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

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

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