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Finding my voice – Through Toastmasters, Ruth Stanton has gained speaking skills and confidence.

Welcome to the Summer 2016 Edition of the CLBC magazine "Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES"

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self advocates from across the province, as well as family members.

The theme for this edition is “where I feel welcome in my community” and self advocates share stories about the places where they feel welcomed and included in their own communities. You can also hear from community organizations, centres, clubs and businesses about why inclusion is important to them and how they work to be welcoming to everyone, including individuals with diverse abilities.

Click the story links below to read more, and you can click here to visit the Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES web page which features a downloadable PDF edition.

We always appreciate your feedback. Tell us what you think of this edition by sending an email to:




CEO Seonag Macrae: Highlighting where inclusion happens

It has now been a year since we first launched this publication through the guidance and input of the CLBC Editorial Board.

During that time the board has wished farewell to departing members and welcomed new ones, all of whom have played an important role in helping to identify and highlight stories of inclusion from communities across the province.                     

CLBC Editorial Board: Where we feel welcome in community

We are proud to recognize places across the province that go above and beyond to make sure all people feel welcome to do everyday things like bank, shop, meet friends for coffee, work or volunteer, and join a local club or activity.


Community Living BC Updates

In this edition of CLBC News, we share information about CLBC's next strategic plan and the Community Action Employment Plan, an update on the CLBC-BCGEU scholarship fund, as well as items on inclusive housing, the Advancing New Support Options Project and a refresh of CLBC's social media channels.

Fraser Region Stories

Where everybody knows your name
by JP Maher

I have been going to Mission’s first Tim
Horton’s on almost a weekly basis since its official opening and the staff there have gotten to know me by name.

Feeling welcome at work
by Justin Forseth

I live in Chilliwack, B.C. and work at Decades Coffee Club.

Decades is a place people come to hang out and drink good coffee. I have worked there for seven years.

Interior Region Stories

Recognizing accessibility efforts
by Okanagan Accessibility

We are Okanagan Accessibility (OA), a group formed here in Vernon B.C. Our aim is to bring about positive change in the community regarding accessibility, particularly for individuals like us who have special needs, or as we like to say,
‘diverse abilities.’

Responding to the needs of community
with Jack Gareb, Schubert Centre Manager

Okanagan Accessibility met with the centre’s Manager Jack Gareb recently, to ask him a few questions about the inclusiveness of the Schubert Centre.

North Region Stories

Developing skills and building connections       with Mike Carr, Club President of Prince George Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide to help people build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.

Finding my voice
by Ruth Stanton

I joined my local Toastmasters in Prince George ten years ago to get out of my box and overcome my shyness.

Over the years I have completed two of the Toastmasters work books. One is about leadership and the other is about how to give speeches.

Vancouver Coastal Region Stories

Planning for the future
by Zorica Medved

I recently attended a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) workshop at the Burnaby CLBC office. The RDSP is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan for people living with disabilities who are eligible for the Federal Disability Tax Credit.

Making a positive difference    with Helen Yee, Branch Manager, TD, Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Our employees strive to make a positive difference in everyone’s day. Specifically, for people with diverse abilities, we work to accommodate them and remove barriers.

Vancouver Island Region Stories

The perfect recipe for belonging
by Robyn Appleton

One of the things that I have been learning over the past three years is how to cook better because it is something I really like doing. I really like looking at recipes and finding new things to cook. I look for recipes in magazines and cookbooks, but mostly online.

Serving the needs of community
with Village Food Markets and Western Foods 

Village Food Markets and Western Foods are full service grocery stores serving the community of Sooke and surrounding areas.
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