Scholarship Opportunity

This from Erica, one of our Home Share Coordinators Hi everyone, I was just informed about this last week and wanted to pass it on. CLBC has a scholarship program for individuals looking into post secondary education. Deadline for application for this year is Friday March 18th. If approved, funding can be used anywhere from May 2016-April 2017. Here’s the link: Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 5th: COPCS business meeting

From Margaret and COPCS:


The next COPCS business meeting will be on, Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00pm
The meeting will be held at Perkins Restaurant at 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna.
Margaret Milsom
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society (COPCS)

--   Brian Burnham  Director  Community Connections Support Services  275 Rutland Road North  Kelowna, BC  V1X 3B1

Penticton: Upcoming Fire Extinguisher Training April 12 & 13

Please see the note from Margaret at COPCS:

Fire Extinguisher training will be offered to the public on Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th in Penticton. Sessions will run every half hour from 8:30am to 12:00pm on both days. The training will take place at Fire Station 2 at 285 Dawson Avenue, Penticton. The cost to attend is $5.25 and you need to RSVP to Jody at
250-490-2311. During the training you will have an opportunity to learn more about fire safety and practise using fire extinguishers.
Margaret Milsom
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

This Friday! Kootenay Community Council Dinner and Dance

Hi All: please see the note from CLBC about the upcoming (soon) dinner and dance:

The Kootenay Community Council is proud to officially announce their Annual Dinner & Dance!

 When: Friday, March 18th

Where: Rotocrest Hall, 312 19 Ave North, Creston.

 For more information on this event, please see the poster attached—We’d like to make this event the best it’s ever been, so be sure to forward this email to community partners and to the individuals we serve.

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Penticton: April 22 Workshop Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

The Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society invites you to attend the upcoming */‘Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma’/ *workshop, to be held on Friday, April 22^nd in Penticton. *(See Attached Flyer)* For helping professionals, one all too common consequence of compassion fatigue and burnout is that we become emotionally exhausted and trying new things feels profoundly draining and beyond our reach. This workshop will provide*//*participants with*/a safe and reflective space/* for: -Understanding the similarities and differences between Compassion Fatigue (CF), Vicarious Trauma (VT), Burnout (BO) and Moral Distress (MD) -Recognizing signs and symptoms of CF and VT that you and others may be experiencing. -Developing personalized skills and tools for combating CF and VT. -Taking beginning steps toward implementing your *Personalized Self-Care Plan* that includes both inner and outer work for alleviating or preventing CF and VT. -Caring for YOU! Please register early for this recommended workshop. *This Workshop is offered _FREE_ to Home Share Providers funded by CLBC Southern Interior Region including Host Agencies * Thank you! Margaret Milsom – Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society pdf icon Compassion-Fatigue-Penticton.pdf

RDSP workshop register today

Hi all:

Some info on an RDSP workshop coming up.

Hello, Very beneficial for the people we support if you can attend.  Please RSVP to Linda Farr if you plan on going.
Come out to the next Family Forum meeting and learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Start at 6:30 PM

Where:  CLBC Offices at 1060 Manahattan Drive office, Suite #104

Please RSVP to Linda Farr at or by calling 250-712-3610 by 4 PM on Monday, March 14th

About the workshop:

The RDSP helps Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future.

You should consider opening an RDSP if you have a long-term disability and are:

  • Under age 60 (you must apply before the end of the calendar year in which you turn 59);
  • A Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • Eligible for the Disability Tax Credit; and
  • Looking for a long-term savings plan

**To help you save, the Government will pay a matching Canada Disability Savings Grant of up to $3,500 a year on your contributions

**The Government will also pay a Canada Disability Savings Bond of up to $1,000 a year into the RDSPs of low-income and modest-income Canadians

**No contributions are necessary to receive the bond.

**Grants and bonds are paid into the RDSP until the end of the calendar year the beneficiary turns 49 years old

**Money paid out of an RDSP will not affect your eligibility for federal benefits, and will have little or no impact on social assistance payments

This workshop is offered In Partnership with:  the Government of Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada

For more info go to:

Employment and Social Development Canada or

Canada Revenue Agency

Some info on the PWD increase announced recently

Hi All: For those receiving PWD benefits, here is some info from the province on the PWD increases announced recently:

  • The province announced a rate increase for disability assistance in the Budget on February 16, 2016.
  • Please note that the annual subsidized bus pass will continue and there has been no change to the application process. Clients who have the annual pass will receive their renewal package starting in late summer:
  • Beginning September 1, 2016, all clients who have the Persons with Disabilities Designation will receive a monthly rate increase to use as they choose. The options for people receiving disability assistance > are as follows:
    1. If they don’t receive a subsidized annual bus pass or > the Special Transportation Subsidy, then they will receive a $77 > monthly rate increase to spend as they choose.
    2. If they already have a subsidized annual bus pass they have the option of keeping that bus pass and receiving a rate increase of $25 per month beginning in September. They also have the option to turn in their bus pass at any time after September 1 and receive the full $77 increase in the following months.
    3. If they receive the Special Transportation Subsidy (STS) worth $66 per month, they will receive an STS payment of $329 in April  to cover the April to August 2016 time period. Starting in September, they will automatically receive a monthly rate increase of $77, which  includes the STS and an additional $11 a month rate increase. Further information is available at:

pdf icon Factsheet-SDSI-Rate-Increases_Budget-2016.pdf
pdf icon 3747_DisabilityAssistanceRateIncreases_Graphic-FULL.pdf