Dear Members and Allies of the Self Advocacy Community –
 
Happy 17th Annual Community Living Month!
 
This letter provides an update on:
  • Community Living Month messages and events
  • WOW! CLBC Awards
  • New SelfadvocateNet.com Speakers Bureau
  • 2015 Bi-Annual Interior self-advocacy conference
  • Advancing New Support Options Project
  • CLBC planning review project
  • New 10-year anniversary update report
 
Community Living Month messages and events
 
Click here for a Community Living Month message from the BC Government.
Click here for a message from Honourable Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation and CLBC Board Chair Thomas Christensen.
 
Click here to find out about Community Living Month events happening around BC.
Do you have an event you’d like us to include on our calendar?  Let us know.
 

SelfAdvocateNet.com hosts new Speakers Bureau
 
Leaders from the BC Self Advocacy community are developing a Speakers Bureau as one way to demonstrate their expertise with government, service providers and the community at large. Speakers have created presentations, training, and workshops that break down stereotypes, share successes and promote diverse abilities. For information about current speakers and how to hire a speaker in your community visit www.selfadvocatenet.com/current-speakers
 
Would you like to be a speaker? Do you have a presentation ready to go? Click here.
 
Check out these new stories from self-advocates on www.selfadvocatenet.com:
 
2015 Bi-Annual Interior self advocacy conference
 
Are you a self advocate from the Interior Region?
 
The next CLBC sponsored Interior Self Advocacy Conference will be held in Vernon on October 27th and 28th.  This year’s theme is about Living Successfully with Diverse Abilities. There will be workshops about employment, bullying and internet safety, relationships, and cooking healthy meals. 
 
Registration deadline has been extended to October 15th. Visit your nearest Interior CLBC office for the registration package.
 

WOW! CLBC Awards
 
Do know an employer, support worker, agency, community group or volunteer who is going above and beyond to create a welcoming community for all?  Please take a moment to nominate them and send a photo to show an example of how they are building an inclusive community.
 
Forms will be available as of October 15 here.
 

Introducing the Advancing New Support Options Project
 
Self advocates and families have told us they need more than just an employment service to be successful at finding and keeping a job. 
 
CLBC is working with services providers to develop a new CLBC support option that balance services getting a job, being involved in the community, skill development and building support networks.  
 
This is a 3 year project called Advancing New Support Options (ANSO).
 
Service providers who want to participate in this project can contact Manon Gelinas, Special Project Analyst - Employment, at Manon.Gelinas@gov.bc.ca. Additional information about ANSO can be found here.

 
Update on CLBC’s Planning Review Project
 
CLBC has been working on a project to improve how we plan for supports and services with individuals, families and service providers. The goal of the project is to create a planning process that is person-centred, has options and choices, and is led by individuals and their families.
 
Sylvie Zebroff, CLBC Family Partnership Advisor, is leading the project and will be setting up meetings with self advocates, families and service providers to get important feedback and ideas about new planning tools.

 
CLBC launches a new 10-year anniversary update report
 
Today CLBC is publishing a special 10-year anniversary update report titled: A new generation of possibilities.
 
The publication is available online and in print in our local offices.  It shares stories of individuals, families and service providers who are helping CLBC get better at supporting individuals with developmental disabilities live good lives in welcoming communities.
 

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We hope you found these updates useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca with any questions about this message.
 
As we mark the 10th anniversary of CLBC, and help communities celebrate the 17th annual Community Living Month, we want to express our gratitude for your many efforts to help us build strong, welcoming communities.
 
Sincerely yours,

Seonag Macrae
CEO
Community Living BC

Jessica Humphrey
Self Advocate Advisor
Community Living BC
 
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