Province celebrates Community Living Month
In October, communities across BC celebrated Community Living Month. This annual celebration is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of self-advocates and their families to their communities. Events, recognition activities and celebrations took place across the province. CLBC staff hosted and participated in many events in partnership with local service providers, associations and groups. Celebrations around BC included:
- The official Kick off of Community Living Month on October 1 at five London Drugs locations in Victoria, Vancouver, Richmond, Kamloops and Kelowna.
- A Youth Transition Fair in Coquitlam.
- The “Spooktacular” event featuring a BBQ, information booths and entertainment in Port Coquitlam.
- A transition BBQ in Maple Ridge.
- An event at the Vancouver International Film Festival sponsored by Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI).
- A recognition celebration in Williams Lake.
- Two events in Surrey: a Youth Transition Fair (hosted by the Minister of Social Development, Hon. Stephanie Cadieux) which attracted over 500 attendees, and a floor hockey tournament including a team from Vancouver Island.
- The annual “Hope Tree” event in Dawson Creek.
- Festive community BBQs in Smithers, Richmond and Prince Rupert.
- An open house event in Courtenay.
- The annual “One Day Together” celebration in Victoria.
- A community dance with a live DJ in Nanaimo.
- A fall fashion show in Castlegar.
- A harvest festival in Nelson.
- A hockey game between local RCMP and the Fire Department, with guest players and coaches from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, in Port Alberni.
Thank you for everyone’s hard work and effort to host these celebrations of inclusion in our communities.