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Community Events – June 28, 2019

The Spectrum Office will be closed on Monday July 1, 2019

What’s happening in your community in July?  

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

Link to July events around the city:


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:


Collingwood International Film Festival 2019

June 21, July 19 & August 2nd, 2019

Brought to you by:  Collingwood Policing Centre and Collingwood BIA

Link to Poster  :Collingwood International Film Festival 2019


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:


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.

Check out more at: