Inclusion BC, community partners to pull donation bins pending safety review
New Westminster, January 3, 2019 — Inclusion BC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a man in one of our clothing donation bins in West Vancouver. Our deepest condolences go out to all who have been touched by this tragic event.
Safety is a top priority for Inclusion BC and our member agencies that participate in the ClothesDrop recycling program.
In 2018, we asked the University of BC’s Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project Course to work with our Canadian bin manufacturer to design a new bin that would address safety issues and ensure a public safety standard. Student-designed safety modifications are now in the prototype phase to address how to prevent people from entering into the bins and other related safety issues.
At an emergency meeting on January 3, 2019, Inclusion BC and our member agencies decided to remove 146 bins currently placed in Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Interior BC and Central and North Vancouver Island. Removal has already started and should be completed by early next week. All bins will be moved to secure storage until safety modifications can be made to ensure public safety.
We will continue to work with our bin manufacturer, municipal authorities, design experts and community partners to formalize and promote the adoption of industry-wide safety standards to keep our communities safe. These are just initial steps towards ensuring public safety while we continue working with our partners, communities and other charities that rely on this fundraising model to find satisfactory solution to broader and complex issues.
We will continue to accept clothing donations at indoor and monitored collection sites pending resolution of the bin safety issues.
Our Annual Christmas Card Fundraiser had a wonderful response, raising over $1500 for our Wish Fund. The Wish Fund provides supports that regular funding does not cover and the generosity of the donors is greatly appreciated. Thank you all and Merry Christmas!
Thanks to all the crafters for participating today. Your arts and crafts were and are wonderful and we look forward to working with all of you in the future. Thank you to all that came out to the craft fair. We salute you for supporting local entrepreneurs and inclusion Powell River.
DABC is hosting an online Holiday Auction, which will run from Friday, November 30th at 12:00 pm to Tuesday, December 18th at 12:00 pm. All funds raised by this auction will go toward DABC’s programs and services benefiting people with disabilities. All of the people we help live on very low incomes and many are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Bid on four exciting items:
– 4 x VIA Rail Vouchers valued at $500 – for a total of $2000! Vouchers expire May 18, 2019.
– Framed watercolour painting by Michelle Hewitt
– Voucher for a Ziptrek Bear Tour for Two (from Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler)
– Christian Dior shirt worn and autographed by Michael Buble, plus an autographed photo
inclusion Powell River’s Cranberry Child and Family Development Presents:
A Family Holiday Concert with the Powell River Community Band & Special Guests! Dec 15th. Doors open at 2-4pm
Silent Auction~Door Prizes
Pay at the door $5 each or Families $15
7055 Alberni St.
The ARC’s first ever Craft Fair. But not just any craft fair, an Awesome Rad Christmas Craft Fair! With 25 vendors! Self Advocates concession! Doors open at 10 am-close at 2pm 25 Vendors! Stained glass, knitting, jewelry and so much more
The ARC Community Event Centre 7055 Alberni St. Powell River
Come one, come all! ’tis the season to share. inclusion Powell River welcomes you to our annual Open House! All members of the community are welcome to join us and Celebrate Community! Refreshments will be served and all ages welcome.
Come and meet the people that inspire us and be inspired.
As in previous years, inclusion Powell River participated in the Great BC Shake Out! At inclusion, monthly emergency drills are the norm, but during the Great BC Shake Out we get photos of our staff helping clients to the safer areas or, in some cases, staff will shield clients from any falling debris. Such commitment and caring, as always from our staff. Great job and thank you.