July 18, 2022

Hello BCPF Members, Friends, and Supporters!

In this newsletter you’ll find:

  • Upcoming BCPF Advocacy Committee meeting July 21st
  • Member Blog: Debit Machine Accessibility & Letter Template
  • We Belong! Festival August 27th – Call for Volunteers
  • SAS Voting Project 2022
  • Heat Stroke Awareness
  • Recommendations by BCPF Members
Upcoming BCPF Advocacy Committee Meeting July 21st

The BCPF Advocacy Committee is meeting this Thursday, July 21st on Zoom.

  • 6:30pm — Committee Members will login for the meeting.
  • 7:15pm-8:00pm — Other BCPF Members can join for discussion time and advice.

We invite all BCPF Members to join the Advocacy Committee Meeting at 7:15pm if you’d like to get advice or talk about any advocacy issues you are having in your life.

If you are a BCPF Member and would like to join the meeting during discussion and advice time, please let us know. We’ll send the Zoom login link to everyone who signs up. Just send a reply to this email to let us know you want to come.

Member Blog: Debit Machine Accessibility & Letter Template
Every person should have the freedom to safely and securely pay for the items they wish to purchase with the tender they choose. This right is denied when a debit machine is not accessible. Electronic payment terminals are an everyday device that should not be difficult to use. But this is sadly not the case…Read the full blog post and download the letter template HERE.
Do you or someone you know want to write a blog post for the BCPF Member Blog? Members can submit their own stories or get support to write blog posts if needed. Be sure you’re a BCPF MEMBER and contact us if you have ideas for blog posts.

We Belong! Festival August 27th — Call for Volunteers

The ‘We Belong!’ festival is happening in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, August 27th. This is an outdoor market event bringing disabled artists and entrepreneurs together to sell their items and network. And also to raise awareness around self-employment as an option for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are often left out of selling at artisan markets due to the costs of having a table and some events not being accessible. This market is only for disabled artists and makers because we do belong as entrepreneurs. Find more information HERE

Are you in Vancouver and interested in volunteering on event day? For the event to be a success, some festival volunteers are needed to:

  • Help setup the outdoor space and event tents at 9:30am
  • Support during the event 11am-3pm
  • Help cleanup after the event from 3pm-4pm

If you are in the area and want to volunteer on August 27th at the We Belong! festival, please contact the event organizer, Margaux Wosk. Email them and they will get back to you with more details about volunteering. Email: webelongfestival@gmail.com

 

SAS Voting Project 2022
The 2022 General Local Elections in British Columbia are on October 15th. General local elections happen across BC and include elections for municipal councils, regional district electoral areas, boards of education, and more.Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo (SAS) supports the right of every citizen to vote in our elections — and so they are working on elections and voting projects. Want to get involved in the campaign to encourage everyone to vote?
You can email SAS a photo of you holding a sign encouraging people to vote sas@uniti4all.com. Photos will be shared on Facebook and Instagram to encourage people to get out there and vote on Saturday October 15, 2022! Your sign can say VOTE or you can get creative. Or you can send them 2-3 sentences on why you think it’s important to vote with your photo.
SAS will also be posting plain language voting resources and information for the election in the upcoming months. Follow SAS on Facebook HERE.
Heat Stroke Awareness Information

Now that summer weather is here in BC it is important to be aware and protect yourself. Extreme heat can cause illnesses such as heat stroke. Too much heat can be harmful to your health. Heat-related illness happens when your body heats up faster than it can cool itself down.

Heat-related illnesses can usually be prevented by staying cool and drinking water before you get thirsty. HERE is a list of symptoms and treatments for heat-related illnesses. 

When it’s too hot outside, many public places and municipal buildings will offer places to cool down. Local community centres, malls, and libraries usually have air-conditioned areas open to the public. Many communities have waterparks and pools where you can cool down. Local city and town websites will list community centres, fountains, libraries, swimming pools, and water parks available during heat emergencies.

As of summer 2022, heat events in B.C. are put into 2 categories:

  1.  Heat Warning: when conditions are very hot and there is a moderate risk to public health.
  2. Extreme Heat Emergency: when conditions are dangerously hot and have a very high risk to public health.

Environment Canada will give alerts when there are heat events that are a moderate or high risk to the health of the public. You can find more details about heat emergencies HERE on the HealthLink BC website.

Recommendations by BCPF Members

Here are some events, resources, and information BCPF Members want to share with others. Please click the underlined links for more details:

                                                                                     
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