Promoting our ABILITIES through self-employment!

CLBC Editorial Board Members are:
front row, left to right: Tamara Russell (Parksville), Jennifer Dosanj (Surrey).
back row, left to right: Nathan Bodie (Victoria), Bryce Schaufelberger (Mission), Ryan Kenny (Williams Lake), Gerald Oesch (Chilliwack).
not pictured: Rob Tippe (Revelstoke), John O’Neill (Nelson), Aine Rathwell (Vancouver), Jhenna Owen (Kamloops).

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 magazine has been one opportunity to share with CLBC about 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 promote self-employment and the businesses of people with diverse abilities in B.C. We believe that having a job is one way to gain confidence and independence, and also contribute to your community. This edition focuses on the creative ways that people with diverse abilities have chosen to pursue their interests and careers through self-employment.

Editorial Board member Rob Tippe, from Revelstoke, started his own business five years ago. Rob’s Handy Service includes jobs like landscaping and snow removal. Rob shares his advice about self-employment by saying, “As long as you keep at it and keep knocking on doors, you will become a success.” He also encourages people to look closely at their community to see what resources are available to help start their business. For Rob, Community Futures ( was a key partner in his success.

We hope you enjoy these stories and are inspired to think outside the box when it comes to self-employment. Please help us to promote the businesses of people with diverse abilities in our communities around B.C. Also, if you or someone you know is self employed and would like to promote a business on, please contact CLBC’s Self Advocate Advisor at

We’d like to thank all the members of the self advocacy community and others with diverse abilities who contributed their stories to this magazine. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions for the next edition of Celebrate Diverse Abilities.


The CLBC Editorial Board

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