All posts by Jane Fedyk

VERNON: FASD Conference (Sep. 6-7)

Thanks to our colleagues at the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society (COPCS) for letting us know that there is an FASD Conference taking place in Vernon this September 6th and 7th, 2018.  Click here for information.

If you’re interested in the topics that will be covered by each presenter, you can find this information here.

For the registration form, click here.

Planning to go?  Leave us a comment!

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SLOCAN RIVER FLOAT – Join us! (Aug. 24)

Photo credit – Brian Burnham (2017)

Join us for our SLOCAN RIVER FLOAT as we cool off from the summer heat!

On August 24th, CCSS is floating down the Slocan River again! This is another great opportunity to connect, relax, and have some fun in the summer sun.  You can float down this part of the Slocan River however you please – inner tube, dinghy, air mattress, life jacket and flippers, canoe or kayak!

Please join us – and we look forward to seeing you on August 24th!  See attached poster.

18 08 24 Slocan Float poster

Planning to float?  Leave us a comment! 

SPOTLIGHT: Wildfire preparedness – NELSON

The summer weather is getting hotter – and the means we are heading into wildfire season.  Our Health and Safety Coordinator (Teresa Delorie) found some additional information and resources, and we are sharing them with everyone who may benefit from the information.  Check out the links in the email excerpt, below.
Do you have questions about emergency preparedness?  Leave us a comment.


Our Health and Safety Coordinator (Teresa Delorie) let me know of some news that she heard on her local radio station this morning regarding fire season and I thought I’d pass along the info and links. 
This link is to the news broadcast which suggests that Nelson, B.C. is one of the highest ‘at risk’ cities in BC for wildfire this year
http://www.iheartradio.ca/ez-rock/ez-rock-kootenays/news/nelson-fire-rescue-hoping-residents-will-be-vigilant-as-we-head-into-fire-season-1.4042328
This link is to the Nelson website that provides for an easy sign-up to receive emergency alerts in the Nelson area.
http://nelson.ca/739/Alert-Me-with-CivicReady
Please feel free to pass along to all staff and HSPs in that area or who may be affected.

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WE Day 2018 – thanks for coming!

Thanks for joining us for our WE Day 2018 community celebrations in Kelowna and the Kootenays!  We had a great time with all of you, and we are looking forward to posting photos from the events very soon.

Congratulations to our Focus Group feedback PRIZE draw winners!  Thanks for sharing your opinions with us.  We are going to be sharing back what we learned in our Focus Groups on our “WE HEARD YOU…” page (click here) very soon.  Stay tuned!

-The Team at Community Connections

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SPOTLIGHT: NEW CLBC WEBSITE

CLBC has just launched their new website!  Check it out, and let them know what you think.

Community Living BC (CLBC) has launched a new website at www.communitylivingbc.ca. It aims to make it easier for individuals and families to find answers. Visit the site, and let us know what you think by sending an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

The new website, which can be read from your mobile phone and tablet, is organized around three questions: “Who does CLBC support?”, “What support is available?” and “How do I get support?” It includes sections like “How do I get started” and “Meet a CLBC facilitator” and each top level page has a “What this page says” plain language summary.

The website has more information about how to get support, including the welcome and planning steps, options for connecting to community and CLBC services, and how CLBC works.

You can expect to find:

  • simplified navigation
  • an interactive office locator map
  • accessibility tools
  • an upgraded News & Stories section

You can learn more about how individuals and families helped to build this site here.


Questions


Email CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions about the site, need help finding information, or see a problem. Thank you.

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SPOTLIGHT: WE Day Focus Groups!

You’re invited to our WE Day Focus Group!

Community Connections is committed to using feedback from our stakeholders – that means YOU! – to make our programs and services better.  We want to give you more opportunities to tell us what works, what doesn’t, and what you’d like to see happen next.

Our WE Day Focus Groups are open to all – anyone attending WE Day can stop by our Focus Group.  See Jane at Birchbank Station Picnic Grounds, or see the Community Support team at Mission Creek Pavilion.

We would love to hear from you:

  • 3 things we do well
  • 3 things we could do better
  • 3 things you’d like to do (or learn!)

There will be a prize draw for all Focus Group participants to enter!  If you’re heading to the Kelowna WE Day, check out more information here.  If you’re heading to the West Kootenays WE Day, check out more information here.

Can’t make it to WE Day?  Send us your feedback any time: jane@commconn.ca 

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JOIN US – CCSS WE Day 2018!

It is nearly time for our annual WE Day celebrations and we want to invite YOU to join us for a day of fun, food, and fantastic company!

On Friday, July 6th, come down to Birchbank Station Picnic grounds (between Castlegar and Trail) or saunter over to Mission Creek Pavilion in Kelowna.

RSVP for our Kelowna WE Day here: https://goo.gl/gDCVzh

We have great games, activities, and prizes planned!  We are also asking anyone with a tasty favourite recipe to bring us a copy at WE Day – we will put all submitted recipes together for a CCSS community cookbook!

See you on July 6th!

WE Day 2018 Poster

 

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You’re Invited – CCSS Community BBQ!

It is that time of year again – Community Connections is hosting its annual Community BBQ in Cranbrook (July 5) and Creston (July 4), check out these posters for info!  We will be having our BBQ and also offering information about Home Share.  Come out and enjoy the weather, meet our Home Share Coordinators, connect with the program Service Coordinator (Ken) and have a great time.  We hope to see you there!

SPOTLIGHT: Free online education resource!

We just heard about a resource that offers free online education – and we want to tell you about it!

This resource is from Australia, and now includes a module out on supporting mental health in people with developmental disabilities and Autism.  There is a section specifically for caregivers of folks with developmental disabilities and mental health needs as well.

You can click here for its permanent location on our Materials and Education page, or you can check it out directly at this link:  http://www.idhealtheducation.edu.au/

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PLAN Institute – Moving and Upcoming Events

PLAN Institute is excited to move into their new space at 312 Main St, Vancouver, as of June 18th.  Congratulations on the move!  They also have two events coming up – and you can always find more on their website (http://planinstitute.ca/learning-centre/events/):

June 13
Tele-seminar
The RDSP is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually.
September 7 – 9
Bowen Island, BC
We invite you to join us for a special weekend retreat that was developed by and for family caregivers to allow for a chance to relax, rejuvenate and connect with other caregivers in a beautiful setting. The weekend involves a gentle schedule of activities including nature walks, painting and collaging, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. All delicious meals will be included.

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