What is the purpose of a Self-Advocacy Group?

The purpose of The Nelson Self-Advocacy Group is to encourage people with disabilities to take more control over their own lives, make their own decisions, solve their own problems, and speak for themselves. We build awareness and education of the strengths, rights, wants, and needs of people with disabilities.

The direction of the group will be member-driven and therefore the group could take on several forms.

The group may decide to become more activist with letter writing and protest activities; or the group could simply remain a supportive environment to share and build new friendships.

Educating ourselves on topics related to self-advocacy will always be included and special guest speakers may also be invited to further inform our members.

What is the role of the advisor?

My name is Matthew and I am the advisor to the group. My job is to attend all meetings and make sure that the group is following all rules and agreements.

I also organize the meeting’s structure while making sure everyone feels welcome and has a chance to speak.

I will also be providing educational material and presentations on topics related to self-advocacy.

I will do my best to ensure that all group decisions are followed through; however, I am not “the boss” because the members make all the important decisions by a vote.

Meeting Procedure: What to expect.


  1. Meetings will begin with a welcome and recitation of the rules.
  2. Then a small check-in will occur where people have a chance to speak briefly. People can always pass if they do not want to speak.
  3. The business of the meeting will start with a breakdown of the agenda decided upon the previous meeting, this is called old business.
  4. This will be written in large letters at the front with pictures beside them.
  5. Then people will have an opportunity to add new business to the meeting schedule.
  6. After old and new business is discussed, the group will set an agenda for the next meeting.
  7. The meeting will conclude with unstructured social time.


To Contact The Nelson Self-Advocacy Group

Matthew Wilson-Birks, BA
Supported Employment Coordinator
Custom Fit Inclusion & Employment
Nelson CARES Society

General Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 -4:00 pm

Ph. 250-352-6011 ex. 5271

Fax 250-352-9855


Check out Nelson Self Advocacy Group 

Social Media Page

The Nelson Self Advocacy Group Click on  Petitions 

The Nelson Self Advocacy Group Dates  be Here

518 Lake Street, Community Health Co-op Building, in the meeting room.

 Meeting March 19th,2020 at 1PM – 3PM is Cancelled till next month


Important Update about Friday Morning Meetings Nelson Self Advocates Members 10am on Fridays using Zoom instead of Facebook Messenger


Do to the Corona Virus now Nelson Self Advocacy Group Member to have meetings online below is the details.

Hello Self-Advocates: This month’s dance and self-advocacy meetings are being cancelled to help prevent the spread of the covid-19 (Carona) virus. Please do not be alarmed, this is simply a fast-spreading flu-like virus so be as cautious as you would during any flu season.

If we take precautions early, we can lessen the strain in the healthcare system so that services are not spread too thin.

Take care everyone and we will pick up again next month.

This Meeting Assertive Communication below is cancelled do to corona virus


Kind Regards,

Matthew Wilson-Birks

The Nelson Self-Advocacy Group

General Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 -4:00 pm

Ph. 250-352-6011 ex. 5271

Fax 250-352-9855


Map to
567 Ward St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L


Events of Nelson Self Advocacy Group

this event is cancelled too do to corona virus


The Nelson Self Advocacy Group Newsletter be here





The Nelson Self Advocacy Group Agenda and Minutes Here

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