Self Advocates Leading Connection

Five B.C. self advocacy groups received grants to support social connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups are:

  • Self Advocates of the Rockies (Cranbrook)
  • The BC Self Advocate Leadership Network (Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island)
  • Olivia Douglas Community Society (New Westminster)
  • Speaking Up for Self Advocacy Awareness (Kamloops)
  • TALK North West (Kitimat/Terrace)

Click here to read their profiles and find out more about who they are, what they are doing and how to contact them.

On this page you can find information about upcoming self advocate-led events and you can also visit the Calendar for Connection here to learn about other fun ways to stay connected.

Check back often as this page will be updated regularly with upcoming events.


New Events

Share your Photos hosted by B.C. Self Advocate Leadership Network


Trivia Night hosted by B.C. Self Advocate Leadership Network


Peers Being Peers hosted by Olivia Douglas Community Services

  • Wednesdays at 4:00pm PDT / 5:00pm MDT
  • You’re sitting alone, what are you to do? Join Olivia Douglas Community Services, with Advocate Liaison Sherwin Strong, and make a lot of friends. There are activities for everyone once in awhile, but this program is mostly unstructured and full of surprises.
  • Join through Zoom by clicking here

Non-Virtual Events

Letters and Pen Pals hosted by Speak Up Self-Advocacy Awareness (SUSA) Society

  • Do you want to get a monthly letter and/or be a part of a pen pal program? This might be for you! We are organizing a Pen Pal letter-writing program to connect Self-Advocates with similar interests. We are also going to be sending monthly letters.
  • The program has already started and will run until the end of August. The pen pal program will run as long as people want to keep writing to each other!
  • This is for Self-Advocates with diverse abilities who enjoy getting mail, want to find new ways to connect and learn about different events and activities.
  • Register by emailing: speakupkamloops@gmail.com or call 250-572-6009

Phone Tree with Self-Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR)

  • When: Every Thursday: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm MDT; 10:30 am – 11:00 am PDT
  • Information: SAOR will be holding weekly group phone calls so we can catch up with friends and meet new advocates from around the province!
  • Registration: email moore@realmbc.ca, or call 250-426-3393 by 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Spots are limited to 5 per call so make sure to sign up to reserve your spot!
  • Check it out on the Family Support Institute’s, Calendar for Connection here