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).
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!
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. For the full story follow the link
On Saturday, March 2nd
2 events celebrating International Women’s Day!
4,:00-8:30pm, family friendly
with Artists, Wordsmiths and live music! Tea, food and facepainting!
Then at at 8:30pm
8;30pm-Midnight a Black Light Dance Party, 19+ cash bar, food, elixirs an black light facepainting
$15-25, pay what you can
and all Profits Go To Grace House Society
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.