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Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day!


Trout Lake Mother’s Day Traditional Pow Wow: Strength in Our Braids

The 2023 Mother’s Day Traditional Pow Wow will be a three day event, Friday through Sunday. It is organized by a community-led committee and executed with the help of volunteers. Everyone is welcome and entry is free!

Event Details

  • Pow Wow traditional giveaways
  • Free pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday 10-11am
  • Elders room available
  • Bring your Pow Wow chairs
  • Food trucks

This event takes place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sə̓ lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

When: May 12, 13, 14

Where: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive

Click Here for More Information


Self Advocacy Leadership Institute Application Deadline May 8!

The Self Advocacy Leadership Institute is a four-day event created by self advocate leaders to support the learning and skill development of 25 of their peer self advocates. If this year is successful, the planning committee would like to offer this opportunity every two years to a new group of peer self advocates.

The institute takes place August 14 to 17, 2023 at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in Kelowna.

Learn more and apply by May 8 on the Inclusion BC website here.


Join CLBC’s May Open Board Meeting

Individuals, family members and service providers are invited to join our next CLBC open Board meeting from 9:00am to 11:55am (PDT) on Wednesday, May 10. This meeting will include a presentation on the Including All Citizen’s Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and reports from our Indigenous Advisory Committee, Provincial Advisory Committee and CEO Ross Chilton.

To register to attend the meeting, please send a request to asking to attend the May open Board meeting. You will be sent a Microsoft Teams meeting link and an information sheet on how to use MS Teams.

The CLBC Board meets four times a year. Meetings are open to the public and information about the board schedule and joining a meeting remotely can be found on the CLBC Board Meeting Schedule website here.


A special presentation announcement “Natural Authority” by Yuji Kajiwara and Angela Clancy (Family Support Institute).

This will talk about the importance of supporting decision-making rights to everyone.

When: Friday, June 16th Friday 1pm – 3pm

Where: Spectrum Society’s Barb Goode Training Center, 3223 Kingsway

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jenna at



CNH Food Hub seeking Performers

Renfrew-Collingwood Food Hub Winter Updates – Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice

Food Hub is looking for artists and musicians to entertain shoppers during their summer vegetable market, running from June – September, held on the front lawn of Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5228 Joyce Street). No previous experience required and a small honorarium will be given to performers.

For questions and applications contact


Still Moon Arts Society looking for Artists and Performers

The Still Moon Arts Society is calling for artists and performers to participate in the 21st Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival on Saturday, September 23rd. They are looking for performers for the Harvest Fair, and artists for the Streamside Lantern Installation. The festival will feature live music, dance, shadow puppets, ecological arts and workshops, youth performances and more! This is a celebration of harvest abundance, diverse cultural traditions, the natural environment of Renfrew-Collingwood, and its communities.

How to Apply: visit

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 21st, 11:59pm

Any Questions? Contact


Trout Lake Senior’s Bake Sale

seniors at Trout Lake smiling, hosting a bake sale

The Trout Lake Senior’s bake sale is back again this year on Mother’s Day! This is the perfect event to find delicious homemade baking. Bring Moms, Grandmas, and everyone else to check out our selection of delicious baking from the Trout Lake Seniors. Everything from pies, cakes, cookies, loaves, savories, and more! Don’t miss out on these delicious treats. One day only, and no registration required.

When: Saturday, May 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Operation Trackshoes is Returning June 9th – 11th

Operation Trackshoes, an annual sports festival for British Columbians with developmental disabilities, is returning this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary! It will include both competitive, non-competitive and fun events and many entertainment venues, along with Saturday night banquets and dances.

When: June 9th- 12th, 2023

Where: University of Victoria

Learn how to participate here.


Renfrew Community Centre

Where: Renfrew Community Centre, 2929 E 22nd Ave

Register Here


CNH Community Lunch is returning!

Collingwood Neighborhood House’s community lunch will be returning on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with a new chef!). May’s lunch menu will be posted at Spectrum’s office and added to the next Team News when it becomes available. For any questions please contact Jenny at



Emergency Travel Assistance provider is changing

Effective July 1, 2023, the emergency out-of-country and out-of-province travel assistance provider, will change to Global Excel Management (GEM). GEM will replace Allianz Global Assistance (Allianz). The goal is to ensure an easy transition.

What this means:

Allianz will continue to manage claims incurred prior to July 1, 2023 for the remainder of 2023.

Plan members can download their new travel card on or the my Sun Life mobile app on or after July 1, 2023. There will be no change to your coverage. And since the telephone numbers remain the same, there’s no impact if a plan member hasn’t downloaded their new travel card yet.

As of July 1, 2023 when plan members log in to or my Sun Life mobile app, you will receive a prompt to download the new travel card.

Sunlife will send an email beginning July 4, 2023 to all plan members with ETA coverage, if they have your email on file. Plan members will also have access to a website where claims can be submitted and tracked.

If you have any questions regarding Travel Benefits, please email HR at 


Compass Works – Hospitality Training at Easter Seals House

A 22-week on the job work experience program that gives certification to obtain entry level employment in the hotel industry.

Training & Certification

Receive skills and certification training in:

  • disability management
  • upskills, essential skills, and soft-skills
  • basic computer skills for employment readiness that includes resume building, interview skills and networking
  • SuperHost, WHIMIS, FoodSafe, and Foundations of Workplace
  • job-specific skills related to housekeeping, front desk reception, and guest services with the support of a job coach.

On-The-Job Work Experience

CompassWorks runs out of Easter Seals House in Vancouver where you will learn to apply your training at the front desk, in housekeeping and guest services

Skills for Success

The skills you’ll learn will help give you the confidence and experience you need to be successful working in the hotel industry.

Job Search and Follow Up Support

Learn new skills in building your resume and sharpen your interview skills. Plus, you’ll receive follow up support with your job search.

Who Can Apply?

This program is best suited for persons with disabilities, with equal opportunities for Indigenous with disabilities.

Register Today!

Contact your local WorkBC Centre to meet with a Case Manager who will determine if you are eligible for this program.

Contact Information:

3981 Oak Street, Vancouver

Easter Seals BCY: 236-521-4608


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In October 2022, the B.C government launched the Accessibility Feedback Tool (the Tool). The Tool allows individuals to report the barriers they encounter in accessing government services. The feedback received will be shared with relevant ministries and may be used to inform future accessibility plans.


VOICEMAIL: (250)940-8569



Pros & Cons of Employee Assistance Programs | Nivati

For those receiving benefits with Spectrum, we offer our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) to provide 24/7 confidential support to our employees. If you are not currently receiving group benefits but are in need of support, please reach out to your supervisor or Human Resources at so we can provide you with accessible options of support. For immediate access to set up assistance, you can click here: Lumino VC ( OR download the app directly onto your smart device by going to the App Store and searching Lumino Health Virtual Care. The graphic is as follows and you will need your benefit group number and Access ID to set it up:
Lumino Health Virtual Care – Apps on Google Play

Improving the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) experience

Sunlife has added two new service enhancements to the Lumino Health Virtual Care EAP:

  • a new phone number for immediate support,
  • 24/7 service support by Dialogue across all Lumino Health Virtual Care products.*
New EAP phone number
  • When accessing EAP via the app is not possible:
    • Plan members can get access to immediate help through their EAP by calling 1-844-342-3327A Member Service Specialist will assess your needs and coordinate care with the appropriate resources.

Plan members are also able to access the EAP through the app or online.

New 24/7 Dialogue support*

If you or your dependents are having trouble using the app or website and need help accessing your account, they can:

 For questions regarding benefits plan information, you can

Spectrum recognizes that our teams do an incredible job of supporting people in our services. The work that each of you do is valuable and at times, difficult. Please do honor what your body/mind may be communicating. If you feel increased stress or grief, please pay attention to those signals and reach out to the EAP or us for resources of support.


What is happening in Vancouver in May?

Click on the link below to see what’s happening:


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Is there anyone you know that is looking for meaningful work?

If you have a friend, family member or meet someone in the community that is interested in joining the team and you refer them to Spectrum, you could be eligible for a referral bonus!

If the person referred is hired and maintains at least 6 months of consistent employment with Spectrum, we will award a $250 Referral Bonus.

*for more information on the program, please email

We thank you for bringing us quality applicants/employees!



The art of the sword at Academie Duello is a group activity for 4-8 people; social + exercise!

They are looking for fellow introverts to find a group of people to organize smaller private classes with instead of going to the much larger drop-in classes and for a reasonable price. See for yourself what wielding a sword like in RPGs is like!

The length of each class depends on # of participants

$170 for 10 credits in one month, ~2 classes a week

1 credit = 10 minutes private lesson duration

Examples of the possible split of credits/class frequency/length depending on the number of people 

2 people = 20 credits

3 people = 30 credits

4 people = 40 credits

5 people = 50 credits

6 people = 60 credits

7 people = 70 credits

8 people = 80 credits

For anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Woollacott at

Home – Academie Duello – Learn Swordplay

International Centre for Swordplay – Learn Longsword, Rapier, Sidesword, Polearms, Mounted Combat, Archery, martial arts, axe throwing.



Submitting Coordination of Benefits claims via the my Sun Life mobile app

Managing your benefits is easier than ever. We’re happy to share that you can now submit Coordination of Benefits claims (COB) on the my Sun Life mobile app.

You can now submit medical-related COB claims on the my Sun Life mobile app.* Plan members can continue to make COB claims involving vision, drugs, or dental online at

Changes like this are part of our ongoing mission to continually improve our digital experience.

What is Coordination of Benefits?

Coordination of Benefits is when more than one plan covers a person. COB lets plan members submit their claims and any remaining amounts to another plan. This allows them to get the maximum payment possible. This typically means an employee has coverage through their workplace plan and their spouse or partner’s workplace plan.

Check out our brochure that gives a step-by-step guide on submitting COB claims. This is accessible via the my Sun Life mobile app.


Employees can learn more about Coordination of Benefits by signing in to > Benefits centre > Coordination of Benefits.


Please call Group Benefits Client Care Centre at 1-800-361-6212, Monday to Friday,
8 a.m to 8 p.m. EST.


Ray’s Retro Friday Night Music

  • Hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies society (SAOR)
  • Meets the third Friday of every month from 5:00pm – 6:00pm MDT / 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT
  • Join the group on Google Meets by clicking here or dial: ‪(CA) +1 587-688-3336 PIN: ‪599 330 504#

Breaking Away from the Covid Blues with Lynnetta

  • Hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies Society (SAOR)
  • Meets the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm – 2:00pm MDT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT
  • Join the group on Google Meets by clicking here or dial: ‪(CA) +1 613-916-1823 PIN: ‪337 088 313#

Phone Tree

  • Hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies Society (SAOR)
  • Every Thursday: 2:00pm – 3:00pm MDT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm PDT
  • SAOR will be holding weekly group phone calls to catch up with friends and meet new advocates from around the province.
  • To register, email or call 250-426-3393 by 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Spots are limited to five per call so make sure to sign up to reserve your spot.


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What do you do if you or someone you’ve worked with has been injured?

All Spectrum employees are covered by WorkSafe BC. Employees who sustain an injury while performing their daily work are eligible to receive compensation from WorkSafe BC. For all accidents (whether time loss occurs or not) a Workers’ Report of injury form must be completed and returned to the immediate supervisor who will forward the form to Human Resources for processing, or the employee can return the completed form directly to Human Resources. Claims submitted into WorkSafe BC must be reported within three (3) days.

Policy 9(d):

Injury/Accident Report forms can be found on our Spectrum website under Human Resources, left hand menu “Forms” or you can email and one will be emailed to you.

Reporting Helps Us To learn, grow and improve together

Accidents happen and one of the main purposes of our accident/injury reporting is to collaborate with WorkSafe BC, our teams and employees to ensure that any employee who is injured receives the proper medical care and support they may need. Our reporting process also provides an opportunity to assess our workplaces for potential hazards so we can continue to improve and determine preventative measures to mitigate future risks. Think of reporting your injury as an opportunity to help yourself and your team.

Why it is important to report an incident, even if you are feeling okay?

Even if you feel ok, there is an obligation to report potential risks or hazards to your supervisor and HR. It’s good news that you’re ok but the next person might not have that same experience. We want to ensure that we are aware of and reviewing any potential risks of injury in your places of work. We have an obligation to ensure the well-being of all employees and review and investigate any potential hazards. Please keep us informed and assist us with keeping you and our teams safe!

Most importantly remember to Take care of yourself.

Employees who take care of themselves and their own needs will be better prepared to care for others on the job.

For example:

  • Don’t accept more work than you can handle.
  • Recognize signs of stress and take the necessary steps to alleviate stress in your life.
  • Let your supervisor know if you need assistance with something.
  • Don’t place yourself or others at risk by taking on more than you are prepared for.

Enjoy your work! If you don’t, then be honest with yourself and your supervisor about it. You may need a break.

If you have any Health & Safety related questions, please email

Be Safe. Be Calm. Be Kind