June 18, 2015
We appreciate the opportunities to work together toward a shared vision.
This letter is to update you on:
- New CLBC Directors of Regional Operations
- Meeting with the BC People First Board
- CLBC’s refreshed Strategic Plan
- Progress on the Community Action Employment Plan
- The 5-year plan to strengthen home share services
- Celebrating CLBC’s 10-year anniversary
- New stories on www.selfadvocatenet.com
New CLBC Directors of Regional Operations
- Jennifer Terwoord – Southern Interior Region (Tel: 250-365-8567; Email: Jennifer.Terwoord@gov.bc.ca)
- Veronica Somers – Vancouver Island Region (Tel: 250-387-6053; Email: Veronica.Somers@gov.bc.ca)
- Bob Youssef – Vancouver Coastal Region (Tel: 778-689-3691; Email: Bob.Youssef@gov.bc.ca)
- Jody Stuart – North/Thompson Cariboo (Tel: 250-645-4065; Email: Jody.Stuart@gov.bc.ca)
These new directors join Jai Birdi – South Fraser (Tel: 604-219-6067; Email: Jai.Birdi@gov.bc.ca) and will work together to make sure the best possible outcomes in our working relationships with individuals and families.
BC People First Board meets with CLBC Senior Management
BC People First (BCPF) is an organization for people labeled with a developmental disability and run by people labeled with a developmental disability. On June 1, the BCPF Board met with the CLBC senior management team to learn more about each other’s work and priorities. BCPF presented on the education and awareness work they are doing around Rights, the ‘R’ word, and youth leadership. CLBC shared their refreshed strategic plan. Together the two groups brainstormed more ways to work together and are excited to meet again next year after the BCPF annual general meeting.
CLBC’s refreshed Strategic Plan
Thank you to those of you who helped CLBC figure out what is most important to work on over the next few years. Please review the Strategic Plan, which outlines ways to:
- Enhance Participation and Citizenship
- Increase Sustainability
- Promote Innovation and Resilience
CLBC will continue to collaborate with individuals, families, and service providers on projects that support these directions, including a focus on employment, transformation of day services, and quality of life (include Me!) planning.
Progress on the Community Action Employment Plan
On June 4, CLBC delivered a report on how its Community Action Employment Plan is helping create more jobs for the individuals we serve. CLBC is pleased to report that its work with government, service providers, and employers is leading to more jobs being created, and more self advocates wanting to work.
CLBC knows there are many more self advocates who want to work, and so there is much more still to be done.
The 5-year plan to strengthen home share services
On Wednesday, May 13, CLBC posted its five-year plan to work with individuals, families, home providers and agencies to strengthen home share services.
The plan includes:
- Creating better information for individuals and families about what home sharing is
- Developing new online training for home providers
- Developing a home study certification course
- New monitoring and evaluation guidelines to increase safety and quality of support
New Stories on Self Advocate Net
CLBC continues to be a proud sponsor of B.C.’s Self Advocate Net website. Please visit the links below to read articles from self advocates across BC.
- Freedom to Enjoy Life by James Sonsteby of Chilliwack
- Dear Service Providers by Krystian Shaw of Kamloops
- A Parent’s Diary by Michelle Goos of Victoria
- How Planning is Sorting Out my Life by Cheryl Fryfield of Vancouver
Celebrating CLBC’s 10-year anniversary
July 1, 2015 marks CLBC’s 10th anniversary. It will be a chance to recognize those who have been part of our journey. Today we face opportunities and challenges. That’s why, in the coming months, we will ask many of you to help us think about new possibilities for our future.
Over the course of this year we hope to meet many of you, and we look forward to hearing your ideas.
Self Advocate Advisor