People across B.C. have marked Community Inclusion Month this October. This month celebrates the valuable contributions that people with developmental disabilities make and recognizes the importance of communities where everyone is included. You can read the government proclamation here.
This has been a challenging year with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has meant the usual gatherings and celebrations of Community Inclusion Month have not been possible. Despite this, people across the province have come up with creative ways to come together and celebrate inclusion. From virtual art shows to physically-distanced outdoor meet ups to these many ideas from people we serve for staying connected, the efforts made to keep people connected and included have been impressive and inspiring. In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing with you the stories of the 2020 Widening Our World (WOW) Award winners, who are being recognized for their work to help others stay connected during the pandemic.
The theme for Community Inclusion Month 2020 is focusing attention on inclusive housing. CLBC will be working with our partners in the upcoming year to build awareness of the need for inclusive housing options for the people we serve. You can find more information about our inclusive housing work here.
I hope you have found your own way to take part in Community Inclusion Month this year, whether it’s attending an online event or making some time to connect with those close to you. These are challenging times, but we will get through them together.