Dear COPCS Member(s),


Just a reminder that the first COPCS Free Family BBQ for Penticton and area members is this coming Saturday.  (Invitation Attached)


Please call or email Colleen Anderson at 250-498-4110 or by Wednesday with how many in your family can attend. Look forward to seeing you in OK Falls on the 25th!

For those of you who have already confirmed please disregard this email.



Margaret Milsom

Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

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NELSON: Fishing at Cottonwood Lake

Hi everyone, check out the event info (below) provided by Vivienne for your information (thanks Viv!).

It’s “FISHING FOREVER” time again

July 19th, 2016

Cottonwood Lake, Nelson, BC

Fishing Forever and Family Fishing Weekend
The Fishing Forever Weekend is a yearly family event that The Nelson Rod And Gun Club, in association with BCWF, has continued since 2004 and has grown 50% annually. It creates an opportunity for disabled, seniors and families to enjoy a day of fishing in the beautiful setting of Cottonwood Lake.

SHARE YOUR VOICE: Community Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14

Interested individuals can share their voice and their story today through this opportunity with inclusionBC, to ensure Bill C-14 protects vulnerable Canadians.  Check out the details below!

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Share Your Voice: Community Forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14 Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Join us in this national conversation to ensure Bill C-14 protects vulnerable Canadians. Bill C-14 will soon become law. This is our opportunity to tell parliamentarians why our lives are worth living and why the law must protect people from being pressured to use the system to die.

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TRAIL: CCSS WE DAY Picnic July 17th

Hi all!

Join in the fun July 17th at the Birchbank Station Picnic Ground near Trail as CCSS celebrates WE DAY – Burger, Hotdogs, coffee, tea, punch provided.  Feel free to bring a dish to share – salad? chips? dessert? etc?

Live music provided – feel free to bring an instrument, your voice, your dancing shoes, etc.

Do you have a hobby you would like to share?  Feel free to bring your –  artwork?  photography?  homemade crafts? etc?

Most important of all, bring yourselves, your support worker, Home Share Provider,  your friends and family…everyone welcome.

Looking forward to seeing many of you!

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KELOWNA: Meet Leanne Dospital, New Advocate for Service Quality

There is an exciting opportunity to meet the new Advocate for Service Quality in Kelowna tomorrow, June 9th.  See details below, and attached introduction from the ASQ.

The Advocate for Service Quality Review and Recommendations report can be accessed here:


new Advocate for Service Quality, Leanne Dospital, will be in Kelowna and invites adults and transitioning youth with developmental disabilities, families, stakeholders, and service providers to a meet-and-greet. Leanne Dospital “want[s] to hear firsthand about how to better support adults with developmental disabilities and their families” in our area. …… Introduction letter attached.

June 9th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
1345 St. Paul Street (Public Guardian and Trustee office)





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Follow up: Building Networks with and for Each Other Presentation – June 2, 2016

Hi all, check out the fantastic turnout and great news following up from Nancy Ward’s June 2nd presentation “Building Networks with and for Each Other” in Kelowna!


I wanted to share with you a few pictures of last Thursday’s presentation for people with diversabilities.  The speaker, Nancy Ward from Oklahoma City, did a fantastic talk from the heart!!  Nancy educated 58 participants on improving their self advocacy skills and the importance of believing in yourself.  The attendance was overwhelming and the feedback from participants was sincere and positive.  I understand that some of the self advocates met with Nancy Ward after the presentation as well.  Since the presentation, self advocates have arranged for another meeting on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to be held at Pathways (123 Franklyn Road).   Hopefully, they can continue to grow in numbers and support each other in areas of concern.  Nancy Ward will follow up with the group in one year to see how they have advanced.  Please support home shares in your charge to attend and assist them with transportation if needed.  If you have any questions regarding the June 18th self advocate meeting please contact Shelley DeCoste at 250-712-1179.
Finally, helping facilitate this event was a highlight in my career of working with people with diversabilities and I thank you for your support in promoting this event! 
Margaret Milsom
Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society

Be Sun Safe!

As the sun comes out and the temperatures climb, remember to be Sun Safe!

  • Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat made from breathable fabric. When you buy sunglasses, make sure they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Limit your time in the sun. Keep out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. When your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is very strong. Look for places with lots of shade, like a park with big trees, partial roofs, awnings, umbrellas or gazebo tents. Always take an umbrella to the beach.
  • Use the UV Index forecast. Tune into local radio and TV stations or check online for the UV index forecast in your area. When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Use sunscreen. Put sunscreen on when the UV index is 3 or more.
  • Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty. If sunny days are also hot and humid, stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat illness. Dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body) is dangerous, and thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
  • Avoid using tanning beds. If you do use them, understand the risks and learn how to protect yourself.

For more information on staying safe in the summer months, check out sun safety basics here, view a video on sun safety here,  and read about first aid for sunburn and sun illness here.