Category Archives: News

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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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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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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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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SPOTLIGHT: Surveys!

Hey everyone, we are getting close to wrapping up our annual Satisfaction Surveys – so today’s SPOTLIGHT is about feedback surveys!

We send these surveys to you – the people we support, home share providers, stakeholders like parents, family and community members, and our employees – because we really want to know what you think about how we are doing.  We want to know how we are doing, and we want to know how we can do better!

When you fill out a survey, you’re giving us the tools we need to do better for YOU.  And that’s what we want!

THANK YOU for being part of our improvement efforts!  We couldn’t do it without you.

Don’t forget to check out our WE HEARD YOU page – new this year!  We are looking forward to keeping you “in the know” about our next steps…

Have feedback, but it isn’t survey time?  No problem!  Get in touch with us anytime you want to tell us what you think.  Comments welcome – post and we will get back to you!

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SPOTLIGHT: Sun Safety!

Hey everybody, the weather’s getting hot.

So, in this SPOTLIGHT, we are focusing on Sun Safety!

Sun Safety is all about getting outside and staying busy in nice weather, but also making sure that we take care of our health and avoid the risks of being in the sun.  There are some really great tips on sun safety here (at the Government of Canada website).

And, to keep things fun, the Minions team up Olympic Gold Medallist Stephanie Rice in this fun video with sun safety tips.  Check it out!

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SPOTLIGHT: CRA weighs in on Caregiver earnings!

Hey everyone, some interesting information came our way and we are sharing it with you in today’s SPOTLIGHT!

We have posted to our Caregiver Support and Networking page a letter from the CRA to CLBC from March of this year.  The letter spends some time considering whether or not caregiver income is taxable.

You can find the Letter – Canada Revenue Agency to CLBC (March 28, 2018)  here.

As always, we encourage each caregiver to consult their tax professional when filing their income taxes.

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