Looking to the future on Canada’s 150th birthday

Welcome to the summer edition of Celebrate Diverse Abilities, a publication developed by our CLBC Editorial Board and written by self advocates in British Columbia.

This summer Canada marked its 150th birthday. It’s a time to reflect on the past and also look to the future. In this edition of the magazine, self advocates from across the province share stories about their lives, reflecting how the hard work of previous generations has opened up the possibility of a better future for inclusion. You can read about people living independently, gaining an education, travelling abroad, creating music and more.

As an organization, CLBC is also looking to the future, and making plans for what we want to achieve in the years ahead. In March, CLBC released its 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan. The plan sets goals for better quality of life outcomes and improved experiences for the individuals and families CLBC supports, as well as more efficient operations and enhanced partnerships with our service providers. This plan was developed in consultation with individuals, families, service providers and other community partners, and is reviewed annually.

To support the plan and its goals, CLBC has identified a range of priority projects that it has begun to implement. You can read about some of these projects, including Advancing New Support Options, an improved planning process and the refresh of the CLBC website, in the News section here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the Honourable Shane Simpson as the new Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and Minister responsible for CLBC. You can read more about Minister Simpson in the News section as well.

Thank you as always for reading and I hope you have had a wonderful summer.

Seonag Macrae
CEO, Community Living BC


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