Celebrating Community Living Month 2015

Maggie Litster and Kathy Kurulok enjoy the Interior Region Self Advocate conference, one of many events and celebrations during Community Living Month 2015.

Maggie Litster and Kathy Kurulok enjoy the Interior Region Self Advocate conference, one of many events and celebrations during Community Living Month 2015.

This October marked the 17th Community Living Month in British Columbia. This annual celebration recognized the contributions of people with developmental disabilities across our province. We’re happy to report that it was an eventful month with great events taking place in communities across the province. Many local communities also made official proclamations to mark the occasion.

Thank you to everyone involved in coordinating and promoting the many great community events, which included dances, barbecues, award ceremonies, art shows, photo contests and more! To see some of the highlights of Community Living Month 2015 events, please visit:

10yearReportCover-232x300A new generation of possibilities

To help mark a decade of service in 2015, Community Living BC has published “A new generation of possibilities: Special 10-year anniversary update.”

This report is part of our effort to thank those we serve, their families, service providers and community groups for their dedication and contributions to the vision of good lives in welcoming communities. It shares stories of those who are helping us become more effective and person-centred. You can read the report online on the CLBC website at:

CLBC launches new web story series

CLBC has launched a new web-based story series called Welcoming Communities. In this series, we are publishing stories about individuals we serve, their families, community councils, service providers and others who are contributing to the vision for good lives in welcoming communities. Stories are posted on the CLBC website under News > Welcoming Communities and will be featured on the CLBC homepage. So far, we’ve published stories from Surrey, Castlegar, Kamloops and Williams Lake.

Project advances new support options

This fall, CLBC launched the Advancing New Support Options project. This is a three-year, three-phase project to develop new CLBC service options that will balance supports around accessing employment, meaningful community inclusion, skill development and strengthening informal networks. The project responds to requests from many individuals and families for more than just employment services to assist individuals in comfortably pursuing employment.

CLBC is partnering with the Community Living Innovation Venture and is collaborating with service providers, self advocates and family members to develop new service options that are more responsive to the goals and aspirations of individuals on their path to employment and full citizenship. Updates about the project will be shared on the CLBC homepage in the months ahead.

Removing financial barriers for PWD recipients

In important news for people CLBC supports who also receive Persons with Disabilities (PWD) assistance, the provincial government has announced changes that will allow people to hold significantly more assets and receive financial gifts and inheritances with no impact on their monthly assistance.

Beginning December 1, 2015, the amount of assets that people receiving disability assistance may hold without losing eligibility for assistance will rise to $100,000 for an individual with the PWD designation, and $200,000 for a couple where both have PWD designation. Currently, the asset limits are $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.

For the full details of these changes, please visit: 

Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

The Province of BC declared November as the first Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month. The First Nations Summit and the Metis Nation British Columbia passed similar resolutions. Community Living BC proudly supported the first-of-its-kind awareness month in Canada to help promote understanding of Aboriginal disability issues and recognize the contributions of Aboriginal people with disabilities within B.C.

CLBC staff are committed to supporting all individuals with developmental disabilities to live good lives in welcoming communities. You can learn more about our recent efforts to improve access to services for First Nations communities on the CLBC website under Supports & Services > Aboriginal Initiative.

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