CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families June 2024

June Edition 2024
Welcome to the June 2024 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. This Update will be taking a break during the summer months and will resume again in September as we move into the fall season.

We hope the Update continues to be a helpful source of information, resources and uplifting stories. We wish you and your families a safe and happy summer and hope you have many opportunities to connect with others and enjoy the warmer months ahead.

CLBC and Government News

Self-Advocacy Corner

Staying Supported and Connected

CLBC Community Councils

Stories and Celebrations




CLBC and Government News



Recognizing National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. During this time, we celebrate the history, traditions and cultures of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across Canada. And today, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day is important because it falls on the longest day of the year, called the summer solstice. The solstice holds a special significance for Indigenous Peoples who have gathered on this day for centuries to welcome the arrival of warm weather with ceremonies, traditional practices and displays of art.

In honour of this day, we invite you to read this recently published story by Charlene Barney, CLBC Indigenous Advisory committee member, who shares her journey to being seen and heard as an Indigenous self-advocacy leader in B.C.

Learn more about National Indigenous History Month here and National Indigenous Peoples Day here, including ways to get involved and celebrate in your community, learning resources and more.




Join a CLBC Welcome Workshop in your community

CLBC Welcome Workshop Teams around the province are providing welcome sessions to introduce people to CLBC and show how community and different services and supports fit together in the big picture of adulthood. Welcome workshops are facilitated by a CLBC Facilitator, a family member and self-advocate with lived experience.

Workshops are a series of four sessions: 1. Getting Started; 2. Community Connections; 3. Planning Choices; and 4. The ‘Real Deal’.

Contact your local CLBC office to register for an upcoming Welcome Workshop session today.

Nanaimo’s next Welcome Workshop Series starts July 2, 2024, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (PDT). Contact to register.




Preparation is key to staying safe during emergencies

It is important for individuals and families to take time to get ready for emergencies and have a plan in place. CLBC wants to remind individuals and families about available resources and how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergency situations, including flooding, wildfires and extremely high temperatures.

Prepared BC has many resources including:

CLBC has also shared a collection of resources on our website here to help plan ahead and stay safe in the case of emergencies.




Share your feedback on B.C. Accessibility Standards

The B.C. Government is developing new accessibility standards to identify, remove and prevent barriers to the full and equal participation of people with disabilities. The first two standards in development are Accessible Service Delivery and Employment Accessibility. You can find the proposed accessibility standards and more information here.

From May 31 to July 31, 2024, people, organizations and industry groups within B.C. are invited to provide input on draft recommendations for these two accessibility standards.

There are different ways to provide feedback:

Your feedback will play an important role in helping to shape these new accessibility standards. Learn more about this public engagement process here.




Housing Innovation Survey extended to August 31

The UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is working with CLBC to gather data about housing. They are running a survey on housing innovation that aims to study innovative solutions to inclusive housing options.

Any experience and knowledge that survey participants share will be valuable in helping to understand what supports innovative housing solutions.

Click here to take the Housing Innovations Survey before August 31, 2024.




June is Deafblind Awareness Month in B.C.

The Government of B.C. has proclaimed June as Deafblind Awareness Month. This month recognizes and celebrates the contributions that individuals who are deafblind make in their communities throughout B.C.

Read the official government proclamation of Deafblind Awareness Month here.




Minimum wage increased on June 1

As of June 1, 2024, B.C.’s minimum wage increased from $16.75 to $17.40. The increase will help approximately 240,000 workers across the province.

Earlier this year, the B.C. Government also amended the Employment Standards Act. This change means that future increases to the minimum wage will happen automatically, based on the previous year’s average inflation rate for B.C.

Learn more about minimum wage in B.C. here, and read the government news release about this increase here.



Self-Advocacy Corner




Self-advocates and job seekers invited to CLBC’s virtual Employment Corner

The CLBC Provincial Employment Team is happy to announce the next Employment Corner virtual drop-in Zoom call will take place Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (PDT).

The Employment Corner series has been created for self-advocates and people with lived experience seeking employment opportunities in B.C. The goal is to create an informal, safe and supportive environment to ask questions and share stories, successes, concerns and ideas related to employment. CLBC staff, service providers, community partners and family members may join the call to gain insights and hear firsthand experiences.

Join the virtual Employment Corner at this Zoom link. (The meeting ID is: 859 4642 8872)

For more information, please contact CLBC Employment Lead Jay Townsend at




Project advances accessible communication

People First of Canada, Inclusion Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have partnered on a project called Advancing Accessible Communication for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The project is focused on ways to make government information more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The project team has published their final recommendations in an easy ready format which you can read here.



Staying Supported and Connected




Podcast shares vision for an inclusive life

Families Supporting Real Equitable Authentic Lives (REA-L) is a family-led non-profit society creating a provincial network of families who are ​intentionally exploring and choosing options that decrease dependency on traditional services. The society provides a space for families to share information and learn from the experiences of others.

The latest episode of the REA-L Conversations podcast is titled Vision for an Inclusive Life. Listen to this and past episodes on the REA-L website homepage here.




Initiative offers inclusive housing resources

My Home My Community is a national partnership initiative of Inclusion Canada and People First of Canada and their member organizations. The initiative works with communities, developers, funders, support agencies and families to support the creation of inclusive, affordable housing.

My Home My Community hosts a collection of resources focused on three main areas: Research & Policy Solutions; Public Education & Awareness; and Technical Support for Housing Development.

Learn more about My Home My Community here.




Find new resources on FindSupportBC

The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) supports families who have family members with disabilities. FSI has designed a free online database called FindSupportBC for locating disability-related programs, services and support in every region of B.C.

FindSupportBC has recently added over 200 resources and introduced several new categories including:

  • Newcomers and Immigrants
  • Caregiver Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Legal Rights
  • Financial Assistance and Grants

To learn more, visit FindSupportBC here. You can also suggest resources to add to the FindSupportBC database here.





Hang out with the Family Support Institute

The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) also offers various webinars and free online sessions that provide families, individuals and professionals the chance to learn, connect and share on a variety of topics.

Visit the FSI Calendar of events here for a list of upcoming hang outs and learning sessions.





Vela Canada offers human resources and administration support

Vela Canada assists people with disabilities to take greater control of their lives by forming a Microboard or accessing Individualized Funding (IF).

Human Resources (HR) Connect is Vela Canada’s newest program that helps alleviate some of the demands Microboards, IF Agents, and Person-Centered Societies may encounter when managing human resources and administrative responsibilities.

The HR Connect program offers the following services:

  • Recruitment
  • Onboarding (support transitioning an employee into the workplace)
  • Advice on scheduling
  • Training and development
  • Creating a recruitment and retention plan
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Personal record-keeping

HR Connect is currently a free service open to any Microboard, IF Agent, or Person-Centered Society. To try this new service at no cost, you can fill out the HR Connect application form here.





Research seeking siblings of people with developmental disabilities

Maren Rogers, a student at Adler University, is currently working on her thesis and researching how children coped well with taking care of a sibling with a developmental disability.

Maren is asking siblings to look back on childhood and share what was helpful, unhelpful and what would have been helpful. The aim is to gather siblings’ experiences to inform professionals on how to provide effective support.

Anyone interested in participating in this project can contact Maren at





Special Olympics shares nutrition resources

In partnership with Special Olympics Canada, the Sobeys Nutrition Corner was developed with the goal of making more nutrition-related resources available to Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and caregivers.

Check out these links to support a healthy lifestyle:





Register for family doctor or nurse practitioner

All B.C. residents can now register for a family doctor or nurse practitioner in their community through B.C.’s Health Connect Registry.

When you register, you are added to a list of people in need of a primary care provider in their community. Family doctors and nurse practitioners will use the list when they are accepting new patients.

Registration takes less than 10 minutes. To register, you need to provide:

  • Personal Health Number (PHN) found on your B.C. Services Card
  • Home address
  • Email address and phone number

To learn more, visit the Health Connect Registry here.




CLBC Community Councils





Celebrating the leadership of CLBC’s advisory committees and councils

It is important to take time to celebrate the leadership of the people and families served by CLBC and the ways we work together to build communities of belonging and lives with connection.

On June 8, CLBC held its in-person Annual Joint Meeting in Burnaby. The event was emceed by self-advocacy leaders and Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) representatives Alex Evanshen from the North Shore Sunshine Coast Council and Tami Pedersen from the Thompson Cariboo Council (Pictured with Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO). They did an excellent job hosting the event with the CLBC Board, executive team and managers, and welcoming representatives from CLBC’s Indigenous and Provincial Advisory Committees, Elders Council, and 13 Community Councils.

The purpose of the day was to celebrate the work and expertise of CLBC advisory groups, recognize the important role they play in CLBC’s governance structure, and highlight their contributions to CLBC’s Strategic Plan goals over the past year.

Thank you to everyone who attended for making this annual event a success. CLBC would not be able to do its work without the time and valued contributions from the Provincial and Indigenous Advisory Committees and CLBC Community Councils.

Visit the CLBC website to learn more about the work of the Provincial Advisory Committee here, the Indigenous Advisory Committee here, and CLBC Community Councils here.

Anyone interested in getting involved with these committees and councils can contact the CLBC Community Engagement team at





Community Council members meet with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

CLBC Community Council members are leading change in communities across B.C. That’s why, at the recent Inclusion BC conference in Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, requested to have lunch with self-advocate and family leaders volunteering on Community Councils.

Tony Cuglietta and Tami Pedersen are long-standing members and now co-chairs of the Thompson Cariboo Council. They spoke to the Minister about the importance of inclusive housing and the work they are doing to build awareness with local municipalities that people with diverse abilities need a place to call home just like everyone else.

Noel Anderson and Alexandria Stuart from the Central Island Council shared stories about employment. They spoke about issues around transportation and the barriers to getting and keeping a job because of the lack of reliable transit in their community.

Minister Malcolmson was keen to learn about the role CLBC Community Councils and the Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) play as part of CLBC’s governance structure, and how we are working together to advance inclusion in our communities.

Pictured from left to right: Tony Cuglietta, Thompson Cariboo Council Co-Chair, Tami Pedersen, Provincial Advisory Committee member and Thompson Cariboo Council Co-Chair, Hon. Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Alexandria Stuart, Provincial Advisory Committee member for the Central Island Council, Noel Anderson, Central Island Council Co-Chair.





Stories and Celebrations





Coming soon: Read the Summer 2024 edition of Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is CLBC’s annual magazine created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self-advocate and community living leaders from across the province.

For the Summer 2024 edition of the magazine, the Editorial Board has chosen Self-Advocacy Leadership as the theme. The magazine shares stories from individual leaders and self-advocacy groups who are making an impact in the areas of education, employment, inclusive housing, social connection, mentorship, publishing, policy-making, planning and more.

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES will be arriving in your inbox early next week and will also be shared on the CLBC website here.





Celebrating Pride Month

Every June, communities across B.C. and Canada celebrate Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate diversity and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, acknowledging their history, the hardships they have faced, and the progress that has been made.

Read a message about Pride season from B.C. Premier David Eby and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Kelli Paddon here.

Find information about Pride celebrations happening across B.C. during June and throughout the summer here.





Honouring Wendy Hall

We close this edition by taking a moment to honour friend and colleague Wendy Hall whose sudden passing on June 14 has left us with heavy hearts.

Wendy was a parent, an advocate and a community ally. She served on the City of Nanaimo Accessibility Committee and was a member of the CLBC Central Island Community Council for six years. Wendy was a volunteer advisor with BC People First and a long-standing resource parent with the Family Support Institute.

Many of us at CLBC and in the Community Living and Self Advocacy Movements were touched by Wendy’s advocacy work, her leadership and her dedication to making our community more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Read about Wendy’s life and contributions to her community here.


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