Message from CLBC’s CEO: Recognizing the many aspects of accessibility

Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO

By Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO

Welcome to the Winter 2019-20 edition of Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES. It’s a pleasure to introduce my first edition of the magazine since joining CLBC as CEO. This magazine is developed by CLBC’s Editorial Board and written by self advocates in British Columbia. For this edition, our theme is “The Future is Accessible.”

As the stories in this edition show, accessibility has many aspects. It includes not only physical access to buildings, spaces and transportation, but also access to employment, information, social connections, services, recreation and technology.

For Briana Dillon of Kamloops, taking part in karaoke has helped her build the confidence to access new experiences, “It’s helped me out, knowing that if I can do this, I can do other things in my life,” she says. “I have met more people, created connections, and done more in the community.”

An important message we can take away from all of these stories is that accessibility is a foundation that supports the meaningful participation of people in their communities. I hope you enjoy reading these stories, and hearing the diverse perspectives on accessibility, as much as I have.

I am also encouraged to learn that many people in communities across British Columbia took part in the provincial government’s public consultation on accessibility during the fall. The experiences shared and feedback gathered will play an important role in the development of new accessibility legislation for B.C.

You can learn more about that consultation process in the News section here. There you can also read about inclusion champions who were recently presented with CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) Awards, a mapping website that identifies accessible places in community, and CLBC information sheets that have been translated into multiple languages.

Thank you for reading. I hope your new year is off to a great start and we look forward to continuing to share many more success stories and news updates with you throughout 2020.


Ross Chilton
Community Living BC

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