|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.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.
Connect with 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 Board, Provincial 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 CLBC.Connect@gov.bc.ca. 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!
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 www.CommunityLivingBC.ca/WOW 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.
NextRide technology being expanded for BC Transit
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
Do 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 email@example.com 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 GreggSchiller@shaw.ca.
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.
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
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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact PreparedBC@gov.bc.ca.
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.
Understanding Home Sharing Contracts
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 CLBC.Connect@gov.bc.ca 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
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 Rhea.Miguel@gov.bc.ca.
Stories and Celebration
September is 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
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 Together. Read 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.
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 CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca and let us know.
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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this option.
Upcoming Family Learning Explorations and training opportunities that may interest you and the person you support
|Update on shelter rate increase for supported individuals in CLBC home sharing or staffed homes|
Further to the July 7, 2023 Info Bulletin on the CLBC Individual Financial Contribution Policy and the government’s shelter rate increase, we are writing to provide an update on the upcoming increases.
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) is now implementing the shelter rate increases. To make sure all home sharing and staffed home providers can access the government’s $125 increase to the maximum shelter allowance rates for individuals on disability assistance, effective August 2023:CLBC’s standardized individual financial contribution rate for people who are under 65 and receive PWD will increase from $716.13 to $841.13.
CLBC will provide an equivalent increase in payments to home sharing providers for people who are age 65+ and receive OAS/GIS.
CLBC has worked with the Ministry to have increases for individuals under 65 flow through to home sharing and staffed home providers. If supported individuals do not have the right information in their Shelter Information Forms, additional steps may be required. CLBC has notified agencies about these individuals and the steps required to update Shelter Information Forms.
The Ministry is recommending that individuals who need to submit an updated Shelter Information Form do so as soon as possible. SDPR has indicated that, even though the change may not be reflected in the July 19th, 2023 (August benefit month) cheque, the payment amount will be adjusted as per the start date reflected in the Shelter Information Form (eg. August 1, 2023).
As noted above, CLBC will be providing increases to service provider Home Sharing contracts to match individual contribution rate increases for people age 65+ who receive OAS/GIS (i.e. $125/month increase for individuals on OAS/GIS effective August 1, 2023). The process for updating contracts takes some time and may differ among agencies. Increases will be retroactive. If you have questions regarding the timing and process for receiving this increase, please speak to your coordinating agency.
Questions about the maximum shelter rate increase or how to update a shelter information form can be directed to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction through My Self Serve or by phone at 1-866-866-0800.
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|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 CLBCIndigenousPracticeAdvisor@gov.bc.ca.
VP, Quality Services and Indigenous Relations
Community Living BC
COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES DISABILITY MANAGEMENT & RETURN TO WORK (RTW)
Webinar #8 (01-June-2023 10AM-12PM)
- Bill Dyer, Director, Reducing Poverty Initiative – National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR)
- Stephen Symon, Manager Client Services, RTW Consultation and Education Services – WorkSafeBC
Over the past three years in the community social services (CSS) sector, WorkSafeBC injury time loss claims have reach historical levels. The Association is pleased to present the CSS Disability Management & RTW Webinar for the sector at no cost to participants on June 1, 2023, from 10 am to 12 pm.
The Disability Management will capture the steps – components to consider when creating your organizations disability management program, “The Coles note – how to.” While the Return to Work and Recover and Work: Importance of Early Intervention and Introduction of Bill 41 (Return to Work and Other Duties in Relation to Injured Workers).
We are delighted to have seasoned speakers Bill Dyer and Stephen Symon. This webinar is building on previous presentations and will be providing key information to support employers and workers. Please register quickly at the link below. Thank you.Participant Range:
500 Max. (Limits on organization number of participants)Participant Admission:
Free / No CostRegistration Link:
Looking to learn more about mental health – here are some free webinars/workshops that you can attend through Workplace Mental Health BC: https://www.workmentalhealthbc.ca/resource/article/css-upcoming-webinars
WEBINAR: The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Strategies for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Thursday, May 25 | 11:00AM till 12:15PM | REGISTER
Gain the tools to conquer self-doubt and and rewrite your story in this empowering workshop on unmasking imposter syndrome
Imposter syndrome refers to a psychological phenomenon where individuals hold the belief that they are undeserving of success, persistently plagued by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt about their intelligence, skills, or competence. It is often described as feeling like a fraud who achieved success through luck and fear being exposed.
This workshop delves into the essence of imposter syndrome, exploring its distinct types and offering practical strategies for overcoming self-doubt.
Over the span of 75 minutes, participants will:
- Learn to recognize imposter syndrome in themselves and their colleagues.
- Understand the connection between avoidance, overworking, and imposter syndrome.
- Examine the narratives we tell ourselves that perpetuate self-doubt.
- Harness the power of self-compassion to combat imposter syndrome.
- Discover effective coping strategies for dealing with imposter syndrome.
Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences with imposter syndrome and its triggers.
This workshop welcomes individuals who are interested in understanding and addressing imposter syndrome, as well as Federation members seeking ways to navigate imposter syndrome and the accompanying unhelpful thoughts and emotions.
|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: https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/homepage-news/information-about-may-26-home-sharing-support-society-open-house
Hey everyone, it’s been announced that low-income renters can get a one-off $500 federal payment from the federal government to help with housing costs. Find more information on eligibility and how to apply here: