Monthly Archives: September 2014

Employment Success Story: Dara at the Dawson Co-op

by Dara Watson   My name is Dara Watson and I live in Dawson Creek, BC. Employment is an important part of my life because it gets me known in the community. Being part of the community and the workforce has helped towards being treated like a equal and having people look past my disability. […]

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A dream job for Jennifer

Thanks to the help she received from Community Futures, Jennifer is now working at a job that she loves at Vernon Teach & Learn. posted Sep 24, 2014 at 1:00 AM Jennifer’s face lights up with a beautiful grin when I walk through the doors at Vernon Teach and Learn. She stops working for a […]

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MLA McRae addresses disability hiring

Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, centre, proclaims Disability Employment Month Friday at the Lewis Centre. At left is Ingrid Tanasichuk, executive director of Vancouver Island Vocational & Rehabilitation Services, and Bruce Brautigan of Creative Employment Access Society.   by  Scott Stanfield – Comox Valley Record posted Sep 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM For the first […]

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Tim Hortons model the tip of the iceberg for hiring people with disabilities

With the launch of Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will train companies how to hire disabled employees, we look at the worker who inspired the movement Clint Sparling is a longtime employyee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough By: Barbara Turnbull Living reporter, Published on Tue Sep 16 2014 Clint Sparling loves his […]

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My Experience as a Self Advocate

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall is a self-advocate who used to work with Community Living BC while she lived in the Lower Mainland, but has since moved to Ontario. Here she shares her experience as a self advocate living in Canada.   I used to be a self advocacy person who spoke on behalf of people with different types […]

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Review: The Fourth Annual Mission Fest 2014

by Jeff Stackhouse   Mission Fest is a free outdoor celebration of community inclusion spanning 3 blocks of Mission’s historic First Avenue. This celebration transforms First Avenue into a family friendly party where there is something for everyone to appreciate, including martial arts demonstrations, a farmer’s market, great food, a petting zoo and pony rides. […]

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What is the Disability Savings Plan and How Can It Help Me?

Registered Disability Savings Plan

by Krystian Shaw   I am pleased to tell you about the registered disability savings plan [RDSP] and how families can save for the future.   Who is eligible? If you have a long term disability under the age of 60, are a Canadian resident with a social insurance number, are eligible for the disability tax […]

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Getting Around the Roadblocks to Employment

Tim Horton's employees

by Shelley DeCoste   The road to employment for people with diverse abilities is very bumpy. In some cases the road is very short, sometimes the road has a very long detour and sometimes it simply ends abruptly. Finding the right supports for employment can go a long way to smoothing out this employment road. […]

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Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter – September 2014

Krystian at Kamloops Wildlife Park

The Kamloops Self-Advocate is a newsletter for people with diverse abilities published by Krystian Shaw.   The September 2014 edition of The Kamloops Self-Advocate is all about self-advocacy, the new Kamloops Self Advocate website, and the 1st anniversary of the newsletter.   Click here to read the newsletter: KSA Newsletter – September 2014   If you would like […]

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BCPF Hopes to Present In Classrooms Across the Province

David Johnston presenting

by David Johnston   People First is an organization that was formed because some people in our communities felt they were not considered as people first. They felt that they were talked about, talked to, thought about, and treated according the disabilities that others labeled them with. This fall (after the teacher’s strike) members of BC People First […]

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