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A Message from our Executive Director, Ellen Tarshis
Dear CLV family and friends,
On May 25, 2021 the Province of BC launched a four-step restart plan, setting out how COVID-19 public health orders will be removed or relaxed by early Fall in: personal and organized gatherings, travel, business operations, use of offices and workspaces, and sports and exercise. This is wonderful and welcome news for us all as we head into the warmer days of summer. In this update, we will review some of the questions that are coming up as we work towards our new normal, and move forward safely, slowly and with confidence together.
We have updated our COVID-19 Safety Plans. As a social service agency, we are bound by some regulations that will make our restart a bit different, but we will roll out our Restart Steps to the same timeline as the province’s. We are also excited by the prospect that persons served will have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by mid July, which will be an added layer of protection for them, and all of us as we engage in some new things to do.
We are gradually seeing our community inclusion programs increasing capacity and as of July 1st we have relaxed some of the restrictions that have been in place in all CLV services.
The progress we have made in our vaccination rates, reduced case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, are all signals that we are moving in the right direction. If any disruption occurs, we have been advised that it may slow down our progress through the steps (e.g., dates to move forward may be delayed), however we should not expect stricter orders.
Most persons served living in group homes, and others we support and many of our staff have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which adds a layer of protection for them, and all of us as we engage in some new things to do.
We have come a long way, and it is important to remember where we were at the beginning of the pandemic, with an unknown virus that could infect everyone and no vaccines – to where we are today, with knowledge, vaccines, and treatments available. COVID-19 is part of our vocabulary now, and soon it will be managed through Public Health, rather than temporary emergency measures. Brighter days are indeed ahead!
Thank you so much to our families for your feedback, your patience, and your resilience during the past fifteen months. We want to acknowledge our staff, individuals, home sharing providers, contractors, and community partners who continue to do their part in keeping people safe and maintaining essential services. We are proud to be a part of such a great community!
We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes. We encourage families to check the CLBC website at www.communitylivingbc.ca/resources/information-about-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ for updates on COVID.
REACH FOR THE SUN CAMPAIGN 2021
With your help, we can make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities
I invite you to share in the gift of giving and ask you to support our Reach for the Sun campaign. This summer fundraising campaign is celebrating its 31st anniversary. The campaign’s contributions have made a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities in our community. The generosity of our donors has helped us raise over $160,000 over the last 30 years. On behalf of the people we support and their families, I am grateful for our community’s contributions.
Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.
This has been an unprecedented time. Community Living Victoria is an essential service provider during the pandemic. Please consider a donation to CLV to help with the cost of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or to assist in the cost of purchasing food for families or individuals who live on their own and have needed our help. Click on the Make a Donation button below. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.
You can make a difference! Thank you for your continued support and have a safe and happy summer.
President, the Foundation
A new look for 2021!
This year the Summer Services Booklet for Children and Youth with Disabilities, also known as the Yellow Booklet, has been transformed to a new online format.
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Rezoning Update Information Session – December 01, 2020
Click here for our latest Affordable Housing Update
Showing the Heart of CLV
Enjoy this update about some of the things we have been busy at CLV doing as of late. Despite CoVid, 2019/20 we found ways to have a positive impact!
Annual Report 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 Community Living Victoria Annual Report is online now.
Community Living Victoria completed our 6th CARF Accreditation survey in November 2020. This year looked very different with a digitally enabled (DESS) survey due to current CoVid-19 Health and Safety precautions. It was a great success and we are proud to say that CLV received another 3 year accreditation. A big THANK YOU to everyone who worked hard to make this a great success!