CLBC Update

Welcome to the November 2023 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. As a reminder, you can find all Updates (including past editions) posted on our website here. You can also check out CLBC’s Facebook page here and Twitter page here. If you know of anyone who would like to receive future Updates, please share the link to our sign up page with them. If you have a specific question, or feedback about this update, you can send an email to

Topics in this edition include:

CLBC and Government News
Recognizing Indigenous Disability Awareness Month
Join CLBC’s open board meeting on November 29
Watch for your COVID-19 and flu vaccine invitation
Join the conversation about Community Inclusion Services
Represent your community on CLBC’s Provincial Advisory Committee
Recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Housing Central conference coming up in November
Self Advocacy Corner
Camping out with TALK Northwest
Share your photo with CLBC and the Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine
Why don’t we talk about FASD?
Join People First of Canada’s LGBTQIA2S+ Working Group
Know your rights and responsibilities living in home sharing

Staying Supported and Connected
New Nidus website is now live
Learn with NIDUS about Representation Agreements and what happens after death
Is your family looking to hire support staff? Join this presentation
New accessible Human Rights resources available

CLBC Community Councils
CLBC Community Councils are raising awareness about aging
Volunteer on a CLBC Community Council
Upper Fraser and South Vancouver Island Community Councils hosting open houses in November

Stories and Celebration
Widening Our World (WOW) Award recipients recognized
Reflecting on Community Inclusion Month
Recognizing Remembrance Day and Indigenous Veterans Day  

CLBC and Government News

Recognizing Indigenous Disability Awareness Month
Logo and hashtag of Indigenous Disability Awareness MonthIndigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) is recognized each November and officially proclaimed by the government of B.C. to highlight and celebrate the unique contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit people with disabilities make to communities throughout the province. Created by the BC Aboriginal Disability Network Society (BCANDS) in 2015, the month also brings awareness to the barriers and challenges that Indigenous people with the disabilities and their families face.
Read a message from Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO, here.  You can also visit the Indigenous Relations page of the CLBC website here to learn how CLBC’s Indigenous Relations team is building relationships with Indigenous communities and helping individuals and families access culturally safe services. 
Join CLBC’s open board meeting on November 29

CLBC will be holding its next open board meeting from 9 AM to 12 PM (PST) on Wednesday, November 29. CLBC eligible individuals, families, service providers and members of the public are welcome to join remotely via the Microsoft Teams meeting platform. The meeting includes reports from the Chairs of CLBC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and Provincial Advisory Committee.
To receive a link to join the meeting, email with your name and agency name (if applicable).
 Watch for your COVID-19 and flu vaccine invitation
Vaccination remains an effective way to protect people from severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. It is important to stay up to date with COVID-19 booster shots, which help keep a high level of protection. Learn more about immunizations on the Government of B.C. website here.
Individuals supported by CLBC remain a priority to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Invitations will be sent by email or text message to everyone who has registered to receive a COVID-19 immunization in B.C. The invite will have a direct link to book your COVID-19 and flu appointment online. These vaccines are free and available at pharmacies, health authority clinics and some primary care providers’ offices.
If you have questions about your COVID-19 immunization options, or need help booking an appointment, call 1-833-838-2323. The phone line is open from 7 AM to 7 PM every day, and 9 AM to 5 PM on statutory holidays. Translators are available. Telephone service for people who are deaf is available by calling 711 and Video Relay Services (VRS) sign language interpretation is free for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired.
Join the conversation about Community Inclusion Services
In October 2023, CLBC began a series of discussions with individuals, families, service providers and key community partners in remote, urban, and Indigenous communities to gather an understanding of people’s experiences, best practices for community inclusion programs, and what ideas people have for the future of these services. The purpose of this work is to identify best practices for community inclusion supports and recommendations for services and programs for people with diverse abilities in B.C.
For more information about this project and how to participate, visit the CLBC website here. You can also contact Fred Ford at 250-812-2221 or
 Represent your community on CLBC’s Provincial Advisory Committee
The Community Living Authority Act requires CLBC’s Board of Directors to establish a Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of people and families served by CLBC. The PAC provides information and advice to the CLBC Board through its members who represent each of the 13 CLBC Community Councils.
The PAC meets in person four times each year and ensures two-way communication between Community Councils and the CLBC Board, highlighting both successes and concerns identified by Councils that have provincial implications for CLBC and the people it serves. You can listen to the experiences of PAC members on the CLBC website here
There are currently PAC vacancies from the Upper Fraser, South Central Okanagan, South Vancouver Island and North Region Community Councils.
To learn more about the role of PAC and how to volunteer on your local Community Council, contact the CLBC Community Engagement team at

Members of CLBC's Provincial Advisory Committee

 Recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Every year, December 3 marks United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is about promoting the rights and well-being of people with disabilities and raising awareness of the inclusion of people in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
 Learn more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day here. CLBC and others will be sharing posts on Facebook and Twitter (or X), with the hashtag #IDPD2023.

Housing Central conference coming up in November

The annual Housing Central conference, hosted by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC), aims to strengthen and grow the community housing sector so all British Columbians have a safe, secure home they can afford.
From November 20 to 22, the conference will draw delegates from throughout B.C. and across Canada for three days of learning, networking and engaging with colleagues in the community housing sector.

CLBC is a proud sponsor of this event and will also be sharing information and connecting with attendees as an exhibitor. CLBC staff are involved in a number of sessions at the conference, and CEO Ross Chilton will give a short speech. CLBC will be sharing highlights from the conference on our Facebook and Twitter (or X) pages.

Self Advocacy Corner
 Camping out with TALK Northwest
TALK Northwest Society is one of the four Self Advocacy groups that received grant funding during the pandemic to help people stay safe and connected. As a way to celebrate connection to each other and the lands we live on, TALK Northwest members used the last of their grant funding to host a two-day Kispiox Advocates Camp Conference in September.  
“There were so many special moments shared. The morale was high, the group dynamics were amazing, and everyone was so respectful and encouraging to each other. Everyone raved about their experience and has dreams for a future campout conference event,” said camp leaders.

Read the full story here.

To learn more about TALK Northwest Self Advocacy group, email them at

A group of self advocates stand and sit together for a group photo outdoors.

 Share your photo with CLBC and the Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine
CLBC is looking for high resolution images that showcase the people we support living their best life in community. This might be a picture of you at work, hanging out with friends, at college/university, hosting a party, trying something new, enjoying your hobby, or even just relaxing at home. The top five photos selected will be featured in the next Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine along with a short write-up about each photo. Authors will receive $100 for their photo and story or short write-up.
You might be wondering what we mean by high resolution. Please set your camera or phone’s picture quality to “High” or “Large” to capture high resolution pictures. (For any experienced photographers, photos should be at least 300dpi and at least 1000 pixels wide).
Do you have a photo you’d like to share with CLBC?  Email them to
 Why don’t we talk about FASD?
Congratulations to Self Advocacy leader Michael Oswald from the CLBC North Shore Sunshine Coast Community Council who recently had his story on living with the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) published by the Coast Reporter. In his article, “Why don’t we talk about FASD?”, Michael shares his own experiences and asks how we can all bring greater awareness to FASD to reduce the stigma around it.  

Read Michael’s story here.
 Join People First of Canada’s LGBTQIA2S+ Working Group
The logo of People First Canada.People First of Canada is a national organization representing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you are a People First member and you identify as being LGBTQIA2S+, you are invited to apply for their new working group that meets monthly. For more information or to join the group, please send an email to
Also, did you know there is a BC People First (BCPF) organization that is part of the international People First movement? BCPF has been the independent voice of self advocates in B.C. for over 40 years. The more members who join BCPF, the stronger the voice for self advocates will be. It’s free to join!
Learn more about BCPF and how to become a member here.

 Know your rights and responsibilities living in home sharing
Are you a self advocate who lives in home sharing? The Home Sharing Support Society of BC is hosting a self advocate-led presentation called “How do you advocate? What you need to know”. The virtual event takes place on Thursday, November 23 from 10 to 11:30 AM (PST).
Join the discussion to:Hear common concerns and challenges.
Connect and network with others in home sharing arrangements.
Learn how to advocate for yourself and access support.
Take part in the Question-and-Answer session.  
To register, visit the Home Sharing Support Society of BC website here.

 Staying Supported and Connected
 New Nidus website is now live
Nidus is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and assistance with personal planning and Representation Agreements. They have developed institutional expertise about the creation, use, and support around these important planning tools. Nidus has recently launched their new website at
Check out the new Nidus website for:Information and Resources
Representation Agreement (and related) Forms
Events Calendar
And more…  
 Learn with NIDUS about Representation Agreements and what happens after death
With the support of CLBC, Nidus is presenting an information webinar focusing on Representation Agreement Section 7 (RA7) and what happens after death. This session will provide you with valuable insights, practical tips and real-life experiences. All are welcome to attend including services providers, family members, persons with disabilities and CLBC staff.
The webinar takes place Tuesday, November 21, from 12 to 1:30 PM (PST). Register for the webinar here.
 Is your family looking to hire support staff? Join this presentation
Support Worker Central (SWC) is a free, province-wide job board created for people with disabilities and their families who hire their own support staff. The site also shares guidance on hiring staff, your legal obligations, necessary paperwork, and other valuable information needed when becoming an employer. There are currently over 500 profiles of people looking for work on SWC.
Join the Family Support Institute for a virtual presentation on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM (PST) to learn more about how to access this pool of potential staff. During this presentation, you will learn how the job board works, how to post a job, the available resources to help you with hiring staff, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.
Register for the “Learn about Support Worker Central” presentation here.

 New accessible Human Rights resources available
BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC), together with the Human Rights Tribunal and the Human Rights Clinic at the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), are launching a new set of resources designed to help people understand the system and know who to talk to.
Here are some of the new resources:B.C. Human Rights System web portal – A clear and concise overview of each part of B.C.’s human rights system. Visit
Short animated videos – These videos introduce what human rights are, how they are protected, and how the human rights system works in B.C. Watch the videos here.
Additional resources – A directory of clinics, advocates and organizations offering human rights support, as well as printable handouts in multiple languages that provide information about the human rights system. Visit
 CLBC Community Councils

CLBC Community Councils are raising awareness about aging

Community Councils across the province are raising awareness on the topic of aging and helping to share information about planning supports available for people and families supported by CLBC who are getting older.
On October 11, the North Vancouver Sunshine Coast Council hosted a forum called “Plan for a Better Future”. Participants heard from a parent on her struggles, a self advocate caring for an aging parent, and from the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Other speakers included CLBC’s manager of Service and Community Development, and representatives from the Family Support InstitutePlanned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) BC and the Community Living Society.
Read the full story on the CLBC website here.
Help us by sharing these resources to support people and families as they age:Aging Resources – Community Living BC
PLAN Institute
Future Planning Tool
Access Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
Information on Personal Support Networks
 If you have any questions about CLBC aging resources, email
 Volunteer on a CLBC Community Council
People who sit on CLBC Community Councils include individuals and families who receive support from CLBC, service provider partners and community allies. These volunteers care about creating culturally safe, accessible, and inclusive communities.
In partnership with CLBC, volunteers on Community Councils:Build relationships with community leaders to create a more inclusive B.C.
Connect individuals and their families to information, resources and each other.
Listen to the experience of people and families served by CLBC to make things better.
Take actions that lead to social change and inclusive communities for all people.  
All Councils are currently recruiting volunteers. Contact to learn more.

 Upper Fraser and South Vancouver Island Community Councils hosting open houses in November
You are invited to attend these upcoming gatherings to learn how Councils are making a difference and find out ways to get involved:
Upper Fraser Council GatheringWhen: November 8 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: CLBC office at #201 – 2777 Gladwin Road in Abbotsford
South Vancouver Island GatheringWhen: November 28, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: CLBC office at #410 – 29 Helmcken Road in Victoria
(There is also the option to join virtually. RSVP for access to the MS Teams link.)
For more information, visit the CLBC Community Councils website here and/or contact the CLBC Community Engagement Team at
Stories and Celebration
 Widening Our World (WOW) Award recipients recognized
The recipients of the 2023 CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) Awards are being recognized with award presentation celebrations in their local communities for their inclusive hiring practices and workplaces.
We’re sharing photos and stories from these events at, where you can also learn more about this year’s recipients who were selected from an amazing field of nominees: Keith Larson – Redux Nutrition, Chilliwack
Bobbi Hunt – Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Abbotsford
Brendon Osborn – Cintas, Langley
Kylah Bryde – North Peace Leisure Pool, City of Fort St. John
 Reflecting on Community Inclusion Month
As Community Inclusion Month wrapped up last week, we want to highlight how important this time has been. It has been a month where we focus on embracing diversity and fostering a sense of belonging in our communities. Everyone has a part to play in building inclusion and we all benefit when there is opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential. There were many great Community Inclusion Month events held in communities across the province this year and we want to thank everyone who got involved, whether by joining events, organizing them or working with local governments to recognize this important time of recognition, celebration and awareness. Your efforts have helped create more welcoming and inclusive communities for all.
Visit CLBC’s Community Inclusion Month webpage here to find highlights from the month.

Many people stand side by side on a sidewalk to form an inclusion chain.
 Signing Off
Every November, Canadians recognize November 8 as Indigenous Veterans Day and November 11 as Remembrance Day. These days honour those who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.

Read a statement recognizing today’s Indigenous Veteran’s Day from Premier David Eby, Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s military liaison.
Self Advocate Net has created a page on their website here to share information and messages recognizing Remembrance Day.
Until next edition…

Community Inclusion Month

Greetings from CLBC,

For more than two decades, CLBC has proudly marked the occasion of Community Inclusion Month in October. This month allows us to honor the dedication of individuals, families, and community members who tirelessly work towards creating more inclusive communities and opportunities for all British Columbians, especially those with developmental disabilities.

Every year, CLBC joins the Province and Inclusion BC to identify a theme that helps build awareness about the importance of including people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of their communities. This year, the focus for the month is to build awareness about the importance of including people with developmental disabilities in their communities in all aspects of society including living independently, access to healthcare, employment, cultural activities, recreation, and sport.

You can read the government Community Inclusion Month proclamation here.

Remember, we all play a crucial role in creating a more inclusive society. Here are some things you can do:

  • Participate in Community Inclusion Month events that are taking place in your community.
  • Join us in recognizing Community Inclusion Month by sharing your support on social media. Use the hashtag #CommunityInclusionMonth to spread the message of inclusivity far and wide.
  • Let us know what’s happening in your community. You can let us know at and we will help spread the word via our website and social media pages.
  • Visit CLBC’s Community Inclusion Month page here and stay connected with us throughout the month.
  • Share impactful stories, videos, and testimonials of individuals benefiting from inclusion with us. Reach out to, and together we will amplify your efforts through our website and social media platforms.
  • During Community Inclusion Month, CLBC will be recognizing inclusion champions through our Widening Our World (WOW) awards. We look forward to announcing the winners in the coming days on our website here. Help us celebrate this year’s WOW Awards and the recipients as award presentations take place.

Every step we take forward together can make change. We thank all British Columbians for their support and contribution to fostering inclusive communities, places where everyone has possibilities and is welcomed.

Happy Community Inclusion Month 2023!

With warm regards,

Ross Chilton
CEO, Community Living BC

CLBC Update

Welcome to the September 2023 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. We hope you and your families have had a safe and happy summer. Our thoughts remain with everyone in our province who has been impacted by the wildfires.As we move into the fall, we look forward to once again sharing information, helpful resources and uplifting stories with you through this monthly Update.CLBC and Government NewsJoin CLBC’s September 20 open board meeting

CLBC will be holding its next open board meeting from 9am to 12pm on Wednesday, September 20. CLBC eligible individuals, families, service providers and members of the public are welcome to join remotely via the Microsoft Teams meeting platform.

You will hear project updates from CEO Ross Chilton on recruitment for our Board, a grant to an innovative new family group, a recent Board visit to the Gitxsan First Nation, our emergency housing supports trial, and CLBC’s partnership with Foundry.

The meeting also includes a presentation from John Stinson, VP of Service Delivery and Innovation, on the Re-imagining Community Inclusion commitment to improve collaboration with the Ministry of Health on topics like access to health systems and aging. The meeting includes reports from the Chairs of our Indigenous Advisory Committee and Provincial Advisory Committee.

To receive a link to join the meeting, send an email to along with your name and agency name (if applicable).

Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt DayCLBC respectfully acknowledges the upcoming Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a time of recognition to honour survivors, the lost children of residential schools, their families, and communities. In March of this year, the Province of B.C. passed legislation to make September 30 a statutory holiday. This gives more British Columbians the opportunity to get involved in advancing reconciliation by participating in local commemoration or education events, having important conversations with their families, friends and communities, and finding meaningful ways to learn more about our shared history.A photo of a beaded orange shirt necklace.Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that encourages all Canadians to wear orange to honour the children who survived residential schools and remember those who did not.

The day was created based on the residential school experiences of the campaign’s founder, Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation here and about Orange Shirt Day here, including events taking place and resources for learning about Indigenous history and culture in Canada.A graphic showing a narwhal (representing Inuit people) an eagle (representing First Nations people) and a beaded flower (representing Metis people).

Connect with CLBC’s Provincial Community Engagement Lead

A photo of Brita Hall, CLBC’s Provincial Community Engagement Lead“Hi, my name is Brita Hall and I would like to introduce myself as the CLBC Provincial Community Engagement Lead. I am very excited to start my new role leading community engagement initiatives that help CLBC listen to, learn from, and partner with the people and families we serve and the communities that support them. This includes supporting the leadership of our CLBC Editorial BoardProvincial Advisory Committee, and 13 Community Councils

Let’s connect! Are you a self advocate, family member, partner organization and/or member of the community working to strengthen inclusion and connection in your community? Please reach out and let us know what you’re up to so we can share with others. If you would like to know how to get involved in community engagement activities at CLBC, including contributing to this CLBC Update for Individuals and Families, email me at I’d love to hear from you!”

New L.I.F.E. SERVICE begins plans to expand in 2024

CLBC has targeted ten communities for this year’s expansion of the new L.I.F.E. service.  A proposal letter was sent in August 2023 to qualified service providers in ten identified areas: North Shore area (including North Vancouver, Sea to Sky, Squamish, Bella Coola, and Powell River); Burnaby; Mission; Surrey/Delta; Victoria; Nanaimo; Vernon; Trail; Kamloops; and Kitimat. These areas were identified with input from CLBC regions about service provider and CLBC staff readiness.

CLBC’s goal is to identify ten successful agencies by November 2023. The new services will begin development in January 2024.

You can speak to your CLBC facilitator to find out about availability of the L.I.F.E. service in your area. Even if the L.I.F.E. service is not yet available in your area, CLBC encourages you to make a formal request for it through your local CLBC office. This will help us keep track of the interest for the service to support finding new service providers to deliver it in your area.

Find more information on the L.I.F.E. service webpage here and you can also read Dalip’s story about accessing L.I.F.E. here.
Specific wording requested in applications for Criminal Record Check Employer Accounts

People who receive CLBC individualized funding – and hire staff with that funding – must have a Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) Employer Account number to request criminal record checks for any staff they hire with the funding provided by CLBC.

Recently, the CRRP simplified the Employer Account application, and is asking that anyone who is receiving CLBC funding use specific wording in their application to streamline the processing time. You can find an example of a completed form with this specific wording and some additional supporting instructions on CLBC’s website here.

When applying for an Employer Account, it is also important to note the CRRP no longer requires:Proof someone is receiving at least 50% provincial fundingA letter from CLBC to prove a person is contracting with CLBC (in some circumstances a letter might still be requested. Your CLBC analyst can provide it)Photocopies of the applicant’s identificationCLBC has updated our Frequently Asked Questions document and the Drivers’ Abstract Checklist to reflect the CRRP’s recent changes.
Thank you for the WOW nominations!

The Widening Our World Awards logo.CLBC’s annual Widening Our World Awards (WOW) celebrate people in B.C. who are working to make our communities more inclusive of people of all abilities. This year, we focused on employment to celebrate and highlight the work of inclusive employers across the province.

Nominations closed last week on September 7, 2023. We are sending out a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took time from their busy days to submit a nomination for the 2023 WOW Awards. The evaluation committee is currently reviewing the nominations received to select this year’s recipients. We look forward to celebrating the recipients in their hometowns with friends, family, staff and service providers in October as part of Community Inclusion Month.

Stay tuned to for updates on this year’s recipients.

Moving, or thinking of moving? Learn more about CLBC’s Transfer PolicyWhen you choose to move to a new community in B.C., CLBC wants you to continue receiving the right services. CLBC’s Transfer Policy provides a clear understanding of what individuals and families should expect from CLBC when planning a move.With at least 90 days’ notice, we can carefully plan, help you understand the available services in different areas, and assist you in making informed decisions. Our goal is to minimize the possibility of service disruptions and ensure your needs are met in your new community.Here are the key steps for you to take if you are planning to move:Contact your CLBC facilitator or local CLBC office at least 90 days before you want to move.
 Your facilitator will let you know if your move is a ‘transfer’ and they will help plan with you so you can continue accessing CLBC services in your new community.Check the Transferring your CLBC Services page on CLBC’s website here for more information to help you better understand what to expect when transferring your CLBC services from one quality service area to another.

A graphic showing people loading furniture into a moving truck below the words "Thinking of moving to a new community?"

NextRide technology being expanded for BC Transit

A round green circle containing a graphic of the front of a transit bus.BC Transit is receiving nearly $17 million to expand its NextRide digital system for its province-wide bus fleet. NextRide technology enables added accessibility for passengers with onboard automatic voice announcements and digital visual displays for the next bus stop location.

“An upgraded NextRide will offer our customers real-time transit information about bus locations, route schedules and detours,” said Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO of BC Transit, in a statement. “This modern technology helps riders better plan their travel, saving them time as they go about their day.”

Learn more about NextRide here.Self Advocacy Corner

BC People First presents on Language, Labels and Ableism
How does language harm and how does language help? Join BC People First (BCPF) for an upcoming panel presentation called Language, Labels, and Ableism.
Presenters who will be sharing their experiences include Margaux Wosk, Charlene Barney, Nicole Babor, Noel Anderson, Justin Albay and Jo-Anne Gauthier.
The presentation takes place virtually on Tuesday, September 26 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm (PDT).
 Register here by September 23 to receive the Zoom login information.
Join the People First Movement in British Columbia
The BC People First logoDo you want to learn more about self advocacy and your human rights? Do you want to meet new people or share your experiences to help others? Become a BCPF Member – it’s free.
BCPF is an independent non-profit society for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and self advocates from across British Columbia. It is membership-based and volunteer-run by self advocates for self advocates. 
Learn more about the many ways BCPF members get involved here. Please email if you have any questions. 

Register for the 22nd Annual Self Advocacy Leadership Retreat in Mission
Join the next Self Advocacy Retreat in Mission, B.C. to learn more about advocacy, safety, rights, healthy relationships and how to become leaders in your own community.
The annual event takes places at the Camp Luther Retreat Centre at 9311 Shook Road from October 27 to 29, 2023. The price is $270 (including tax) per person, which includes two nights and three days accommodations, healthy meals, registration, all workshops and recreation.

Find full event details and registration instructions here.
If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator Gregg Schiller at 604-688-7001 or by e-mail at
People Planning Together is coming to Kamloops
The Empowering Self Advocates to Take Action Co-operative (ESATTA) and Speaking Up for Self Advocacy Awareness (SUSA) Society are co-hosting People Planning Together in Kamloops on September 14 and 15.
People Planning Together is a two-day workshop for people with diverse abilities who want to take a lead in planning the life they want.
Find full event details for People Planning Together along with registration instructions here.

A poster promoting the People Planning Together event.

 Staying Supported and Connected

Let’s Talk about Connections!
CLBC’s Strategic Initiatives Advisors host a weekly virtual meetup called Let’s Get Together and Talk About Connections. You’re invited to join every Thursday at 12:00pm noon to hear about and share what’s happening around the province and in your own community. Learn more about this weekly event here.
To join, go to this Zoom link, then enter the passcode: CLBC. You can also join over the phone by calling 1-778-907-2071

A poster promoting the Connections event, showing the faces of the different presenters.

Emergency resources for people with disabilities
Prepared BC is British Columbia’s emergency preparedness education program serving the general public, local governments, Indigenous communities and schools. They offer resources like this plain language handbook for Emergency Preparedness for people with disabilities.
Follow Prepared BC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact
Hang out with the Family Support Institute
The Family Support Institute of BC offers various Family Hang outs and Learning Explorations.Family Hang Outs are a safe space for families and caregivers to come together for support, inspiration and troubleshooting. Sessions are either themed or open for general conversation.
 Learning Explorations are free online sessions that offer families, individuals, and professionals the chance to learn, connect and share on a variety of topics.  Visit the FSI Calendar of events here for a list of upcoming hang outs and learning sessions.
Please note: All FSI Zoom sessions can be accessed by telephone. If you need assistance registering for any session, please call the FSI office at 1-800-441-5403.   

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Understanding Home Sharing Contracts
A graphic of a house containing the word Home in many different languages.Home sharing is an arrangement where an adult lives in a person’s home and receives support and services based on their personal goals and needs. Home sharing providers and the adults who live with them enrich each others’ lives, and they share experiences and rely upon each other’s skills.
Home sharing services are offered in many ways. Some people live with a family, others live with a roommate or a couple, and some may live in a separate suite that is part of the home.
The Home Sharing Support Society BC is hosting a free webinar called Understanding Your Home Sharing Contract. The webinar takes place Wednesday, September 20 from 10am to 11:30am (PDT) and everyone from the home sharing community is invited to attend.
This event is an opportunity to gain valuable insights about home sharing contracts, and will feature a panel of experts discussing key topics as well as time for questions.
Find full details and register for Understanding Your Home Sharing Contract here.
Join the Burnaby Primary Care Network for the Fall 2023 virtual DocTalks Series 
The Burnaby Primary Care Network has been holding interactive webinars hosted by Burnaby doctors on different health related topics, so participants can have their questions answered. Attendees can join from any part of B.C. and all sessions are recorded and made available online. 
Topics for the upcoming Fall 2023 DocTalks series are:A-Typical: Learning how to support complex kids
Friday, September 15 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (PDT)
 How to support ageing adults with disabilities… and when?
Friday, September 29 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (PDT)
 Navigating medical and social supports for disabilities
Friday, October 13 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (PDT)  Learn more and find all of the registration instructions here.

 CLBC Community Councils

Volunteer on a CLBC Community Council!

Do you care about building communities where everyone belongs? So do the volunteers on Community Councils!

Community Councils are run by volunteers who work with CLBC and community partners to support the inclusion, citizenship and full participation of people with developmental disabilities. Council members also play an important role in providing information and advice on CLBC projects and strategic plan goals.

Whether you want to explore becoming a member, join a Council meeting as a guest, or simply learn about what your local council is working on, our Community Engagement team can help you connect. Email to get involved.

Visit our website here for more information on CLBC Community Councils

Plan for a Better Future with the North Shore Sunshine Coast Community Council

An invitation for the Plan for a Better Future event.Join the North Shore Sunshine Coast Community Council and Community Living Society for the upcoming presentation Plan for a Better Future – Aging Parents and Caregivers. This presentation will help parents and caregivers understand the power of planning in key areas for their loved one with a disability and think about ways to go from feeling unprepared to having peace of mind about the future. Speakers include Community Living BC, Community Living Society, Family Support Institute and PLAN BC. There will be refreshments and games.

The event takes place Wednesday, October 11 from 10:00am to 2:30pm at Lynn Valley Town Centre in North Vancouver. Click here to see the invitation with full details.

Seating is limited so anyone interested in attending is encourages to RSVP by September 30 to
Stories and Celebration

September is Disability Employment Month
A photo of a man in a wheelchair working at a nursery with the words Disability Employment Month.The Province of B.C. has again proclaimed September as Disability Employment Month. This month celebrates the significant contributions of people with disabilities and employers who demonstrate inclusion and leadership. The proclamation also affirms B.C.’s commitment to working with employers to recruit, retain and promote people with disabilities in their workplaces.

You can read the official proclamation here and search for the hashtag #DisabilityEmploymentMonth on social media to see posts and updates being shared throughout September.

Thank you to Inclusion BC who have created a webpage for employers and businesses to learn more about inclusive hiring including this video highlighting the importance of inclusive employment for people with developmental disabilities. Please share it with your networks to promote and celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Support Month

A graphic of red shoes with the words Red Shoes Rock! in recognition of FASD Awareness Day.September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Support Month in B.C. and International FASD Awareness Day took place this past Saturday, September 9. This day and month are recognized to highlight the importance of not drinking alcohol for the full nine months of pregnancy, as well as to improve the prevention of FASD and increase access to diagnosis and support.

The theme for this year’s FASD Awareness Month is Uniting our Strengths: Finding Solutions TogetherRead a statement from Hon. Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development, here and you can also ​learn more about FASD Awareness Month here. Follow the ​hashtag #FASDMonth2023 to see how community members, partners and organizations are working together to improve policy, practice, and awareness of FASD. 

On September 9, and throughout FASD Awareness month, many people wear red shoes to raise awareness and start conversations about FASD. Learn more about the Red Shoes Rock campaign here.

Signing off  
We’re now just over two weeks away from Community Inclusion Month. Every October in B.C., Community Inclusion Month celebrates the valuable contributions that people with developmental disabilities make and recognizes the importance of communities where everyone is included. 

Stay tuned to CLBC’s Community Inclusion Month webpage here as October approaches and during the month as we will be sharing events, stories, community proclamations and information and also announcing the recipients of CLBC’s 2023 Widening Our World (WOW) Awards.

Have an event, story or other highlight you’d like to share? Send an email to and let us know.

A photo of a young man named Jacob smiling and sitting on a sofa.As we sign off this edition, we’d like to share a quote from Jacob, who lives on Gitxsan Lax ‘yip and receives services from Hazelton Community Services. 

Jacob tells us why supports in the community, and community inclusion, are so important:  

“I never used to really leave my house much or talk to people, but now my worker cracked me right open like a nut.”

Mental Health Education Bundle

The Be Mental Health READY education bundle is an array of on-demand/self-paced mental health education sessions consisting of 14 topics with a total of 24 hours of video content that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. The information and resources included in the sessions are beneficial when supporting a client/student/patient/resident/family member/self

In honor of the upcoming Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-October 7), we are pleased to offer this bundle for only $75.00 for a limited time.

What is included for $75?
•    Lifetime Access to Be Mental Health READY On-Demand Education Bundle (12 different mental health topics with 20 hours of video
        content including the topics of suicide awareness, self injury and compassion fatigue). Each session includes signs/symptoms, tips and
        strategies and valuable downloadable resources
•    BONUS: Lifetime access to Be Mental Health READY On-Demand education sessions of Mental Illness in the Workplace and Substance
        Use in the Workplace with a total of 4 hours of video content to help in maintaining a psychological healthy work environment. Each
        session includes information on recognizing changes, engaging in conversation, aiding in crisis, discussing possible supports and your
        next steps. Also included are downloadable resources
•    BONUS: 31 Mindfulness Worksheets including a 12-page Mindfulness Guide and Journal
•    BONUS: 17 audio Guided Meditations for sleep and stress/anxiety

To purchase your bundle for this limited time, please visit

If your organization is interested in purchasing the bundle for your entire staff to access, it is being offered for a limited time for $499. Please email: for more information on this option.

CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles

Learn about CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles in new video
Dear Service Providers,

In the fall of 2022, Community Living BC created its first Cultural Safety Policy. The policy describes cultural safety principles and practices that will guide how CLBC staff and service providers engage, support, monitor, and plan with First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals, as well as their families, support networks and communities. This policy is an important step towards ensuring CLBC’s and the community living sector’s actions align with the rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is a key goal of our current Strategic Plan.

CLBC has created a new video to raise awareness and understanding of the six principles that guide the Cultural Safety Policy:Culturally Responsive ProgrammingIndigenous Anti-RacismIndigenous Trauma Informed and Responsive ApproachPromoting, Maintaining and Sustaining ConnectionsPerson-Centred ApproachPromoting a Coordinated Service Approach
Click here to watch CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles video

The video, along with the Cultural Safety Service Provider Practice Guide, is a tool to support service providers and CLBC staff to learn how to offer our services in ways that are as culturally safe as possible.

If you have any questions, please email

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Joanne Mills
VP, Quality Services and Indigenous Relations
Community Living BC

Information about May 26 Home Sharing Support Society Open House

Information about May 26 Home Sharing Support Society Open House

Dear home sharing coordinators and home sharing providers –
CLBC wants to provide you with information about the new Home Sharing Support Society of BC first open house on May 26.
The open house is for supported individuals, families, home sharing providers, agency coordinators, funders and others connected to home sharing.
Details can be found here: