As we ring in the New Year, all of us at Community Connections are wishing you the best for a 2019 filled with happiness and prosperity!
Today (December 21st) is the Winter Solstice, which is officially the “shortest” day of the year!
While today marks the least amount of daylight we see for the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, it also means that the nighttime is the longest of the year. Close to the North Pole, there is darkness 24 hours a day! Here is a picture that shows how that works: https://goo.gl/images/1paZiy
The opposite of the Winter Solstice is the Summer Solstice, which will be on June 21st. When it is time for the Summer Solstice at the North Pole, there is daylight for 24 hours a day!
If you want to learn more about how the Winter and Summer Solstices work, you can check out this YouTube video:
Thanks to COPCS for circulating this YouTube video highlighting a homeshare provider’s story.
Have you come across a story that you would like to share? Send us the link!
Hi everyone, thanks to COPCS for sending around an update regarding the Home Share Working Group, and their efforts on behalf of home share providers:
Hey everyone, make sure you check out the Family Support Institute’s Fall 2018 Newsletter – link below! They are also putting out a call for anyone interested in writing for future issues. If you like to write, consider sending in an article!
Thanks to COPCS for sharing these great photos from their Christmas Party last weekend!
Hello Cool Arts friends, family, and supporters:Please find the Cool Arts Winter Newsletter and an invitation to our Holiday Party & Art Sale attached.If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via return email (email@example.com) or give me a call in studio.Hope to see you at the Holiday Party – if we miss you, have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year!With warmest regards,Elana Bizovie
Cool Arts Society
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Today, we join people all over the world as we celebrate how far we have come in support of community inclusion. And, we also join in as we look forward to “what’s next” in this movement.
Since 1992, the United Nations has celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities each year. Looking ahead to the future, this day is a big part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind.” You can read more about the UN’s Agenda here.
More locally, here are some of the ways people are looking at this year’s theme, which is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”:
The BC Government has put together a series of articles on their website that reviews how the province has supported removal of barriers – and how they plan to keep removing barriers in future. The list includes resources that are already available (such as CLBC, CAYA) as well as new ones. One new strategy is a Cross-Ministry Disability Strategy Reference Group. This group, made up of 18 assistant deputy ministers, is going to explore ways that ministries and government agencies can better collaborate in providing supports for people with disabilities.
The SelfAdvocateNet website has a page for this day and how it remains relevant. They’ve also included information on events, including the Film festivals taking place in our communities. CLBC has also added film festival information on their events page.
So, let us know what’s going on in your community and how you will be celebrating today! Leave us a comment or send us a photo.