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Community Events – June 14, 2019

What’s happening in your community in June?  

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

Link to June events around the city:


Grand Opening of the newly upgraded Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain Station!

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Place: West Stationhouse – Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station

Join Translink for family friendly activities and entertainment, including music, a free photobooth, kids’ activity table, and have a chance to win some prizes.

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.

Eligible Guests

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:


Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health Group

We at “Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services” have been bringing groups out to the cities of the Lower Mainland by partnering with agencies such as yourselves. We are currently planning our groups for the 2019/2020 year, and if your agency would be interested in partnering with us, we’d be interested in hearing from you!

-This group runs for 9 consecutive weeks, one day/week.

Times:  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Dates:  February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15,
April 5 & 12, 2019

John Howard Society, 3360 Fraser St., Vancouver

Free parking nearby & nearby bus stops.

-Will take place in a room at an agency that is comfortable and fits 10+ people.
-Agency is guaranteed four spaces for their own clients & we bring four of our clients.
-We provide instruction, materials and therapists—all for free.

Contact and enquire: Anne Halas at
Developmental Disabilities

Link to Brochure:  Brochure_2018_2019_healthyrel_sexual_health_ddmhs_groups



TROUT LAKE – JUNE 21, 2018

Join us as we celebrate National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake with a community-based, full day of events set to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous people across Canada.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people gather to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, art and dance with each other and the general community – with a whole day of entertainment, activities, and fun planned for the whole family.

For information about this event, please visit:


Nominations Now Open for CLBC Inclusion Awards

Community Living BC (CLBC) invites you to recognize an inclusion superhero in your community by nominating them for a 2019 CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) award.

CLBC holds the WOW awards to recognize the many ways people are leading the way to make sure adults with developmental disabilities are included in their communities.  Whether it is an employer, teacher, support worker, community member, someone who lives with a disability, or anyone else that is making sure their community is welcoming and respectful of all people, please tell us about it!

Since 2009, over 40 people have been recognized with an award for their leadership in making people feel included. Past winners have been recognized for creating an inclusive band, or hiring people who live with a developmental disability, or building awareness about how people with diverse abilities contribute to their community.  You can read about past WOW Award winners here.

Nominating someone is easy. You can complete the online nomination form here, or print the hard copy nomination form here and mail or fax it in, or visit a local CLBC office to request a nomination form. No matter how you choose to nominate someone, everyone is encouraged to recognize the person they think has an unwavering commitment to making sure people with differing abilities are welcomed as active participants in their community.

Nominations are open until July 31, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Winners will be determined by September 2019 by a committee that includes people served by CLBC, community members, families and CLBC staff.  Award winners will be celebrated with events in their home community in October 2019 during Community Inclusion Month.  You can find out more by visiting


Stand up for Mental Health


Stand Up For Mental Health 2019 Winter Class Grad


Whats so funny about mental health? As far as Stand Up For Mental Health is concerned  everything!

Founded by award-winning counsellor and stand-up comic David Granirer Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. This show takes a hilarious look at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system

This show features David Granirer, the 2019 Winter class, the SMH Alumni, and psychiatrist Judy Allen

It’s at Yuk Yuks Comedy Club 2837 Cambie at 12th at 7 PM on Monday July 1

Tickets:  $20.00

Link to Poster:  SMH_poster_winter2019Grad_proof0179.pdf




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:



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.

Check out more at: