Self Advocates for a Brighter Future – SABF



Self Advocates for a Brighter Future


Self Advocates for a Brighter Future (commonly known as “SABF”) was started June 6, 2007, by self-advocates and support persons of BeConnected Support Services and Kardel Consulting.  SABF is an open group, which means anybody is able to join. In early 2015 SABF opened up a new chapter in Duncan serving self-advocates in the Cowichan Valley.

SABF meets once monthly, more frequently when we are working on a project; and has a “Leadership Panel” group that meets separately.


What type of projects do we work on?SABF has undertaken a number of projects over the years including:

–   Having a lead part in the making (writing/scripting, acting, filming, producing, and editing) “Values and Principles of Community Living,” which many BC agencies use for training purposes with their staff and contractors. Check out the video here!

–   Organizing a large community conference for self-advocates (2010, 2013, 2016, & 2019) called “My Community”. My Community 5 will be held in 2022.

– Hosting book launches and cd release parties:  for Barb Goode’s book in 2011, Sheenagh Morrison’s book in 2014, and Peter Bourne’s cd in 2014.

SANGO2 –   With the help from community leaders, we created a game, SANGO, for self-advocates and other audiences. Two SABF self-advocate leaders played it with CLBC’s Board of Directors; we have played it at conferences, with our own and other self-advocacy groups, and with the South Island Community Council.

–   Organizing, setting up, and running the refreshment stand at Victoria’s ONE DAY annual event in September. For the most current information about the One Day event please visit their Facebook page.

–   Co-hosting an event each year in celebration of the UN’s International Day for People with Disabilities (Diversabilities) on December 3rd. In December 2018 we will be partnering with other agencies to host a Self Advocacy Film Festival at the University of Victoria for the third year! Find out more information here!

–   Hosting a number of special speakers, including UVic researchers, self-advocate leaders from around the province, and other community leaders.  Prior to each provincial election, we have hosted an all-candidates meeting with local politicians.

–   Most of all – we have fun and learn together.

SABF Meeting Information

SABF meets on the second Tuesday of the month September through June.

The following is a collection of posters from our most recent SABF meetings.

May 2021 – via Zoom
April 2021 – via Zoom
March 2021 – via Zoom
February 2021 – via Zoom
January 2021 – via Zoom
December 2020 – via Zoom
November 2020 – via Zoom
October 2020 – via Zoom
June 2020 – via Zoom
May 2020 *Cancelled due to COVID-19

SABF Cowichan Valley

SABF CV Blue In March 2015, SABF opened up a new chapter in Duncan serving individuals in the Cowichan Valley! Just like in Victoria, the Cowichan Valley group meets monthly to learn about self-advocacy and have fun together! We try to end each meeting with an interactive game or activity. For more information contact Karla at or (250) 748-3858.


For the most up-to-date information about SABF,

please visit us on Facebook

Events of the Group
Looking forward to tomorrow’s SABF meeting! Remember to bring your WINGO playing card and be ready to share your update with the group🦋🦋🦋
We are playing WINGO – Spring WELLNESS BINGO – at SABF, and YOU are invited to join us! Details:
• Prizes will be awarded for participation. There will be prizes awarded for:
o 1 complete line by SABF’s May meeting;
o 2 complete lines by SABF’s June meeting;
o BONUS Prize for completing the full card by SABF’s June meeting.
• To be considered complete, you must fill in the second WINGO card “Blank” provided, with date and location/activity that was completed, and share the information with the group during our meeting.
• Participants are encouraged to be creative and have fun with WINGO!
• We would love to see photos!
• ***Anyone can play WINGO but prizes for participation will only be awarded to members of Self Advocates for a Brighter Future🦋🦋🦋



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