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CLBC recognizes Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in November

November 1st, 2017 A message from CEO Seonag Macrae and CLBC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. The Province has proclaimed November as the third annual Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in British Columbia, which recognizes the unique contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living with disabilities make to communities throughout the province. View the B.C. Government News release and Proclamation. Community Living BC (CLBC) provides supports and services to people who are 19

Renewed Scholarship Supports Inclusive Employment Specialists

October 31st, 2017 VANCOUVER – Community Living BC (CLBC) and the Douglas College Foundation (DCF) announced today they have renewed a partnership that is providing $10,000 in scholarships to support BC students who specialize in helping adults with developmental disabilities to locate and retain employment. The purpose of the scholarship is to build capacity of qualified employment specialists in communities across the province so more of the people who are

NEW! Advocate for Service Quality Rack Card and Webpage

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Office of the Advocate for Service Quality (OASQ). We’ve refreshed our materials to explain who we are and how we focus on improving the quality of service for adults and transitioning youth who have a developmental disability (including Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and their families. Check out the introductory video on our new webpage and our new rack card with

Info Bulletin October 18th, 2017 Update for CLBC Community Council Members

October 18, 2017 The 9th annual Community Living BC WOW (Widening Our World) Awards are being officially launched today with a call for nominations by November 30, 2017. We are inviting you and your networks to nominate someone who makes your community a more welcoming place, and to show us, “What Does Inclusion Look Like in Your Community?” Every year, the WOW Awards create an opportunity to shine a light on

C.L.B.C. Messenge to Self Advocates October 2017

October 5, 2017   Dear members and allies of the BC Self Advocacy community, We hope you are well and have enjoyed your summer!  We are pleased to send you this update about what’s new here at Community Living BC, including updates on: October is Community Living Month Self Advocacy Leadership Conference in Cranbrook 18th Annual Self Advocate Leadership Institute in Mission CLBC welcomes Minister Shane Simpson Thank you to

British Columbia celebrates Community Living Month 2017

October 2017 marks the 19th Community Living Month in British Columbia, an annual celebration of inclusion and a time to raise awareness of people with developmental disabilities as fully participating members of our society. Click here to read the official proclamation of Community Living Month by the Province of British Columbia. During October, CLBC will be sharing Community Living Month posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #clmonth2017 and

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES – Summer 2017 Edition

Nathan Bodie celebrates at his graduation ceremony at the University of Victoria.     Welcome to the Summer 2017 Edition of CLBC’s “Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES” magazine. Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self advocates from across the province, as well as family members. The theme for this edition is “Marking Canada 150 – A new generation of possibilities and

CLBC Board Members visit Prince George

Community Living BC Board members Eileen Stewart and Diane Friedman (pictured above to the right) recently visited with Prince George service providers, CLBC staff and Community Council members as part of the Board’s efforts to go to communities around the province. “Hearing directly from people is enriching, and helps to inform and guide our decisions and thinking at the strategic level where our responsibilities lie,” said Diane. Eileen and Diane’s

CLBC board visits Vernon families, services

It was a beautiful and sunny day in Vernon for visiting CLBC Board members Dave Babych, Barb Carle-Thiesson and Jane Holland. They were in Vernon at the end of May to meet with local families, individuals, service providers and community council members to learn more about the inclusive programs, services and supports in the area. The first part of the day had Board members visiting Vernon and District Association for

CLBC welcomes Minister Simpson

Community Living BC warmly welcomes new Minister Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings. Minister Simpson brings to this position significant experience, having first been elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2005. During his time as an MLA, he has served as Opposition Critic for Labour, Housing and the Environment and most recently as Opposition Spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills. Minister Simpson has helped lead community-building activities in East

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