The Edenvale retreat started in July 2000, with sponsorship from community living agency, H.O.M.E.S. (Healthy Opportunities for Meaningful Experiences Society), who recognized the power and commitment of a fast growing network of self advocacy groups in the Fraser Valley.

16 years later community partners and allies of the self advocacy movement from all over British Columbia and as far as Northern Ontario continue to work together to coordinate and sponsor this important reunion of leaders. Gregg Schiller has been organizing this event from the very beginning for the last 16 years. The Edenvale Retreat and Conference Centre is our host and is a place that reminds us that anyone can be a self advocate and that we must we take the time to listen and honour the voices of all people.