

Hockey Hall of Fame



Kind Projects

Krispy Kreme

Laser Quest


Maple Lodge

Mark Brown


MP Ruby Sahota

MPP Harinder Malhi

Ontario Science Centre

Peel Region Police

Perpetual Rhythms


Prouse Dash and Crouch

Ranice Wright

Ritu Neb

Rose Theater

Ryan Lundie

Sam Mcdadi

Sharlene ByField

Sightseeing Toronto

Silly Cookies

T by Daniel

The Key

The Learning Place

Timeless Jewelry

Toronto and Conservation for the Living City