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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FREE BBQ – Aug. 22

There is a FREE BBQ on August 22nd in Kelowna, at Mission Creek Park – come out and meet other self-advocates!

Looking to meet some other self-advocates? want to learn about the self-advocate group?

Come join us for a Free BBQ!

when: Wednesday, August 22nd from 11-2

Where: Mission Creek Park

**Bring your own chair**

To RSVP and For more information, please contact kim burkholder at

250-712-3610 or Kim.Burkholder@gov.bc.ca

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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We Heard You…

We asked for your feedback at our WE DAY BBQs – and WE HEARD YOU!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Focus Groups!  You gave us valuable feedback on 3 Things We Do Well, 3 Things We Could Do Better, and 3 Things You’d Like to Do (or Learn).

We have this info compiled, and we have shared it with you on our We Heard You… webpage – click below to check it out!

We will keep you updated with ‘what we do’ next…stay tuned!

We heard you…

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.

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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.

Virus-free. www.avast.com

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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