CLBC News Updates – October 2017

CLBC welcomes Minister Shane Simpson

Community Living BC warmly welcomes the Honourable Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings, as the new Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and Minister responsible for CLBC.

Minister Simpson brings to this position significant experience having first been elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2005. During his time as an MLA, he has served as Opposition Critic for Labour, Housing and the Environment and most recently as Opposition Spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills. Minister Simpson has lived, worked, and engaged in community-building activities in his community of East Vancouver since 1971.

For his contributions to community, he has been recognized with the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

include Me! quality of life survey expands for the fall

In August, the include Me! quality of life survey team met with the 12 service providers in the Vancouver Coastal, South Fraser, and Southern Interior regions that took part in the 2016-17 survey process to share results. This year, the survey, which asks people CLBC supports about their quality of life, received responses from 466 individuals. Approximately 82% of surveys were completed by individuals themselves (rather than through a report by someone close to them), which reflects the project’s intent to give individuals an opportunity to speak for themselves about their quality of life. This was the first year of actively surveying in the Kootenays and debriefs have taken place with staff in that area. Results of this current round of surveys will be available on the include Me! page of the CLBC website in October.

Even as the 2016-17 survey process wraps up, the include Me! team is preparing for 2017-18 round which is taking place from October through to December. Surveying will take place in the three currently active regions and will also be expanding to the North (Terrace and Smithers area). Sixteen service providers have confirmed an interest in participating and approximately 1,500 individuals whom CLBC supports will be invited to take part

You can learn more about include Me!, and find updates on the project on the CLBC website here.

CLBC trials new community inclusion service

The three-phase Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) project was launched by CLBC in 2015 to develop a new service that will support individuals to achieve positive outcomes in the areas of employment, community connections, relationships, and lifelong learning.

The first phase of the project, consultation, is now complete and CLBC has moved into the second phase: design. This phase is allowing CLBC to work with groups of service users including individuals, families, service providers, and CLBC staff, from around the province to conduct live trials of the draft model of this service and its components. Live trialing launched on August 28 and will run through November 2017. There are four teams in Cranbrook, Victoria, Prince George and Langley made up individuals and families, CLBC staff and the following service providers who applied and were selected to participate: REALM (Cranbrook); AiMHi (Prince George); Langley Association for Community Living (Langley); Lifetime Networks Victoria (Victoria).

These trials will help CLBC finalize the design for the new service, with the launch of the new service expected in Spring 2019. This extension of the original project timeline will provide CLBC more time for evaluation and to ensure the necessary supports are in place to facilitate a smooth launch. Key updates about the project will be shared on the CLBC website as it progresses.

Creating a more user-friendly CLBC website

CLBC is currently refreshing its website ( to make it more effective for individuals and families we serve by providing information in a more user-friendly and accessible manner.

The process is currently underway and will involve consultation with individuals and families to ensure the content, navigation and design meet their needs. The refreshed website is expected to launch publicly in Spring 2018.

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