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Darryl Harrand

Introduction Thank you for coming. For those who don’t know who I am, I am Darryl Harrand. I’ve been a self-advocate since 1994. I led the local self-advocate group here in Kelowna, through Pathways Abilities Society from 1994-2002. At that time, I joined inclusion BC, to be on their Board of Directors. I was also elected to the self-advocate caucus, which was made up of regional self-advocates from all over the… Read More

B.C. People First

PLAIN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION SERVICES: BC People First believes that Plain language is a human right. Everybody needs equal access to information, and sometimes things are written in a way not everybody can understand, especially those people who are labelled with Developmental Disabilities. Plain Language is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to use. If the language you are using in your organization, business, etc is not in plain… Read More

Kelsey Kubota

I’m passionate around disabilities and self care. My goal is to modivate and be a insperation to others to acheive in what they value. My belief is no voice is to big or small to be heard.  

Conrad Tyrkin

My name is Conrad Tyrkin. I live in Port Coquitlam, BC. I have a passion for mentoring and presenting my Employment presentations for people with diversabilities. Having a steady job is important to me because I gain new experience, skills, connections in community, earn money and a job gives me purpose and structure. You only have one life to live so why not make the most of it! Conrad is… Read More

Tara Torme

My name is Tara Torme and I live in Vancouver BC. It is important to me to bring as much awareness as possible to Asperger Syndrome. Because too many people have views that we are more disabled than we really are. We are not given the chance to prove ourselves. People hear the word ‘Asperger Syndrome’ and ‘Autism’ and they think the worst outcomes for us – rather than just… Read More

Krystian Shaw

My name is KRYSTIAN SHAW. I am 25. I was born with intellectual disabilities. I have achieved many things in my life despite my challenges. I have many abilities. A few years ago I had a dream to start my own business and today I publish a newsletter celebrating the successes of people with diverse abilities. I help educate the public and reduce the stigma that comes with the many… Read More

Onkar Biring

My name is ONKAR BIRING. I am a certified motivational speaker who tries to empower others like myself who are living with a disability. My goal is to demonstrate that people of all abilities can live full and rich lives in community. I attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2008, an experience that assisted me to gain employment in a variety of fields. I am fluent in both English and Punjabi…. Read More

Wai Hung Ma

Breaking Limitations Wai epitomizes the philosophy of “breaking limitations” and is an inspiration and model for many. Wai has succeeded in producing his own unique and thought provoking study of what makes Wai run! It is facing up to the challenges of life and choosing to master them rather than letting them beat you down. The simple language in which he states this conviction is its own eloquence. From a… Read More

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