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Community Events – December 1, 2017

B.C. Poverty Reduction Strategy community meetings set to begin

Community meetings for British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy will kick off in Victoria on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

British Columbians are invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings will help inform the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The community meetings will run from the end of November to the end of March.

Victoria Public Engagement Meeting:

Event Date:  Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Location:  Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St.
Times: Doors will open at 6 p.m. The community meeting will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Note: Refreshments will be served.

More community meetings will be held throughout the province in the coming months. While some times and locations are still being finalized, the confirmed dates for 2018 are:

Prince Rupert:  Thursday, Jan. 11
Terrace / Kitimat:  Friday, Jan. 12
Smithers:  Saturday, Jan. 13
Kamloops:  Thursday, Jan. 18
Kelowna: Friday, Jan. 19
Nanaimo: Monday, Jan. 22
Port Alberni: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Campbell River: Wednesday, Jan. 24
Williams Lake:  Friday, Feb. 2
Quesnel:  Saturday, Feb. 3
Prince George:  Wednesday, Feb. 7
Cranbrook:  Thursday, Feb. 8
Nelson:  Friday, Feb. 9

Meetings are being planned for Vancouver, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby/New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Fort St. John/Fort Nelson.

Information can be found online as details become available:

A toolkit is being developed for people who want to host their own meetings and will be available on the website in a short time.

People can provide feedback in these ways:

Send input online:

Send an email:

Call and leave a voice mail message: 1 778 698-7746 (Victoria) or 1 800 663-7867 (elsewhere in B.C.)




Hosted by: Project Everybody (collaborated by Open Door Group)
Date: December 1st, 2017 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Location: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver (Click for map)

About the Event: Join us on Friday, December 1, 2017, as we wrap up Project EveryBODY 2017 with PEBcelebrates Vancouver’s annual celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre located in Vancouver.

It’s Vancouver’s FREE community celebration at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in honour of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Join us for an art show and sale, live music, performances, workshops, PEBtalks and much more.

With something for EveryBODY, this is a celebration you cannot miss!

For information please contact Project Everybody at or call 604-872-0770




Vancouver, BC


PARADE ROUTE: At 12pm, the parade will begin at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.

TELUS is thrilled to entertain over 300,000 spectators with an all-star assembly featuring marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats, and community groups. The morning begins with Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Vancouver, and we encourage all spectators to visit the Christmas Square located directly in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Open from 10am-12pm, the Christmas Square includes face painting, a letters-to-Santa station, carnival games, Purdys chocolate, and an entertainment stage featuring live music by Marie Hui’s Vancouver-based project, LeftCoast. As always, don’t forget to bring your donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and CKNW Orphans’ Fund.

Following the parade’s conclusion, Santa will make his way over to the TELUS Garden for a fun photo-op. Free to the public, you can catch Santa anytime between 2-4pm!

In anticipation of the big day, TELUS have teamed up for a food drive with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. From November 13-December 31st, for every non-perishable food item you bring to your local TELUS store, they’ll donate $1 per item towards the drive.

Follow the parade with #TELUSSantaClausParade!

For more information and details, visit the official parade website:


Click poster to enlarge!

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival 2017


Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The 3rd annual UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival explores the representation of disability in film. This year we’ve partnered with the National Film Board to present a 2-hour program of short films and conversation from the early public broadcast films of the 1960s to now including the world premiere of Inclusion BC Foundation’s own film Disability Pride 2017!

Date: December 3rd, 2017 7:00PM
Location: Anvil Centre Theatre 777 Columbia Street New Westminster (across the street from the New West SkyTrain station)

Join us at 6:00 pm that same night for the closing reception of Big House:  Selections from “From the Inside/OUT!” 1998.  When the last residents of Woodlands were preparing their move to community, the BC Self Advocacy Foundation initiated a project to record memories and feelings of people who had lived in large institutions.  Survivors worked with artist Persimmon Blackbridge to create these pieces.  The exhibition is in the community art space at the Anvil Center from October 5 – December 3, 2017.

WATCH the trailer:

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A Workshop on Community Mapping

Hosted by: the CLBC Vancouver Community Council
In Celebration of December 3rd International Day of Person’s with a Disability

Date: Sunday December 3rd 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Community Living BC
3rd floor, 210 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

WE all benefit from knowing more about the people, organizations, and programs that make up our local Vancouver Community.

The Community Living BC Vancouver Community Council invites you to come to a Community Mapping Workshop to learn about yourself and your community, to meet new people, and to have fun!

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Lyn Olivo at Lyn.Olivo@gov.

Link to Poster:  WorkshopCommunityMapping




Invites You To a Winter Party


An Evening of Entertainment & Refreshments

December 4 from 7-9 pm

BACI’s Still Creek Centre Cafeteria

2nd Floor 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby (At Douglas)

The building is fully wheelchair accessible with ample parking.  The bus stops on Douglas Road

Join familyWORKs members from across the Lower Mainland for live entertainment and fresh baked goodies.

For information contact:

Rachel:  778-386-4046

Anne:  604-644-9603

Link to Poster: Family Works 2


Post-Secondary Transition Fair
Transition information for Secondary Students
with Diverse Abilities

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 2:00-6:00 pm
John Oliver Secondary School
530 East 41st Ave, Vancouver, B.C. (Cafeteria)

This fair provides current information on services,
programs, and resources that exist to support students
transitioning from high school to adult life.

Who will offer information:
• Government Service Agencies
• Community and Transition Service Providers
• College Programs
• Vocational Rehabilitation Services
• Employment Agencies
• Adult and Youth Community Living Services
• Community Recreation Services
• Employers

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to
presentations, ask questions, and collect materials from
all the organizations at the fair.

Who should attend:
Students, parents/guardians, teachers, counselors,
resource teachers, social workers, career centre
coordinators, community-based support staff, special
program staff…

For further information contact:
Pam Neuman,
District Resource Teacher-Secondary Transition
Vancouver Board of Education

Link to Poster: Vancouver Transition Fair 2017


December 14 – 18

  • 7:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:00pm

A Christmas musical for the whole family, filled with music, drama, dance and laughter.  This is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Jennifer travels to the big city to see her dreams come true.  But her dream of joining the cast of the Starlight Theatre turns into the reality of joining the staff of the Galaxy Diner.  Experience the Golden Age of radio featuring the big band sounds of the 1940’s, drama, dance and comedy.

Come discover the true meaning of Christmas and how its message of hope and love can carry you through life’s challenges.

Balcony seating available for all presentation times – NO TICKETS REQUIRED. Seating is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Main floor seating – tickets are available for reserved general seating on the main floor.  Tickets available online. Tickets may also be purchased during the weekend service times starting November 4.

Ticketholders, please note:

  • reserved seating on the main floor is general seating
  • tickets purchased online for pick up at WILL CALL will be available on the day of the presentation. WILL CALL opens 90 minutes prior to the start time
  • ensure you arrive in time to be seated well before the start time. No latecomers will be seated (even if you have a ticket).  Any empty seats will be filled from our stand by line at the posted start time.

FREE PARKING at BCIT – out of respect for our neighbors, we ask that you do not block their driveways and respect any ‘no parking’ signs they have posted in front of their homes. Find directions to BCIT parking from the link on this page.

Nursery care (ages 0-2) available during matinees only (Saturday & Sunday at 3pm)

Doors open 1 hour before start time.  Will Call opens 90 minutes before start time.