CLBC News Updates – January 2017

Four B.C. residents win WOW inclusion awards

Photo_Brian Smith_Roberts Creek-WEBFour British Columbians have won a 2016 CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) award for their dedication, courage and ingenuity in supporting their communities to more fully include those served by Community Living BC. The four recipients were chosen out of nearly 40 deserving people; all nominees were recognized for their efforts to build inclusion, create employment opportunities, and increase people’s access to community and social networks. This year’s winners are:

  • Brian Smith, CEO and founder of Persephone Brewing Company, for his grassroots efforts to build inclusion and create jobs for the people CLBC serves – Gibsons
  • Astrid Koenig, volunteer and service provider, for her tireless efforts to ensure self advocates have opportunities for employment, education and community connection – Sooke
  • Ronnie Bouvier, executive director of the Kamloops Graffiti Task Force, for creating first time employment opportunities (with the help of BC Hydro) for young adults while raising public awareness of the contributions they can make to their communities – Kamloops
  • Chris Morsund, Chatters Pizzeria and Bistro, for their 15-year commitment to hiring inclusively and setting an example for other small businesses to follow – Smithers

See more about the winners here. To see all the nominations, look here.


Self advocates tell their stories of health and well-being in B.C. communities

CDAWith the help our editorial board, including self advocates from around the province, CLBC has published the winter edition of Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine.  The theme for this edition is “Good Health and Well-being” and self advocates share stories about ways they are leading healthy lives in their home towns:  from dancing, to being part of the local legion, to volunteering at the Boys and Girls club, to joining a Meet Up group to play Frisbee, and more.

This edition has self advocates telling their stories from Kamloops, Nelson, Williams Lake, Smithers, Coquitlam, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria. CLBC believes it’s important to hear the perspectives and opinions of those we serve and is thrilled with the many examples of healthy participation in community life.


Prince George and Cranbrook dates for testing of new CLBC community inclusion service

The Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) Project continues to  invite individuals, families and service providers to contribute input for a future CLBC community inclusion service that we described in this story from the September edition of the CLBC Connect e-newsletter.

After hosting families at testing events in Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Campbell River and the Lower Mainland, remaining events are being held in February and March in Prince George and Cranbrook.

You are invited to attend and provide input on the creation of this new user-driven designed service intended to connect individuals with employment and personal development opportunities and support stronger social participation. Please visit this page for session dates.

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