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Community Events – August 12, 2019

What’s happening in your community in August?  

August’s Vancouver calendar features important dates and events in the Lower Mainland including shows, concerts, spring festivals, markets and events.

Link to August events around the city:


Dine the Expo Line – WestCoastFood


Named for the World’s Fair in 1986 for which it was built, the Expo Line is Vancouver’s original SkyTrain line. After emerging from below downtown Vancouver, riders are treated to a bird’s eye view as they travel through the metropolis of Burnaby to New Westminster and its waterfront dining and over the SkyBridge above the Fraser River to Surrey’s mix of traditional world cuisine and modern sensibility.

Journey around the world on a SkyTrain ticket! It only takes 35 minutes to travel from Vancouver to Surrey, and in only a few stops at our region’s many globally influenced restaurants along the way, your taste buds will think they’ve been gone for at least 80 days.


Gay Uncles Day

  • Gay Uncles Day, also known as Guncles Day, is celebrated on the second Sunday in August. It was first celebrated in the U.S. on a wide scale Sunday August 14, 2016.

People celebrate it by posting photos of guncles with nephews and nieces using the hashtag #GunclesDay, #GayUnclesDay or #NationalGunclesDay.[1][2][3][4]

The day highlights the diverse range of gay uncles who take care of nephews, nieces and other relatives, the definition of what it means to be ‘family’, and the growing acceptance of their role in today’s society.

Gay Uncles Day started as a social media hashtag campaign #GayUnclesDay in August 2016. The idea came from a Florida-based Facebook user, C.J Hatter.[5] Gay Uncles Day is always the second Sunday in August.

Sun. August 11, 2019


Don Davies, MP  

Annual Community BBQ

Join us for free hot dogs, entertainment and kid-friendly activities! Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair! Rain or shine!

Saturday, August 17, 1-3 PM at Grays Park



Computer Comfort

Computer Tutoring for Persons with Disabilities

Computer Comfort provides the perfect starting point for adults with disabilities who want to develop basic computer skills.  It offers one-on-one computer tutoring at no cost in a supportive, client-centred environment; a refurbished donated computer for the home, if needed; and ongoing support.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Free
  • Self paced, client centred learning
  • Ongoing technical support
  • A comfortable and supportive learning environment

Individuals can learn to use:

  • Microsoft Office software
  • Email
  • Internet, including social networking

Contact us for more information:

  • Munesh Raman
  • 604-473-9363  Toll Free: 1-877-673-4636


Cold Water Ranch Lodge 

Respite at the Cold Water Ranch
The Cold Water Ranch Lodge is an accessible respite lodge that welcomes kids and adults living with a disability for a stay, together with their loved ones.  The lodge is the
first of it’s kind in BC.  At no charge, it offers family a much-needed place to rest, recharge, and reconnect.  The Cold Water Ranch Lodge is available to children and adults living with a disability.  They are able to book a bedroom pod in the lodge and bring up to 6 of their loved ones (or their respite worker).  Eligible guests only pay a one-time minimal cleaning fee.

Disability organizations are able to book the lodge if 30% of the guests included are individuals with disabilities.  A cleaning fee applies.

Retreat Rentals

Corporate and other groups can rent the lodge for team-building retreats.  The rental income will be used for the operations and ongoing maintenance of the lodge.  That way thousands of families in need will be able to enjoy the lodge for years to come.

How to Book:  To make a reservation for your stay at the lodge, visit:


Caregivers Retreat


My name is Kaitie Unwin – I am the Manager of Communications at Plan Institute – a Vancouver-based non-profit that works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

As an organization that also works with people with disabilities and their families, we thought you might be interested in hearing about our upcoming Caregivers Retreat, taking place this Fall at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort in Parksville. The retreat is intended to give family caregivers an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate while connecting with other caregivers.

If you work with family caregivers, or know of anyone within your networks who may benefit from this retreat, we’d love for you to share this information with them!

I have included all detailed information about the retreat below – if you have any questions or would like to speak to me directly, please feel free to give me a call at 604.439.9566 ext: 161.

Thank you so much for your time!

Take care,


About the Retreat

This special weekend retreat was developed by and for family caregivers to allow for the chance to relax, rejuvenate and connect with other caregivers in a beautiful setting. The weekend involves a gentle schedule of activities including group sessions, nature walks, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation.

All delicious meals will be included.

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia

More Information:
For more information, visit:


2019 Self-Advocates Conference

Leading The Way To Independence

October 17, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Executive Airport Plaza Hotel

To Register or for more information:  604-279-7040 or INFO@RSCL.ORG



Kudoz is an experience platform connecting people with and without disabilities to splendid things to do, together.

Locals host anything from anime drawing to bread making to city politics.

Youth & adults with cognitive disabilities search the platform and book experiences to try!

Everyone is welcome at Reflection Cafe to swap photos & stories
from experiences.

Earn badges for stretching yourself! Badges go great on resumes.

Along the way, access our free learning coaches to build motivation & hone your skills.

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