Inclusion BC, community partners to pull donation bins pending safety review

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. 

2018 Christmas Card Fundraiser

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!

Aaron Service and Supply

Dawn & Rick Adaszynski

Glenda Behan & Robert Smith

Eileen Brown & Family

Mark Brown

Gary & Marg Cade

Brent, Ikuyo, Leon & Quinn Carlson

 from Tokyo

Don & Joyce Carlson

Muriel & Len Carriere

Patty & John Catcher

Margaret  & Ted Cooper

Elio, Bernie & Peter Cossarin

Bill & Christine Demkiw

Read & Hanna English

Bev Falconer

J.A. Gaudet

Sharon Gaudet & Wayne Obermeyer

Bill & Mar Grantham

Annie-Marie Harris

Mona Hawkins

Wendy & John Heathcote

Joan Hollingsworth

Maureen (Mo) Johnson

Ian and Ave Johnston

Janet & Mike Keddy

Alan, Linda and Spud Knibbs

Carol & Don Krompocker &  Family

Mike Lang

Tony Lloyd & Shirley Lambkin

Barbara McCrossan

Diane & David McKendrick

Ken Milne from Burnaby

Gail & Bob Moore

Pagani & Sons Shoes & Repair Ltd

Sheila & Marcel Pinel

Vivian Pulsifer

Royal  LePage Powell River

Dina & Frank Sirach

Donna, Brian, Clayton McNeil     

& Shea Sketchley

Texada Transfer Ltd.

Lilla Tipton & Harvey Chometsky

Sandra Trolian

Rob & Cindy Villani and Family

Rolf Windmer

Disability Alliance BC’s Holiday Auction

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, 2019.2000px via rail canada logo.svg s550

– Framed watercolour painting by Michelle Hewitt

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– Voucher for a Ziptrek Bear Tour for Two (from Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler)

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– Christian Dior shirt worn and autographed by Michael Buble, plus an autographed photo

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Auction link: https://www.32auctions.com/DABC

Happy bidding, and Happy Holidays from all of us at DABC! Thank you for your support.

A Family Holiday Concert

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.

 

Awesome Rad Christmas Craft Fair

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

 

 

 

inclusion Powell River Shakes It Out!

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.