Message from the Editorial Board: Help us Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES

front row, left to right: Cliff Stacey, Jerry Laidlaw, Penny Soderena-Sutton, Jo-Anne Gauthier, Maggie Litster. middle row, left to right: Tara Torme, Krystian Shaw, Michelle Goos, Sheenagh Morrison, Astrid Koenig. back row, left to right: David Johnston, Michael McLellan, Tricia Lins, Bryce Schaufelberger, Shelley DeCoste. not pictured: Shelley Marinus, Sandra Slind, Shawn Spear.

front row, left to right: Cliff Stacey, Jerry Laidlaw, Penny Soderena-Sutton, Jo-Anne Gauthier, Maggie Litster.
middle row, left to right: Tara Torme, Krystian Shaw, Michelle Goos, Sheenagh Morrison, Astrid Koenig.
back row, left to right: David Johnston, Michael McLellan, Tricia Lins, Bryce Schaufelberger, Shelley DeCoste.
not pictured: Shelley Marinus, Sandra Slind, Shawn Spear.

Hello! We are the CLBC Editorial Board made up of self advocates and community living leaders from across the province. Our role is to work with CLBC to improve communication with the people they serve. This newsletter has been one opportunity to share what we think is important.

The Editorial Board also provides feedback on CLBC projects and new initiatives. We would like to bring your attention to two terms you will hear often in this newsletter: self advocate and diverse abilities. These words mean different things to different people. To us, the word self advocate is about having a voice and having a say about your life no matter what you have been labelled. Many of us are part of the Self Advocacy Movement and are working hard for equal rights and opportunities in our communities. Many of us are also challenging language and the use of labels. We use the term diverse abilities because it can be used for everyone. Diverse abilities focuses on all of us being different, but able.

We’d like to thank all the members of the self advocacy community and others with diverse abilities who contributed their stories to this newsletter. Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES brings you stories that highlight the abilities, contributions and leadership of those supported by CLBC across the whole province.

It is important to us that the newsletter be accessible to as many individuals, families and community members with diverse abilities and backgrounds as possible. We worked hard on plain language and easy-to-read formatting and tried to include stories that would be helpful and encouraging to individuals and families served by CLBC, as well as service providers and the community at large. Let us know how we did by sending feedback to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

The CLBC Editorial Board

A special thanks to Editorial Board members and CLBC staff who provided writing and technical support to the authors of our newsletter stories and articles.

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