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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

Lessons from our children: never say never

By Linda Shaw     The biggest and most surprising journey of my life has been being Krystian’s mom. Krystian was born premature. At first, I was told he was delayed, but would catch up. Later I was told he was developmentally delayed and would never catch up, probably never being able to read or write. When Krystian was seven, I bought him a computer. It was amazing to see

CLBC finalizes strategic plan: Individual outcomes, family relationships are top priorities

After months of meetings, presentations and community visits led by Community Living BC’s CEO Seonag Macrae, a new strategic plan has been approved by the Board of Directors to help guide the organization until 2020. It sets goals for better quality of life outcomes and improved individual and family experiences, as well as more efficient operations and enhanced service provider partnerships. See the plan here. “I received input from across

CLBC Connect-Digital Newsletter January 2017

A bi-monthly update with news, stories and tips Where everyone knows your name: a parent’s creativity and determination helps build a welcoming community People recognize twenty-year-old Teaghan Collins everywhere he goes in Richmond. That’s thanks to a little determination and thinking outside the box work, says his mom Pam. Click here to read the full story and learn more about leveraging existing community supports. LATEST NEWS Four B.C. residents win WOW

2016 WOW Awards Nominees

CLBC recognizes all nominees for the 2016 Widening Our World (WOW) awards for their efforts to build inclusion, create employment opportunities, and increase people’s access to community and social networks. Below is a list of all nominees from across British Columbia. including this year’s four WOW Award Winners. You can click on each nominee’s name to find more information about their work in community. Click here to see a photo

Four B.C. residents recognized with a 2016 WOW award

January 18th, 2017 Four British Columbians have won a 2016 Widening Our World (WOW) award for their dedication, courage and ingenuity in supporting their communities to more fully include those served by Community Living BC. The four recipients were chosen out of nearly 40 deserving people; all nominees were recognized for their efforts to build inclusion, create employment opportunities, and increase people’s access to community and social networks. Since 2009,

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