Hey everyone, October is Community Inclusion Month! With the ongoing response to COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently this year — check out Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran as he proclaims October Community Inclusion Month, an event that has in past years included the Pathways Inclusion Chain:
How are you celebrating Community Inclusion Month this year? Let us know in the comments!
Hey everyone, join Becky from posAbilities in Kelowna or Penticton this April for a lunch and learn discussion about Navigating Restrictive and Prohibitive Practices in a Home-Share Setting. Details below!
Hey everyone, check out this opportunity to share YOUR home share story!
Request for Stories from Home Share Providers, People living in Home Share and their Families
As part of updating CLBC’s Home Share Handbook, the Home Sharing Handbook Working Group Committee has made an extensive revision of the various existing handbook materials, identified additional topics of importance that have surfaced in conjunction with the frequently asked questions about Home Sharing. The first draft of this project is to design a new resource handbook called an ‘Introduction to Home Sharing’ with specific go to references for Home Share Providers, People living in Home Share and for the persons family. Included in the content of this resource will be stories and videos about experiences in Home Sharing. These stories will invite enthusiasm and provide clear insight as to what Home Sharing exactly means.
If you are presently a Home Share Provider or a Person Living in Home Share or a family member, please share your stories! Your experiences with Home Sharing are valuable and important in understanding what Home Share truly means. Everyone’s successes tell a different story. We understand every person with diverse abilities assisted in Home Share are unique and come from different cultural backgrounds. The composition of the family of Home Share Providers varies as does living in rural regions.
Please forward your stories by Monday, March 16th, 2020. You can do so either by email to email@example.com or by mail to COPCS, 1844 Golbeck Court, Kelowna, BC, V1P 1L7. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 778-753-2625. We look forward to hearing your stories and inspiration! Please share this email with your Home Share networks.
Sincerely,, Margaret Milsom & Jack Sawatzky (Committee Members of the Home Share Handbook Working Group)
January 8, 2020 Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends.
In June of 2019, CLBC and the BC CEO Network, together with the members of the BC Home Share Providers Association and the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Association, came together to form a Home Sharing Working Group. The Group works to find solutions for issues identified in home sharing and has implemented a 3-year work plan.
Improving CLBC’s referral and matching process of individuals to home sharing providers as well as finding better systems around helping to prevent, avert and respond to crises in home sharing services were identified as priorities in the plan. Hearing directly from someone with lived experience or those who support someone living in home sharing is vital to the success of this work. CLBC is hosting eight consultation sessions across the province to hear first hand how we can improve our approaches.
I am writing to ask for your help to spread the word by distributing the consultation invitation found here to your staff, home sharing providers you’re connected to, individuals living in a home share and their families / personal support networks. We are also launching an online survey later this month so we can make sure we reach as many people as possible. CLBC will send you the link to the survey when it is online.
Hey everyone, passing along another great piece of information received from COPCS. CLBC has issued an invitation to provide input on home share – check out the PDF! Participation is first-come, first-served.