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MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

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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 an upcoming session.

Two Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over two 6 hour classes

Training will take place in the Barb Goode Training Centre at 3223 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

10am to 4pm each day.

Next session:  April 18 & 19, 2024  – Limited Spaces available


Dance/Movement Classes For All Bodies & Abilities

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Are you ready to embrace the rhythm of life and dance like nobody’s watching? We are thrilled to invite you to our inclusive dance classes that celebrate diversity, welcome all body types, and embrace the unique abilities of every individual.

Join us on the dance floor to move with joy, celebrate diversity, forge connections, ignite your imagination and connect with your inner self!

No prior dance experience necessary! Whether you’re a seasoned mover or taking your first steps, our amazing facilitators will lead you into a heartwarming and liberating experience.

WHEN: April 9th – June 11th (10 classes) | Everything Tuesday | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Christine Sinclair Community Centre (3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC)

COST: $250 for the 10 classes (only 16 spots are available!)

If you would like to attend the classes and are facing a financial barrier, please email:

No one will be denied access for lack of funds.

Theatre Terrific Classes

Table Tennis Social

You just got served…with an invitation to our Table Tennis Social at PARC in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre. Show off your wicked serve, practice your paddle skills, or sit back and socialize. After the games, enjoy pizza on us!

Please RSVP to Peter at

WHEN: Friday, April 12th | 4:00PM – 6:00PM

WHERE: PARC gym, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver BC)

Sunset Park Native Plant Knowledge Share

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Learn how to select and care for native plants at this afternoon workshop. Plant experts will share their knowledge on native, climate adapative and pollinator friendly plants, and we’ll visit two Seeding Stewardship sites, South Memorial Park Pollinator Garden and the Sunset Park Rain Garden.

Seeding Stewardship is a new program from City of Vancouver and Parks Board that provides opportunities for members of the community to steward nature-based solutions such as rain gardens and pollinator meadows. These spaces bring nature into the city, helping to clean and manage rainwater, cool the urban environment, encourage biodiversity, and make a more liveable city.

This year, we have 7 sites looking for leaders and urban nature lovers to support them. We’re also launching the Reciprocity Fund, which can provide up to $2000 in funding to support activate and steward your community space. Join us for this workshop and to learn more about this exciting new program!

WHERE: Sunset Park (404 East 51st Avenue Vancouver, BC)

WHEN: Saturday, April 13th | 2:00PM – 4:00PM

COST: FREE. But please register.

Series: Still Moon Gardeners’ Gatherings

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Are you interested in Natural Dye plants? Gardening? Community? Art!?

At Still Moon’s Gardeners’ Gathering Work Parties, we’ll be weeding, watering, and maintaining the Colour Me Local Dye Garden. Participants will work together to tend the garden, be able to ask questions, and at some of these gatherings we will bring a dye pot and fabric test strips so we can experiment with natural dyeing while we work!

The Schedule:

  • Saturday, April 13, 10am-12:30pm | Planning, Weeding, Soil Prep
  • Tuesday, May 7, 5pm-7pm | Garden and Soil Prep, Weeding
  • Saturday, May 11, 10am – 12pm | Planting Seeds, Weeding
  • Tuesday, June 11 ,5pm-7pm | Weeding, Watering
  • Saturday, July 27, 10am – 12pm | Dye Experiments
  • Tuesday, August 6, 6pm – 8pm | First Indigo Harvest
  • Saturday, August 24, 10am – 1pm | Dye Experiments
  • Saturday, September 7, 10am – 1pm | Second Indigo Harvest
  • Saturday, October 12, 10am – 12pm | Weeding, Watering, Harvest
  • Saturday, October 19, 10am – 12pm | Garden Clean Up

Facilitated by:

The Gardeners’ Gatherings will be Facilitated by Eco-Arts Program Manager, Ada Dragomir. During some sessions, Still Moon Youth Connect program participants will be joining us to make light work of our many tasks.

The Garden:

Still Moon’s Colour Me Local Dye Garden will be bumping with crops of coreopsis tinctoria, scabiosa atropurpurea, rubia tinctoria, or persicaria tinctoria over the summer and fall.

Join us to start this beautiful process starting April!

The Invitation:

Join the Still Moon team for some fun getting your hands dirty, while connecting with other gardeners in the community. Play outside with us and take your knowledge to your own garden spaces!


  • This is a free-to-attend experience
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing & closed-toed shoes
  • Bring a water bottle and a hat for hot weather
  • Food will not be provided. Feel free to bring your own snacks
  • Tools will be provided. Feel free to bring some if you have (gardening gloves, hand trowels, knee pads/mat to kneel on if you have one)

>> If you play an instrument, feel free to bring it along and join in with the chorus of neighbours who jam in the garden!

>> You can choose to attend one or all of the gatherings, that’s up to you!

– The Colour Me Local Dye Garden is an unpaved grass garden located in the northwest corner of Renfrew Ravine Park, and wheelchairs may require assistance.
– There is free parking in the neighbourhood.
– Washrooms are not available onsite, but can be found at the Renfrew Community Centre located 10 minutes away (~1 kilometer)
– There are benches available.

About Colour Me Local Dye Garden:

Still Moon’s Colour Me Local Dye Garden, located on the West Side of the Renfrew Ravine, is a community engaged initiative focused on planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing and using plants most known for their pigments. In addition to natural dye extraction, the garden supports pollinators, insects and wildlife, and is home to many Indigenous plants stewarded by our Indigenous neighbours.

About Still Moon Arts Society

Still Moon Arts Society mobilizes community and creates positive change through eco-arts and environmental stewardship programming, and produces the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. Still Moon is a registered charity whose mission is to inspire vibrant and connected communities by creating artistic experiences and nurturing a passion for nature.

WHEN: Saturday, April 13th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

WHERE: Colour Me Local Dye Garden (3958 Renfrew Street #3998 Vancouver, BC)

COST:  FREE, but please register!

The Marketplace: Spring ’24

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Local shoppers, unite! ️

Don’t miss The Marketplace: Spring ’24 edition at Heritage Hall on April 13-14th! Explore over 40 vendors showcasing unique handmade products, indulge in delicious offerings from local food trucks, and groove to live music. Plus, be one of the lucky first 25 in line to receive market money to spend on your favorite finds!

WHERE: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver, BC

️WHEN: Saturday & Sunday | April 13 – 14 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM

Dog-friendly venue

Admission is free for all, no tickets required – see you there!

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

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Experience the vibrant Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival from an authentic Japan Fair to communal dance, music, and delicious food. Enjoy haiku, pop-ups, picnicking, guided walks & biking, workshops, and more.

Visit for the full event schedule.

Click here to view the full map of cherry blossom locations.

WHERE: Vancouver, BC

WHEN: Friday, March 29th – Thursday, April 25th

COST: There are both free and ticketed events!

Community Lunch Program at Renfrew Park Community Centre

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Meals include a hot entrée, salad or side dish, dessert, coffee or tea. We try our best to use locally grown seasonal vegetables and fruit from community gardens! Lunches will be served on a first come first served basis.
Lunch can be bought in person with cash/credit card or online with a credit card, limit of 4 per person. Limited number of lunches available.
Adults/Seniors $7.62+tax, Children/Youth $6.19+tax
*This week’s menu has not been released by the chef*

Fees for this program are non-refundable.

WHERE: Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 E 22nd Ave, Vancouver, BC) – Kitchen (Room 110)

WHEN: Friday, April 12th | 12:00PM-1:00PM

CNH’s Community Lunch Menu For April (PAUSED)

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For updates, please send an email to

The Lapu-Lapu Day Block Party!

Click here for more information!

What is happening in Vancouver in April?

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

SAVE THE DATE For Spectrum’s Annual Summer Picnic!

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

TIME: 2:00PM – 6:00PM


More details to follow closer to the date!


The CNH Tax Clinic

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The CNH Tax Clinic will be running from February 24 until April 30 for folks wanting help with their tax returns!

The Clinic will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3pm at the Annex (drop off and in-person) and on Saturdays from 10-3pm at the Main House (5288 Joyce Street; in-person).

Make an appointment today by calling 604-428-9142 or visiting the following links:

2024 TD1 and TD1BC Forms

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If there are any changes to your income circumstances, please ensure to fill out the following forms for 2023 and provide them to Accounting once complete.



Inclusion BC Provincial Budget Alert 2024-2025

Spectrum is a member of Inclusion BC and supports their provincial advocacy on behalf of individuals and families with developmental disabilities.

This is their report on the provincial budget announced yesterday for 2024-2025. 

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Plan Institute Webinars

The Plan Institute has FREE upcoming regular webinars on the topics of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Wills, Trusts and Estates Planning.


The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan for those with disabilities to better financially plan for their futures. The Level 1 webinar is meant for those who want to learn about what the RDSP is, who qualifies, and how to apply. The Level 2 webinar is for those who already have a RDSP, or have already taken Level 1.

Next Level 1 Webinar: Tuesday April 16th, 10 – 11:15am

Next Level 2 Webinar: Tuesday April 23rd, 10 – 11:45am

Click here to register and for more information

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning (BC Only)

This webinar is meant for those who want to become better informed on the process of wills, trusts and estate planning to better secure the future of your relative or loved one with a disability. There is a limit of 60 participants so early registration is encouraged!

Next Webinar: Thursday April 18th, 10 – 11:15am

Click here to register and for more information


ICord – Sleep Routines and Sleep Disturbances After SCI Survey

Researcher(s): Dr. Victoria Claydon

ICORD researcher Dr. Claydon and her research team at SFU, and community partner Spinal Cord Injury BC are interested in learning more about the sleep routines, disturbances, and barriers to sleep supports experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), as well as the impacts of these sleep problems on daily life.

This survey study aims to characterize the milieu of routine and physiological sleep disturbances after SCI. The survey asks about sleep quality, sleep routines (i.e., turning), and sleep problems (i.e., sleep apnea, neuropathic pain, autonomic dysreflexia) as they present in the nighttime. We will also ask how your sleep

Why should you participate in this study?

Poor sleep quality is widely documented among individuals with SCI, with consequences of excessive daytime sleepiness, high levels of fatigue, and reduced participation. Unsurprisingly, 59-80% of survey respondents with SCI indicate having a sleep problem that interferes with sleep onset or sleep continuity. While the correlations between sleep problems and secondary conditions (chronic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, respiratory impairment) experienced in the daytime are strong, we do not know enough about how these problems present in the nighttime or how to best manage them.

As such, the principal focus of the survey is to characterize the frequency, severity, and management of 10 distinct sleep disturbances identified through literature review and community partner priorities: turning routines, sleep apnea, bowel care, bladder care, AD, thermal discomfort, neuropathic pain, nociceptive pain, spasticity, and anxiety. Given the potential for reciprocal impacts between sleep disturbances and additive effects on sleep outcomes, it is necessary to study these sleep challenges post-SCI. With the support of patient and community partners, we hope that the results of this study will shed light on the under-recognized challenges of sleep post-SCI to provide context for meaningful change and inform clinical priorities.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have an SCI (inclusive of all injury levels, severity, duration, and cause)
  • Are living in Canada
  • Are at least 19 years old
  • Are able to communicate and understand instructions in English

Compensation for participation

As a thank you for your time, participants will receive $15 via e-transfer. At the conclusion of the survey, participants who wish to receive the honoraria will be linked to an external survey to enter an email to which the e-transfer will be sent. Your email will not be linked to your survey responses.

This study will take place:

  • Remotely (online survey / phone / audio call)

Time commitment

This online survey is estimated to take 30 – 45 minutes to complete. Skip logic has been integrated so that you will only be shown questions for the sleep disturbances that you indicate. If not completed in one sitting, the page can be left open until you return to it. If you wish to complete the survey verbally, please contact the survey coordinator ( to arrange a call.

Click here to start the survey, or save to start later.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator Rebekah Lee by email at or call (778) 892-8560.

Sun Life Healthy You: Be a fan of your health

We launched the Sun Life Healthy You (SLHY) hub in 2023. We want to encourage Canadians to take charge of their health. We also want them to know that Sun Life is here as a partner that can help them live healthier lives. We built the SLHY hub as part of Sun Life’s ongoing multi-year partnership with the Toronto Raptors. It provides practical advice on the topics of goal setting, routine building, physical fitness, nutrition, and mental health.

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Diabetes Coaching with Lumino Health Pharmacy

Lumino Health Pharmacy offers pharmacy services, provided by Pillway. In January 2024, they will begin offering diabetes coaching from a pharmacist to all plan members, free of charge!

Diabetes is a fast-growing chronic disease, and the cost of drugs to treat it is on the rise. Plan members with diabetes often experience other chronic diseases at the same time. Coaching with Lumino Health Pharmacy aims to help plan members follow their treatment and improve health outcomes.

About Lumino Health Pharmacy

Launched in July, Lumino Health Pharmacy is an optional service. There’s free delivery within Canada to help manage medication routines with confidence.

About the diabetes coaching program

To start a coaching session, plan members sign in to the Lumino Health Pharmacy mobile app or website.

  • Coaching will focus on lifestyle, diet, nutrition, mental health, health literacy and medication management.
  • On-going coaching is also available if needed.
  • The pharmacist can also coordinate with other health-care providers (if requested by the plan member). This includes general practitioners, specialists, and dietitians to best support plan members.

SunLife will launch diabetes coaching to plan members in January 2024. They send emails directly to targeted plan members who are actively claiming for diabetes-related medication(s). These emails will aim to raise awareness about the service and encourage them to use it. Standard exclusions will apply for plan member communications.

When plan members sign in to the my Sun Life mobile app or, they’ll receive messages about the program.

More details will follow about the coaching program in January, along with a preview of the plan member emails.

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CLBC Reminder to get your flu and COVID-19 shots

Community Living BC encourages everyone who has yet to receive their COVID and flu shots this season, to kindly do so as soon as possible, ideally before the holiday season. COVID-19 remains a risk to the population (especially for those who are unvaccinated) and influenza cases are rising.

Priority to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is given to all individuals supported by CLBC. Invitations for this season’s vaccinations have been sent through email or text to everyone who has registered for a COVID vaccination in the past. It is possible to book both vaccinations in the same appointment! These vaccinations are free and available at pharmacies, health care authority clinics, and some primary care provider’s offices.

You can book your appointment through the Get Vaccinated System.

If you need help booking your appointment, you can call 1-833-838-2323. This number is open 7 days a week from 7am – 7pm and 9am – 5pm on statutory holidays.

Click here for BC’s fall respiratory illness immunization campaign

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:

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.

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

*Applies to all Lumino Health Virtual Care products – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Primary Care, Stress Management & Well-Being

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.

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Come Join the Health & Safety Committee

Are you passionate about enhancing workplace health and safety? Spectrum has a great opportunity for you to share your unique experiences and opinions as a part of the Health and Safety Committee.

Spectrum’s Health and Safety Committee are on a mission to fix and build our membership. The committee consists of Community Support Workers, Managers, and Human Resources personnel. The main purpose of the Health and Safety committee is to ensure we meet WorkSafeBC standards and that every employee and people we support know that their safety is a priority.

Some Roles and Responsibilities of Committee Members are:

  • To review all workplace reports of injuries and illness
  • Review reports of unsafe working conditions
  • Develop and review safety plans and protocols
  • Review training opportunities for staff
  • Ensure our Policies & Procedures align with WSBC regulations

You might be thinking that this sounds like a big commitment with an already busy schedule. However, we meet just once a month for a couple hours and you are paid for your time. Additionally, you also receive 8 hours of paid Health and Safety training each year.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to Health and Safety at Spectrum, diversify your skills, as well as connect with fellow Spectrum staff.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or want to know more information, please email or speak to your manager.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Your Health & Safety Committee

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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!