September 2013
 

Dear Self Advocates and Friends in BC, 

We hope you had a great rest of the summer. We have been busy since our last update to you in July. This message is to tell you about some of the things we have been working on and invite your feedback:  
  • CLBC Scholarship Fund
  • Community Living Month Events
  • Community Employment Action Plan Update
  • Representative for Children and Youth

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK: CLBC/BCGEU SCHOLARSHIP FUND

CLBC and the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) have created a $100, 000 Scholarship Fund for education support for the people we serve. We need self advocates to give us feedback on the best way to give out this money and the kinds of things it can be spent on. We hope you will take a minute to complete a short four question survey here. The survey is anonymous and none of your personal information will be collected.

We look forward to your responses before September 30. We will publish the results in our next report.

COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH EVENTS

With Community Living Month coming up in October, we are preparing a busy agenda of events across the province. To find out what’s going on in your community visit our online calendar of events website. If you are planning an event and would like to promote it on our calendar just contact Chris Rae at Christopher.Rae@gov.bc.ca.

Here are a few upcoming events that we have just added to the calendar: 
  • The 13th Annual Self Advocate Leadership Institute is being held at Edenvale Retreat in Abbotsford from October 11 to 13. For more information and registration details, contact Gregg Schiller at greggschiller@shaw.ca.  
     
  • The Comox Valley Self Advocates No More Barriers Workshop will take place on October 5.  For more information and registration details, contact Michael McLellan at 250-897-4716, or email cvadvocates@gmail.com.  

COMMUNITY ACTION EMPLOYMENT PLAN UPDATE

The Self Advocacy community has told us they would like a leadership role in the Community Employment Action Plan. CLBC is excited to be working with the BC Self Advocacy Foundation to develop self advocate lead presentations for employers in each of the 3 pilot regions of the Community Action Employment Plan. The presentation will be developed through the fall and launched in early December in celebration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

For more information on how to get involved in the Community Action Employment Plan, please e-mail Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.

UPDATE: REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The job of British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCY)  is to improve services and advocate for quality supports for children and youth. On September 30, 2013, the role of the Representative for Children and Youth will also include advocacy for certain youth served by CLBC up to the age of 24.

Anyone can contact the Representative to find out how she and her office can help. For more information, or to contact an advocate, visit www.rcybc.ca or call 1-800-476-3933.

If you have any questions about these items or any other issues please do not hesitate to contact us by responding to this email. We would also welcome your ideas on topics for our next update.

Sincerely,


Doug Woollard                              Jessica Humphrey
Interim CEO                                   Self Advocate Advisor
Community Living BC                Community Living BC                             

 
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