Calling all Story Tellers…

Calling all story tellers – CLBC is looking for SELF ADVOCATE STORIES for the next edition of CLBC MAGAZINE!  Authors will be paid $100 for their story and photo to appear in the magazine.  Check it out:

The CLBC Editorial Board is looking for stories from self-advocates for the upcoming winter 2018 edition of the Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine. The theme for next edition is “Empowering People with Diverse Abilities- stories of Inclusion and Equality.” The Editorial Board is aiming to publish the magazine at the same time as International Day for Persons with a Disability on December 3. They want to recognize this important day and celebrate the contributions and successes of those with diverse abilities.

They are looking for 250 word stories that show examples of inclusion and equality in people’s lives. Stories could be about a part of someone’s life, like employment or friendship or community connection, and how this has created inclusion and equality. Story submissions will be accepted until November 14 and selected authors will be paid $100 for their story and photo to be published in the CLBC Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine. (Preference will be given to authors who have NOT yet been published in Celebrate Diverse Abilities magazine.)

Please share this with any self advocates you know who may be interested in submitting their story. Interested authors can email their submission, with photos, to CLBC’s Self Advocate Advisor at Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.

What a perfect way to continue on with October’s Community Inclusion Month celebrations!

Know someone who would like to tell their story?  Please pass this info along!

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Family Forum – Oct. 29

Hey everyone, the Family Forum coming up in Kelowna this Monday (Oct. 29) will have a ton of information around benefits, tax credits, savings, and investment.  Make sure you let Linda know you plan to go:

Linda Farr
CLBC South Central Okanagan 
CPD Supervisor Administrative Services
#140 – 1060 Manhattan Drive
Kelowna, B.C.  V1Y 9X9
Phone:  250-712-3624
Fax:     250-712-5426
email: Linda.Farr@gov.bc.ca

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A Spooky Infusion for Community Inclusion

It’s getting spooky around Kelowna today as things kick into high gear for the Halloween Social – check out Amit’s Update for this week’s info!

We welcomed a few new faces today – this is Casper, and he is friendly.

And this is Casper’s cousin, Fred.

Is being friendly a family trait?  TBD.  Swing by for the social to meet Fred and find out!

Don’t forget to visit the batcave to add your dream onto our dream board before Halloween – it’s filling up fast!

Have you picked your costume?  Let us know in the comments!

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Pics from the Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkins galore!

Along with Community Inclusion Month, October can sometimes mean cooler weather and shorter days, along with Thanksgiving turkey comas and staying in curled up by a cozy fire…

Not this year!

A beautiful fall day!

Our Pumpkin Patch-ers headed out last weekend for a day enjoying the McMillan Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin smash, and a hay ride. While out and about, they were able to enjoy a balmy day of sunshine with an extra helping of fresh air.

We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the very best part of inclusion – connecting with each other!  Thanks to everyone who joined us, it was a great afternoon.

Sunscreen and sunglasses for everyone!
Nothing but smiles and blue skies!

 

Getting ready for the hay ride!

We’re so glad that Joanne, our fantastic Management Support Team Assistant, joined us out and about on the Farm for the sunshine and fun!

Super big thanks to our Home Share Coordinators (Brenda, Karen, and Thea) for their hard work organizing this event – and especially for the delicious snacks, warm beverages, and spook-tacular “go” bags!  And an extra big “thank you” to Thea for sending along her great photos to share.

Guest appearance – spook-tacular critters!

Missed heading out to McMillan Farms with us last weekend? Not to worry! There’s still plenty of time to check it out between now and Halloween…things will just get spookier towards the end of Community Inclusion Month! Check their upcoming events out on their website.

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Calling all DREAMERS…

October is Community Inclusion month – a month to celebrate all the wonderful ways we include others in our lives, and how rich our lives are as a result.

What better way to appreciate our diversity than by sharing our dreams?

So, starting on Tuesday, October 16, and for the rest of October we are showcasing the dreams that make us who we are by creating a gigantic DREAM BOARD to post on our wall.

Check out the DREAM BOARD in progress!

EMPLOYMENT dreams!
EMPLOYMENT dreams!
SKILLS dreams!
TRAVEL dreams!
SOCIAL dreams!

Here are some of the first dreamers in action on Tuesday!

Getting it all out on the table
Graham and Amit dreaming up something SOCIAL
Brittany and Crystal ready to take off and TRAVEL

Our DREAM BOARD is set up for anyone to add their dreams in, anytime they want – stop by and add in your dreams between now and October 31!

Special thanks to Lindsay for the pictures – check out CCSS’ Facebook page for more.

Here are some other ways to celebrate Community Inclusion Month 2018 across BC:  https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/whats-new/celebrating-community-inclusion-month-2018/

Great News! Comic book author pens “Fire Engine Red”

Most of us have dreams about what we want to be when we grow up.  This is a piece of Great News! about someone we know who is making their dream a reality!

You can check out two feature articles (see below) that were recently published by Castanet and Okanagan Edge about George Michail, who is a local Community Living BC employee who works with adults who have developmental disabilities.

In addition to his work supporting people with disabilities, George is also the author of Fire Engine RedFire Engine Red is a comic book series about a female firefighter – and wow! does this story ever sound neat!  George says the story is “inspired by 80s and 90s action movies” (think Die Hard) but that it’s also “more than just mindless action.”

And the best part?  George is only $800 away from his goal of raising $5,000 through Kickstarter to publish the first issue!

Way to go, George.  We can’t wait to read about Red’s adventures.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/239016/Kelowna-author-lives-dream#.W8Xt9j0EQ-4.email

Comic book support surges

KELOWNA: Inclusion Chain on Oct. 17th!

Hi everyone – the Community Living Month Inclusion Chain has been re-scheduled for this Wednesday (October 17th) at 10:00am at City Hall. Feel free to distribute the flyer attached to all who may be interested!  Thank you.  See you on Wednesday at City Hall!