Our Stories

Jean Houston, in a speech called, “Human Choice and Human Possibility” at the Choices for the Future Symposium in 1987 asked: “Can you join your story to the larger story that is yearning to reach into you?” For people with disabilities, many of whom were still in the process of moving from institutions back to their communities, with the support of their families and friends, it was a particularly meaningful question because in those places stories were lost. We believe, with David Pitonyak, that part of our support role is helping people “hold their stories.” These are some of our stories, and you’ll find others on our facebook pages and in our blogs. Please feel free to share them, comment and send us your own.

Folks We Care About: Allan Tsang

“Allan is one of the most hard working associate in our department, I really admired his energy and he really enjoys his job.” Congratulations to Allan on passing probation at his job with TRUMP tower downtown. Continue reading

Shelley and Person Centred Planning – April 2017

Alice had started working with Karen Lai – Spectrum’s Employment Specialist – and their conversations went from big dreams to figuring out day to day events. Karen suggested that Alice might like to do a PATH to get it all on paper. Continue reading

Folks We Care About: Sam Dekker

~ In Memory ~ Sam was a kind, thoughtful, patient and funny man. He loved to walk, swim and was a very good bowler. He was independent and strong. His family loved him dearly as did many others. We will miss … Continue reading

Folks We Care About: Allan Tsang

My name is Allan and I wanted to share with you a video taken at my speed skating practice. Continue reading

Collingwood is an inclusive community – Meet Diana – Connector!

Diana is the star of a recent Renfrew Collingwood News article: From approaching businesses to providing information pamphlets, Di truly values the importance of getting to know and build a connection with other community members. Continue reading

101 Friends – April 2015 Newsletter

The monthly 101 Friends Newsletter provides information about network development and person centred planning. This month we have information on upcoming training and stories about how person centred planning has led to positive changes in life. Continue reading

The Sniper by Dallas Stager aka The Underdog

Dallas is a Special Olympics athlete, a First Nations self advocate, a great friend to many and we are proud to have him as a board member of Spectrum Society for Community Living. Continue reading

Barb Westfield Directs her Own Supports

This past summer Barb Westfield had the opportunity to experience the power of directing her own supports. Continue reading

New Beginnings – Taunton is Closed

On May 17th, the last three people to live at the home on Taunton Street moved out and now BC Housing Management Commission is planning what will happen next for the house. Continue reading

Folks We Care About: Gary Adams

Gary wanted to share some photos from his recent trip to Seattle. He took the Amtrak train one way & plane the other. Continue reading