CLBC-BCGEU Scholarships open for applications
Applications are now open for a scholarship that enables BC adults with developmental disabilities to pursue jobs training or personal development.
Community Living British Columbia and the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) co-sponsor the $100,000 scholarship fund, established as part of their 2012 collective agreement. The fund is open to adults who are eligible for CLBC supports, and is being distributed over five years, starting in 2014. Help spread the word – the deadline for applications is March 31. Find more information, including application forms, by clicking here.
BC announces 2017 Disability Benefit rates:
How does $1.61/day improve the lives of people with disabilities in British Columbia and put us on track to being the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities by 2024?
That’s the question Inclusion BC is posing to the BC government following Friday’s surprise early announcement of a $50/month increase effective April 1 to the $983 Persons With Disabilities (PWD) benefit. The monthly stipend, which currently amounts to $31/day, is meant to cover all living costs, including food, shelter and transportation, for British Columbians who can’t work because of disability.
CLBC has presented their annual Widening Our World (WOW) Awards earlier this year. The WOW Awards are presented to recognize people who are building inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities in BC. Following a call for nominations during Community Living Month 2015, we received dozens of submissions from the people we serve, CLBC staff, service providers and community leaders across the province.
This year’s WOW Award winners are:
- Adam Irwin-Gunn– Victoria
- Chris Weekes – Powell River
- Garth McCreedy – Chilliwack
- Shelley De Coste – Kelowna
- Kelowna Sunrise Rotary – Kelowna
Here is a link to more information about this year’s awards and photos of all Nominees. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees for their dedication to our community living movement and thanks to all those who made nominations.
Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone
Inclusion BC is disappointed by the provincial government’s lack of effective response to the many British Columbians who have opposed the recent decision to claw back the cost of transportation from a small $77 increase in disability benefit rates.
Inclusion BC and the over 12,000 people (and growing) who have signed the petition understand the facts. This increase in disability benefit rates is grossly deficient and does nothing but equalize the abject poverty that people living on disability benefits face every day.
Understanding Vulnerability booklets – CLBC has produced a new plain language guide for self advocates around understanding vulnerability so that you can plan ahead and have a good life. Here is a link to the booklet which is now available in all CLBC offices.