Self Advocacy Updates

Nanaimo welcomes annual BC People First conference

BC People First’s 2020 conference, titled “Empowering Employment,” takes place Wednesday, March 25 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Beban Park Social Centre in Nanaimo.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn skills and tools to advance their job searches, keep long-term employment, and stay job-ready for the future. There will be workshops, presentations, activities, and prizes. Lunch and morning refreshments are included.

Learn more and register at:

Award recognizes self advocacy leadership

BC People First has opened nominations for its first ever Self Advocate Leadership of the Year Award until February 27, 2020. The winner will be announced at the “Empowering Employment” conference in March.

This award will celebrate an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and knowledge throughout 2019 in advocating for the rights of people labelled with an intellectual or developmental disability. This award showcases the importance of advocacy and encourages all self-advocates to continue to lead and to be inspired.

The winner will receive a $200 honorarium award (to assist in their advocacy efforts) and a plaque. The award decision committee, with delegates from different organizations in the self advocacy and community living field, will make their choice after reading all of the nominations.

Any self advocate labelled with an intellectual disability living in British Columbia is eligible for this award after being nominated by a peer, colleague or support worker.

Find more details and the nomination form at:

Access to technology means better connections

Self Advocate Net website manager Bryce Schaufelberger knows how important it is for people with diverse abilities to have the same access to technology as everyone else. That’s why he’s working with HOME Society in Abbotsford to transform old computers into useful ones to donate to those in need.

Whether you have an old computer to donate, or you need a computer, visit or call 604-852-7888 for more information.

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