Why B.C. Needs a Disabilities Advocate

As inclusion Powell River constantly looks to create improvements in the lives of our clients and staff, inclusion will be seeking out information and new ideas. As part of this endeavour, inclusion Powell River will be perusing periodicals periodically and will be promptly posting these articles.
The following is an article entitled, “Why B.C. needs a disabilities advocate” By Chandar S. Sundaram, that appears in today’s Times Columnist newspaper.
Chandar S. Sundaram is a Victoria-based historian, teacher and author. He had a stroke in early infancy. http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/comment-why-b-c-needs-a-disabilities-advocate-1.22069827

inclusion Powell River Helps Celebrate Cranberry Lake 75 Anniversary!!

On Sunday, August 13th some of our fine folks from the Cranberry Preschool joined in the festivities celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Cranberry Lake! We at inclusion Powell River would like to congratulate everyone in Cranberry for 75 years of community spirit! To find out more about  the Cranberry Preschool check out our website http://inclusionpr.ca/?page_id=129
and to learn about Cranberry’s history follow this link from the Powell River Museum https://www.powellrivermuseum.ca/museum/facts/cranberry/cranberry.html

Summer Picnic!

On July 20th inclusion Powell River held the 2017 Summer Picnic! People from all over our community came to enjoy good food, great company and the refreshing sea air. We want to thank all those that came and helped out. A special thank you to Mark Brown and Carley Shelton for organizing and running the show. Also thank you to Safeway and Aaron Service and Supply for their generosity. This is the first year Safeway has helped sponsor our picnic and Aaron’s has been a long time partner. The Let’s Talk Trash Team helped us out with making it a Zero Waste event as well. We thank them all and hope to continue to work with them in the future.

Dave Harmer- Moving On

Thank you Dave Harmer. For over 18 years Dave Harmer has worked diligently crunching the numbers for inclusion Powell River. Dave has meant and done more for our organization than mere words can encapsulate. He has brought a warm, inviting and generous spirit that genuinely comes from someone who has a passion for their work and for those they work with and for. He has been more than just an accountant or manager. He has been an inspiration, mentor and friend. Often doing more than expected and earning the respect of his peers, Dave’s absence will be felt by all. To you Mr. Harmer, we thank you and wish all the best for you in this next chapter of your life.

Resolutions passed at inclusion BC Annual General Meeting

The Inclusion BC Federation passed six resolutions at our Annual General Meeting on June 16th. These resolutions will guide our work as we support and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and our member organizations.

• Establishing a Task Force on Income Security in BC
• Kids Can’t Wait
• An Institution is not a Home
• Inclusive Affordable Housing for People with Intellectual Disabilities
• Restoring Quality Inclusive Education
• Home Share Rates

for more information follow the link below…


Canada’s Nicest Person

CTV Vancouver Island
Published Friday, June 23, 2017

A Port Alberni woman who has made it her mission to sew blankets for sick kids has been named “Canada’s nicest person.”

Angel Magnussen created Hugginz By Angel, a registered charity that provides blankets and other items for kids with serious illnesses or other medical conditions.

Magnussen, who has Down syndrome, has sewn hundreds of blankets for hospitalized children around the world in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Scotland and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

Roots Canada announced last month it would be searching for the country’s nicest person in honour of Canada 150 anniversary celebrations.

Canadians were encouraged to nominate their friends and neighbours online who made a positive impact to their community or peers.

On Friday, it announced Magnussen would take home the honour – and a $10,000 donation to the charity of her choice, a $500 Roots gift card and a custom jacket.

“I am so happy to be named Canada’s Nicest Person,” she said in a statement. “$10,000 will help me to sew more blankets. I want to wrap sick kids in a warm hug to help them heal. Thank you for helping me to help sick kids.”

Magnussen made headlines last year when a long-distance runner Curtis Hargrove embarked on a 49-day journey to Los Angeles to deliver one of her blankets to Ellen.

Although the superstar, who is Magnussen’s hero, wasn’t there to receive the blanket, the stunt helped raise awareness and money for her Hugginz charity.


Words Have Power, Use Them with Respect


From the Winnipeg Sun

By Harry Wolbert, For the Winnipeg Sun
Monday, June 19, 2017 03:53 PM CDT

There’s a Japanese proverb that says: “The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high.” The words we use can have a profound impact upon the lives of others.

For centuries, people with disabilities have been labelled, euthanized, institutionalized, and excluded from our communities. Language has played a major role in how we’ve treated them. People living with intellectual disabilities have been called village idiots, feeble-minded, morons, imbeciles and retards. Today, these labels are considered outdated and offensive. Sadly, there are still some Canadians who use these words and phrases when referring to others.

People First of Canada and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society are working together on a project to raise awareness on the importance of language. Their project focuses on the use of the R-word and the ways that we can make students in our public school system aware of how the word affects labelled people. We need to teach our young people that using the R-word is no different than using the N-word when referring to an African-American. It’s offensive and unacceptable!

Most of us are familiar with the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Organizations which advocate for the rights of people with disabilities don’t believe that. They believe that words can hurt. Their message is that we need to be more respectful towards one another. This includes our words and our actions.

The R-word is often used to describe someone or something in a damaging or hurtful way. It reinforce negative attitudes and stereotypes of people living with intellectual disabilities. We should treat people with disabilities, and everyone else, the same way we would like to be treated. It’s a lesson we all learned at an early age, but sometimes forget.

What sort of language should we use? I believe that it’s wrong to reduce people to a diagnostic label. In North America, using people-first language has become the standard for respectful terminology. I am a person living with a disability. I also have a name. If you don’t know it, ask for it. That’s usually a good place to start when initiating a conversation with another person. It’s important to remember that everyone has value, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Let’s make respect the new R-word.

It’s been said that our beliefs become our thoughts, our thoughts become our words, and our words become our actions. The disability community knows from experience that negative language can lead to harmful actions like isolation, abuse, and violence. Stop and think, before you speak. Words have power — you do too!

The American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted as saying “The time is always right to do what is right.” When it comes to the R-word — do the right thing. Don’t use it! Take the pledge. Promise not to use the R-word. Support the removal of all offensive language from everyday speech. Encourage the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Finally, let us pledge to show respect to everyone.

— Harry Wolbert is an anti-poverty/disability advocate

Thank you, City of Powell River! From Ages and Stages

inclusion PR would like to thank the city of Powell River for accepting our grant-in-aid application for the Ages and Stages event.
The 14th Annual Ages and Stages event that ran on May 26, is run by multiple organizations such as inclusion PR, Success by 6, SD 47, Vancouver Coastal Health, PR Public Library, PREP, PRCYFSS, Tla’amin Health, PR RCMP and the PR Fire Dept.
We rely solely on financial donations to pull off this event. Thanks to the city accepting our grant in aid application, the Recreation Complex rental costs were covered for our event. This space rental is the largest cost for our Ages and Stages. Thank you city of Powell River!

BC Disability Pride Celebration and March!

On June 15th inclusion Powell River joined in celebration with folks from all over the province in the first BC Disability Pride Celebration and March. Celebrating the full citizenship of Canadians of all abilities, they marched from Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza to Brighouse Park.

The local media in Nanaimo covered the group from Clay Tree Society and their participation in the march. http://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/540683/disability-pride-march-inspires-nanaimo-society