Home Share Announcement

From Margaret and the team at COPCS:

Dear COPCS Members,

On February 26th, COPCS received an invitation from John Horgan (Premier of B.C.), Shane Simpson (Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) and Katrine Conroy (Minister of Children and Family Development).

The COPCS Executives were invited to represent our members on February 28th for the announcement regarding rate increases for caregivers in BC.The Premier and Minister ‘s expressed a sincere thank you to all caregivers across the province. The recognition given to caregivers was extremely emotional for all those who attended.

We look forward to discussing details further from this event in our upcoming General Meetings.Sincerely,Executive Members of the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society 

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 Jack Sawatzky (COPCS), Margaret Milsom (COPCS), Premier John Horgan, Minister Shane Simpson

Great News! Inclusion Starts with Friendship

Hey everyone, one of our awesome home share matches submitted an article titled “Inclusion Starts with Friendship” to CLBC’s magazine for their Celebrate Diverse Abilities issue.

You can read it at this link, on page 9.

Thanks to Shelly, Janeen, and Travis for sharing!

Shopping Shenanigans

With the holiday season nearly upon us, many turn to shopping for presents and checking out what is new in stores.

While this can get stressful, Denise, Dave, Doreen and Samantha took a break from the frenzy to have a spot of fun – check out their video!

Thanks for sharing with us, guys!

These are a few of our favorite things…

Hey everyone, you might remember back in the spring we heard from Josh all about his first time riding a horse

Well, Josh is still at it, and improving his skills each time he goes out!

 

Way to go, Josh!  What a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Josh and his roommate, Neil, also shared some more of their favorite things!  Heading out for a walk, lounging on the grass, and eating dinner out at restaurants all made the list…

Thanks to Josh, Neil, and their team (especially Anshulee) for sharing a few of their favorite things!  It all looks like great fun.  Way to go, guys!

What are some of your favorite things to do?  Let us know in the comments!

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Pics from the Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkins galore!

Along with Community Inclusion Month, October can sometimes mean cooler weather and shorter days, along with Thanksgiving turkey comas and staying in curled up by a cozy fire…

Not this year!

A beautiful fall day!

Our Pumpkin Patch-ers headed out last weekend for a day enjoying the McMillan Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin smash, and a hay ride. While out and about, they were able to enjoy a balmy day of sunshine with an extra helping of fresh air.

We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the very best part of inclusion – connecting with each other!  Thanks to everyone who joined us, it was a great afternoon.

Sunscreen and sunglasses for everyone!

Nothing but smiles and blue skies!

 

Getting ready for the hay ride!

 

We’re so glad that Joanne, our fantastic Management Support Team Assistant, joined us out and about on the Farm for the sunshine and fun!

Super big thanks to our Home Share Coordinators (Brenda, Karen, and Thea) for their hard work organizing this event – and especially for the delicious snacks, warm beverages, and spook-tacular “go” bags!  And an extra big “thank you” to Thea for sending along her great photos to share.

Guest appearance – spook-tacular critters!

Missed heading out to McMillan Farms with us last weekend? Not to worry! There’s still plenty of time to check it out between now and Halloween…things will just get spookier towards the end of Community Inclusion Month! Check their upcoming events out on their website.