HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

It’s a day of importance for me, but in more ways than just one!

Ten years ago today I moved to Canada and never looked back. Canada became my home the minute I stepped off that plane, but now guess what? Today is more to me than just my anniversary of moving to Canada. Yes, I found the love of my life and this time I didn’t even have to move to another country to do so, ha! All that happened was I blinked and someone stole my heart.

They say that love comes when you least expect it, when you’re not looking for it. Well, I guess that’s true after all. On July 1, 2012 a day that marks a new chapter in my life James turned my life upside down and inside out. This has been the best year that I have had in a very long time. We fit together so well that it’s scary sometimes. Thanks for one awesome year together and here’s hoping we have many more years to share, HAPPY ANNIVERSARy James, I love you!

Cat

Dennys gets a strange complaint

One of the strangest complaints I’ve ever heard.

James and I went to our second home Dennys on Thursday afternoon for lunch and near the end of our meal James was saying that he never has anything to mock whenever we go to Dennys. There’s never anything weird said or done or anything.

Ha, guess he spoke too soon!

Not long after that we were getting ready to leave our booth when I heard the guy behind us tell Derek our server that he wanted to file a complaint. so I told James to hold up a sec because I wanted to hear what the complaint was.

I couldn’t believe my ears. This is what was said…

Excuse me sir, I’d like to make a complaint. The um, service was good, but I um, shouldn’t have to pay for my coffee. It’s all I had. Other restaurants give you free coffee.

Yes, you read that right. This customer complained about paying for coffee. He figured he was suppose to get it for free!

So Derek was like…um, what? You are trying to tell me you should get your coffee for free because it’s all you had? Just because you joined your friends and sat down for coffee we should give that to you for free, that’s what I’m hearing?

Yes, says the customer. I mean other places give you free coffee so….

Derek says, So I just want to make sure I understand you can go to a Tim Hortons and sit down with your friends and expect a person to come over and hand you free coffee because that’s all you had?

Customer, no no, that’s not it. I’m um not explaining this right…

He then turns to his friends for help and surprise surprise they don’t say a thing, lol.

This went on like this for 5 mintues before I finally told James that we were going because I was finding it harder not to laugh at the nut case. I’m mean seriously dude, free coffee! I’d also like to know what restaurant gives out free coffee. That customer never did say.

Cat

NACC, the Conclusion of Chapter 1

Wow, the moment I’ve been waiting for has arrived!

On June 4, 2013 I received the email from Serge A. Buy the CEO of National Association of Career Colleges stating that they were letting Everest College know it was now ok to enroll me in the Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) program.

I’m not going to rip NACC apart in this post in regards to the emails they sent me last because in the end I got the result I was waiting for, the “right” result!

I will state however that I do not appreciate the fact that NACC tried to make themselves look good and me the bad person in the final emails. I am keeping everything that happened over the last couple of months until I have completed the program and I am certified.

On June 5, 2013 I received an email from Mike Lacroix asking if we could set up a day to meet and get things rolling for the ECA program. I was extremely excited to see that email and a bit confused because some steps had to be repeated, but hey it was a step in the direction that got me going in the direction I want!

So on June 11, 2013 I met with Mike Lacroix, Melissa Kingston, kate whom sorry I forgot what her title is and Natalie the instructor for the ECA program. The meeting with all parties went very very well and I can now look forward to my start date.

Hey, does anyone know when that is yet? Hmm, well August 26th or sometime in October.

The bad news is I have to be up at 5:30, yes I said, 5:30 in the morning! I mean not that I sleep much or at all most times, but that’s besides the point. 5:30 in the morning is just not right!

So I will now happily close chapter 1 with NACC and hope that I do not have to start another chapter. I would like to thank all the parties involved that helped me during this time and who stood by me and told me not to give up while I fought for what I wanted.

I hope that if another person that wishes to attend Everest College for the ECA program who is visually impaired or legally blind does not have to jump through these hoops. I hope I have at least been able to open that door for you.

Cat

NACC finally responds

Finally, the Serge A. Buy the CEO of NACC decided to get in touch with me. It only took them 2 months to do so! But sadly they didn’t have anything good to tell me.

Lets go over the recent contact shall we?

1. Based on discussions we’ve had with several parties, we may be looking at a solution for you. The solution would be to look at adapting some parts of the program for you and also trying to find innovative solutions during the delivery of the program itself.

I would like to know where was I during these conversations? How can you adapt something for a person without speaking with them as well and seeing what adaptations work for them? How come Everest College wasn’t also included in this conversation? I mean it is Everest College giving me the education after all, not NACC.

2. There are three conditions however.

I can’t believe they had the nerve to ask for these!

Condition 1. We need to be able to confirm that you would be able to graduate the program. This protects you as you pay for your education. While we are willing to attempt the accommodation, there’s no way for us to confirm that you would be able to graduate. You would need to sign a waiver stating that you are aware that you may or may not be able to graduate and, should the college and NACC make efforts to accommodate your needs, your relieve them of any responsibility should you not be able to graduate.

Would you ask a sighted person to sign anything stating they won’t hold the school or you responsible if they don’t graduate? No one knows for certain they will be able to successfully complete a program.

NACC everyone keep in mind is only the organization that provides me with the certification after I complete the program at Everest. It is between Everest and myself on discussing the education side of things. Everest has not asked me for any letter. If I don’t successfully complete a program due to any reason besides adaptations for me being refused or something is on me. Why would I hold anyone else responsible except myself?

Condition 2. We will need confirmation and agreement from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities that they agree with any changes that we will make to the program.

Sorry I don’t even agree with this. Again you have not spoken with me to see what adaptations I need or how I learn. How can you adapt something for someone you’ve never sat down and spoken with? Again NACC you’re stepping out of your role. Everest and I already have adaptations for me in place for the ECA (early child care assistant) program. This is something I gathered over a month ago. A job you were suppose to be looking into but never did.

The problem with this is you could pick adaptations that are way out in left field. They might help someone, but they won’t help me. Why would anyone in their right mind say yes to something like this and leave themselves in a bad spot if the adaptations don’t meet their needs? I mean last I checked not all students learn the same. One adaptations work for one person may not work for another.

Condition 3. The College and the instructor need to be ready to work with you and accommodate your needs.

Hmm, how many times must I repeat this one? Lets see, Everest and i have been in communication since day one about adapting programs for me and how best the staff can be of help. Everest College and I have already come up with adaptations for me for the ECA program that are satisfactory for all parties. NACC you have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the education side of this issue! Any problems on that side are delt with between myself and Everest College, not you!

NACC’s closing remark:
We’re sincerely trying our best to help you succeed in this project.

Um, they are? Am I missing something then, because I definitely don’t see them being helpful right now.

This that I’ve gone over today is the letter I received yesterday after my advocates finally reached NACC. I also forwarded this letter over to them since they were somehow left out of the communication.

My advocates called me after receiving this letter and my response back to NACC so we could touch base. According to them Serge A. Buy is concerned that I will sue NACC if I can’t complete the program.

Great, have them worried, but they are worried for the wrong reason.

I will only sue them if I am not allowed to take the program or complete the program if accomidations aren’t made. This is the only reason this has come to the attention of anyone.

My advocates and I are going to wait until June 1st to see if they respond to my recent letter back to them before discussing the next step.

For anyone that needs to catch up on this thread, then a great place to start is right over here

Thanks for reading.

Cat

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

Sounds like a good book right? Well, I thought so too, but sadly it is not the best book I’ve read by Lisa Gardner and I love a great deal of her books.

The beginning of the book starts off having you asking questions, such as, why is the wife sneaking drugs while out at dinner? what made her so unhappy?

It’s questions like those plus many more that just don’t get answered in the story. It left me scratching my head and wondering what in the heck did I miss?

I would like to thank Shane for recommending Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner and if you also have a book you’d like to tell me about, good or bad please share them over here

NACC continues to ignore me

Today is May 10, 2013 and as of today I have still not heard a word back from NACC on the matter of their out right discrimination against me.

Serge A. Buy the CEO Director General of National Association of Career Colleges has been the one I have been communicating with. This CEO is the one that claims they would “look” into things and “work with me on seeing how the program could be adapted for a blind person like I said it could.

But, where is Serge A. Buy hiding? I’ve sent emails asking for updates and have not heard back. A person from another organization on my behalf has also tried contacting Serge A. Buy with no response. Are they hoping that this matter will just go away and I won’t push this matter forward? Sorry, not going to happen!

What I would like to know is why hasn’t NACC tried to follow up on anything they said they would do? Why are they refusing a person with a disability the opportunity to get an education? Why in their out right discrimination are they also dragging Everest College down with them?

Everest College is now because of NACC stating that they will not enrol me in the program until my fight with NACC is complete. I believe this is a pile of crap and told them so. Everest provides the education, NACC provides the certification or whatever after I have successfully finished the program. My fight with NACC should not hinder me being successful in the program.

Everest has no reason to say no since the adaptations are already in place for me to do the program and I have the perfect placement in mind that is also in the area I wish to work when it comes time to placement time. So in my opinion right now Everest is being stupid and I told them as much. They are just too afraid of standing on their own or who knows what. They rather listen to a company who’s discriminating and they know they are than the student they’ve sat down and spoken with, made adaptations for and also agree that what NACC is doing is wrong.

What’s wrong with this picture?

If you’d like to catch up on this situation then please go here and if you have any suggestions, thoughts, comments or whatever on what I should do next please feel free to voice them.

Cat

The fight with NACC continues, update

Hi there everyone that is following this thread. If you’re not, then why not? Quick go over to the initial post so that you have an idea of what’s up and won’t be scratching your head.

The fight is now moving up the ladder and another person is entering the dispute. The last communication from NACC was on March 27th. They have not attempted to update me on if they are doing anything. So therefore I assume that they are just sitting on their ass and hoping that I drop the matter.

Sorry, that’s not going to happen!

Especially since I did their work for them and know even more on how the Early Child Care Assistance program at Everest College can be adapted for me and how I can be successful.

So, now to wait on the next person on my ladder of fighting discrimination from NACC to give me a call. I will update again when there’s more to report.

Cat

Lacey’s first vet visit

Whew, things have finally settled down around here and we got Lacey into her first vet visit. Things went much better than we thought they would.

Such an awesome girl she’s turning out to be…every now and then!

The vet was able to tell us that Lacey is a lab border collie and is black and white. Her age was still undetermined so we just decided that she now looks about a year and a half and not a year and a half back in October that the SPCA told us when we got her.

Lacey has done a lot of growing up since we got her in October, but *whew* there’s still lots more growing to go. She is 58 pounds which is definitely better than what she was when we received her. The poor dog. We could count all of her ribs a ffew months ago.

Nothing like getting good consistant food everyday eh?

The best news of all is that she has not had one accident in the house since we moved into our house at the end of January. Unlike when we were in Greenbank Towers apartments where she went inside too damn often.

Maybe that was her way to say she just hated the place?

Now if I could just get her to quit going after Noah’s face thins would be great. She fits our family very well so far and I’d hate to have to give her up because she can’t learn to play with Noah.

Oh yes and someone tell Lacey to stay in the darn backyard, sheesh!

Cat

Have you heard of a shower?

I’ve seen this more with Blueline drivers so it’s why I’m pointing a finger that way.

A few months ago I wrote a post about it being nice if there could be scent free cabs for those of us that have a problem with certain smells in the environment.

Well, maybe I should also throw in that it would be great for when you get into a cab with a driver that has forgotten how to take a shower! I mean seriously. Do you drivers think it’s nice for your passengers to be stuck in a car with you and you smell and it’s too damn cold to leave the windows down for fresh air?

I think I’m going to start carrying some soap with me and the next one that smells and ask me for a tip I’m going to hand them the bar and tell them to find the nearest shower. It’s just gross!

Cat

Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb

“but I only drove the car!”

This is just one of the amusing lines in the latestest book in the In Death Series, Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .

If you haven’t read this latest book yet, then what the hell are you waiting on! I mean how else will you know about the funny line I posted at the beginning or the one about the persons civic duty? I mean come on! Put down that remote and go get this book.

Also, remember I’m always looking for new things to read, so if you have something in mind then please go here and tell me about them. Good and bad reviews are welcome.