Although British Columbians couldn’t get together in the usual ways during Community Inclusion Month this year, they still found many creative ways to celebrate the valuable contributions that people with developmental disabilities make and recognize the importance of communities where everyone is included.
The Province of B.C. officially proclaimed the month recognizing the importance of inclusive housing as the theme. CLBC CEO Ross Chilton shared a message to mark Community Inclusion Month, and people CLBC supports came up with some great ideas to help others feel connected and supported.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- The Delta Housing Be Mine Society held collaborative conversations about inclusive housing, and Delta City Hall added blue and green to their sign to signify community.
- The LAST Committee hosted a virtual dance party.
- Community Ventures Society promoted inclusion in the Tri-City area and beyond.
- Developmental Disabilities association held an outdoor, physically distanced painting meet up.
- Clements Centre Society encouraged people to say ‘Hi’ and shared Paul’s story to highlight the value on inclusion.
- Trail Association of Community Living members put on a physically distanced performance for the community at their local mall.
- posAbilities turned their annual Inclusion Art Show and Sale into a month-long virtual event
- Artists from Pottery Works displayed their work at the Coquitlam Library, the Searching for Surrey event, and the Inclusion Art Show.
- AiMHi served up smokies and pop and raised awareness of community inclusion
- And more!
We hope you found your own way to take part in Community Inclusion Month this year, whether it was attending an online event or making some time to connect with those close to you.