CLBC Update for Home Share Providers

Hey everyone, home share providers and service providers can join in CLBC’s telephone conference update next Tuesday, January 26, to get COVID-19 health and safety information from:

  • Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer
  • Ross Chilton, CEO, Community Living BC
  • Brenda Gillette, CEO, BC CEO Network

Service providers and home sharing providers can pre-submit COVID-19 questions until the end of the day Jan. 21 to: (use the words “COVID CALL” in the subject line). Questions about vaccination are being sent to the office of the Provincial Health Officer, and Dr. Behn Smith will provide an update.

The conference will go from 1:35-2:30 pm (Vancouver time). Call in to: 1-877-353-9184 (participant code: 87916#). Special instructions: Due to the number of expected participants, please begin to dial in as early as 1:25 p.m.

CLBC Conference Call

Hey everyone, you can join CLBC’s self-advocate and family conference call about COVID-19 TODAY:

When: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 1:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
How to call in: 1-877-353-9184
Participant code: 87916#
* Due to the large number of participants, please call in at 1:20 p.m.

Participants will hear from Dr. Daniele Behn Smith (Deputy Provincial Health Officer) about the latest health information and guidance on COVID-19, as well as Nicholas Simons (Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction), Michael Prince (CLBC Board Chair), and Ross Chilton (CEO of CLBC).

For the latest information from CLBC, please visit their web pages with COVID-19 information here.

Vaccines and Consent…

Hey everyone, with the topic of VACCINES for COVID-19 coming up, there have been questions about providing informed consent for immunization. Thanks to the BCCEO network for sharing resources around this topic!

Click here to read what the BCCDC says about Informed Consent for Immunization, and inability to provide consent for immunization.

Click here to be taken to the Ministry of Health form for Consent for Vaccine-for Adults Assessed as Incapable of Giving Informed Consent.

Mental Health Tips…

Hey everyone, the Government of Canada sent around some really important mental health tips to keep in mind, check it out:

It’s important to take care of your mental health. Small and effective lifestyle choices can benefit your mental health, like:

  • Finding ways to stay socially connected while physical distancing.
  • Practising mindfulness.
  • Eating healthy meals.

The Wellness Together Canada portal provides credible resources and support, including confidential counselling, to take care of your mental health during COVID-19.

Click here for more information on how to take care of yourself .

Your social distancing reminder of the week…

…comes with an invitation to join in upcoming online events hosted by the Family Support Institute! Check it out!

Upcoming FSIBC Zoom Conversations
Our Zoom conversations are a safe space for families and caregivers to come together for support, camaraderie, inspiration, trouble-shooting, and sharing what’s hard. Some of these sessions are by theme/topic and others are for general conversation and engagement. Whatever you might be feeling right now — overwhelmed, sadness, fear, anxiety — you are not alone.

You can also subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.

Connection in the time of COVID


Hey everyone, your social distancing reminder of the week is inspired by the current edition of the Plan Institute’s newsletter, which has a great article about connecting intentionally with others during these trying times – check it out here! Their suggestions include:

  • creating a “virtual bubble”
  • connecting within your neighborhood
  • calendars of Covid-safe events to look forward to

As well as many others! Give something new a try and share your favorites in the comments!

Mental Health during the holidays

mental health photoPhoto by chezbeate (Pixabay)

Hey everyone, the Government of Canada has circulated helpful advice to support mental health heading into the holidays — check it out below and share with others:

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be experiencing:
-Worry about finances and gift giving.
-Fear of getting sick
-Family conflict from differences in risk comfort level.
-Sadness from being away from loved ones.
These feelings are normal. To learn more about how to take care of your mental health during the holidays, visit: