From the CLBC Editorial Board: Where we feel welcome in community

standing, left to right: Tamara Russell (Parksville), Scott McGillan (Williams Lake), Sandra Slind (Vancouver), Bryce Schaufelberger (Mission), Alex Li (Vancouver), Astrid Koenig (Sooke), Robyn Appleton (Sooke), Jhenna Owen (Kamloops), John O’Neill (Nelson). seated, left to right: Roshni Kashyap (Port Coquitlam), Maggie Litster (Vernon), Michelle Goos (Victoria).

standing, left to right: Tamara Russell (Parksville), Scott McGillan (Williams Lake), Sandra Slind (Vancouver), Bryce Schaufelberger (Mission), Alex Li (Vancouver), Astrid Koenig (Sooke), Robyn Appleton (Sooke), Jhenna Owen (Kamloops), John O’Neill (Nelson).
seated, left to right: Roshni Kashyap (Port Coquitlam), Maggie Litster (Vernon), Michelle Goos (Victoria).

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. Working together on this magazine has been one opportunity to share what people labelled with a developmental disability think is important.

The theme for this edition is “where I feel welcome in my community.” We are proud to recognize places across the province that go above and beyond to make sure all people feel welcome to do everyday things like bank, shop, meet friends for coffee, work or volunteer, and join a local club or activity. We believe a welcoming community is a place without judgement where you are greeted and appreciated for being you.

A welcoming community has people who reach out and help one another, and is a place willing to change to become more inclusive of those with diverse abilities.

We’d like to thank those community members and organizations who took the time to be featured in our newsletter, and of course a big thank you to the authors who contributed their stories.

Please remember to visit SelfAdvocateNet.com for more amazing stories, or to submit a story of your own. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions for the next edition of Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES.

Sincerely,

The CLBC Editorial Board

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