Transition Fair brings information and service providers together

From Sara Donnelly / Powell River Peak
Turning 19 is a rite of passage for any youth. For those with disabilities it marks a change in the services available as the teen moves, or ages out, from childhood to adult services.

Navigating through these changes can be complex and daunting for both parents and the young person reaching the age of majority. Helping ease this process is the idea behind the third annual Transition Fair, organized jointly by Community Living BC, inclusion Powell River and BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

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Coldest Night of the Year

The Coldest Night of the Year event was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. CNOY is a national walk-a-thon that helps raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in town, and in 136 communities across Canada. Congratulations to the inclusion Powell River clients and staff who participated this year. Their goal was to raise $500, they raised $924! That’s a whopping 187% over the target. Great work everyone! 

Strength on the other side of bullying

original source: Sara Donnelly / Powell River Peak


In recent years, Pink Shirt Day has brought the issue of bullying top of mind at schools and beyond.

Being the victim of intimidation, cruelty and exclusion can happen to anyone at any stage of life, but those with physical and intellectual differences are much more likely to be bullied throughout their lives. inclusion Powell River self-advocates Pat Kyer and Shaylene Hogan can both attest to this.
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Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Nominations!

inclusion Powell River would like to congratulate its staff for all their hard work and dedication for all the noble work they do. It is because of that work that iPR has garnered a best Non-Profit nomination in the Powell River Chamber of Commerce Awards. Along with this nomination, our CEO Lilla Tipton has received an Employer of the Year nomination and Receptionist/Marketing & Communications Mark Brown a nomination for Employee of the Year. Congratulations on a successful year and for these nominations!

Changes to Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) Benefits

From our Community Partner, the Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

Service Canada has begun reaching out to people who had previously been denied Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits because they had either been on CPP Early Retirement benefits for greater than 15 months, or their disability began after they started collecting CPP Early Retirement benefits. Service Canada is currently in the process of introducing a Post Retirement Disability Benefit (PRDB) that people who fall into those two groups may be able to collect if they can show they meet all the other CPP-D eligibility rules.
People interested in collecting the PRDB who have been included in the mail-out simply need to reply indicating their interest, and Service Canada will process an application for this new benefit using the same information from their application for CPP-D benefits. For people who fall outside of this group who – for example – may have not applied in the past because they knew about the Early Retirement rules, there is currently no separate or different application forms for the PRDB that have been released. For more information, please contact our CPP- Disability program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 (toll-free), or by email at
Best regards,

Ashley Silcock
Senior CPP-D Advocate

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