OKANAGAN: Supported Employment and Marketing Conference – Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Learning opportunity this week in Kelowna – check it out!

Hello Everyone

Please join us February 28th and March 1st, 2018 for our First Supported Employment and Marketing Conference

Our first annual Supported Employment Conference is drawing near and we are getting very excited and hope to generate a little excitement in all of YOU !  So often many of us wish we could attend more conferences but find the cost to travel to the lower mainland  way out of our training budget allowances. Here is an opportunity to attend something local and hopefully very meaningful to the excellent work all of you do here in the Interior.

The committee has updated the conference schedule which is attached as we have a new guest presenting at our event on day two. His name is Ean Price and we are thrilled that he will be participating during the breakfast portion of our day. He will be demonstrating a Lip Sync device that makes it possible for someone with physical limitations to be able to complete many tasks related to employment. Ian Price is also a rep for the North American Society of Tetra and will provide us with a short power point presentation about this great organization that supports the development of unique adaptations for the work place as well recreational and personal pursuits.

We understand that at times it is hard to juggle those staffing schedules to free staff to attend training events hence why we tried to keep the hours on each day short. We hope you will see the value in ensuring you are represented at this wonderful event. We hope to make this an event we can build on and provide more often in the future, but first we need you to assist us in making this a great conference and one you want to return to again someday in the future.

Come for the food, stay for the value in learning and leave with a renewed interest and excitement in the work that you do and or want to do in the future.

Registration is found at the link below:


Cheryl Nicklaus on behalf of the Employment Committee

Quality Service Analyst

Community Living BC

Unit 201-2802-30th Street


V1T 8G7

Cell: 250-540-9311

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CANUCKS TRIP – April 2018!

It’s time for a VANCOUVER TRIP – join the community support team in taking in a Vancouver Canucks hockey game and a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium April 5-6, 2018!  This is sure to be a great trip, so sign up to reserve your spot!  Sign up is first-come, first-served. 

Check out the info on this flyer, or give Joel a call (1-888-491-2907 ext. 104).  We have also put this info on our Facebook page!

Please note: individuals may be eligible for a subsidy through the MSDSI office, take the flyer to the office and ask for assistance to pay for the trip.

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Great News!

Hey everybody, Happy New Year to one and all.

As we head in to a brand new year, it’s a perfect time to think about all the positive things happening in our communities – and here is a great example for a couple of the gentlemen we support!

Howard has a talent for taking amazing pictures, and for Christmas he turned his photos into a photography calendar.

Check out Howard (right) showcasing his work.

Way to go Howard!

Landon has great sewing skills, and he has been putting them to use making coin purses, pouches, and bags for gifts and for sale.

Check out Landon’s handiwork (below).

Awesome job Landon!

Special thanks to Landon, Howard, and Reasha for sharing this Great News with all of us.

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FREE Online Course! – Communication Assistants

FREE online course – see below!

Hi Everyone,

I just found out about this free online course that is being offered to train Communication Assistants. This is a great opportunity!

This is for anyone who assists a person with a speech and language disability when communicating in the community.


The course is particularly useful for personal support workers, attendants, communication disorder assistants, direct service professionals, family members,
disability advocates, and students in a disability area.

Register at this link:  http://www.cdacanada.com/assistants/

Anyone can take this course. It starts in January. Registration closes January 8, 2018.


Tara Commandeur, M.Sc.(A), RSLP (C)

CAYA- Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults

Penticton Office, Interior Health Authority


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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Community Connections, thank you so much for a wonderful year – we are looking forward to a 2018 full of great things!

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

photo by: Muffet

RESOURCE: Books on Tape/Audio or Braille

Hi everyone, thanks to COPCS for passing around the info below – super that this is available!

NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.  

Please see link below to apply for service:

DABC Help Sheets Translated into 5 Languages

More great information from the DABC has been made more accessible to more people!

Dear Community Partner,

We have had two of our Help Sheets translated into five languages. The Help Sheets are:

 –  Help Sheet #14: Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Disability Tax Credit
Help Sheet #16: Guide to Filing Income Taxes for People Receiving PWD/PPMB

For more information, please see the attached Community Update.

Best regards,

Val Stapleton, Membership Outreach Coordinator
Jane Dyson, Executive Director

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