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 email@example.com.
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!
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
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