Winter is Coming…

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…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?

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

VERNON: FREE Workshop – Nov. 7

Hey everyone, there is a free workshop in Vernon next week – take a look!

Hi all, Please see attached for details on a free workshop for families and caregivers.  It will be hosted by Clinical counselor, Kristin Edstrom @ People Place in Vernon.

Sue Betschart,
Behavior Support Consultant
Kindale Developmental Association
Box 94, Armstrong, BC V0E1B0
office 250.803.0277  fax 250.803.0237
cell 250.540.9956
sue_betschart@kindale.net
www.kindale.net

Thanks to COPCS for circulating the info about this opportunity.

Calling all Story Tellers…

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Calling all story tellers – CLBC is looking for SELF ADVOCATE STORIES for the next edition of CLBC MAGAZINE!  Authors will be paid $100 for their story and photo to appear in the magazine.  Check it out:

The CLBC Editorial Board is looking for stories from self-advocates for the upcoming winter 2018 edition of the Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine. The theme for next edition is “Empowering People with Diverse Abilities- stories of Inclusion and Equality.” The Editorial Board is aiming to publish the magazine at the same time as International Day for Persons with a Disability on December 3. They want to recognize this important day and celebrate the contributions and successes of those with diverse abilities.

They are looking for 250 word stories that show examples of inclusion and equality in people’s lives. Stories could be about a part of someone’s life, like employment or friendship or community connection, and how this has created inclusion and equality. Story submissions will be accepted until November 14 and selected authors will be paid $100 for their story and photo to be published in the CLBC Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine. (Preference will be given to authors who have NOT yet been published in Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine.)

Please share this with any self advocates you know who may be interested in submitting their story. Interested authors can email their submission, with photos, to CLBC’s Self Advocate Advisor at Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.

What a perfect way to continue on with October’s Community Inclusion Month celebrations!

Know someone who would like to tell their story?  Please pass this info along!

A Spooky Infusion for Community Inclusion

It’s getting spooky around Kelowna today as things kick into high gear for the Halloween Social – check out Amit’s Update for this week’s info!

We welcomed a few new faces today – this is Casper, and he is friendly.

And this is Casper’s cousin, Fred.

Is being friendly a family trait?  TBD.  Swing by for the social to meet Fred and find out!

Don’t forget to visit the batcave to add your dream onto our dream board before Halloween – it’s filling up fast!

Have you picked your costume?  Let us know in the comments!

Great News! Comic book author pens “Fire Engine Red”

Most of us have dreams about what we want to be when we grow up.  This is a piece of Great News! about someone we know who is making their dream a reality!

You can check out two feature articles (see below) that were recently published by Castanet and Okanagan Edge about George Michail, who is a local Community Living BC employee who works with adults who have developmental disabilities.

In addition to his work supporting people with disabilities, George is also the author of Fire Engine Red.

Fire Engine Red is a comic book series about a female firefighter – and wow! does this story ever sound neat!  George says the story is “inspired by 80s and 90s action movies” (think Die Hard) but that it’s also “more than just mindless action.”

And the best part?  George is only $800 away from his goal of raising $5,000 through Kickstarter to publish the first issue!

Way to go, George.  We can’t wait to read about Red’s adventures.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/239016/Kelowna-author-lives-dream#.W8Xt9j0EQ-4.email

https://okanaganedge.net/2018/10/12/comic-support-surging/

Inclusion Chain Proclamation Event- Postponed

Hi everyone, please see the message below from Charisse (Pathways) – the Kelowna Inclusion Chain and Proclamation will be rescheduled.  Stay tuned!

Hi,

Though we’ve never done it before, due to the unprecedented forecast for tomorrow of heavy rain, lightning an unseasonably cold temperatures, we’ve made the decision to postpone the Inclusion Chain/ Proclamation event which was scheduled to occur at Kelowna City Hall, October 2, 2018 at 10:00 am.   We hope to reschedule for later this month.

As you know, the Inclusion Chain/Proclamation event is a critical one for Pathways and our new partner, Community Connections and our community as a whole. We hate to interfere with it now that it’s become a 5 year tradition, at the same time we do not expect nor want people to come out in terrible weather conditions. If you have passed the information on please also forward this email.

Thank you for your understanding and support and stay tuned for the new date!

Charisse Daley
Pathways Abilities Society

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