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Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES – Summer 2017 Edition

Nathan Bodie celebrates at his graduation ceremony at the University of Victoria.     Welcome to the Summer 2017 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 “Marking Canada 150 – A new generation of possibilities and

CLBC Board Members visit Prince George

Community Living BC Board members Eileen Stewart and Diane Friedman (pictured above to the right) recently visited with Prince George service providers, CLBC staff and Community Council members as part of the Board’s efforts to go to communities around the province. “Hearing directly from people is enriching, and helps to inform and guide our decisions and thinking at the strategic level where our responsibilities lie,” said Diane. Eileen and Diane’s

CLBC board visits Vernon families, services

It was a beautiful and sunny day in Vernon for visiting CLBC Board members Dave Babych, Barb Carle-Thiesson and Jane Holland. They were in Vernon at the end of May to meet with local families, individuals, service providers and community council members to learn more about the inclusive programs, services and supports in the area. The first part of the day had Board members visiting Vernon and District Association for

CLBC welcomes Minister Simpson

Community Living BC warmly welcomes new Minister Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings. Minister Simpson brings to this position significant experience, having first been elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2005. During his time as an MLA, he has served as Opposition Critic for Labour, Housing and the Environment and most recently as Opposition Spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills. Minister Simpson has helped lead community-building activities in East

A Parent’s Perspective: Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

      Nancy Bodie’s son, Nathan, has always loved learning and knew from the time he was young that he wanted to go to university. His family’s challenge was to find a way forward to support Nathan in reaching his educational goals. Thanks to their determination, and a ground breaking inclusion service that has helped make B.C. colleges and universities more accessible, Nathan was able to convocate this June.

A matter for the board: Ensuring diverse voices are heard

Rob Tippe (Revelstoke), Aine Rathwell (Vancouver) and Ryan Kenny (Williams Lake) joined the CLBC Editorial Board in 2016 and have been contributing to initiatives and communications including the latest Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine. “It’s important to have voices from across the province because it helps CLBC to get a better idea of what’s happening, and what people’s ideas and thoughts are,” says Ryan Kenny of Williams Lake, who currently sits

Persephone Brewing Co. recognized with WOW inclusion award

Persephone Brewing Co. and its CEO, Brian Smith, are being recognized today with a CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) award for creating employment and inclusion opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Persephone Brewing Co. operates an 11-acre farm and craft micro-brewery; its small team is passionate and committed to “creating beer built through local agriculture, community connectedness, and partnerships.” Glen McClughan, executive director of the CLBC service provider, Sunshine Coast

Provincial Award Recognizes Smithers Inclusion Champion

SMITHERS – Local resident and champion of inclusion Chris Morsund is being recognized today with a Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) Widening Our World (WOW) award for his exceptional contribution to creating meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities and raising public awareness of the contributions they can make to their communities. Chris was nominated for a WOW award by Anita Clegg, parent and volunteer from CLBC’s North Region Community

CLBC BI Monthly updates E-Newsletter March 2017

CLBC’s E-Newsletter    |    March 2017 View this email in your browser   A bi-monthly update with news, stories and tips   The village helped to raise our son: A Smithers family reflects  When you walk into Sport Chek in Smithers and see Jesse Clegg unpacking garments and hanging gear, you may not realize the number of people, programs, time and advocacy that created that moment. Click here to read

Message from CLBC CEO and Self Advocate Advisor March 17th 2017

Dear Friends and Allies of the Self Advocacy Community, This is a letter to update you on the following CLBC news: CLBC strategic plan CLBC budget for 2017/18 Include Me! Quality of life survey Designing a new community inclusion service Widening our World (WOW) awards CLBC – BCGEU Scholarships open for applications 1. CLBC announces its new strategic plan CLBC has a new strategic plan with four main goals.  These goals

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