Message from Board Chair and Interim CEO 
April 2014

We hope you are well and having a good week. We are pleased to provide an update on some of the issues CLBC has been working on over the past month. As always, we welcome your feedback, comments and topic ideas for future notices. In this report, please find updates on:

  • CLBC Quality Service Commitment - Self Advocate Net and new CLBC Editorial Board
  • Community Action Employment Plan – year two priorities
  • CLBC-Family Support Institute collaboration
  • Board of Directors vacancy
  • Brian Salisbury retirement


One of the projects CLBC has been developing over the past year with Community Councils is the establishment of a Quality Service Commitment that represents a clear and public pledge to the people we serve about how they can expect to be treated by CLBC at all times. In December, we invited your ideas through an on-line survey on the Commitment and its final design.
With this feedback, CLBC’s Commitment was released to our staff in March. In addition to celebrating and capturing the inspiring work of our employees across the province, the Commitment highlights CLBC's renewed emphasis on continuous quality improvement. It applies to our day to day work with each other and is supported by quality and communication improvements focused on our most important stakeholders. Click here for a summary.

As part of our Commitment to the people we serve, CLBC is supporting the expansion of a centralized, safe and independent on-line information hub for BC’s self-advocacy movement. Started 14 years ago by two self advocate leaders in the Fraser Valley, the BC Self Advocate Net features current and relevant content generated by individuals with diverse abilities. Click here for a link to the refreshed web-site.

In addition to featuring current news and events, the BC Self Advocate Net includes:

  • interactive social media links
  • links to Scholarship Fund and Editorial Board applications
  • a CLBC Corner where self advocates can ask us questions
  • opportunities for self advocates to submit story ideas and publish articles
  • links to self advocate organizations and community service agencies
Bookmark the site for future reference and feel free to forward the link to key contacts.

CLBC's Commitment and the recently launched Scholarship Fund have benefited from feedback from a network of self advocates participating in an Editorial Board CLBC Communications has established with our Self Advocate and Family Partnership Advisors. Among other things, the Editorial Board will help ensure the perspectives of the people we serve are more present in the development of CLBC communications, publications and community relations.
Editorial Board members are paid an honorarium and consist of people who are either eligible for CLBC services, a family member of someone eligible for support or someone with extensive experience working in the community living sector. Applications are now being accepted here.
In addition to improving the quality of CLBC communications, the Editorial Board supports CLBC’s strategic plan objectives to enhance participation and citizenship of the people we serve. For more information, contact our Self Advocate Advisor Jessica Humphrey at

In March, CLBC marked the first anniversary of our Community Action Employment Plan to help create job opportunities across the province for the people we serve who want to work and are able to work. We celebrated the first anniversary with the introduction of strategic priorities for the year ahead, including:
  • increased focus on people with Autism and FASD being served by CLBC’s Personalized Supports Initiative
  • establishment of a framework to measure increases in employment and success of contracted employment services
  • multi-year funding for three regional projects and a process to select a fourth pilot location for fiscal 2015/16
  • ongoing training for CLBC staff and service providers
  • strategic collaborations with community partners and Work BC
We also announced updates on the regional pilot project’s we announced last year in CLBC’s Simon Fraser and Central-Upper Island regions. Watch for a progress on the Thompson-Cariboo regional pilot project in our next notice.

In March, CLBC also announced the creation of a partnership with the Family Support Institute (FSI) to help families explore employment as an option with their loved ones who have a developmental disability, autism or FASD.  This collaboration will support expansion of FSI’s successful familyWorks program in Vancouver to other CLBC regions.
In addition to recognizing that families often organize much of the supports and care with their loved ones, the model will:
  • establish local family chapters to meet each month to share, learn and develop an internal process to support the development of individual employment plans
  • integrate family perspectives into implementation of CLBC’s Employment Strategy
  • explore effectiveness of existing CLBC models and materials in working with families
  • consider expanding familyWorks model to other CLBC regions

For more information about the familyWorks partnership and other opportunities associated with CLBC’s employment strategy, contact Shelley Gerber, Provincial Employment Coordinator, at Click here for more information on the FSI.

CLBC’s Board of Directors will have a position available starting July 1, 2014 and they want self advocates to consider applying for the position. Click here for more information and a summary of answers to questions people should consider if they are interested. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.

It is with some regret that we report CLBC's Director of Individual, Family and Volunteer Engagement Brian Salisbury has announced his plan to retire from CLBC this June after 30 years in the community living sector. Brian has been with CLBC since it was proclaimed a crown agency on July 1, 2005. Before that, Brian worked with the Interim Authority to help establish CLBC, traveled internationally as a disability policy consultant and taught in the Community Support Worker Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Brian plans to spend more time cycling and pursuing his interest in photography and video.
We will personally miss working with Brian. He has made a significant contribution at CLBC and to the Community Living movement. From his early days as a broker at the Community Living Society, helping people leave Woodlands, to his current role Brian has always put the interests of people first. Brian played a key role in the creation of CLBC while participating in the Community Living Transition Steering Committee and working for the Interim Authority, including assisting with the writing of the Community Living Authority Act.

Brian is an innovator, always interested in how we can improve what we do for people. His long term vision was instrumental in the development of Individualized Funding and adoption of the Quality of Life survey. Please join us in thanking Brian for his service to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to British Columbia’s community living movement and for the time you have committed to your local Community Council. We greatly appreciate your enthusiastic participation. 

Yours truly,  

Denise Turner                       Doug Woollard
Board Chair                                         Interim CEO
Community Living BC                    Community Living BC

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