2016 Family Focus Conference – Oct. 21st to 23rd

This year’s Family Focus Conference is open for registration!

Taking place from October 21st to October 23rd in Vancouver, conference workshop themes this year include:

  • Advocacy
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Leadership
  • Financial Planning / Literacy
  • Housing
  • Governance Models
  • Transitions
  • Inclusive Education

See information sheet and schedule attached.

2106 Family Focus Conference Info

2016 Family Focus Conference Program-Chart-July-19

WORKSHOP: Trauma Care in Home Share – Sep. 12, 14

Community Connections Support Services, in partnership with Marilyn Pearson, is offering half-day workshops in Castlegar (Sep. 12) and in Cranbrook (Sep. 14) on Trauma Care in Home Share, designed to educate home share providers and community support professionals on ways to support individuals with disabilities who have experienced traumatic events.   See attached workshop information.

Registration is through Community Connections by Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.

Feel free to pass this information along to interested individuals!  We look forward to seeing many of you in September.

CCSS Trauma Care in Home Share Workshop CCSS Trauma Care in Home Share Workshop

Kelowna: 2016 Home Share Provider & Community Conference

Hey all:

The 2016 COPCS 7th annual Home Share Provider and Community Conference is coming up. Check out all the details here:



On behalf of the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 7th Annual Home Share Provider & Community Conference which will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Express Kelowna. 

This year’s conference topic is “Improving Quality of Life” which is especially relevant to our profession and for people with diversabilities.  The presenter will be Bob Bowen who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and faculty member of Mandt System Incorporated. 

Please register early and plan on being part of our 7th Annual Home Share Provider & Community Conference this year.  I am confident of the great value that this Conference will bring to all. 


Margaret Milsom

Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

pdf icon 2016-Home-Share-Provider-Community-Conference.pdf

COPCS AGM June 18 (Kelowna)


Dear Fellow COPCS Members:
 We hope you can attend the upcoming Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society Annual General Meeting on June 18th, 2015 . 2015 AGM Agenda
If you plan on attending the AGM please RSVP to Margaret Milsom at 778-753-2625 or email adultcare@shaw.ca before June 12th, 2015.
If you wish to nominate a COPCS member to serve on the board, please do so on the nomination form Nominations must be received by June 8th, 2015.  Vacant positions open for nominations are Secretary and the board also welcomes any additional directors. COPCS 2015 Nominations Form
Thank you for your continuing support,
 COPCS Executive Committee

Upcoming Workshops through COPCS (Kelowna)

Dear COPCS Members:The Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society is offering two workshops (ATTACHED) in June, before everyone’s busy summer schedules begin.

The topics and guest speakers are as follows:

1. Neurobiology of Attachment Workshop– June 18 – Deanne Leung & Jody Bekhuys (Stepping Stones Counselling Group)

It’s common for the individuals we assist to have attachment injury. This workshop will give us insight on what attachment
is and more importantly how to build strategies for attachment repair. Caregivers often struggle with attachment, which
leads to placement breakdown.

2. Strategic Inclusive Training for Emergencies – June 23 – Karen Martin (Disability Alliance BC)

This will be the first emergency training offered specific to home share providers needs and responsibilities for the individuals they support. Knowledge for emergency situations is critical for everyone’s safety.

Please forward this training information to any other service providers who may benefit in attending.

* These workshops are offered at no cost to home share providers


Margaret Milsom 778-753-2625

Kelowna: Houses, Homes and Healing

COPCS is hosting a workshop in Kelowna called “Houses, Homes and Healing” with Bob Bowen

from the workshop abstract:

Workshop Abstract:

Sharing lives, supporting growth and creating communities that care, is more than just a mission statement. In our daily work, we provide care to people in home based services that go beyond simple “home care.” To do this requires a unique balance of compassion, professionalism, dedication and knowledge.

In this workshop, the presenter will support participants to turn houses into homes and care into compassion. At the end of the session, participants will have:

  • Gained an understanding of the ways in which our brains process information and guide our behaviour
  • Developed a model to strengthen the foundations of caregiving
  • Identified the “Four Walls of the House” needed to have a whole and happy life
  • Defined the terms used in Positive Behaviour Supports
  • Revisited our values and have a better understanding of why we do the work we do

for more information please see the workshop announcement below:

May 29, 2015 – Workshop Announcement-1

Denise Bissonnette Employment Workshop

From Denai Christenson, CLBC:

 Good Afternoon,

The YMCA of Okanagan with the support of CLBC is thrilled to extend this invitation to agencies who are involved in assisting individuals with barriers to achieve their dreams and find their place in the work world. This 2 day employment training workshop will take place on March 30th and 31st at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre in Kelowna from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The presenter is Denise Bissonnette, an internationally renowned writer, trainer, and keynote speaker. She has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of job development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual genius of each person. She has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to “shine” on the job. Her book Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Creating Opportunity is considered the definitive text in employment programs and university classrooms throughout North America.

There is a flyer attached with more information regarding the details of this employment workshop and how to register.

Thanks and I hope to see you there,


April 15, 2015 Benefits Workshop Kelowna


Dear COPCS Member(s):
Please find below an invitation to an upcoming information session on the COPCS Insurance/Benefit Plan.  It will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 7:00pm at the CLBC office at 1060 Manhattan Drive, Suite 140.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Margaret Milsom at 778-753-2625 or to adultcare@shaw.ca.  We have included some questions  that will be discussed by our Insurance Specialist Bruce Hollett.  Please bring your questions and if your interested in purchasing any type of insurance, this would be a beneficial  meeting for you to attend.
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society