Community Living BC-WOW Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Widening Our World (WOW) Awards!
About the Awards
Inclusion takes many forms. An inclusive community is welcoming and respectful of all people. It is accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and provides opportunity for social connection.

Since 2009, CLBC has presented Widening Our World (WOW) Awards to recognize British Columbians who are inclusion champions. Over 40 winners have been honoured and celebrated for their dedication and commitment to making sure their communities are full of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to lead full lives, have rich relationships and choice in how they live, work and play.

The WOW Awards are a great way to tell CLBC about the inclusion champions in our community, so we can celebrate them together.

Nominate an Inclusion Champion in our community

Garth McCreedy (left), WOW Award winner in 2016, was nominated by his friend and co-worker Eddy Solla (right).

The WOW Award nominations are a chance to recognize and celebrate the different ways people are building inclusion across B.C. Whether it is an employer, teacher, support worker, community member, self advocate, or anyone else that is making sure their community more welcoming and respectful of all people, CLBC wants people to tell them about it!

Nominations close at 5:00 pm on July 31, 2019.

People receiving an award (and the person who nominated them) will be contacted in August and September 2019. WOW Awards will be presented to recipients at events in their home town during Community Inclusion Month 2019 in October.

How to nominate someone for a WOW Award

Online nomination form: Fill out the online nomination form on CLBC’s website by clicking here. It’s easy and quick.


Submit a hard copy form: You can find a hard copy nomination form at the Powell River CLBC office or inclusion Powell River’s main office. You can also print the WOW nomination form by clicking here, or email to request a form be mailed to you.

It’s National Volunteer Week!!

April 7-13th is National Volunteer Week. Most of inclusion Powell Rivers’ volunteers are with the Better at Home. iPRS and the United Way provide this program for Powell River and the qathet Regional District. Better at Home provides non-medical supports for seniors including housekeeping, yard maintenance or local transportation to appointments or shopping. Some of the supports are done by a host of wonderful volunteers. These amazing volunteers create positive relationships with the people they support. Many of the volunteers are seniors themselves. The comradery between the volunteers, those they support and each other is what makes this program shine. For more information and/or to volunteer with the Better at Home program please call 604-485-4008 or email:

Community Update BC’s Poverty Reduction Plan Announced March 18th

From our partners at

BC’s first poverty reduction plan, announced March 18 by Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson, included some more improvements to Ministry coverage and accessibility in addition to the $50 rate increase to disability and income assistance effective April 1, 2019.

The improvements include:

  • Eliminating the requirement to apply for CPP early retirement
  • Changing the definition of spouse to require 1 year instead of 3 months of living together
  • Eliminating the “transient” category so that homeless people can receive the same support and income exemptions as housed people
  • Increasing shelter-related crisis grants
  • Removing the financial penalty for paying room and board to a parent or child
  • Simplifying and shortening the process to have benefits reinstated after leaving Ministry assistance
  • Eliminating the requirement that someone must be on income assistance for 12 out of 15 months in order to apply for Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB).

We celebrate the wide reach of the plan, which includes expenditures for housing, health, childcare, education and training and built-in performance measurements to keep the government accountable. We encourage the government to keep moving forward and to raise the disability and income assistance rates further.

Kind Regards,

Justina Loh,

Executive Director