Self Advocates of the Rockies – AUGUST EVENTS!

Hey everyone, the Self Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR) group society has some fun events lined up this month. These events are available to individuals registered with CLBC services. Check it out!

  • Freaky Geeky Talk Show – every Monday (Aug 9, 16, 23, 30)
  • Ray’s Phone Tree – every Thursday (Aug 5, 12, 19, 26)
  • Breaking Away From the COVID Blues Presents (Aug 18)
  • World Photography Day 2021 (Aug 19)
  • Ray’s Retro Friday Night Music (Aug 20)
  • Fall into Fall but Let’s Get Inspired Conference 2021 (Aug 27)

There’s also the brochure of the speakers for the conference, and the history of the SAOR Group Society attached here as well.

SOBC “Women in Sport” event!

Special Olympics BC (SOBC) is hosting a virtual forum called “Women in Sport” on May 31, with four featured speakers:

  • Amanda Jones, UBC’s only full-time female strength and conditioning coach, will discuss Physical Activity.
  • Lois McNary, Special Olympics BC’s Vice President, Sport, and member of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, will discuss Leadership.
  • Kimberly Rutledge, psychology and biology student at UBC Okanagan, advocate for mental wellness, science, and inclusion, and the sister of SOBC–Kelowna athlete Kassidy, will discuss Sexual Health.
  • Shelbi Snodgrass, counselling psychology master’s student and mental performance consultant, will discuss Mental Wellness.

Find more information, including the link to register, here.

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

TRAINING: LINK Healthy Relationships

Hey everyone, posAbilities is offering free, online (Zoom) LINK Healthy Relationships training in the South Okanagan area this Winter. The LINK! curriculum provides relevant sexual health information and focuses on a variety of topics including:

  • Knowing Your Rights, Consent, and the Law
  • The Basics (Anatomy, Public vs. Private)
  • Different Types of Touch and Trusted People
  • Self-Care
  • Gender and Identity
  • Relationships and Decision Making
  • Online Safety and Pornography
  • Dating and Break-Ups
  • Thinking about Sex (Determining “Readiness”, Types of Sexual Activity)
  • Safer Sex (STIs and Contraception)

Check out the attached info and contact them to register online!

Have a Great Weekend!

Better Homes & Gardens (June 9, 2020)

Hey everyone, we wanted to say HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND to you all! Please remember to be safe and healthy while you are “doing your thing” — whether “your thing” is Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, or something else entirely!

Don’t forget about the Spook-tacular Live-Stream happening tonight, or the Virtual Halloween Dance happening tomorrow!

No matter what you’re celebrating (safely) this weekend, send us a picture of how you “made it great” and we’ll post it next week!

Community Inclusion Month!

Hey everyone, October is Community Inclusion Month! With the ongoing response to COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently this year — check out Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran as he proclaims October Community Inclusion Month, an event that has in past years included the Pathways Inclusion Chain:

How are you celebrating Community Inclusion Month this year? Let us know in the comments!

Your Right to…Vote


Hey everybody, we are celebrating rights (and responsibilities) this month! Today’s post is about VOTING. You can register to vote in BC if you are:

  • 18 or older by General Voting Day (Oct. 24)
  • a Canadian citizen, and
  • a BC resident for the past six months as of General Voting Day (Oct. 24)

While Election Day in BC is coming up next Saturday (Oct. 24), in many places advance voting starts TODAY (Oct. 15)! If you plan to vote, check out what political parties say they will do about issues you care about. For example, the BC Special Olympics focused in on health care, check out this article for more information. Inclusion BC wrote to the political parties to find out what their plans were, check out their questions and issues here. You will need to decide which political party you will vote for in the election.

When you have decided who you will vote for, you will need to know where to go to vote. Find the place you will be voting (either in advance, or on Oct. 24) on the Elections BC website.

You will need to bring some specific items with you when you go to vote. You might want to get the items together in advance (i.e. your ID, a mask, etc). If you aren’t sure what you need, there is more information in this Elections BC voter guide.

Most importantly, if you’re planning to vote… ask for help, if you need it! Here are some ideas of who you could talk to and ask for help:

  • Your family or your friends
  • Your support worker or your home share provider
  • People you know at your church or in your neighborhood

When you’re making your plan to get out there and vote, you might need to know what help is available at the voting station. You can find information about what help is available on this Elections BC webpage.

Elections BC also has a webpage all about keeping healthy and safe while you vote — check it out here.

Happy voting!

Free webinar TODAY: Community Living in Isolation

Hey everyone, there is a free webinar later today called “Community Living in Isolation: Responding to COVID-19.” You can check out details and register here.

This webinar is presented in partnership with CLBC and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA). Panelists will be considering what Community Living looks like in a pandemic, when access to community is limited, and also discussing how the Community Living and housing sectors are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.