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Learning Opportunities – November 11, 2016

Poverty Reduction – Living Wage Summit 2016
Facing Poverty in Our Communities: Building Engaged Networks

Hosted by: BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and Living Wage for Families Campaign
Date: November 15th and 16th, 2016
Location: Richmond Radisson Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond (click for map)
Registration: Space is limited. Please download and complete a registration form (pdf) and email it to

Click here for agenda

About the Summit: The Living Wage for Families Campaign has partnered with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition to deliver a two-day summit for engaged community members from across BC.

Through strengthening relationships from local to local and from local to provincial, the short-term aim is to change how we take action and work together to be more effective in the long-term aim of changing policies to benefit the health and well-being of people living in poverty. The goal of the summit is to create links across communities as well as increase our capacity to organize on issues related to the living wage and poverty reduction.

For more information please contact the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition at 604-877-4553 or the Living Wage for Families Campaign at 604-975-3347 or visit the Living Wage Summit website.

Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

November 16-18, 2016 at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Denman St, Vancouver

The conference will also provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.


  • Provide updated information to clinicians and caregivers about best practices in physical and mental health for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Identify core issues and challenges facing individuals with DD, learning new ways to help maximize health and wellbeing in order to improve quality of life
  • Share knowledge and common experiences with others working in the field

For more information, check the Conference Website. 

MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend one of the upcoming sessions.

Option A:    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Two Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over two 6 hour classes
  • No physical skill training

Option B:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Three Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Includes physical skill training

Upcoming Sessions

Option A – November 24th and 25th, 2016

Option B – November 24th, 25th and 28th, 2016

TASH 2016 – Gateway to Equity – St Louis, Missouri – Nov 30 to Dec 2, 2016

Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

 $150 Training Allowance 

Did you know that after one year of permanent full-time employment with Spectrum that you’re eligible to receive up to $150 per year of training allowance?

This allowance can be put towards various programs, classes and/or wellness programs that promote personal growth.

 Please make sure that you receive approval from Human Resources                        ( ) before registering in your training of choice.