Each October, CLBC joins British Columbians across the province in recognizing and celebrating the contributions and potential of people with developmental disabilities, and the families, friends, caregivers, volunteers, community groups and employers who make our province stronger by ensuring their full participation. For the last 20 years, communities across B.C. have held events and initiatives to help build awareness about inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities, and to celebrate the people who include them.
On October 1, 2018, the Province of British Columbia proclaimed October Community Inclusion Month to more clearly reflect the vision for inclusion across the province. Although the name of the month has changed from Community Living Month to Community Inclusion Month, the meaning and the intent has not.
CLBC is committed to working with the people it serves, service providers and community partners to build a more inclusive British Columbia. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring people with disabilities can fully participate in society – family, friends, communities, the business community, non-profits and governments.
October 2018 was a busy Community Inclusion Month across the province, including:
- A broad range of events art shows, trivia nights, dances, barbeques, fashion shows, film screenings, employer awards, Halloween costume parties and more.
- CLBC CEO Seonag Macrae visiting local communities including Port Alberni and Duncan, as well as attending the Studio 73 open house in Surrey along with Minister Shane Simpson
- North Okanagan Shuswap recognizing inclusive local employers, as well as one of their members, Erin Murphy, being profiled in the local news.
- CLBC staff volunteering in Cloverdale Community Kitchen’s volunteer recognition event
- CLBC co-presenting the Surrey Delta White Rock Inclusive Employer Awards event (now in its 5th year)
- Visit by board members to families and service providers in Powell River and Surrey.
- Municipal proclamations in Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Kelowna and Surrey
- The launch if Include Me! quality of life survey in a number of communities across the province
- A two-day event exploring new L.I.F.E.-based services
- CLBC highlights events and celebrations on our Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtags #CIMonth2018 and #CommunityInclusionMonth
- And many more!
Stay tuned to this page in Fall 2019 when it will be updated with information about Community Inclusion Month 2019.