WOW!clbc acknowledges the important contributions of all CLBC’s partners in building and fostering community inclusion and full citizenship for adults with developmental disabilities. Every year, nominations are accepted in four categories: Family Member, Community Partner, Service Provider and Self-Advocate. Ten awards (two per region) are given each year at regional award ceremonies in May, and recipients’ stories are featured on CLBC’s WOW!clbc recognition website at www.WOWclbc.ca, in The Citizen, and on CLBC’s social media sites.
The Awards celebrate new and innovative ways of achieving the vision of “good lives in welcoming communities” by recognizing the hard work, perseverance and achievements of individuals and groups throughout BC. Here are quotes from past nominators and nominees:
“People need to know to never give up. There are times when I have wanted to give up, and I just keep going. If there are challenges, or people tell you, you can’t do it, just keep trucking along.”
- Barb Goode, Self Advocate, Award Recipient for her work with the United Nations, Supreme Court of Canada and BC’s Justice System to recognize the rights of adults with developmental disabilities
“Greg Schiller has helped me so much in the past with my struggles, and to know my rights. I didn’t know how to help people and I wanted to. He’s helped me to live a life in society.”
- Bryce Schaufulberger, Self-Advocate, Nominator
“When I think about “Widening Our World”, it’s so important to find ways to make connections. One of the ways we’ve been doing this is through employment. Employment is a great way to connect people to community, to build networks and provide a sense of self worth. It’s a great thing to do.”
- Chris Arnold, Provincial Networking Group, Award Recipient for his work connecting people with community through employment
“Keith Pennock is an expert at connecting people with systems, and getting systems that don’t traditionally work for adults with developmental disabilities to work for them. He is a knight in shining armour.”
- Kristen Kay, Becon Support Services, Nominator
To nominate your local inclusion champions, or for more information about WOW!clbc, please visit the CLBC website under Opportunities > Recognition Awards, or contact your local CLBC office.