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Help Nurture Kindness for a Stronger Community

What does it take to build a stronger, more inclusive community?

For one, it takes generosity. In the past year, our community has generously supported our efforts to build and advocate for a community that includes people with developmental disabilities and their families as respected, valued, and contributing members. From attending our sold-out community events to donating needed picnic tables at record speed, from sponsoring our signature fundraisers to sponsoring children and families for our year-end holiday drive and more, community members and businesses have proven their commitment to contributing time, talent, and dollars in support of our work.

A strong and inclusive community also needs kindness.

I have found that kindness is the easiest and most effective way to create the human connections that define a community – and kindness costs nothing. As 2023 ends, I encourage you to nurture kindness in your community. Here are a few ideas:

  • When you pass someone on the street, smile and say, ‘Hello’
  • Get to know someone with or without a disability who is different from yourself
  • Make an effort to help people at events and community groups feel welcome
  • Learn about what other people are going through to better understand their perspective
  • Remember that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity

A sense of community relies on empathy, compassion, and shared effort toward the safe, dignified, and fulfilling lives we all want to live. Isolation, loneliness, and exclusion are preventable social issues that affect us all. Nurturing kindness can help us build the connections that reduce isolation and create the sense of belonging we all need to thrive as respected, included, and contributing community members.

It takes a village.


Suzanne Willett

Executive Director

Community Living Huntsville

Spotlight: Transitional Housing

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Community Living Huntsville receives $125K for Transitional Housing

The United Way Simcoe Muskoka has awarded $125,000 in funding to Community Living Huntsville’s Path to Housing Inclusion initiative for transitional housing. This was funded through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

This one-time funding contribution will help people with developmental disabilities along the path to housing inclusion in Huntsville.

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A man reacts to the cold water as he jumps into a lake in winter. Text reads: ready for the plunge? 2024 Huntsville Polar Bear Dip.

Will you take the 2024 Huntsville Polar Bear Dip plunge?

The coolest way to kick off the New Year is back. The Huntsville Polar Bear Dip comes to Hidden Valley Beach on January 1. Dippers are invited to raise funds to support their plunge! Funds raised support Community Living Huntsville. Check out the event’s Canada Helps page for details.

We are grateful to the Huntsville Polar Bear Dip and Hidden Valley Resort for their support.

Huntsville Polar Bear Dip
A graphic for Huntsville's Got Talent 2024 with cutout images on a black background of contestants performing on stage

Huntsville's Got Talent returns in 2024!

The Top 10 Finalists will step into the spotlight on the Algonquin Theatre stage on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 7:00 PM. Who will impress the judges, wow the crowd, and take home the grand prize?

Contestant registration opens December 28, 2023.

Audience tickets are on sale now through Algonquin Theatre. Don’t wait – this event sells out!

Come celebrate amazing local talent and community. This is one incredible event you will not want to miss.

Huntsville’s Got Talent is a nonprofit competition created by Dr. Drew and Janet Markham. It brings community together to celebrate local talent and raise funds for charity. Community Living Huntsville is grateful to the Markhams for allowing our not-for-profit organization to host the 2024 competition. Funds raised support Community Living Huntsville.

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Festival of Frosties coming to Downtown Huntsville!

A jolly new art installation filled with community spirit will make its way to downtown Huntsville in December!

The Festival of Frosties, an art installation featuring up to 12 hand-painted, wooden snowmen or “Frosties”, will be displayed along downtown Huntsville’s Main Street to bring some winter cheer to community members and visitors alike.

Community members of all ages, with and without disabilities, were invited to decorate the wooden cutouts by the project partners, Community Living Huntsville, Downtown Huntsville BIA, and Muskoka Lumber.

So, head downtown, snap a selfie with a Frosty, and email your photo to We look forward to sharing your photos with the community!

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Signature Event Partners

The generosity of our Signature Event Partners helps us make our events a success and supports an inclusive community. Our events could not happen without them.

Thank you to the our 2023-2024 Signature Event Partners:


Tall Trees


Lovegrove Construction

Muskoka Party Rentals

Dan Willett Financial

Stephenson District Lions Club

Refined Kitchen and Bath


Shoppers Drug Mart Huntsville


Thoms and Currie Professional Corporation

Near North Business Machines

Mathews Dinsdale

Drive Muskoka

Briggs Pumps and Plumbing

Pooran Law

Brothers of the Blade Motorcycle Club Muskoka

Taylor Carpet One


Community Partners

Hillside Farm



Signature Events

Upcoming Community Living Huntsville Events

Huntsville Polar Bear Dip

January 1

More information

Huntsville's Got Talent 2024

February 24

Audience tickets are on sale now!

Visit our events calendar at for details.

Ways to Give

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Community Living Huntsville must raise more than $150,000 annually through private donations, fundraising events, and grants to sustain our programs.

Make a contribution that counts.


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