October is Community Inclusion Month

Selfadvocatenet.com in support of Community Living Month here on this page we would to keep you posted on activities in.

The meaning of Community Living Month is to celebrate the achievements that people with diversities have overcome in inclusion and employment in their life to fullest it is also to promote what disabilities is all about we would like stories photos for this page send them in to bryce.schaufelberger@homesociety.ca


Seonag Macrae CEO, CLBCOn behalf of CLBC, please join me in recognizing the 19th annual Community Living Month in B.C.,

A time to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion of people with diverse abilities in all aspects of our society.

No celebration of this important month would be complete without acknowledging the significant contributions of people with diverse abilities.

They are our community members, friends, work colleagues and neighbours who enrich our lives – and our communities – with their energy, talents and unique abilities.

Inclusion happens through acceptance and understanding, and when all community members take part.

We also recognize and thank the many efforts of individuals, families, service providers, partners, community groups and municipalities who are working to support people with diverse abilities to live “lives filled with possibilities in welcoming communities.”

On October 18, all British Columbians also have a chance to recognize “inclusion champions” when CLBC opens nominations for our annual Widening our World (WOW) award. If you know an employer, support worker, agency, community group or volunteer who is making a difference, please nominate them online or by picking up a form at your local CLBC office.

You can see last year’s nominees and winners here.

Events and celebrations to applaud people’s contributions are being held throughout October in communities across B.C.

You can find many listed on our CLBC events calendar.

I encourage you to join in to events in your area to demonstrate your support for inclusion – and to enjoy the diversity of your community!

Seonag Macrae
Community Living BC




B.C Govt News

British Columbians invited to celebrate Community Living Month

Victoria Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM

In the Province of British Columbia, October is recognized as Community Living Month to celebrate inclusion and to raise awareness of people with developmental disabilities as fully participating members of our society.

This is the 19th year that Community Living Month has been acknowledged by the province. Every October, British Columbians have the opportunity to learn about, join in and honour the outstanding role people with diverse abilities play in making B.C.’s communities vibrant, dynamic places to live and work. It is also a time to recognize the people, businesses and organizations who show their commitment to making B.C.’s communities and businesses more inclusive.

“British Columbia is home to thousands of people with diverse abilities that contribute to making our communities welcoming and vibrant,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Community Living Month provides all British Columbians the chance to celebrate these unique abilities and recognize the organizations and groups throughout the province that dedicate themselves to supporting people with disabilities as contributing, valued members of our society.”

Throughout the month, community activities, events and celebrations will be taking place. Some examples include the 13th-annual inclusion art show on Oct. 3-4, hosted by posAbilities in Vancouver; a chili and pumpkin fest in Campbell River on Oct. 14; and a self-advocate conference in Cranbrook on Oct. 20-21. The month will also be acknowledged in communities throughout B.C. with open houses, employer recognition events and activities focused on youth transition, recreation and employment.

Throughout October, as part of its work to improve quality in service delivery, Community Living BC (CLBC) is hosting workshops in eight communities around the province to better address the needs of adults with multiple complex needs. As well, CLBC will launch a new website with resource tools to empower people to better plan for aging.

“Every day, in ways both big and small, individuals and families, service providers, employers and community partners across B.C. are working to build inclusion for the people CLBC serves,” said Seonag Macrae, CLBC CEO. “Community Living Month is an opportunity to recognize their efforts, to celebrate their achievements and to encourage all British Columbians to continue to look at ways of including people of all abilities in all aspects of our communities.”

In mid-October, CLBC will be asking all British Columbians to nominate someone they know who is taking action to make their community more inclusive for the people CLBC serves through its eighth-annual Widening Our World (WOW) Awards. The WOW Awards recognize outstanding citizens of distinction who are leading the way to create and build inclusion for the people CLBC serves. Nominations for the WOW Awards will be open from Oct. 18 to Nov. 30, 2017.

Quick Facts:

  • Community Living BC (CLBC) was established in 2005 as a Crown agency to provide services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • CLBC supports over 20,000 adults with development disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or autism spectrum disorder throughout B.C.
  • CLBC’s total operating budget for 2017-18 is $953.8 million, an increase of $58 million in provincial funding over 2016-17.
  • CLBC funds supports for the people it serves through community agencies, or provides individuals and families with funding to purchase services directly. Supports can include learning new skills, employment, support to help people connect to their community, residential supports and respite service.

Learn More:

For a full list of Community Living Month events taking place around the province, visit: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/clm2017/

To learn more about the WOW awards, or to nominate someone after Oct. 18, 2017, visit: www.communitylivingbc.ca/wow

Community Living Month Proclamation: http://ow.ly/x0m630fwK31

Community Living BC: www.communitylivingbc.ca

Community living month headlines in newspapers

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Inclusion B.C. Announcement

Happy Community Inclusion Month! Every year in October Inclusion BC joins people from across the province in celebrating inclusion, diversity and the rights and contributions of people with intellectual disabilities. We’re happy you decided to celebrate with us!

Read the news release.

Official Proclamation

This year, for the first time ever, Inclusion BC issued a plain language proclamation that replaced the word “whereas” with “because.” The proclamation was adopted by the City of New Westminster (where our office is located). Read the proclamation here.

The City of New Westminster will also be raising the Disability Pride flag during the month of October to celebrate Community Inclusion Month.

Event Calendar

Communities across BC are celebrating Community Inclusion Month! Check out our community calendar to see what’s happening near you. Do you have an event you’d like to add to the calendar? Let us know!

Everyone belongs in BC schools

The theme for Community Inclusion Month is “Everyone belongs in BC schools.” We’ll be promoting inclusive education throughout October, sharing resources, sparking conversations and advocating for students with special needs and their families. Visit the education section of our website for more information.

Get Social!

Show your support on Facebook
Add the Diversity is Beautiful profile frame on Facebook! Visit https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and search for Inclusion BC.

Visit us on Facebook. We’re at https://www.facebook.com/InclusionBC/

Join the conversation on Twitter
Follow us at @inclusionbc

Visit our YouTube Channel

BIG HOUSE Art Exhibition

In late 1996, when the last residents of Woodlands were preparing their move to community, the BC Self Advocacy Foundation and Inclusion BC initiated a project to record memories and feelings of people who had lived in large institutions.

In 1998 survivors worked with artist Persimmon Blackbridge to create a series of mixed-media pieces as part of a larger exhibition, From the Inside/OUT. Big House, presented by Inclusion BC Foundation, is a selection of these works coinciding with the City of New Westminster’s Canada 150+ programming centered on the theme of “Home”.

The exhibit runs from October 1 through to December 3 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Selected artwork will also be displayed at New Westminster City Hall.

WATCH: Film Festival Trailer Just Released!

In celebration of Community Inclusion Month, the Inclusion BC Foundation has released a trailer giving us a sneak peak at the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival. Check it out!

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