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SPOTLIGHT: New CPP-D Application Form

Hi everyone, we received a community update from DABC about the new Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) application form.  You can check out their update (attached).  If you’d like to check out the new form, it’s available here on the Government of Canada’s website: https://catalogue.servicecanada.gc.ca/content/EForms/en/Detail.html?Form=ISP1151

For more info about these changes, you can contact the DABC’s Senior CPP-D Advocate, Ashley Silcock (1-800-663-1278).

Have you applied using the new CPP-D form?  Let us know what you thought in the comments!

FREE Fall Webinars about Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning!

Hey everyone, did you know that Plan Institute is currently developing a new Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning webinar?

With the support of Law Foundation of BC, Plan Institute will be offering 4 FREE sessions (see dates below) during the pilot phase of this project.  These free sessions are available to residents of BC living outside of the Lower Mainland.

Fall 2018 Webinar Dates:
September 20th, 2018 | 7pm-8pm
October 18th, 2018 | 10am-11am
November 5th, 2018 | 7pm-8pm
November 19th, 2018 | 10am-11am

To register or to learn more, click here: http://planinstitute.ca/learning-centre/wte-webinar/

Confused about financial and estate planning?  Leave a comment with your biggest questions!

Fall 2018 Workshops – Plan Institute

The upcoming season of workshops from Plan Institute are scheduled – check out what’s on offer for Fall 2018!  See their website for more.

The latest from Plan Institute and our community partners.

Thank you for your interest in Plan Institute! We continue to strive to improve the lives of people with disabilities through education, community-based projects and advocating for policy reform, and we couldn’t do it without your support.
Here’s a snapshot of some of our learning opportunities coming up this fall. We are always adding new events and dates so be sure to check our website for updates.
Sincerely,
The Plan Institute Team

The best guarantee of a safe and secure future for anyone with a disability is a caring network of family and friends. This online course uses PLAN’s proven approach to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Personal Support Network Facilitator. As a Network Facilitator, you will have the tools to re-chart a life of isolation towards a life at the centre of an active and caring personal support network. Learn more…
6-week Online Course. Click your preferred date to register!

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. It is designed as a long-term savings plan to help the holder be better financially prepared for their future. Our RDSP workshops will cover everything you need to know about opening and managing an RDSP! Learn more…
In-house sessions are held at the Plan Institute office in Vancouver at 312 Main Street. Click your preferred date to register!
Tele-seminars refer to our conference call information sessions which can be attended from anywhere by telephone or computer. Click your preferred date to register!

Becoming well-informed about wills, trusts and estate planning is necessary to secure the financial future of your loved one with a disability. In this course, estate-planning attorney Halldor Bjarnason & Ken Kramer explain how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability. Learn more…
In-house sessions are held at the Plan Institute office in Vancouver at 312 Main Street. Click your preferred date to register!
Webinars refer to our online information sessions which can be attended by BC residents living outside of the Lower Mainland. Click your preferred date to register!
*Please note: Webinars are currently only available to those living in rural areas of BC. If you are residing in the Lower Mainland, please refer to our in-house sessions listed above.

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You’re Invited – Pivot Point’s 15th Anniversary Party in the Park!

Pivot Point is celebrating a milestone, and you’re invited to join in the Party in the park!  Check out the attached invitation for a great day on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 12 – 4 pm.  Fun for everyone!

Join us at Pivot Point’s 15 Anniversary Party in the Park
Sunday September 16 | 12 pm – 4 pm | Fleetwood Park, Surrey

Pivot Point is having a party to say thank you to our staff and clients that have been a part of our journey. This FREE event, catered by  Henry’s Chicken, will have games, food, music, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! 

Don’t miss World Champion Balloon Twister Korki the Clown and entertainment from award-winning performers Norden the Magician and the Great Gordini! Inflatable bouncy castles, 9 hole miniature golf, and carnival games are just a few of the fun activities we have planned. Bring your family and friends and come celebrate with us! 

Don’t forget to RSVP – click here.

Planning to go?  Let us know in the comments!

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SLOCAN FLOAT CANCELLED (Aug. 24)

Hi All, Unfortunately, due to the horrible air quality at present, we will be cancelling this year’s Slocan Float. We are currently working on establishing another type of get together before the end of this smoky summer, so we’ll keep you posted on anything that we come up with. Hope you’re all staying safe and having a great summer. -May

SPOTLIGHT: MANDT Training – Sep. 20, 27

Community Connections is very proud to be offering the Mandt System training on September 20 and 27 in Trail!  Click here for Mandt Training info!  This training is presented by our very own certified Mandt Instructor, Sue Clark (Senior Home Share Coordinator).

Our residential support workers will be able to attend the additional workshop on September 27 (technical skills) while contracted Home Share Providers have the opportunity to obtain their certification on September 20 (relational skills).

If you are a CCSS Home Share Provider and interested in this training, contact Sue (250-608-0357) by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, to reserve a spot. If you are a CCSS employee and require the MANDT training, speak with your Service Coordinator as soon as possible.

Sue is looking forward to meeting all participants!

Not sure what this is all about?  No problem!  Leave us a comment, or check out The Mandt System’s great website here.

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SPOTLIGHT: MANDT Training Week – Aug. 20-23

Community Connections is very proud to be offering the Mandt System training during the week of August 20-23, 2018, to our residential support workers and our contracted Home Share Providers in Kelowna.  Click here for Mandt Week info!  This training is presented by our very own certified Mandt Instructor, Joel Gunther (Service Coordinator).

We know that this is a time of year where there is lots to do outside, vacations happening, and travelling to visit family and friends.  So, to be as flexible as possible and accommodate as many Home Share Providers’ busy schedules as we can, Joel is offering two days for the “relational” skills training section (August 22nd and 23rd).  Home Share Providers would only need to attend one of those days, in order to complete the “relational” skills training.

If you are a CCSS Home Share Provider and interested in this training, contact Joel (250-491-2907) by FRIDAY, AUGUST 10th, to reserve a spot.

Joel is looking forward to meeting everyone during this exciting week of training!

Not sure what this is all about?  No problem!  Leave us a comment, or check out The Mandt System’s great website here.

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SPOTLIGHT: CLBC magazine “Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES”

Hey everyone, CLBC has launched the Summer 2018 Edition of its magazine, “Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES” – and the theme is Pride in my Identity!  Check out the authors’ personal stories on what makes them proud to be who they are.  Thanks to Jackie for sharing!

Info on this edition of the magazine is here and you can check out the PDF version of the magazine here:

https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WEB-Celebrate-Diverse-Abilities-Summer-2018.pdf

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