November 2013
 

We hope you are well and having a great week. 

Further to previous updates, we are pleased to provide a progress report on some of the initiatives we have been working on over the past month. 

Your feedback and suggestions are very important to us so we welcome your comments on these items – and any other issues important to you.  In this notice, we are including updates on:
  • Scholarship Fund Update
  • WOW Awards – Call for Nominations
  • CLBC Employment Action Plan – BC Self Advocacy Foundation Partnership
  • Funding Increases for Service Providers
We would also like to thank all of the self-advocate leaders across British Columbia for planning and participating in Community Living Month celebrations last month.  Social Development Minister Don McRae also toured the province and met with many of the people we serve. Here are some highlights:
SCHOLARSHIP FUND DETAILS ANNOUNCED

In our last message, we asked you to complete a survey on the $100,000 Scholarship Fund CLBC and the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) have created for education support for the people we serve. Thank-you for sending us your feedback!  Click here to see the official survey results on BC Self Advocate Net.
 
Your survey responses helped us decide the best way to give out this money and the kinds of things it can be spent on. Here are the details of the scholarship fund:
  • money will be given out equally over five years
  • money will be given equally to CLBC’s three regions (North/Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal/Island)
  • the maximum amount of scholarship money each person can get is $2,500
People will be able to spend the money on:
  • skills training related to getting a job
  • taking courses offered by BC Universities and Colleges
  • indirect costs associated with attending post-secondary education
  • community activities that promote quality of life and new skills
For more information, please click here.  You can also click here to read a story that appeared in Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper and Cranbrook Daily Townsman.


WOW AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN

WOW stands for "Widening Our World". We are inviting you and all British Columbians to nominate self-advocates, family members, employers, service providers or any person or community organization who makes a positive difference in the lives of the people CLBC serves.

Nomination forms can be picked up at all CLBC offices and can also be filled out online here. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in making a nomination. The last day you can nominate someone is November 30. We will announce the winners at the beginning of 2014.


EMPLOYMENT UPDATE

Also during Community Living Month in October, CLBC announced plans to work with the BC Self Advocacy Foundation to increase the participation of self-advocates in our employment strategy. Click here for more details.

We also announced new funding for the three regional employment projects we identified earlier this year with the launch of our Community Action Employment Plan. Here are links to these announcements:
FUNDING INCREASES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

We are pleased to let you know that there will be more money given to service providers to help with  wage increases for their staff. This week, unionized agencies will receive a letter and background materials that describe the process in detail. Other service providers will receive information in the coming weeks

If you have any other questions related to any of these or any other CLBC initiatives - or would like to suggest topics for future updates - please do not hesitate to contact us by responding to this note. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this update.

Sincerely,

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

 

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