Connecting in the Friendship Zone
On September 14, the Simon Fraser Region’s second annual Friendship Zone event took place to celebrate friendships in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows area. Twenty-four self-advocates gathered to share their interests and to network and connect. Some individuals decided to have a coffee together, others made plans to get together to check out a movie. Some will share skills like sign language with each other and even more will simply keep in touch. Families and caregivers joined in at the end of the night to network, learn about shared interests and enjoy dessert.
“I am so proud to see connections made at networking events mean individuals are able to have fun, be involved and connect with each other,” said Brenda Brown, CLBC Facilitator.
Jule Hopkins, CLBC’s Manager of Service Accountability and Safeguards, and Katrina, spokesperson for Icanbesafeonline.com, joined the event to share safety tips and information to help self-advocates stay safe while using the internet and online social networks. Self-advocates, families and individuals were extremely grateful to receive this valuable advice on how to be safe online.
It was a memorable event where people got to see old friends, make new ones and learn along the way.