Upcoming online training!

Hey everyone, PivotPoint is offering online training courses over the next three months as part of as part of CLBC’s Kootenay Behavior Consultation Program:

  • Oct. 13 (9 am – 12 pm PDT): FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION
  • Nov. 10 (9 am – 12 pm PDT): BEHAVIOURAL SUPPORT PLAN MANAGEMENT
  • Dec. 1 (9 am – 12 pm PDT): STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE THE INDEPENDENCE OF LIFE SKILLS

You can find out more and register on PivotPoint’s website here.

CLBC Info Bulletin…

Hey everyone, CLBC has issued an Info Bulletin for Home Share Providers! Topics covered include:

  • Message from Dr. Bonnie Henry and self advocates: You can too!
  • CLBC’s Three-Year Home Sharing Plan
  • Home Sharing Entity Update
  • Introducing CLBC’s new Provincial Program Coordinator  

Check it out here!

ODE TO A CAREGIVER

This poem was written by the mother of a person receiving home share services. Thank you for sharing these inspirational words with us, and for allowing us to share your words with others!

CLBC Update for Home Share Providers…

Hey everyone, CLBC has circulated an update to Home Share Providers about the work of the Home Sharing Working Group on these topics:

  • B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan
  • Reviewing CLBC’s Home Sharing Plan
  • Home sharing projects: Referral and crisis response, Home sharing handbook, Standards for coordination of shared living
  • Studying a possible new home sharing entity
  • Ongoing COVID resources
  • Next telephone update with Dr. Behn Smith

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: CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca (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.

End of an era… thanks COPCS!!!

From Karen Milner, on behalf of the Home Share Team at Community Connections:

We would like to say a huge thank you and sad farewell to the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society (COPCS). It must have been a difficult decision to dissolve the society in July 2020 but understandable given the size of the organization and the scope of the work on a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Since 2008 this group has worked tirelessly to support caregivers in positive, practical and meaningful ways.

Some of their many accomplishments have been:

  • Securing discounts at local retailers for their membership.
  • Developing a benefit package.
  • Representing home share providers on a provincial working group that was mandated by Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction to address common issues for caregivers province wide.
  • Developing a home share provider appreciation award dinner.
  • Instrumental in the Parliamentary decision for provincial increases for home share providers.
  • Organizing countless well attended seminars and workshops with local and international presenters.
  • Informing home share providers of any current news pertaining to caregiving and upcoming courses and workshops.
  • Acting as a resource for the myriad of questions and concerns faced by caregivers.
  • Creating celebrations every year for their membership…BBQ’s and holiday gatherings, fundraisers and prizes!
  • Keeping home share providers informed during this difficult pandemic year of Covid 19.

Good luck and thank you to Margaret Milsom and Jack Sawatzky who were instrumental in organizing COPCS, breathing life into it and volunteering hundreds of hours! Thanks also to the incredible volunteer boards over the years and to Colleen Anderson, the COPCS representative in the south Okanagan.

Your efforts, ethics, spirit and work will be sorely missed!