CLBC News – Celebrate Diverse Abilities – Winter 2018/19

CLBC welcomes new board members

Seven new members have been appointed to the Board of Directors for Community Living BC.

The seven new board directors are:

  • Jake Anthony, self advocate, professional actor and inclusive theatre instructor with City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
  • Katherine Bright, principal, Katherine Bright Consulting.
  • Nelson Chan, chief financial officer for the Capital Regional District, Capital Regional Hospital District and Capital Region Housing Corporation.
  • Marnie Larson, chief executive officer, StarGarden Corporation.
  • Julia Payson, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon and District branch.
  • Simon Philp, market vice-president — commercial banking CIBC.
  • Patricia Sullivan, chair of the Capital Regional District Arts Advisory Council.

“My thanks also go to the outgoing board members who have helped shape CLBC over the last few years,” said Minister Shane Simpson. “Thank you to Diane Friedman, Eileen Stewart, David Babych, David Everett, Mike Watson and Jane Holland for their advice and compassion for the important work that CLBC does for people with disabilities throughout our province.”

Inclusion BC and CLBC launch inclusive housing plan

Inclusion BC and CLBC launched a collaborative three-year plan in November to increase inclusive housing options in B.C. The full plan is available on the CLBC website and Inclusion BC websites, and was shared with stakeholders at the BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s Housing Central conference.

To increase inclusive housing, over the next three years Inclusion BC and CLBC will collaborate in four areas:

  • Data and Resources;
  • Identity and visibility;
  • Affordability and finance; and
  • Inclusive design

The plan was developed by a 14-member Inclusive Housing Task Force (IHTF) established by Inclusion BC and CLBC. The IHTF invited more than 60 resource people for a full-day forum in January 2018 to create the framework of the plan. Participants included people with disabilities, family members, developers, builders, elected officials, city planners, Indigenous groups and community organizations.

First CLBC Welcome Workshops well attended

Nearly 200 people have attended new CLBC Welcome Workshops held across the province to learn about how CLBC serves adults with developmental disabilities. The four in-depth workshops — Getting Started, Community Connections, Planning Choices and CLBC: The Real Deal — are held over four weeks and help individuals and families connect with each other while learning about CLBC, its services and community options.

A total of 39 workshops have been held so far across the province. They are part of a revamped welcome and planning process CLBC adopted this fall, and open to people already eligible for CLBC services or who think they might be.

The presenting team for the South Island CLBC Welcome Workshops helps people feel better informed about what to expect when applying for services, and more connected to other families and their community.

In conjunction with the new workshops, CLBC collaborated with the Family Support Institute which launched myBooklet BC, a new site and on-line tool well-received by families and discussed in the CLBC workshops that enables people and families to create a personalized information booklet that they can share with professionals.

Each workshop is led by a team that includes a family member, a self advocate and a CLBC facilitator. Depending on the community, the workshop series may be held in a school, community centre or a CLBC office. Individuals and families who already know they are eligible for CLBC services also have the option at any time of year to be welcomed one-on-one by a CLBC facilitator. Read more about the workshops here.

New advisors help improve CLBC services

After observing the value that they have brought to our work and in light of our commitment to employment, a new role has been created at CLBC for people who have the expertise and experience of a person living with a developmental disability. The new part-time, auxiliary staff members will provide expertise for various research, development and improvement projects as strategic initiative advisors.

To begin, they will be supporting work on projects that include better serving people with multiple, complex needs; the new approach to planning with people and families; inclusive housing; implementation of the 2018-19 include Me! survey, and a project to update CLBC’s catalogue of services.

Read more about CLBC new strategic initiative advisors here.

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