View the Art of Neil Whiteoak!

View the art of Neil Whiteoak!  On display December 15th, 2015 –  February 28th, 2016 at the Nelson Public Library.  602 Stanley Street, Nelson, BC.
Neil Whiteoak

  Neil’s Background:

Born in 1986, Neil Whiteoak’s warm and engaging personality makes him a well-known and loved member of the Nelson community. Graduating from LV Rogers in 2005, this quiet gentleman continues on his learning journey. Neil’s determination to express himself artistically is inspiring to all who know and support him.

Neil’s Art:

….is his greatest passion – creating works daily. Neil “paints and draws the beauty that is inside of him The Express (year unknown)”. As an amateur artist, Neil’s area of interest lies in the abstract use of vibrant colours and spirals. He envisions any surface as a potential canvas.

Neil’s Interests

When Neil is not using his canvas, he enjoys socializing at local coffee shops, volunteering at Sheer Talent & Anchors and strolling Baker Street – frequently pausing to absorb the city’s sights, sounds, textures and aromas. A car buff and collector of vintage license plates, leisurely drives are a favourite. Rhythmic music and close connections with others bring him joy. He is a lover of nature and seems to draw inspiration from the earth and being outdoors.

A facebook page with info on Neil’s art

2015 Bi-Annual Interior Self Advocate Conference: Living with Diverse Abilities

October 27 & 28 in Vernon
This conference is being put on by Interior Regional Self Advocates in BC. This year’s theme is about Living Successfully with Diverse Abilities. There will be workshops about employment, bullying and internet safety, relationships, and cooking healthy meals.

On Tuesday evening there will be a dinner and dance. There will be a local band, Feet First, and the theme for this year’s dance is a Halloween/Harvest theme. Prizes will be given out for best dancer and best Halloween costume. Prepare to Party!!
InCommon.TV will also be at the conference. INCOMMON.TV is a web-based story-sharing channel. There will be an opportunity for self advocates to share their experiences and be video recorded if they would like.
Prestige Hotel & Conference Centre
4411 32 St
Parking is available at the hotel.
Conference cost is $25 and must be paid before the conference date. No payment at the door. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis so register now to avoid disappointment.
Conference Agenda:

Day One – Tuesday, October 27, 2015

11:00- 12:30
Conference Registration and Lunch. Lunch to begin at 11:30AM

Welcome speeches from Tom Christensen, Chair of CLBC Board of Directors and Vernon’s Mayor Akbal Mund

1:00 PM to 2:15PM – Keynote Presentation

Key Note: Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC Okanagan professor and Co-Director for the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, along with the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship Self Advocates Dale and Leanne Froese present:
“Claiming Full Citizenship and Living Successfully with Diverse Abilities”
October is Community Living Month and this year we are exploring what it means to be “Full Citizens”. Based on learning from the “Claiming Full Citizenship Conference” hosted by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship in Vancouver on October 15 – 17, this keynote will explore what citizenship means, why it is important and how we can achieve it.  They will talk about how self-advocates in other countries like Australia and New Zealand are living successful lives as full citizens and engage the audience to ask, “What can we do to promote full citizenship in our own lives?”
2:15 to 2:30
Coffee, tea and cookie break
Self-Advocates from Salmon Arm College
3:00-4:00- Choose Workshop A or B
Workshop A:
Kayla is here to help bridge the gap between disability and diverse ability; let’s build a bigger, brighter future one step at a time and be open to new opportunities.” If we are given the chance, people with diverse abilities can show our skills and work as a team with an employer; we can bring new ideas to make a business stronger and go through the challenges together. I am here to help employers and individuals see that our weaknesses are not a barrier; they are an opportunity to build a better future.”
Workshop B: Chelsea Muskens CLBC Regional Advisor and Lindsay Lorraine Project Coordinator from In Common Storytelling Society of British Columbia team up for a fun interactive workshop. They will help you create an impactful story as a group that can be shared with the global community. The story/ video will inspire and empower the viewer to consider how they could make changes in their daily lives to be more inclusive and promote change within their communities.
Use your voice to share with the global community what a good Quality of Life means to you!

Free time or do an interview with InCommon TV
Dinner and Halloween Dance
Day Two – Wednesday, October 28


8:30-10:00 – Keynote Presentation
Sheila Adcock is the Program Coordinator of Career Development Service, an agency governed by the Trail Association for Community Living. CDS is dedicated to providing holistic respective employment & community inclusion supports to individuals living independently in the community.
Sheila will be providing an overview of all of the programs offered at CDS which include employment services and so much more eg: “Getting to Home” homelessness project, Outreach Services provided to specialized populations living independently in the community and various Social Enterprise businesses that provide employment opportunities as well as generate revenue for the agency.

Coffee and tea break, and checkout
11:00-12:00-Choose Workshop A or B
Workshop A: 11:00 to 11:30AM – Self Advocates, Rose Vair from Vernon and Krystian Shaw from Kamloops would like to share with you information and tips about bullying and Internet safety. 11:30 to 12:00PM – Angel Nelson and Aaron Basarowick are a happy couple from Penticton.  Aaron and Angel met 3 years ago and have recently just moved into together.  They are now excited to be planning a wedding for 2017!  They invite you to come listen to tips and advice for a healthy relationship and the steps they took to move in together.

Workshop B: Mary Hicks is a Clinical Dietitian working for Health Services for Community Living. She has developed and presented courses on healthy eating, diabetes, celiac disease, and heart health, and has experience teaching to a diverse group of people. In this 1 hour session you will learn some ideas to improve your health through diet while maintaining your budget, tips to reduce your risk of obesity, and some ideas to promote weight loss. This session should be attended by anyone interested to reduce their risk of chronic disease. Prior to wrap-up you will be asked to challenge yourself to make a commitment to change 1 thing to improve your health.

Closing speeches by Jennifer Love and Elizabeth Hamilton
DEADLINE: October 1, 2015
Mailing Address______________________________________________________________
City/Province/postal Code______________________________________________________
Telephone Number/E mail______________________________________________________
Please inform us of any special dietary requirements._______________________________
Please inform us of any mobility requirements.____________________________________
Support staff can attend for free but will need to share a room with the individual they are supporting. Will you be bringing a support person? ____Yes or ____ No
The registration fee is $25 and includes meals and hotel. (No payment at the door!)
To keep costs down most people will need to share a room.
Can you share a room? ______Yes ______No
Who would you like to share a room with? _______________________________________
I don’t need a hotel room______
Please make your cheque out to: Community Living BC
And mail or drop off your cheque and registration form to:
Attention: Elizabeth Hamilton
Community Living BC
#201, 2802 – 30th Street
Vernon, BC V1T 8G7

1. Registration for Full conference: Cost is $25

2. Choice of Workshops on Tuesday & Wednesday:

First Session: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday. Please choose one:
Workshop A – Helping Bridge the gap between disability and diverse ability or Workshop B- Your Quality of Life, Your Voice – Let us help you tell your story and share your vision with the global community
Second Session: 11:00 AM to Noon on Wednesday. Please choose one
Workshop A- Our journey as a couple and Bullying and Staying Safe Online or Workshop B – Eat Better – Feel Better “Tips and Tricks to Eat Well on a Tight Budget”

Questions? Call the Vernon CLBC office 1-250-549-5490 or the CLBC office closest to you.

Listen Live!

Hello folks,
 Just to let you know David will be co hosting and playing some of his vinyl with Kootenay Co-op Radio manager Jay Hannley from 11 to 1 pm September 2. You can listen online here Listen Live: CJLY Kootenay Coop Radio Nelson British Columbia or download the show for about a month here cjly – recent sounds ☼♫

Trail: CLBC Month Celebration!

Save this date
October 24th 2015
CLBC Month Celebration in Trail

You are invited to attend a live performance by Silver City limitless Theater Company (SCLTC) at the Charles Baily theatre in Trail to celebrate CLBC Month.
The SCLTC is made up of individuals who receive services from Trail Association for Community Living (TACL) and Career Development Services (CDS) Trail. With support received from Columbia Basin Trust, TACL, CDS and Community Living BC, the theatre company is producing its largest show yet. This original hour and half show entitled ” Variety is the Spice of life” will showcase the theatrical talents of individuals with varying abilities. Be prepared to be wowed!!!!

As we get closer to September and program planning takes place, I would ask that you spread the word amongst your community and attend the performance as a group. To facilitate members of neighbouring CLBC communities attending, the show has been scheduled for 2pm October 24th. Make a special event of it.
This will be the third original show performed by SCLTC. To see their previous productions check them out on your Facebook page at Silver City Limitless Theatre Company.
As we get closer to the date we will send out ticket details. For further details contact Helen at 250 -231 – 4178.