WEST KELOWNA: CLBC Community Council Home Ownership Presentation

Hey everyone, there is a presentation coming up in April and taking place in West Kelowna regarding home ownership for people living on PWD within the home share model of support.  Check out the information in the attached PDF.  Presenting this discussion will be Doreen Shaw of Nanoose Bay, BC, who is a mother and also a former member of the Board of Directors for InclusionBC and Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living.  Remember to RSVP to Linda at linda.farr@gov.bc.ca

Cool Arts Winter Newsletter & Invitation to Holiday Party

Thanks to CoolArts for passing along their newsletter and a party invitation!
Hello Cool Arts friends, family, and supporters:
Please find the Cool Arts Winter Newsletter and an invitation to our Holiday Party & Art Sale attached.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via return email (info@coolarts.ca) or give me a call in studio.
Hope to see you at the Holiday Party – if we miss you, have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year!
With warmest regards, 
Elana Bizovie

Administrative Assistant
Cool Arts Society
250-899-6381
www.coolarts.ca

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.

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!

It’s picture time – WE Day 2018!

Hey everyone, check out some of our photos from WE Day 2018!  We had such a great time – and we will make sure we share more pictures!

Do you have a photo that you’d like to share on the website?  Email us!  jane@commconn.ca

David busting out the tambourine to join the band (photo: May Zubot, 2018)
Soaking it all in at Birchbank Picnic Grounds – we love this picture, Val! (photo: May Zubot, 2018)

 

Tyler’s all set up! (photo: Samantha Pritchard, 2018)
Talia and Courtney enjoying snacks in the sunshine (photo: Samantha Pritchard, 2018)
Darryl and Amit chatting (photo: Samantha Pritchard, 2018)
Graham enjoying the shade at Mission Creek Pavilion (photo: Samantha Pritchard, 2018)
Beanbag toss! (photo: Samantha Pritchard, 2018)