clbc messenge to selfadvocates

 

November 30, 2016

Dear friends and allies of the self advocacy community,

December 3rd is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We are happy to send you this update from CLBC and at the same time recognize the shared vision we have to live in a world where everyone is respected and valued as full citizens.

This letter has the following updates:

  • A thank you for your input into CLBC’s next strategic plan
  • New CLBC inclusive housing resources
  • Completion of CLBC’s regional reorganization project
  • An invitation to join user-driven design testing of new community inclusion service
  • Include Me quality of life survey update
  • CLBC Editorial Board recruitment

A thank you for input into CLBC’s next strategic plan

CLBC spent the last 6 months collecting input from self advocates, families, service providers, and CLBC staff about what is most important for CLBC to work on over the next 3 years. Here are the 4 priorities of the new strategic plan:

  1. creating better outcomes for the people we serve
  2. improving relationships with individuals and families
  3. improving our systems
  4.  increasing quality with service providers.

Thank you so much to everyone who provided input. We look forward to announcing the plan soon.

New CLBC inclusive housing resources

The BC Non-profit Housing Association conference was on November 20-23. We were very pleased that CLBC sponsored a number of inclusive housing workshops at this event.

A big thank-you to self advocate leaders Jennifer Deakin, Cheryl Fryfield and BC People First for attending and presenting, “What Inclusive Housing Means to Us.

CLBC has created new Inclusive Housing resources to help people understand what makes housing inclusive, and the benefits of inclusive housing for everyone. Visit the CLBC inclusive housing web site here.

Completion of CLBC’s regional reorganization project

We are pleased to announce that CLBC has finished the regional reorganization project. We now have  integrated teams in each region. This will help CLBC to make timely decisions and better serve individuals and families.

Some people may have a change of CLBC contact. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the manager at your local office. Contact numbers can be found here.

Invitation to join user-driven design testing of new community inclusion service

The Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) Project is inviting individuals, families and service providers to help design a new community inclusion service.

ANSO will be hosting community meetings from November 2016 to February 2017 in Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Campbell River, the Lower Mainland, Nanaimo, Prince George and Cranbrook.

Learn more about this tour and how to participate here.

Include Me! quality of life survey update

The include Me! team is getting ready to do another round of surveys to ask individuals served by CLBC about their quality of life. This year the team is continuing to survey in the Vancouver Coastal, South Fraser, and Interior regions and will be expanding to new communities in the Kootenays.

CLBC Editorial Board looking for new members

The CLBC Editorial Board is made up of self advocates from across the province. They work with CLBC to improve communication with the people they serve. The Editorial Board also provides feedback and suggestions on projects and new initiatives that CLBC is working on.

The Editorial Board is currently accepting applications from self advocates who live in the Fraser and North regions.  Click here for more information about how to apply or contact Self Advocate Advisor, Jessica Humphrey at Jessica.humphrey@gov.bc.ca or 778-679-2691.

Staying connected

We at CLBC continue to work on improving communication with those we serve and the self advocacy community at large. We are grateful to our partnership with www.selfadvocatenet.com where you can find more updates, resources and stories from self advocates around BC.

We also invite you to stay connected via our consolidated Start With Hi and Stay Connected Facebook page, on Twitter via @clbc_connect, and through our new bi-monthly newsletter – See the September edition here. Subscribe today in time to receive our next newsletter in early December.

Happy Holidays to All,

Seonag Macrae
CEO
Community Living BC

Jessica Humphrey
Self Advocate Advisor
Community Living BC

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