Google has released a series of five short videos with tips for online safety – we have added these videos to our Materials and Education resources page.  Click here to check out these and other resources on our page, or you can find them here on YouTube.

The Google Safety Centre is also a great resource for learning how to be safe online – click here to check it out.

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KELOWNA: Family Conference at UBCO – Oct. 27th-29th

UBC Okanagan will be hosting a two-day conference on October 28th and 29th – join in to learn about different ways individuals and families are directing their own supports and
services by pooling their resources into family-governed and user-led supports.

Also, you can check out a free presentation by Janet Klees:

October 27, 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Room Arts 103, Arts Building, 1147 Research Road, UBC-Okanagan Campus, Kelowna

Janet is the author of We Come Bearing Gifts: The Story of Deohaeko Support Network, which documents the journey of a family-governed group in Ontario.

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KELOWNA: Annual Fire Extinguisher Inspections

Hi everyone, here is some helpful info on completing required annual fire extinguisher inspections.


For those of you who use Canada Safety Equipment Ltd. on St. Paul Street in Kelowna for your annual extinguisher inspection, I wanted to let you know that they will be moving in May or June to 105-171 Commercial Drive in Kelowna.

A reminder that fire extinguishers that are new and up to 6 years can be checked annually for a cost of $10 at this establishment.

Thanks, Margaret Milsom

KELOWNA: 3 FREE Seminars on grief and compassion

Please see the following/attached info regarding upcoming free workshops offered in Kelowna regarding compassion, bereavement and grief.



A Workshop Designed for:

Professionals who work with the dying and the bereaved.

Funeral service personnel

Volunteers serving in palliative care

Anyone “walking the road”

3 FREE Kelowna Workshops Presented by: 

Springfield Funeral Home 


Clair H. Jantzen:

Grief and Loss Therapist 



9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration 8:30)


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church, 3714 Gordon Dr.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Willow Park Church, 389 Hwy 33



FREE WEBINAR: Autism in the Workplace – Sep 21st

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence is hosting a Free Online Mini-Symposium: Autism in the Workplace

Date/Time:     Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm PST

This webinar is a special two-hour online event featuring speakers with expert knowledge of autism in the workplace.

The event will be structured as follows:

  • A brief overview of Autism Spectrum (AS)
  • Job coaching basics for working with individuals on AS
  • Training and on-boarding that work with managers, teams, and individuals on AS
  • Lessons learned and success stories through experience with Autism@Work (SAP), Impark, and Focus Professionals
  • Behaviour at work
  • What and how to share with managers and co-workers
  • Barriers and alternatives (applications, interviews, testing, on-the-job orientation, training, feedback)

For more information and to register:

KELOWNA – COPCS Workshop Announcement – Sep. 23rd

The Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society is hosting a half-day workshop titled Understanding Dementia (see below, and attached bulletin) free for home share providers.  Contact Margaret for registration – seating is limited!

The purpose of this training is to build awareness and educate Home Share Providers, Family and Community Care Partners on Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia.  After completing the training, participants should have a better understanding of the disease, its stages, how communication is affected and how to respond to behaviour.  Both men and women can live with this disease in their 70’s, 60’s, 50’s and even 40’s.  “People with dementia who can remain engaged and active are able to enjoy a good quality of life,” says CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.

The workshop will be held on Friday, September 23rd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Landmark 4 Building in Kelowna.

There is limited seating, so please RSVP as soon as possible.


Margaret Milsom

Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society


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