July 2013
 


Dear Friends and Self Advocates in BC, 

We are excited to continue with regular messages to the self-advocate community in BC now that the election is over.  We hope you voted!

This message is to tell you about: 

NEW MINISTER FOR CLBC AND VIDEO MESSAGE

The Honourable Don McRae was appointed by Premier Christy Clark to be the new Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. He is responsible for CLBC. To learn more, you can read his biography on the CLBC website here.  

Minister McRae prepared a video message for last month's South Island self-advocate conference. Click here to view the new Minister’s message. The conference was a big success.  Self advocates presented on:
  • employment
  • diversability campaign
  • travelling
  • community mapping
 
COMMUNITY ACTION EMPLOYMENT PLAN UPDATE

CLBC is funding three regions to work on the Community Action Employment Plan which is about how more people with developmental disabilities can work towards getting a job. These regions are:
  • Central-Upper Island (Duncan, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, Campbell River and Port Hardy)
  • Thompson-Cariboo (Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Merritt, Lytton, Lillooet and Cache Creek)
  • Simon Fraser (Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows)
If you would like to get involved in the Community Action Employment Plan, please contact Jessica Humphrey, CLBC Self Advocate Advisor, at Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.


NEW WAY TO GIVE A COMPLAINT TO CLBC

CLBC wants to make sure you have an easy way to make a complaint. A complaint is when you are unhappy about something that has happened to you so you aren’t feeling safe and respected by our staff or by the supports and services that you receive. Here are some important things to know  about the new complaints process:
 
OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS

If you are holding regular Self Advocacy meetings or events, we can help spread the word through the CLBC calendar and social media. If you would like someone from CLBC to attend so we can share updates in person, let us know and we will do our best to be there. Please reply to this email with your event details. 
 
There has also been a lot of media coverage on issues since our last update. Here are a  few articles we thought you may be interested in: 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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