CLBC News – December 2018

CLBC welcomes new board members

Seven new members have been appointed to the board of directors for Community Living BC. See the government announcement here.

The seven new board directors include:

  • 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 three-year plan to increase inclusive housing

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 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
  • 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.

Nearly 200 people attend first series of new CLBC Welcome Workshops

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.

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.

Find out more about the Welcome Workshops by visiting the CLBC website 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.

Congratulations and welcome to the eight successful candidates! They are Michelle Goos (Victoria), Alexander Magnusson (Surrey), Jerry Laidlaw (Langley), David Johnston (Dawson Creek), Shelley DeCoste (Kelowna), Debbie Reece (Vancouver), Elizabeth Hamilton (Vernon), and Drew Derosier (Kelowna).

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.

A growing resource for the sector: Self Advocate Net website and Speakers Bureau

CLBC continues to support the B.C. Self Advocate Net (SAN) website. Each month up to eight new stories are published by the people we serve showcasing their voices, gifts and experiences. Authors of successful submissions are paid $100. Story ideas can be submitted here.

You can support by sponsoring the web site, or by helping self advocates publish their stories. CLBC is excited to see other agencies now sponsoring the site and hiring self advocates as presenters and trainers within their organization.

CLBC’s partnership with SAN began with the creation of the Editorial Board in 2013.  Also hosted on SAN through the work of the Editorial Board is the B.C. Self Advocacy Speakers Bureau. The Speaker’s Bureau is an opportunity for decision makers, service providers and the community at large to learn directly from people with diverse abilities by hiring speakers to present on topics such as inclusive employment, housing and rights.

For more information about SAN, the Speaker’s Bureau or the CLBC Editorial Board, please contact CLBC’s Self Advocate Advisor at

Visit the web site today to read recent stories including: Michelle’s love story; My thoughts on changing Community Living Month to Community Inclusion Month; and Self advocate experience.

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