Justice & Diversity

Community Connections Support Services envisions a vibrant and inclusive society that embraces equality and diversity by promoting racial and LGBTQ2S+ justice and eliminating discrimination for all.

We acknowledge the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Okanagan and Ktunaxa Nations.

Cold and flu season…

Hey everyone, the weather is getting cooler as we head into cold and flu season. The symptoms of the flu can be similar to the symptoms of COVID-19 — so, it is very important if you feel unwell or have symptoms that you call 811 (or your doctor) and get tested for COVID-19.

Here is some more information about colds and the flu from HealthLink BC.

Hand washing helps keep you and others healthy by stopping the spread of germs, including those that can cause the flu. Use water and soap and wash your hands for at least as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice (about 20 seconds)!

Small Business BC celebrates Accessibility!

Hey everyone, Small Business BC is celebrating Accessibility Month through September by offering a month of free business education webinars that feature ASL interpretation and closed captioning. Their webinar “HOW TO REMOVE BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AT YOUR BUSINESS” is running on Monday (Sep. 27) from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. You can find out more (and register) here. Know someone who owns a business who could use some help making it more accessible? Send them the link!

Their website also has information about workplace accessibility grant funding. You can check out more information via YouTube as well:

Find out more about what Small Business BC has to say about accessibility on their Accessibility Month webpage, here.

Sleep and Sleep Disorders – Virtual Lectures

Hey everyone, between October 28 and October 30 the Canadian Sleep Society is presenting free online public lectures about sleep disorders (including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and hypersomnia). Check out more information about sessions here, or click here for registration information. Thanks to our Home Share team (Mike and Lindsay) for passing along this information!

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY IN…Election Accessibility!

Hey everyone, as we already posted, we had a federal election yesterday (Monday, September 20th).

Elections Canada wants voting to be as accessible as possible. Leading up to the election, Elections Canada offered resources, information, and help to vote leading up to general election day (September 20th).

Now you can tell them how accessible voting was for YOU!

Click here to be taken to their online feedback form and use the “Member of the Public” button to tell them about your voting experience. There’s more information about accessible polling stations and feedback here.

CLBC COVID-19 Update for self advocates and families…

Hey everyone, CLBC is hosting a teleconference update on Thursday next week (September 23) from 11:05 am-12 pm (PDT) with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith (Deputy Provincial Health Officer), Ross Chilton (CEO of CLBC), and Michael J. Prince (CLBC Board Chair).

You can email questions using subject line “SEPT 23 COVID CALL” until Tuesday at noon (September 21). Call in on Thursday to 1-877-353-9184 (participant code: 11453# ).

Voting Day…

Hey everyone, the federal election is happening on Monday, September 20th.

There are health and safety precautions in place for voting day, you can read more about them here on the Elections Canada website or check out their video.

Elections Canada also has a page of COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions set up here.

CLBC COVID-19 Update for Home Share Providers…

Hey everyone, CLBC is hosting a teleconference update on Tuesday next week (September 21) from 3pm-4pm (PDT) with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith (Deputy Provincial Health Officer), Ross Chilton (CEO of CLBC), and Brenda Gillette (CEO of the BC CEO Network).

You can email questions for Dr. Behn Smith using subject line “COVID CALL” until this Friday at noon (September 17). Call in starting at 2:55pm (PDT) on Tuesday to 1-877-353-9184 (participant code: 22920#).

Voting Day Accessibility!

Hey everyone, we posted about the federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

Check out the video below all about what help is available on Election Day, and share it with anyone else who might be interested!

If you can’t find the accessibility information you’re looking for, call Elections Canada (1-800-463-6868 or (TTY) 1-800-361-8935).