Great News! Funding for Home Share in BC Budget

Hi everyone, we are very excited to pass along the recent news about increases to home share funding in the BC provincial budget! 
Some of you may have heard about this via the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society, who have been working to improve home share supports through the Home Share Working Group – check out the message from COPCS (below).  You can read the announcement (and about CLBC’s plans to implement the upcoming funding increases) by clicking here
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We are pleased to confirm Carole James (Minister of Finance) announced

today that Home Share Providers across the province will be receiving an

increase in the 2019 provincial budget.  This is a long overdue and a well-

deserved increase for Home Share Providers.


We want to take this opportunity to thank our members for your assistance

and valuable input.  The COPCS executive has been working for the past

five years to bring our members concerns to CLBC and to the Minister of

Social Development and Poverty Reduction.  Our concerns for shared living

rates were heard and addressed in today’s budget announcement.


The COPCS executive will continue to participate in the provincial Home

Share Working Group to improve the Home Share Program.


The full announcement from CLBC can be found at the link below:


Executive members of the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society


PEERS Program!

Hi all, PosAbilities is offering the PEERS program for young adults with disabilities — a 16 week social skills program bringing young adults (ages 18-30) together to connect and build friendships.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about friendship skills, important social behaviours, and dating etiquette.  Thanks to our colleagues at PosAbilities for circulating this information.  The program will be running from March to June, 2019.  See the attached poster for details, and please feel free to share!


WEBINAR: Employment Related Webinars!

Hi all, there is a webinar taking place tomorrow regarding meaningful supports – check out the link for more information.–XBKEqYd4uu5-zKgKPmyzXMZPr0

Thanks to our colleagues over at The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities for passing along this opportunity.


Fire Extinguishers!

Hi everyone!

Not all of us have had the chance to use a fire extinguisher in real life, but these devices are important safety equipment.  Using them to put out small fires can save lives!

That being said, arranging training on how to use them properly can be challenging.

So, we thought we would revive a previous post from our team (employee) website that included a training video — click here to check out the video, and please  share with others!

Is there specific training you think would be helpful to have?  Let us know in the comments!

PLAN Institute – what’s coming up in 2019!

It looks like 2019 is full steam ahead over at Plan Institute – check out their recent announcement on Winter 2019 workshops available!  Topics include:

  • Personal Support Network Facilitation (6 week course)
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan
  • Facing the Future Together

There are many more resources available!  Check out Plan Institute (click here).


Family Support Institute Newsletter – Fall 2018

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!

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Welcome to the Family Support Institute of BC (FSI)’s
Fall 2018 Possibilities! Newsletter


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