Community Events – February 10, 2017

Inclusion BC is launching a year-long celebration of Disability Pride as part of the official Canada 150+ celebrations, marking our country’s 150th anniversary. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage, we are excited to be offering grants to help include people with intellectual disabilities as leaders and contributors in existing community activities, causes or celebrations across British Columbia.

Citizens with intellectual disabilities are essential to the Canadian mosaic. Throughout 2017 we’re promoting Disability Pride with the goal of inspiring action.

Visit DisabilityPride.ca to view The Story Behind Disability Pride, a short documentary that covers our exploration of pride and its role in civil rights movements. It looks at how and why pride consistently falls on the path to inclusion, what our Disability Pride celebration could look like, the importance of belonging and what being a Canadian means.

So, we invite you to be part of defining Disability Pride in 2017. Start planning how you want to participate in your community. What groups or causes do you care about? How can you join in supporting movements, activities and celebrations?

Funded by: Inclusion BC Foundation and Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

Questions?

Contact Amy Nugent,
Executive Director,
Inclusion BC Foundation
anugent@inclusionbc.org
604.777.9100


Collingwood -Lion Dance- Celebration

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

11:30 to 1:30 pm

Boundary and Rupert on Kingsway

& Euclid to Wellington Street on Joyce Street

Link to Poster:Chinese New Yr 2017


Pink T Shirt Day Society Anti-Bullying Campaign
February 22, 2017 is Pink T-Shirt Day! Kindness starts here 🙂

Pink T Shirt 2016

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Each year, on Pink T-Shirt Day, I encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Take the message and remember it all year long.

It is so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to them that others care. Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations – conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!

http://www.pinktshirtday.ca/

NxtChapterBookclubWe are members of the Next Chapter Book Club in Vancouver. We thought you would be interested in hearing about what we are reading and doing these days.

We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30-8pm at the coffee house The Grind in Vancouver. There is a bus stop nearby so it is easy to get to by bus. Spectrum Society for Community Living supports our book club and buys the books we read. When we finish a book we can keep it or donate it.

We work together as a team to read and talk about books. We read out loud to each other. If someone gets stuck on a word we help them out. We stop every once and awhile and talk about what we have been reading. We also look up words and pictures to help us understand what we are reading.

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                                                        (members with the author Jenny Story)

When we finish a book we have a celebration. We have

  • watched a movie at a member’s home and eaten popcorn
  • eaten fish and chips while we played the board game Clue
  • created bamboo weavings with an artist
  • eaten at a Greek restaurant (yes we like food!)
  • and had a question and answer session with the author Jenny Story.

Our next book is “Heart of a Champion” by Ellen Schwartz. It is an historical novel about a Japanese baseball team here in Vancouver. The author lives in Burnaby and we hope to have her come and talk to our book club.

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We have just started a pen pal project with another book club. We are hoping to get together with them once and awhile.

It’s good to be part of a book club. It gets you out spending time with friends. We all like getting together and have become better friends with each other. It’s good for your imagination!

We are looking for 1 or 2 new members for our book club. If you are interested please contact Judy at our office, 604-323-1433, or aaron@spectrumsociety.org