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Summer 2017 Newsletter
In this issue, we feature Robbie at the Inclusion BC conference, Eliza knits for a cause, information about Life Skills classes in the North and South and photos from the Family picnic.

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News & Events

  • Registration now open for Fall Recreation!

    Calendar of events for September - November now available. Deadline to register is Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00pm. read more....

  • Life Skills 2017-2018

    Registration is open for the 2017-18 Life Skills classes in North and South Delta. read more....

  • Summer 2017 Newsletter

    In this issue, we feature Robbie at the Inclusion BC conference, Eliza knits for a cause, information about Life Skills classes in the North and South and photos from the Family picnic. read more....

  • Spring Newsletter has sprung!

    This issue brings you stories from the past three months including: A feature on the changes around our staffed residential program, with Kim, Pat and Roy in their new homes, Information about the new Janice Womersley Friendship Award, Photos and highlights from our Employee Recognition and Home Sharing and Respite Luncheons and stories and photos from around DCLS. read more....

  • Winter 2017 Newsletter

    This issue brings you stories from the past three months including; a tribute to Janice Womersley, information and photos at our new Community Inclusion site on Delta Street in Ladner, photos from our annual holiday party and other stories and photos from around DCLS. read more....

  • Challenging the myths about hiring people with disabilities

    We are thrilled to share this great video by Rotary at Work, which dispels some common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities. The video features great partnerships at workplaces all over the Lower Mainland, including our own Graham and his work at Peter Harasymchuk's accounting office. read more....

  • Registration now open for Spring Recreation!

    A great schedule of events are planned. read more....

  • Need help with AEE (Annualized Earnings Exemption)?

    DCLS has put together a short video to help explain AEE. read more....

  • Will you volunteer with us?

    We are looking for some enthusiastic people to work with us as volunteer Peer Mentors this spring/summer. read more....

  • Inclusion BC Conference 2017

    Inspired by Love - 3 days of inspiration and education on developmental disability and inclusion. read more....

  • Connections Fall Newsletter Now Available!

    Read about the Kim and Ted in the Community Living Program, Deepi and Jotti in respite services and much more. read more....

  • Flu Shot Clinic at DCLS | November 9th

    Open to all DCLS staff, home sharing providers, respite providers, persons served and their families. read more....

  • Inclusion BC Membership Meeting | October 1, 2016

    Vote, Love, Learn, Work - These are rights all people have. Voice your experiences, barriers, ideas and explore ways to activate people's rights with members of Inclusion BC. read more....

  • Fall Recreation Registration is Open!!

    We are happy to announce that registration is now open for fall events and activities. Deadline to register is Tuesday, August 30th. read more....

  • Life Skills Classes Registration Ongoing

    Learn about safety in the community, time, budgets and many other life skills. Classes in North Delta and South Delta. read more....

  • Summer Newsletter is here!

    This issue feature photos from our annual Family Picnic, a celebration of two lives, and information for family members with people who are transitioning from PWD to OAS at age 65. read more....

  • Family Meeting for DCLS Staffed Residences

    We invite all family members of our staffed residential homes to coming together for evening of information, input and to ask questions. read more....

  • Spring Newsletter is now available!

    This issue features information about the petition to raise PWD benefits in BC, photos and highlights from the Staff Conference and Home Sharing & Respite Providers luncheon, information on staffing updates, and photos from Around DCLS. read more....

  • Making Art Work - Emily K

    Read Emily's story in the May 2016 edition of "Something Good", a local publication sharing unique stories of those who choose to call South Delta home. read more....

  • Life Skills classes are back in North Delta!

    Learn about budgets, time, safety in the community and many other life skills! Classes are available at Scott Road Connections on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 29 onwards. Fore more information, click the link below. read more....

  • Winter newsletter is out!

    Please take a look at this issue, featuring stories about Al, Kristina and Diane's job in the Coastal Contacts warehouse, 64th Day Program dog biscuit business, and more. read more....

  • Sign the petition: Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone

    On February 16, the Province of BC tabled its budget. People with disabilities received a small increase to their disability benefits but there was a catch. read more....

  • Don't just jump: LEAP

    DCLS is seeking 12 volunteer Peer Mentors for an innovative youth program: LEAP. Information Session March 16, 2016. read more....

  • Pink Shirt Day | February 24, 2016

    Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. DCLS fully supports CKNW aims to raise awareness of these issues through various initiatives throughout February centered around our "Pink Shirt Day" campaign. Wear your Pink Shirt on February 24th. read more....

  • Celebrating LEAP 2015 and other news

    Please take a look at our Fall Newsletter which includes highlights from year two of our Youth Employment project, LEAP 2015. This issue also includes stories from David Thorsteinson's Alaskan Cruise, Roy and Ricky Jarville's trip to PEI. read more....

  • What's New?

    Our Summer Newsletter is out, and we are excited to share Tyler's journey to employment at Seaside Paper, highlights from Kate's milestone trip to Victoria, a profile of Ladner Connections staffer Stacey, pictures from the Family Picnic, and much more! read more....

  • Annual Report is now available!

    In this year's report you will find photos and highlights from throughout our past year: update on LEAP pilot project, a thank you to inclusive donors and employers, reports from our service areas and results from person-served and employee surveys. read more....

  • Fall Recreation Registration Now Open!!

    Check out our fall calendar. read more....

  • Register Now!

    DCLS is proud to present "Family Voices, Family Choices" conference on October 30th. read more....

  • Summer Picnic photos!

    Please take a peek at our Facebook page for some photos from the annual family picnic. read more....

  • Spring Newsletter is out!

    Please take a look at this issue, featuring stories about Richard, Peter and Jamie's trip to the Victoria Legislature, Ricky and Daryl's retirements, and more. read more....

  • DCLS receives highest rating in service audit

    Delta Community Living Society has earned a Three-Year Accreditation with CARF International. read more....

  • DCLS Connections Winter 2015 Newsletter

    Enjoy the latest edition of our newsletter! read more....

  • Recreation Registration Now Open

    Register for Spring Events now. read more....

  • 2015 BC Budget

    A critical missed opportunity to raise disability assistance rates. read more....

  • Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Assisted Suicide

    Inclusion BC is profoundly disappointed and concerned by the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling to legalize assisted suicide. This decision will have a profound impact on everyone facing end-of-life care in Canada. read more....

  • Seeking LEAP Peer Mentors

    Want to learn more? Come to one of your information sessions. read more....

  • Advocates Calendar | Jan to Mar 2015

    Check out the latest calendar for the Advocates. read more....

  • CARF Survey - February 11-13, 2015

    DCLS has invited surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. read more....

  • Surrey Connections Annual Showcase

    Held December 3rd read more....

  • Gift of Giving Campaign

    The 2014 campaign is now on! We are asking for your support this holiday season read more....

  • Holiday Party | December 11, 2014

    Tickets are still available! Visit our office anytime before December 5th to get your tickets for this much-anticipated holiday event! read more....

  • WorkSafe Update | Sep 9, 2014

    Distracted driving caused by the use of electronic devices is a leading cause of motor vehicle incidents in British Columbia. read more....

  • DCLS Head Office - Temporary Closure

    Due to filming DCLS Head Office (1-3800 72 Street) will be closed September 8, 2014. read more....

  • Advocates Fall 2014 Calendar

    Have a look of the events coming up for this fall. read more....

  • Connections Newsletter

    Enjoy a read of our latest newsletter. read more....

  • Annual Summer Picnic | July 11, 2014

    Join for a BBQ, music and the presentation of the Tony Schmand Memorial Awards. read more....

  • WorkSafe Update: Summer Safety 2014

    Everyone at WorkSafeBC wishes you a safe, healthy summer at work, at play, and on the road. Please read and share these summer safety tips. read more....

  • Customized Employment Course

    DCLS will be hosting a five day course - July 21-25, 2014. read more....

  • LEAP Officially Launched

    DCLS's youth employment project, LEAP (Leading Employment & Achieving Possibilities), was official launched the weekend of April 25, 2014. read more....

  • We did the Sun Run!! UPDATED WITH MORE PHOTOS

    Congratulations to DCLS Team Inclusion for the taking part in the Vancouver Sun Run, April 27, 2014. read more....

  • Vancity supporting Delta Community Living Society Pilot Project

    Vancity recently presented a cheque for $12,000 to Delta Community Living Society in support of an innovative pilot project. The Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities (LEAP) pilot project has been designed to support young adults with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. read more....

  • Vancity invests $12,000 into DCLS employment initiative

    Vancity recently presented a cheque for $12,000 to DCLS in support of an innovative new employment pilot project launched by the Society. read more....

  • Connections Newsletter | Spring 2014

    See this edition for info about a successful customized employment story, a profile of the newly expanded Community Connector program, and more! read more....

  • DCLS self advocates present...

    The DCLS self advocates will be hosting the always-popular music and coffee house nights as well as other special events this spring and summer. read more....

  • DCLS Spring Dance | April 12

    The DCLS self advocates invite you to attend a Spring Dance at Scott Road Connections April 12. Tickets are $3 at the door. read more....

  • Nominations now open for 2014 Tony Schmand Awards!

    Do you know someone who has achieved a significant milestone or accomplishment this year? Nominations for the 2014 Tony Schmand Memorial Awards are now open. For information about the awards and to download the nomination form, click "read more". read more....

  • New "Understanding Vulnerability" guide available

    CLBC has just released a new plain language guide for self advocates called "Understanding Vulnerability". The booklet speaks to the importance of being aware of vulnerabilities so intentional safeguards can be planned to address them. read more....

  • New five-year collective agreement for DCLS

    Last week, the employers and unionized employees in the community social services sector (including DCLS) in BC voted in favour of ratifying a new five-year collective agreement. The new agreement will be effective April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2019. "The agreements provide the sector with long-term labour stability for the next five-years, ensuring no service delivery interruptions to clients and their families." said CSSEA CEO Gentil Mateus. The contract was ratified by an 85.6% vote among workers in the sector and by a 96% vote of employers. read more....

  • Scholarship Fund Launched for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

    People being served by CLBC are eligible to apply for a scholarship to support personal and professional development. Deadline to apply is March 31. read more....

  • Connections Newsletter | Winter 2014

    See this edition for info about an exciting new employment pilot project that we launched this month, highlights from the DCLS 50th Anniversary event and Holiday Party, and more! read more....

  • Inclusive hiring in the news!

    Did you see this weekend's Vancouver Sun? It includes a great article about hiring people with developmental disabilities, and the positive outcomes for businesses that do so. DCLS continues to provide customized employment to employment-seekers following the pilot project mentioned in the article. We are proud to report that following the successful pilot, people we support have maintained employment, and the average wage among them has risen almost 17% in the past two years. read more....

  • Please join us in supporting Pink Shirt Day 2014

    Support anti-bullying by wearing a pink shirt on February 26 and stop bullying when we see it throughout the year! read more....

  • New youth employment initiative kicks off in January!

    The team at Solutions Employment has been working hard to put together a new framework to support youth with developmental disabilities to transition to employment. The Leading Employment & Achieving Possibilities (LEAP) pilot project will partner peer coaches with job seekers to help facilitate the transition from school to employment. If you know a youth who might be interested in gaining experience as a peer coach, please send them our way! read more....

  • Please consider a gift this holiday...

    We wish you and yours a happy holiday season and health and prosperity in the New Year! "Read more" to out how you can help enrich the life of a person with a developmental disability with a donation. read more....

  • Holiday Party | December 12th

    Tickets are still available! Visit our office anytime before the 12th to get your tickets for this much-anticipated holiday event! read more....

  • Connections Newsletter | Fall 2013

    This edition features a celebration of Community Living month, reflections on our 50 years, an announcement about our Workplus program, and more! read more....

  • Important announcement regarding DCLS Recreation Program

    The DCLS recreation program will be undergoing restructuring this fall and will return for winter 2014. read more....

  • Please celebrate with us!

    DCLS is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month, and we hope that you will join us! For more information, or to purchase tickets, see your invitation linked below. read more....

  • Inclusion and diversity is good for business!

    You are invited to join us for a special evening of networking and presentations in celebration of Community Living Month. A special presentation will be made by Mark Wafer, who employs 36 people with disabilities in all areas of his Tim Hortons locations. read more....

  • Special thanks to Kiwanis Club of Tsawwassen-Ladner!

    We would like to thank Kiwanis Club of Tsawwassen-Ladner for a recent special gift. read more....

  • Annual Report Now Available

    The 2012 - 2013 Annual Report is now available for viewing on our website. Click the link to view our activities for the year, as well as a fond look back on our first 50 years! read more....

  • Opportunity to Participate | Research Project on Supported Decision-making in BC

    Are you interested in sharing your story about supported decision-making? The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is currently talking to people across BC who use or are affected by representation agreements, including: people with disabilities and other challenges who are using supportive decision-making to help them make their own decisions, designated supported decision-makers, family and friends who help people with representation agreements and decision-making, people acting as monitors. For information about the project, and to sign up to participate, click "read more" below. read more....

  • DCLS Connections | Summer 2013

    Please enjoy the latest edition of Connections newsletter! read more....

  • 2013 Tony Schmand Memorial Award recipients recognized

    Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients of a Tony Schmand Memorial Award, recognizing individual achievement. read more....

  • Rockin' at Kirkland House

    Delta Optimist captured Kevin Parmenter on stage with musician Anthony Polanowski at our annual picnic on July 12th. read more....

  • DCLS Connections | Spring 2013

    Enjoy our latest edition of our Newsletter. read more....

  • Jeremy and Jason's Newspaper Route

    Enjoy a story published in the May 10, 2013 South Delta Leader. read more....

  • Get the Vote Out | BC Election May 14, 2013

    Inclusion BC (formerly BCACL) has produced a plain language voting to guide to encourage participation in the upcoming BC Provincial Election, May 14, 2013. read more....

  • Greenhouse Plant Sales

    The DCLS Workplus Greenhouse will not be selling bedding plants this year. read more....

  • Laying the Foundation for more Integrated Services

    The B.C. government continues to move forward on implementing the 12-point plan for improving services for people with developmental disabilities. read more....

  • Youth Transition to Disability Assistance Simplified

    The Ministry of Social Development is simplifying the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation process for youth with developmental disabilities who are eligible for disability assistance and CLBC supports. read more....

  • Support Pink Shirt Day | 02.27.13

    Support Anti-Bullying by wearing a Pink Shirt and stop bullying when we see it! read more....

  • BC Budget 2013

    Inclusion BC (formerly BCACL) Executive Director Faith Bodnar responds to the BC budget released February 19, 2013. read more....

  • Congratulations Kristina!

    Kristina arrived home from the Special Olympic World Games on February 6th. read more....

  • BC Association for Community Living has a new name!

    Federation members voted to change the name at a Special General Meeting held on January 26th. read more....

  • BC Service Card replaces the CareCard

    Starting February 15, 2013 the provincial government will introduce the BC Services Card, which will be phased in over a five-year period. read more....

  • Look who was Santa's elves in Tsawwassen!

    Tsawwassen Connections helped Santa hand out treats to local shoppers. read more....

  • Thank you Greek Village Restaurant!

    Scott Road Connections enjoyed a wonderful lunch. read more....

  • Finding the Right Fit | Customized Employment Video

    Learned about one young lady's journey to employment through DCLS's Solutions Employment Services. read more....

  • Gift of Giving Campaign 2012

    Tis' the Season of Giving. Your donation will enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. read more....

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities | December 3rd

    The City of Vancouver joins other cities around the globe to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities read more....

  • New PWD Earnings Exemption

    On November 21, 2012, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) announced the first phase of annualized earnings exemptions for people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit. read more....

  • DCLS Connections Newsletter | Fall 2012

    Enjoy the latest edition of the DCLS Newsletter. read more....

  • Sandra Christine Holt | Celebration of Life, December 1st

    With great sadness we share the passing of Sandra on November 8, 2012. read more....

  • Holiday Party | December 13th

    Tickets go on sale November 19th read more....

  • Changes to PWD Benefits Effective October 1, 2012

    In June, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) announced a number of changes to the welfare regulations that will affect people on income and disability assistance. read more....

  • Victory at the Supreme Court of Canada on the Right to Education

    A landmark judgment was delivered by the Supreme Court of Canada on the right to equal access to education. read more....

  • Province of BC and CLBC announce funding to support STEPS Forward. BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education.

    The Ministry of Social Development and Community Living BC (CLBC) have announced funding for up to 25 students with developmental disabilities to attend universities and colleges with the help of STEPS Forward. read more....

  • Endowment 150 | A Vancouver Foundation Program

    Endowment 150 offers eligible persons with disabilities a one-time $150 gift to help their Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) grow. read more....

  • Flu Shot Clinic

    Open to all staff, home sharing providers, respite providers, families and persons receiving services from DCLS. read more....

  • Fall | Winter 2012 Recreation Registration

    Registration is now open for the Fall and Winter 2012 Calendar. Deadline to register is Friday, October 12th. read more....

  • October is Community Living Month

    Celebrate the gifts of people with developmental disabilities. read more....

  • CLBC Complaints Resolution & Feedback Opportunities

    CLBC offers a Complaints Resolution Process for people or families who are dissatisfied with the services they are receiving. read more....

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration & Movie

    Join DCLS at Diefenbaker Park on August 11th to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. DCLS will have booth set up so come by and say Hello! read more....

  • Community Living Action Group Calls for Public Inquiry

    The Community Living Action Group issued a press release July 9, 2012 renewing its call for in inquiry into Community Living BC. read more....

  • You're invited to the Scott 72nd Community Block party.

    DCLS is proud to be a sponsor of the Vancity Scott 72nd Community Block Party. read more....

  • Pay Increases for CLBC Senior Executives

    The provincial government came under heavy fire Tuesday over revelations that senior executives at Community Living B.C. will get hefty pay hikes to make up for lost bonuses. read more....

  • Announcement of New Cross-Ministry Team

    On June 13, 2012, the Province announced the creation of the Integrated Services Support Team (ISST), the replacement for the Client Support Team (CST). All new referrals to the CST will end as of June 13, 2012. It is important to note that all individuals and families who are working with the CST prior to June 13, 2012 will have their concerns completed through this process. read more....

  • WorkSafe BC | Summer Safety 2012

    Everyone at WorkSafe BC wishes you a safe, healthy summer at work, at play, and on the road. Please read and share these summer safety tips. read more....

  • TransLink plan to eliminate TaxiSaver program for HandyDART users

    TransLink's Board has voted to elimate the Taxi Saver Program. read more....

  • Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay

    DCLS takes part in the celebration as the relay travels through Ladner. read more....

  • Connections Newsletter | Spring 2012

    Read our latest newsletter. read more....

  • Time Colonist nominated for Michener award for exposing cutbacks to services

    Times Colonist is nominated to receive a Michener award for exposing cutbacks and policies within CLBC that were impacting the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. read more....

  • Call to Action - CLBC Employment Initiative

    An invitation to participate as a "community facilitator" of a conversation on employment where you live. read more....

  • Workplus Greenhouse Now Open!

    10:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday read more....

  • Dementia Information Session

    Worksafe BC is offering a free information session on "How to approach and communicate with someone who has dementia" read more....

  • CACL Responds to the 2012 Federal Budget

    The Canadian Association for Community Living has responded to the Federal Budget, which was tabled March 29, 2012 in the House of Commons. read more....

  • Budget 2012

    Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tables the Economic Action Plan 2012: Our plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. read more....

  • Transition Planning & CLBC

    Information Sessions are being held on April 24, 2012 and May 1, 2012. read more....

  • Jack Styan joining CLBC

    On March 19, 2012 Jack Styan will be joining CLBC on a one year term as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. read more....

  • Bullying is Bad Business

    Support Pink Shirt Day - February 29, 2012 read more....

  • Seeking Respite Providers

    We are currently seeking Respite Providers for Ladner and Tsawwassen. read more....

  • DCLS Receives 3 year CARF Accreditation!

    From October 26-28, 2011 the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) conducted an on-site review of all DCLS operations to determine whether the organization qualifies for accreditation for the next several years. read more....

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    The spirit of Giving is not lost this holiday season . . . this beautiful story reminds us that there are still many people out there who give to their friends and families, as well as to complete strangers. . . read more....

  • DCLS Holiday Party

    It is that time of year again. We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale at the Resource Centre for our Holiday Party. This event is only for people receiving services from DCLS and DCLS staff. read more....

  • Gift of Giving Campaign 2011

    Our 2011 Gift of Giving Campaign is now on! All funds raised by the Gift of Giving Campaign are directed towards two of our most popular and successful programs: the Studio 19 Art Program and Recreation Program. read more....

  • CEO of Community Living BC (CLBC) Steps Down

    CLBC's Board of Directors issued a statement October 14, 2011 announcing that Rick Mowles, CEO of CLBC, was stepping down immediately. read more....

  • Celebrate Community Living Month in Tsawwassen

    Visit us at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall on October 7th between 10:00am and 2:00pm and learn more about Community Living. read more....

  • DCLS Self Adovcates Group Receives Funding

    Delta Advocates were successful in applying for funding from the BCACL Self Advocates Seeding Innovation. read more....