June 30, 2019

President’s Message

AGM & Conference Recap

Get Involved with Us! 

Community News

Introduction

Hello Members, Volunteers, and Community Partners:

I hope you are all having a fantastic Canada Day long weekend! It’s hard to believe 2019 is already halfway over.

I was so excited to be elected as the new BCPF President at our AGM this year and am happy to serve my peers.

There’s a lot I hope to accomplish. Along with keeping up the great work of all our Past Presidents, I want to connect with members and hear their stories – and connect with community partners to meet new members.

I will be sharing my story and other people’s stories with government officials and will fight for our rights and needs. Employment, housing, and accessibility rights are just a few of the topics I will be bringing up continuously as I represent BCPF and all of our members at advocacy events throughout my 2-year term as President.

I want to meet with city officials to better understand their side so we can come up with better solutions together and am happy to work from a place of positivity to achieve our goals.

I welcome members from across the province to get involved with us by joining one of our committees. I hope to do a great job for you all as I learn and grow while in this role.

I am so grateful to our Past President, Michael McLellan, thank you for all your years of service and future support.

I appreciate our entire Board of Directors, Volunteer Advisor Team, and our Provincial Coordinator so much.

To our past, present, and future!

Sincerely,
JoAnne Gauthier

2019 Annual General Meeting

We had a really fun time at the BCPF AGM and Conference this spring, held at the end of the Self Advocate Leadership Conference. 

180 Members of the organization and community partners gathered together and spoke about our successes from last year and hopes for this coming year.  

“As a new BCPF Board Member I really enjoyed the AGM and connecting with my peers. Since 2001 I have been attending conferences like this and have learned so much about community inclusion. I was happy to be elected to the Board and am looking forward to making a contribution to BCPF”.
~ Frank Reimers

 Thank you to everyone who came out for our AGM! We are busy planning events and workshops for the fall, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or check out our website to stay up to date on what we are up to in the community. 

Get Involved – Join A Committee

Did you know that BCPF Members can support the Board of Directors by volunteering with them and joining a committee?Committee Members work with the Board of Directors to plan events in their communities across British Columbia and help spread awareness of BCPF and the rights of all people.

Here is some brief information about the tasks involved in the 3 committees members can join.

  1. Marketing – attend local community meetings in your area on behalf of BCPF; help recruit new members and spread awareness of our organization; help plan free or cheap social events for members in your area (potlucks, picnics, etc,) so members can connect
  2. Communications – write blog posts and experience-based stories for the newsletter; help with plain language translations when needed; help call BCPF Members without email access periodically (a few times a year) to let them know about upcoming events and check in with them.
  3. Fundraising – help the Board of Directors plan fundraising events and plan donation campaigns; help to get donations that can be used for raffle prizes and silent auctions at our events.
Please get in touch with us if you’d like to join the team. We are accepting applications for new Committee Members and we’d love to hear from you!

Community News

Finding the right words: Collaboration with BC People First creates plain language videos to explain CLBC’s Strategic Plan, read the full story here:
BCPF Members are invited to take the Government of Canada’s Survey on Accessibility and Inclusion
  • It is important that the voices and experiences of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities are represented in the survey
  • It takes about 15 minutes to do it online: https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/85/W1309/
  • Or you can do the survey over the phone: call 1-866-875-5470
  • The deadline is coming up quickly, surveys must be completed by July 5th

Introducing Our New Coordinator

Help us welcome Roxci Bevis! She started in late May as our new Provincial Coordinator and has been transitioning

with Ariel and meeting with BCPF Board Members and Community Partners as she settles in.

Roxci is a project manager in the nonprofit sector with a background in event planning, media marketing, and operations.
She has experience planning conferences and workshops; has coordinated multiple volunteer teams and created volunteer programs for organizations across Metro Vancouver; and has experience launching a social enterprise for the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project. Roxci loves supporting nonprofit boards and helping them achieve their goals. In her free time, she likes to head outdoors into nature or read a good book.
We are excited Roxci has joined us and thank Ariel so much for her years of service and wish her the best on her future endeavours.
Thank you so much Ariel and welcome Roxci!
 

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