WHO WE ARE
We have been running the SAN site for over 15 years. We got started in fall 2000 at the second Self-Advocate Leadership Retreat sponsored by H.O.M.E.S. (Healthy Opportunities for Meaningful Experiences Society). We created the Fraser Valley Self-Advocacy Network which led to the creation of our website. We are thankful to Cam Dore, Executive Director of H.O.M.E.S, for his ongoing belief in self-advocacy and for continuing to sponsor and coordinate the site.
The site was first created to help those with disabilities get online access. We also had help from CompuServe for computer tech issues. We started posting information and tips from self-advocates on our website, and got some funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security.
As time passed, we developed the site further and went to Victoria to receive the Reboot B.C. award for public value transformation.
In 2013, Community Living BC brought together self-advocate leaders and asked how we could improve communication between the self-advocacy community and CLBC. This led to the sponsorship of our site by the CLBC Communications department and the creation of the current self-advocate led Editorial Board who help give direction and write stories for the site.
Today, self-advocates from around B.C. are being paid to write success stories and issues in their community for Self-Advocate Net. We are highlighting the leadership from our movement and are excited to show our allies, community members and governments that SAN is the one stop resource website to learn about our abilities and contributions as full citizens.