Directors’ Blog

One Week at a Time

As we round off week four and head into the long weekend, we want to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the positive things that are happening.  There is much to be thankful for.  The people we support, and the staff and caregivers supporting them, are staying safe and healthy.  Continue reading

Re-Scheduled! Madagascar Fundraiser – March 8, 2019

Community Development Project in Madagascar Fundraiser Rachelle Czerwinski has been involved in this poverty alleviation project since 2009.  Funds raised are used to support a community garden, solar cooking, after school activities for the children (mostly drawing and coloring as … Continue reading

Remembering Diane Blackwood

We will miss Diane greatly. Her contributions to making Spectrum a strong person-centred agency simply cannot be measured. She was a friend, a mentor, and a role model. Continue reading

Community Living in New Zealand

I was invited in October to visit New Zealand by Michael Kendrick, PhD and assist with instructing his course called Optimal Individualized Service Design (OISD). Continue reading

World Down Syndrome Day Presentations in Richmond

I was invited to present to a group of parents and educators at the Richmond School Board on April 11, 2018.  Continue reading

Team News – November 17, 2017

Policy Committee Meeting Nov 7 2017 – Talented Team Members! – Requirements – Please check your paystub and update your requirements – Personal Changes for Your Benefits – Municipal Pension Plan Information Continue reading

Gentle Teaching International 2017

The Gentle Teaching Conference in downtown Vancouver gave participants an opportunity to learn about the basics of Gentle Teaching and hear how it is being used around the world, from Iceland and the Netherlands, to Michigan and Saskatchewan. Continue reading

It’s My Home – great short video on respecting home

This quick music video makes the point about whose home it is and what the owner expects of others in his home. Catchy tune too! 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

Provincial Election – May 9, 2017 – I am Voting

Inclusion BC and the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC are supporting an initiative to ensure that people with disabilities know they have the right to vote, and we want to ensure everyone we support, knows they have the right to vote! Continue reading