A stellar sky!

The team out at the Kelowna office was in for a treat tonight with a beautiful winter sky – though the pictures don’t do it full justice!

How are the winter skies out your way?

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

photo: RichardBH

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities!  Today, we join people all over the world as we celebrate how far we have come in support of community inclusion.  And, we also join in as we look forward to “what’s next” in this movement.

Since 1992, the United Nations has celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities each year.  Looking ahead to the future, this day is a big part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind.”  You can read more about the UN’s Agenda here.

More locally, here are some of the ways people are looking at this year’s theme, which is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”:

The BC Government has put together a series of articles on their website that reviews how the province has supported removal of barriers – and how they plan to keep removing barriers in future.  The list includes resources that are already available (such as CLBC, CAYA) as well as new ones.  One new strategy is a Cross-Ministry Disability Strategy Reference Group.  This group, made up of 18 assistant deputy ministers, is going to explore ways that ministries and government agencies can better collaborate in providing supports for people with disabilities.

The SelfAdvocateNet website has a page for this day and how it remains relevant.  They’ve also included information on events, including the Film festivals taking place in our communities.  CLBC has also added film festival information on their events page.

Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also took this opportunity to highlight the steps Canada is taking, including the proposed Accessible Canada Act – our first national accessibility law.

So, let us know what’s going on in your community and how you will be celebrating today!  Leave us a comment or send us a photo.

Shopping Shenanigans

With the holiday season nearly upon us, many turn to shopping for presents and checking out what is new in stores.

While this can get stressful, Denise, Dave, Doreen and Samantha took a break from the frenzy to have a spot of fun – check out their video!

Thanks for sharing with us, guys!

Sprout Film Festival Invitation!

Hi all, thanks to our friends at InclusionBC for letting us know about the Sprout Film Festival – the 4th annual film festival celebrating UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Locations include New Westminster, Campbell River, Victoria, Kelowna, and Dawson Creek.  Here is the invitation (mailchi.mp/inclusionbc.org/e-update-sept-2274329?e=a487d6e1d6) and info for Kelowna is here (gallery.mailchimp.com/1b7161e0c15d3775331002a15/files/9722d806-83dd-4911-b036-7ebae0c097b8/CICSproutPosterNov.5.pdf).

Winter is Coming…

photo: notdodger
…and that doesn’t just mean it’s time to watch Game of Thrones on TV!

As we get ready to greet the wilds of winter, check out these winter driving safety tips courtesy of ICBC – and their special guests, Frosty and the Iceman!

Keep warm, dress in layers, wear sturdy footwear and stay safe with these Seven Steps to Cold Weather Safety on the Government of Canada website.

Need some ideas to keep active through the winter?  Check out ideas from the online community!

And, if you happen to build a snow fort, send us a picture!  Welcome, Winter!

What’s your favorite winter sport?  Let us know in the comments?

Great News! Highlights and Halloween

It’s been a fantastic fall at Community Connections – and we thought we’d share some of our favorite highlights from this past month in Community Support to round out all our Community Inclusion month fun!

Roy left everyone full to the brim after feasting on his spectacular bounty of breakfast food – check out the perfect pancakes these guys turned out!

There were a few birthdays, but celebrating Kim’s out to lunch was an extra thrill – everyone managed to keep it a secret that they knew about his birthday until the lunchtime surprise!

With Halloween at the end of the month, everyone’s attention turned to costumes and how to dress up for the occasion – Teri-Kay rocks a royal look, while Jaclynn went all-out as a classic character.

There was also time for getting in a healthy amount of exercise – Graham is almost always smiling, after a kick-butt workout is no exception!

Those who absolutely love walking were treated to wonderful walking weather at the very end of the month!

What a way to spend October!  Looking forward to sharing more costume photos from our Facebook page very soon!  Stay tuned…

Have a favorite picture of your community?  Send it to us with a story about the photo and we will post it on the website!

DABC Community Updates!

Hey everyone, we have heard from our colleagues at Disability Alliance BC that the Province of BC has issued a bulletin that explains the compensation process for former residents of Woodlands – check out more details at their website here or visit the Province’s site here.

It’s also the DABC Community Update that let us know about the Complex Medical Dental (CMD) pilot project funded by the provincial government (in addition to the existing benefits available).  This project is led by the BC Dental Association and creates new opportunities for coverage for people on disability assistance, income assistance, and their families.

Applications to participate in the CMD pilot project must be completed by a person’s dentist – we have included the DABC Community Update and the Information and applications forms below.

18 11 02 DABC Community Update & CMD Application