SPOTLIGHT: NEW CLBC WEBSITE

CLBC has just launched their new website!  Check it out, and let them know what you think.

Community Living BC (CLBC) has launched a new website at www.communitylivingbc.ca. It aims to make it easier for individuals and families to find answers. Visit the site, and let us know what you think by sending an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

The new website, which can be read from your mobile phone and tablet, is organized around three questions: “Who does CLBC support?”, “What support is available?” and “How do I get support?” It includes sections like “How do I get started” and “Meet a CLBC facilitator” and each top level page has a “What this page says” plain language summary.

The website has more information about how to get support, including the welcome and planning steps, options for connecting to community and CLBC services, and how CLBC works.

You can expect to find:

  • simplified navigation
  • an interactive office locator map
  • accessibility tools
  • an upgraded News & Stories section

You can learn more about how individuals and families helped to build this site here.


Questions


Email CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions about the site, need help finding information, or see a problem. Thank you.

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SPOTLIGHT: WE Day Focus Groups!

You’re invited to our WE Day Focus Group!

Community Connections is committed to using feedback from our stakeholders – that means YOU! – to make our programs and services better.  We want to give you more opportunities to tell us what works, what doesn’t, and what you’d like to see happen next.

Our WE Day Focus Groups are open to all – anyone attending WE Day can stop by our Focus Group.  See Jane at Birchbank Station Picnic Grounds, or see the Community Support team at Mission Creek Pavilion.

We would love to hear from you:

  • 3 things we do well
  • 3 things we could do better
  • 3 things you’d like to do (or learn!)

There will be a prize draw for all Focus Group participants to enter!  If you’re heading to the Kelowna WE Day, check out more information here.  If you’re heading to the West Kootenays WE Day, check out more information here.

Can’t make it to WE Day?  Send us your feedback any time: jane@commconn.ca 

 

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You’re Invited – CCSS Community BBQ!

It is that time of year again – Community Connections is hosting its annual Community BBQ in Cranbrook (July 5) and Creston (July 4), check out these posters for info!  We will be having our BBQ and also offering information about Home Share.  Come out and enjoy the weather, meet our Home Share Coordinators, connect with the program Service Coordinator (Ken) and have a great time.  We hope to see you there!

SPOTLIGHT: SURVEYS!

Hey everyone, we are getting close to wrapping up our annual Satisfaction Surveys – so today’s SPOTLIGHT is about feedback surveys!

We send these surveys to you – the people we support, home share providers, stakeholders like parents, family and community members, and our employees – because we really want to know what you think about how we are doing.  We want to know how we are doing, and we want to know how we can do better!

When you fill out a survey, you’re giving us the tools we need to do better for YOU.  And that’s what we want!

THANK YOU for being part of our improvement efforts!  We couldn’t do it without you.

Don’t forget to check out our WE HEARD YOU page – new this year!  We are looking forward to keeping you “in the know” about our next steps…

Have feedback, but it isn’t survey time?  No problem!  Get in touch with us anytime you want to tell us what you think.  Comments welcome – post and we will get back to you!

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SPOTLIGHT: Sun Safety!

Hey everybody, the weather’s getting hot.

So, in this SPOTLIGHT, we are focusing on Sun Safety!

Sun Safety is all about getting outside and staying busy in nice weather, but also making sure that we take care of our health and avoid the risks of being in the sun.  There are some really great tips on sun safety here (at the Government of Canada website).

And, to keep things fun, the Minions team up Olympic Gold Medallist Stephanie Rice in this fun video with sun safety tips.  Check it out!

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SPOTLIGHT: BC Ombudsperson Investigation – MSDPR to reimburse funds to income assistance recipients

Hey everyone, there is some big news brewing around reassessment of income assistance to individuals who work – check out this article.

http://bcombudsperson.ca/sites/default/files/Working%20Within%20the%20Rules%20final%20NR.pdf

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SPOTLIGHT: Farmers Market Program Funding Increase!

Hey everyone, here is some great news coming from our colleagues at Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) – thanks for passing along!  Check it out:

Funding increase for low income residents and expectant mothers to access weekly coupons in fresh fruits, veggies and eggs at local farmers markets

Media release here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-expands-farmers-market-program-for-low-income-residents-and-expectant-mothers-1.4651038

Participating farmers markets: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Nutrition_Coupon_Program_Backgrounder.pdf

Program description here: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/coupon-program/about-program

Application: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/coupon-program/get-involved

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SPOTLIGHT – Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

With the weather heating up and wildfire season around the corner, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has sent around an email for Emergency Preparedness Week.  This is taking place May 6 – 12, feel free to pass along the information below!

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations: Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

When an emergency strikes, you and your family may only be given a moment’s notice to stay safe.

May 6 to 12 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada and with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre already up and running on behalf of local governments to support localized incidents, it’s a reminder that there is no better reason to prepare your family to respond to any emergency than now.

“Concerted efforts across the region have been made since March to place protective measures to mitigate the risk of flooding. We learned a lot last year, and don’t want a repeat of the damage that was done to our beautiful region,” says Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Chair Gail Given. “Residents can do their part by ensuring they prepare themselves, their families and properties for potential emergencies. Together, we can all protect our communities.”

The six Central Okanagan governments, with support from provincial agencies, have been closely monitoring creek, stream and lake levels and have placed temporary and permanent measures to protect public infrastructure: brush and debris removal from creeks, placement of bladder dams and sandbags, building up berms and raising some pedestrian pathways. Also, 15 self-serve sand and sandbag locations have been made available across the region for residents who are in vulnerable areas or who have previously experienced freshet flooding. For locations visit www.cordemergency.ca/map.

The Province has lowered Okanagan Lake levels. Properties along Okanagan Lake are currently not at risk of flooding and the lake is not anticipated to be a concern at this time.

To help residents get prepared, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations program’s website, www.cordemergency.ca, lists a number of tips and links to useful resources. Visit the Be Prepared page to help you and your family develop emergency plans and ‘Grab and Go’ kits. While on the website, subscribe to receive email notices to have the most up to date information in the event of an active emergency in the Central Okanagan delivered to your inbox.

“We want residents to know that whether it’s a potential flood or wildfire or other emergency, those who prepare their families in advance, by knowing the risks, making a plan and getting a kit, aren’t left scrambling when an evacuation order is issued,” emphasizes Chair Given.

Consider what you’ll do in any emergency. Review your family emergency plan and think about how your family will communicate with each other if you are in different locations or are separated.

Join the conversation: follow, like comment and share with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency) and connect with us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg).

A selection of emergency preparedness pamphlets is also available at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road in Kelowna) and the main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way).

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