October 2019 was a busy month as British Columbians across the province celebrated Community Inclusion Month. You can find some of the many highlights of the month below. This page will be updated in the fall of 2020 to share information and updates about Community Inclusion Month 2020.
Community Inclusion Month recognized 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 21 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.
Below you can also find proclamations from local communities, news stories and some highlights from Community Inclusion Month 2019:
- Fort St. John Association for Community Living recognizes inclusive employers – EnergeticCity.ca – October 3
- New Westminster celebrates affordable housing project – New Westminster Record – October 7
- Kelowna mayor declares October as community inclusion month – Global News – October 8
- Gloria Gagnon honored for helping make town more inclusive – Similkameen Spotlight – October 12
- REALM presents their first Inclusive Community Employer Awards – Eknow.ca – October 14
- Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Recognized With ‘WOW’ Provincial Inclusion Award – Salt Spring Exchange – October 18
- Provincial Award for Kamloops’ own self-advocate – Kamloops This Week – October 21
- Resident honoured for making Vernon more accessible – Vernon Morning Star – October 26
- VIDEO: Moore wants more inclusion – Vernon woman wins award for work on accessibility issues – Castanet – October 29
Highlights from around B.C.
- CLBC presented Widening Our World (WOW Awards) to inclusion champions in five B.C. communities
- Members of CLBC’s Board of Directors visit Nanaimo to meet individuals, families and local service providers
- The posAbilities Art Show & Sale marked 15 years of creativity and community
- AiMHi cooked up a pancake breakfast at their annual community give-back event in Prince George
- Inclusive employers were recognized in Surrey, Langley, Delta, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm and many other communities
- Over 300 people came out for the Nanaimo Community Halloween Dance
- Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living got out in the community of Gibsons to raise awareness about inclusion
- The include Me! quality of life survey kicked off in a number of communities, including Nanaimo, Grand Forks and Port Moody.
- Self Advocates came together for the Leading the Way conference in Richmond
- And many more..