Monthly Archives: July 2014

Looking for labour: BC People First wants change to TFW program

By staff1 on July 30, 2014 Photo Credit Jill Earl David Johnston of People First, addresses Dawson Creek ccouncil about accessibility in the city.   DAWSON CREEK – Although the Temporary Foreign Workers Program recently underwent several changes, local resident David Johnston hopes one more change will be added to the list. Johnston, self-advocate and […]

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2014 InclusionBC Conference Recap: Tides Of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All

Tara Kimberley Torme is a self-advocate who has been diagnosed with Asberger’s Syndrome. She recently attended the InclusionBC conference in Nanaimo, and here she shares her experience of the four-day event. If you would like to read her more detailed recap of the conference, please click here: 2014 InclusionBC Conference Recap     At the 2014 […]

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Spread the Word to End the Word

Brandi and Braedyn Morrison-Stovman

Brandi Morrison-Stovman should not have to explain to her son Braedyn what a “retard” is. But the 12-year old who has Down Syndrome asked her this painful question. A recent experience while camping caused Stovman to speak out about acceptance and kindness. “He loves to camp. We go to the beach a lot,” she said.  ”We […]

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Woodlands victims wait years for decision on compensation

Process expected to take up to two years is taking much longer, applicants say By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun July 28, 2014 Ruth Staroszik, who was housed at Woodlands between 1970 and 1977, was one of the first to file a claim in 2010, but has received no word on compensation from the government. Many […]

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How Health Care Providers Can Respond Better to People with Diversabilities

Consensus guidelines for primary health care of adults with developmental disabilities

Too frequently, in the health care field, adults with developmental disabilities are unnoticed, uncomplaining, and unheard; neglect and abuse are commonplace. Paramedics, nurses, firemen, search and rescue personnel, trauma doctors, and family physicians all have a responsibility to help make developmentally disabled patients’ lives better by first acknowledging people with developmental disabilities as people and […]

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Local business recognized for diversity in workplace

Max’s Place was recently recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace. The recognition comes from the Cranbrook Society for Community Living (CSCL). Pictured, Left to right, back row: Graham Barnes, Max’s Place owner; Melanie Fiorentino, CSCL; Brendan Arnett, CSCL; Rebekah Quennell, CSCL; John White, CSCL; David Ham, Max’s Place employee. Front row, left to right: […]

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My Experience as a Self Advocate with People First Chapter 16 of Dawson Creek, BC

Margaret Hunder

My name is Margaret Hunder. I was born in Pouce Coupe, BC, in 1955.  I moved to Dawson Creek when I was 6 years old.  I come from a line of strong advocates.  I had two parents who made sure I went to regular school and had every opportunity to learn like all the other […]

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Sun Safety Tips

 It’s natural to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities! The Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) encourages you to be safe by following these sun-safety tips year-round to help prevent serious skin damage—and possibly skin cancer—later! Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Wear clothing that’s dark and tightly woven. Wear […]

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Ian Mulgrew: Victims of Woodlands School stiffed by archaic law

Those who died before their claims could be determined have been disqualified from payment By Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun columnist July 24, 2014 Workers demolish the last section of Woodlands school in New Westminster, B.C. Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG   The provincial government has hidden behind B.C.’s archaic wrongful […]

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Abbotsford’s Canada Day Beach Party

Abbotsford Canada Day Party

by Jeff Stackhouse   Every Canada Day Abbotsford chooses a Canada Day theme. This year it was “Beach Party”. The music, fireworks, and parade were harmonized with the beach party theme. At a scorching 32 degrees, what better theme could there be as everyone I know wished to be at the beach. This way, the […]

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