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Community Events – October 21, 2016

Widening Our World (WOW) Awards

4273_CLBC_WOW_BrandRefresh_finalEvery year, Community Living BC’s Widening Our World (WOW) Awards celebrate the different ways people are building inclusion across B.C.

What do we mean by inclusion?
An example might look like people of all abilities doing something together – like being in a classroom, at work, at a community or sporting event, or playing in a band. Or it could be a self-advocate taking a leadership role, or a family member raising awareness about abilities in community.

The WOW awards are intended to show everyone in B.C. what an inclusive community looks like. When you nominate someone for a WOW Award, we are asking you to answer questions about how the person(s) you are nominating is making their community a place where people of all abilities are valued and respected.

Winner_Garth McGreedy - photo 3 - webWe are also asking you to take a photo to submit with your nomination that shows us what the person you are nominating is doing to make their community a welcoming place –  and explain why you think what they are doing is inclusive and deserves recognition. Photos really help to show people what inclusion looks like.

We know people are doing this work all across the province. Whether it is an employer, teacher, support worker, volunteer, self advocate or someone else breaking down barriers, we are looking to you to tell us about it – and show us what it looks like!

Click here to nominate an inclusion champion in your community

The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2016 (sorry, no late entries will be accepted).

Winners of this year’s WOW Award will be chosen by a Selection Committee in December 2016 and will be announced on the CLBC website in early 2017.

Award presentation events that include the photos will be held in early 2017 in the winners’ home communities.


Hosted by L’Arche Greater Vancouver

Every second Friday of the month, September through December 2016

(November 11, December 9)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

L’Arche Greater Vancouver

7401 Sussex Avenue

Burnaby, BC

Free Event – Please RSVP to Annette Kuhn 604-435-9544 ext 34

A fun evening for young and young at heart.  Adults with and without disabilities.

By sharing, laughter, games and other activities.

We hope to connect with one another and build friendships.

Van Dussen

The Signature of All Things

October 2 – 31, 2016

Location: Discovery Room

An art exhibition inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling botanical novel.

Exhibition Opening: The Signature of All Things
presented by the Open Book Art Collective

Opening reception: Sunday, October 2 | 1 to 4 pm

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 2nd, and join us in the Garden’s Discovery Room for the opening of a month-long exhibition of original artwork created by the Open Book Art Collective and inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, The Signature of All Things.

View the work and meet the artists. Then, satisfy your inner botanist with a closer look at some plant matter through one of our microscopes. Attendees will have the chance to enter to win one annual household membership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and a copy of Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven to continue to grow your love of art and nature.

The Open Book Art Collective is a Vancouver-based group of emerging artists brought together by their shared interest in creating dialogue with art objects that are both informed by and informing the literature that they reference.

Fire Ball Art Show

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 1:15pm – Friday, December 9, 2016 – 5:00pmNew Westminster

Date: October 14th to December 3rd, 2016
Location: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster (Across the street from the New West Skytrain Station)

Throughout the month of October, communities across BC are promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity, bringing awareness to the strengths and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Opening during Community Inclusion Month and closing on International Day of Persons with Disabilities Inclusion BC Foundation is mounting an exhibition called Fire Ball, showcasing the vibrant and visceral talent of artists with intellectual disabilities.

The works that make up the show are the result of a high-octane day tour of Community Inclusion art studios starting in our headquarter city, New Westminster, where we visited Pottery Works brand new location just around the corner on Victoria Street, Artists Helping Artists in Burnaby, Bridge Art Studio in Langley and Alternative Creations in Vancouver.

Gravitating to paintings and drawings that depict the natural world, its disasters and demons the works of Fire Ball are brazen in their points of views and as supernatural as BC itself.

Fire Ball runs from Oct 11th – Dec 9th in the Anvil Centre Community Art Space. Opening night is Friday, October 14th from 5-7pm featuring a tour, bar and meet and greet with the artists. Closing night is December 3rd, the evening of our Film Festival.

Link to Poster: fireball_poster



Taught by Patti Palm
Patti performs with The Madrigal Singer (classical) at VCC, City Soul Choir (World Music, Roots, Gospel) and leads the Patti Palm Quartet (Jazz)

This Theatre Terrific Music Jam class will look at Music in many different ways. What is it? Is it something your body can’t stop moving too? Is it singing in a choir? Is it tapping you pencil on a jar? Is it written on a piece of sheet music? Does it come from the keystrokes on your computer? Is it fun? The answer is yes to all of these!

Music has been around forever in many different ways.
You hear it the ocean, in a breeze, feel it on a busy city street.
Music lives in you, me and all of us.
How does it make you feel?
Let’s explore it together!

No background in singing? Don’t sweat it. This class is open to anyone, regardless of previous musical experience or abilities.
Our curriculum practice is based on building a strong Music ensemble and Community.
We tackle vocal technique, ear training, rhythms, body percussion and sounds.

Come on in and discover your Musical abilities in a fun and supportive way!

Where: Vancouver Japanese United Church (4010 Victoria St at 23rd Ave.)
When: Tuesday’s, October 18th to December 6th (with a performance at the December 8th Theatre Terrific AGM)

Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: $130 (pay what you can for low income applicants.)
#1 – Email – or
#2 – Phone – 604-222-4020
#3 – Show up for the first class and we can register you then!


Inclusion Art Show & Sale

Art show

The 12th Annual INCLUSION Art Show and Sale is just around the corner, happening on October 26-27 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. If you know a talented artist, or are one yourself, registration is now open! We’ll walk you through the process in a few quick and easy steps. Everything you need to know is posted on our brand new site!

Halloween 2016

You are warmly invited to

The Art Studios’ 19th Annual Winter Sale & Silent Auction

Great Items! Great Prices! Great Artwork! Great Event

Thursday, November 24th, 2016, 12-8 pm 

Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver (15th and Main Street)

For more information, please contact us at 604- 871-9788

The Art Studios is a Vancouver Coastal Health community mental health rehabilitation unit located in Vancouver, BC’ It offers youth, adults and older adults with mental illness and addictions the opportunity to recover through occupational therapy interventions, goal-setting, and art making within a safe, social environment.

Come join our festive ambiance and view the members’ fine arts & crafts. Their amazing creativity has once again produced an excellent selection of art cards, crafts, jewelry, paintings, pottery, and textiles. There will be live music as well as art demonstrations and colouring table. Remember to check out the silent auction where you can see donations from varied supportive Vancouver businesses that are willing to make a difference within our community. Bid for any number of gifts and don’t forget our door prizes and raffle! Profits from the Silent Auction helps to fund art & pottery supplies and workshops for members & alumni. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Thank You!

Please come out and support us!  The Art Studios Winter Sale and Silent Auction

Collingwood Community Lunch – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Check out their menu below

How to order:

you can eat there at Collingwood or you can get take out

you can order first thing in the morning for takeout and pick up your lunch at 12:30 for $6.25

These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; they reflect the changing seasons and diverse food traditions. All proceeds support Collingwood Neighbourhood House Seniors’ Wellness programs.