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I’m writing this article because I’ve found the transition to the Compass Card really confusing. Here’s my interview with MVT Consumer Canadian Bus Advocate Linda McGowan. Hopefully this will also help you, too. How do you get a card? A Compass Card can be purchased at any Skytrain station; at a select number of London Drugs that are located not near a Skytrain station; at the Compass Card
Volunteerism By Rasika Aklujkar Good work comes from volunteerism not just employment. The word employment is a term that defines paid work and also defines the rules and standards we have to follow. EI is short for Employment income these are wages/salary we get for working. We are talking about volunteerism so being a good volunteer means that you are a good worker. It is linked to taking good initiative,
My name is Luanne Bradshaw. I am a very strong and determined go- getter who does not back away from issues. I have been involved in community clean-up for at least 25 years and I have had articles written about my work and I have received an award of recognition from the City of Burnaby. I would like to feel valued and appreciated – a small tip here and there
For the past few years I haven’t had money to go anywhere, so I try to make the best of it and maybe go on day trips or hang out with my friends. I had a week off in July so far, and did not go away. I made sure I planned something for every day so I wouldn’t get bored or lonely. I also spent time during the day
I remember it clearly, it was during the 90’s and the experts insisted that it would be better for me to feed myself than have someone feed me. So thousands of dollars were spent on consultants and equipment to theoretically allow me to eat a meal with my own hands. It was a total disaster: My CP not only made my arm movement slow and awkward but the mental effort
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On March 31, 2016, self advocates from the Simon Fraser and Vancouver regions came together to enjoy a day of presentations, workshops, and art. The Self Advocate Leadership conference was a full-day event with over 60 self advocates in attendance and presentations by self advocates focused on employment, leadership, community, self-advocacy, and goal achievement. Empowering Self Advocates to take Action Co-op facilitated a workshop on employment profiles, and BC People
A bit about ourselves………. Our group was started in 2014 when Robert Tippe (founder) was looking into whether Revelstoke had a group running at that time. Rob found that there had been a group but due to staffing/volunteer changes the group fell between the cracks and wasn’t continued. Living with a disability he understood the difficulties that people with disabilities faced in everyday life and he wanted to do something
Robyn Appleton was a member of People First in Mission before moving out to the island. She has been living in Sooke, on Vancouver Island, for about five years now and misses the activities she participated in when she was in People First. To this end she has decided to set up a Self Advocacy group in Sooke. The goal of this meeting is for people to meet each
The Chilliwack People First group is a group for self advocates to get together, share our stories and experiences, stay informed and support one another. We are friends who help each other. The group started in 1992 when Mike and Connie Newton got together with Julie Flumerfelt as an advisor and started inviting others to join in. The 3 founders have moved on but 2 of our current members were
Hello! We are the Kamloops Speaking Up Self-Advocacy Awareness (SUSA) Group. Our group is focused on: being a team, to encourage, support, and stand up for each other; to have a voice and take charge of our lives to achieve our goals and dreams; to be understood in all aspects of our lives and to create awareness and a better world! Our committee is made up of people with
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Conference and Celebration Friday, September 16, 2016 – 8:30 am – Cascades Hotel and Convention Centre – 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC. CLICK ON PICTURE TO WEBSITE SEE IT THERE
Spectrum is one of the Host Agencies for the Family Focus conference in October 2016. Share this info and the link to the conference website. There are lots of great sessions for families, self-advocates and supporters (staff, shared living contractors, volunteers). Greetings from Family Focus Society Family Focus has always been a conference “for families by families”. Families face many similar issues when advocating on behalf of their children, and
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (All day) – Friday, November 18, 2016 (All day) Vancouver The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference Moving from Diagnosis to Practical Strategies Hosted by: UBC Interprofessional Continuing EducationDate: November 16th – 18th, 2016Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver (click for map) Call for abstracts is now available About the Conference: The term Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm Vancouver Wills Trusts and Estates: For Families and Individuals with Disabilities Hosted by: PLANDate: November 10th, 2016 7:00PM – 9:00PMLocation: PLAN office, 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver (Click for map)Fees: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two (Register online) About the Workshop: Becoming well-informed about wills, trusts and estate planning is necessary to secure the financial future of your loved one with a disability. In this course, estate-planning
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 10:00am – 3:00pm Vancouver Facing the Future Together A succession planning workshop for families Hosted by: PLANDate: October 15th, 2016 10:00AM – 3:00PMLocation: Unitarian Church, in the Fireside Room, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver (Click for map)Registration Fee: fee $95 per primary family member, $45 for each additional family member. (Online Registration is available) Facing the future with promise and confidence takes planning and requires all those who care
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Dear Community Partner, Beginning September 2016, new measures will be introduced which will make it easier for some people to apply for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation: Streamlined Application Process for Prescribed Classes Individuals enrolled in the following programs: – BC Pharma Care Plan P (Palliative Care Benefits); – Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home Program; – Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) Programs;
August 2016 In June, we sent you an update about the changes to the bus pass program for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD). These changes begin on September 1st 2016. We thought you would find it useful to see the new PWD rate system as it incorporates the $52 Transportation Support Allowance. This table shows the new maximum support, shelter, and transportation support allowance rates for
Click here for your copy of Sans Newsletter Summer Edition SAN NEWS Issue 6 Summer 2016(1) We hope you are having a great summer so far! We have made the decision to now have the newsletter published each quarter so every 3 months. We will still have our great content and new features coming along on the website. We hope you enjoy this summer edition! Bryce, Joe
We Belong From Sea to Sea to Sea! Or do we? For this issue, we teamed up with People First of Canada (PFC for short) for the first ever Canadian issue of The Riot. In this Maple Leaf Edition, PFC members shared their stories of belonging. You might find that no matter where you live, people with disabilities want the same things – to be included in community life, be
Finding my voice – Through Toastmasters, Ruth Stanton has gained speaking skills and confidence. Welcome to the Summer 2016 Edition of CLBC’s “Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES” magazine Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self advocates from across the province, as well as family members. The theme for this edition is “where I feel welcome in my community” and self advocates share stories about the