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10th Anniversary Badge CLBCCelebrating 10 Years

On July 1, Community Living BC marked its 10-year anniversary.

To celebrate a decade of serving individuals and families in B.C., and to recognize the many valuable partners who have been part of this journey, CLBC is marking the occasion in several ways. To learn about the many 10th Anniversary activities taking place, stay tuned to www.CommunityLivingBC.ca/10years.

CLBC will also be providing an opportunity to provide input on the future as we strive to identify a new generation of possibilities.

CLBCs refreshed Strategic Plan

Following extensive consultation over the past year, the CLBC Board of Directors has approved a refreshed 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.

The updated Plan outlines strategies to support three key directions:

  1. Enhance Participation and Citizenship

  2. Increase Sustainability

  3. Promote Innovation and Resilience

CLBC will continue to collaborate with individuals, families, and service providers on projects that support these directions, including a focus on employment, transformation of day services, and quality of life planning.

Progress toward employment

Kevin Speijer (right) with Chris Boehm, the owner of Burger 55, is one of many employment success stories from across BC.

Kevin Speijer (right) with Chris Boehm, the owner of Burger 55, is one of many employment success stories from across BC.

The Community Action Employment Plan (CAEP) is a collaboration between CLBC and a range of government, service provider and community groups to create more employment opportunities for adults with diverse abilities.

Developed in 2013, the three-year plan recently marked the completion of its second year with strong progress across the province. In 2012, data showed 2,200 individuals served by CLBC reported an income, or 15 per cent. This year, data shows that more than 3,600 individuals served by CLBC are now reporting an income, almost 23 per cent. CLBC is developing new tools to better measure the jobs being created across the province.

Other positive achievements of the CAEP include an increase in the numbers of youth with developmental disabilities who want to work, more engagement with businesses, and improved support services in cities and rural communities.

A plan to improve home share supports

Across the province, about 3,500 people who are served by CLBC use a residential support called home sharing. This is a flexible residential option where an adult shares a home with someone contracted to provide support. Where there is a good fit between an individual and a home provider, it can be the most effective option for supporting people to be included in their communities and live independently.

In May, CLBC published a five-year plan to strengthen home share residential services. Among other things, it will:

  • Improve information for individuals and families about home sharing

  • Create more online training resources for home share providers, agencies and CLBC staff

  • Implement a new home study certification course

  • Develop new monitoring guidelines to increase safety and quality

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