KELOWNA: Meet Leanne Dospital, New Advocate for Service Quality

There is an exciting opportunity to meet the new Advocate for Service Quality in Kelowna tomorrow, June 9th.  See details below, and attached introduction from the ASQ.

The Advocate for Service Quality Review and Recommendations report can be accessed here:


new Advocate for Service Quality, Leanne Dospital, will be in Kelowna and invites adults and transitioning youth with developmental disabilities, families, stakeholders, and service providers to a meet-and-greet. Leanne Dospital “want[s] to hear firsthand about how to better support adults with developmental disabilities and their families” in our area. …… Introduction letter attached.

June 9th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
1345 St. Paul Street (Public Guardian and Trustee office)





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Follow up: Building Networks with and for Each Other Presentation – June 2, 2016

Hi all, check out the fantastic turnout and great news following up from Nancy Ward’s June 2nd presentation “Building Networks with and for Each Other” in Kelowna!


I wanted to share with you a few pictures of last Thursday’s presentation for people with diversabilities.  The speaker, Nancy Ward from Oklahoma City, did a fantastic talk from the heart!!  Nancy educated 58 participants on improving their self advocacy skills and the importance of believing in yourself.  The attendance was overwhelming and the feedback from participants was sincere and positive.  I understand that some of the self advocates met with Nancy Ward after the presentation as well.  Since the presentation, self advocates have arranged for another meeting on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to be held at Pathways (123 Franklyn Road).   Hopefully, they can continue to grow in numbers and support each other in areas of concern.  Nancy Ward will follow up with the group in one year to see how they have advanced.  Please support home shares in your charge to attend and assist them with transportation if needed.  If you have any questions regarding the June 18th self advocate meeting please contact Shelley DeCoste at 250-712-1179.
Finally, helping facilitate this event was a highlight in my career of working with people with diversabilities and I thank you for your support in promoting this event! 
Margaret Milsom
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

Be Sun Safe!

As the sun comes out and the temperatures climb, remember to be Sun Safe!

  • Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat made from breathable fabric. When you buy sunglasses, make sure they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Limit your time in the sun. Keep out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. When your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is very strong. Look for places with lots of shade, like a park with big trees, partial roofs, awnings, umbrellas or gazebo tents. Always take an umbrella to the beach.
  • Use the UV Index forecast. Tune into local radio and TV stations or check online for the UV index forecast in your area. When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Use sunscreen. Put sunscreen on when the UV index is 3 or more.
  • Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty. If sunny days are also hot and humid, stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat illness. Dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body) is dangerous, and thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
  • Avoid using tanning beds. If you do use them, understand the risks and learn how to protect yourself.

For more information on staying safe in the summer months, check out sun safety basics here, view a video on sun safety here,  and read about first aid for sunburn and sun illness here.

NELSON – Night Steps 2016

Hello again everyone, there is a great event taking place in Nelson on Saturday, June 11th.  See information below, and at this link:

2016 Night Steps Nelson, BC

Join us on Saturday, June 11th and help us change the lives of those who are blind and partially sighted right here in our community. This exciting, family friendly 5 km walk under the stars raises funds to support CNIB’s vital services that help people who are blind or partially sighted to lead rich, independent lives.

Taking part is easy. Register as a team or an individual and we’ll give you all the tools you need to make fundraising simple and FUN! If walking isn’t for you, join us as a volunteer or make a donation to a team or walker in your community.

After the 5 km walk, there will be an evening celebration with music, fun, family and friends. Join us now by clicking the registration button above. 

Event Details:

  • City: Nelson

  • Location: Rotary Park

  • Event Date: June,11, 2016

  • Time: Registration & BBQ at 6:30, walk to follow 

  • Contact: 1-844-810-5408 or

If you would prefer to register by mail, download your registration form here.Ready to get started collecting donations? Download your donation form here

Check out our great video from our Abbotsford event for a sneak peak at this awesome event.

For more information, please email

You can also download our offline registration form and our offline donation form.

KELOWNA: New Service at MHSU

Hello everyone!  There is a new service at Kelowna Mental Health and Substance Use called Walk-In Counselling.  It is available (free) on Mon-Wed-Fri 9:00 AM-11:30 AM, and Tue-Thu 1 PM-3 PM. 

Also, MHSU’s Access program (formerly called Intake) is available Mon-Fri from 9 AM-12 PM.  See information below, and attached sheets.

Walk-In Counselling:

Allows people to come in that day and receive counselling.   They can also return to that service anytime they feel necessary.  Clients end up becoming attached to a service and not necessarily one clinician.  This is not taking the place of other services, but creating a continuum of counselling services.  The approach is strengths based and looks to help clients focus on successes and empowering them to focus strategically on one main issue that day, just like you might do with a doctor at a walk in clinic.  One of the misunderstandings of this service is that clients “only get one session.“   It’s more of an approach of “one session at a time” in this particular service.   Clients are welcome to return as much as they want or ask for traditional counselling services.

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Reminder: Presentation for People with Diversabilities – Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hello everyone, the free presentation by Nancy Ward from Oklahoma City for individuals is being held this Thursday (June 2) – those interested can contact Margaret Milsom to attend.  See her note below!

     Just a reminder about the free presentation for people with diversabilities being held this Thursday, June 2nd from 12:00 – 3:00. (ATTACHED)  The topic is “Building Networks with and for Each Other”.  This presentation will give opportunity for the people we support to network with each other and improve their self advocacy skills, which in turn improves their quality of life. 
     It would be appreciated if you could inform people with diversabilities you support about this presentation on June 2nd, by Nancy Ward from Oklahoma City.  Nancy is a remarkable presenter who will share her story and help expand the knowledge and importance of self advocacy.  It will also be a time for people from two countries, with a common purpose to get together and network, which is a positive thing.
     Please let me know by Wednesday, June 1st who would like to register.  Support workers may attend with people they support. 
Margaret Milsom
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

Kelowna: Community for All Ages Stakeholder Workshop – May 31st

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Community for All Ages Stakeholder Workshop

The City of Kelowna and Interior Health have partnered to develop a Healthy City Strategy, a long-term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health, and quality of life for all Kelowna residents. 


Community planners and public health practitioners are working together with a focus on the first of six theme areas: A Community For All Ages.  This project is focussing on seniors, children and those with diverse abilities to work towards the vision of “a city that is healthy, safe, active & inclusive for seniors, children and those with diverse abilities”. 


As a stakeholder that represents one of more of these groups (seniors, children or diverse abilities), the City and Interior Health invite one representative from your organization to participate in the upcoming stakeholder workshop:


Date:  Tuesday, May 31st  

Time:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Place: Kelowna Yacht Club

 (1414 Water Street)


Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 25th to

Planning and building healthy neighbourhoods, with adequate service and resource provision, can directly improve Kelowna residents’ physical and social health.


Please note:  If more than one representative would like to participate, please let me know and we can put an additional person on the waitlist.  Once we know the number of people wanting to participate, we will let you know if there is room for additional participants.


At this workshop we will discuss ideas around health, neighbourhoods, activities and daily life.  The outcomes of this workshop will be integrated with public consultation feedback to inform the creation of the Community for All Ages Plan.  The Community for All Ages Plan will identify areas to adapt policies, plans, and programs to respond to the evolving needs of our community. Actions for healthier seniors will provide co-benefits to children and residents with diverse abilities, enabling them to be active and engaged within our community.


For details on the public engagement and more details on this project, please see the Fact Sheet or visit (click on Healthy City Strategy).


Background information:

*         Kelowna’s senior population is growing and will increase from the current rate of 20% to 24% by 2040.

*         1 in 3 people in B.C. are living with one or more diagnosed chronic diseases, which consumes approximately 80% of the provincial health care budget.

*         50% of adults and 91% of children and youth do not get the recommended levels of physical activity.

*         At 26%, Canada’s childhood obesity rates are among the highest in the world – almost doubling in the last 25 years.


Hope you are able to participate at the workshop! 


Thank you,


Michelle Kam
Sustainability Coordinator

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