Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit

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

For this edition, our theme is “Celebrating Self-Employment.” For many people CLBC supports, finding a job is important to them. Helping people find meaningful employment opportunities is a priority for CLBC. It’s also important to recognize and celebrate the different creative ways people are exploring self-employment and starting their own ventures. In this magazine you’ll read stories of people who are running small businesses, some through following a personal passion, and others by identifying a need in the market.

From a photographer, to a personal shopper, and even a clown, each shares a unique story and offers their own insight and advice on the challenges and excitement of self-employment. “Don’t be afraid to venture into a new subject and learn on your own,” says Haig Dickson of Nanaimo (read his story here).

I encourage you to read these stories, and learn ways you can support small businesses in your own local community.

I also want to also make note of the recent Community Living Month in October, which saw another great round of events and celebrations across B.C. During the month, CLBC Board members visited three communities to listen and learn from people CLBC serves and our partners in community. You can read more about these visits in the News section, along with updates on the Planning and Advancing New Support Options projects, which are both important parts of CLBC’s Strategic Plan.

Thank you as always for reading. I hope your 2018 is off to a positive start so far and we look forward to sharing many great success stories and news updates in the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Seonag Macrae
CEO, Community Living BC

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