From the CLBC Editorial Board: Inclusion matters in all parts of life

Thank you to Editorial Board founding members who have completed their terms. seated, left to right: Jerry Laidlaw, Cliff Stacey, Penny Soderena-Sutton, David Johnston, Krystian Shaw. standing, left to right: Tara Torme, Sheenagh Morrison, Michael McLellan, Tricia Lins, Shelley DeCoste, Shawn Spear, Jo-Anne Gauthier, Bryce Schaufelberger. (Not pictured: Shelley Marinus)

Thank you to Editorial Board founding members who have completed their terms.
seated, left to right: Jerry Laidlaw, Cliff Stacey, Penny Soderena-Sutton, David Johnston, Krystian Shaw.
standing, left to right: Tara Torme, Sheenagh Morrison, Michael McLellan, Tricia Lins, Shelley DeCoste, Shawn Spear, Jo-Anne Gauthier, Bryce Schaufelberger.
Not pictured: Shelley Marinus

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. Working together on this newsletter has been an opportunity to share with CLBC what we think is important. The Editorial Board also provides feedback and suggestions on projects and new initiatives that CLBC is working on.

In this edition, we are proud to recognize and celebrate December 3, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), or as some of us like to say, Diverse ABILITIES. IDPD started in 1992 to promote action and awareness about disability issues. This is an important day to acknowledge the contributions of people with diverse abilities, as well as the challenges many of us face every day in our communities.

The theme for 2015 IDPD is Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for people of all abilities. For us, inclusion matters in all parts of life. We believe inclusion is about having a voice and being asked for your opinion, no matter how you communicate. It’s about being able to get around in your community, creating your own home, learning and going to university, having a job or a business, making real friends, being part of your culture, and having the chance to fall in love.

We’d like to thank all the members of the self advocacy community and others with diverse abilities who contributed their stories to our newsletter. We’d also like to thank all of you who partnered with your communities to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Finally, we would like to thank our founding Editorial Board members (pictured above), whose terms are coming to an end, for their tremendous contributions.

As always, 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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