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Here is a summary of the office use guidelines for June and July 2020.

  • The Office is available for appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Pick up of supplies on Wednesdays each week – order supplies and forms in advance with Judy
  • Reimburse receipts on Friday – send totals to, bring in receipts, get reimbursement on Friday each week.
  • Sign in at the front as soon as you come to the office.

  • Wash your hands:

  • The mailboxes for managers’ mail have moved up front to the book room:

Keep your distance from each other – remember the 2 metre physical distancing:


Other Updates

    • Pandemic Pay – The Province of BC and the government of Canada have announced a $4/hour supplement to front-line workers in government funded services including community social services.  This pay is for a 16 week period beginning March 15th and ending July 4th, 2020.  The pay will be calculated on hours worked at straight time and paid as a lump sum once government has provided the funding to agencies.
    • Emergency Funding for home-share providers – Spectrum has submitted our application for Emergency Advance Funding for the month of June and included a request for the emergency amounts for our home share providers.  Once the applications are approved, we will confirm a payment date for additional amounts for our home share contractors.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Managers make the requests for PPE supplies for people we support.  Let your manager know if there is equipment you need.  We have a good supply of both medical masks for providing close personal care and fabric masks for times when you know it will be difficult to maintain physical distancing.

Thank you to everyone for your efforts to keep the people we support and their teams safe and healthy!


Hey everybody!

It has been a long journey trying to get Queer ASL set up for online classes on top of everything we have going on in our own lives. But with that said – we are thrilled to say that registration is PAH* open! For this cycle, we are offering ASL 101 – 103 and hope to offer 104 in the fall.

*fun fact: PAH means “finally!” “at last!” “i did it!” in ASL – we write PAH to represent this sign as we use this mouthshape while signing this sign.

Please read on to learn more about what each level offers and register for a class if you’d like to. The registration form will have more in-depth details.

Queer ASL 101: This course covers learning the alphabet, finger-spelling, introductions, likes & dislikes, languages, locations, and much more. At the end, students take turns telling an autobiography about themselves.

This is a hybrid course that has:

  • pre-filmed lessons for self-studying
  • one hour & 15 minutes of live practice via zoom
  • filmed homework to be done after each zoom session

Queer ASL 102: This course covers learning about activities, living arrangements, people, transportation, and much more. At the end, students share & discuss photos of their chosen families with each other.

This is a hybrid course that has:

  • pre-filmed lessons for self-studying
  • one hour & 15 minutes of live practice via zoom
  • filmed homework to be done after each zoom session

Queer ASL 103: This course digs into the world of time grammar, topic + comment structure, directional verbs, space use, and much more. At the end, students do an overall ASL 101 – 103 review through activities.

ASL 103 is not ready to be done using the hybrid approach but we will offer one 103 class which will be fully held on zoom (2.5 hrs per session) and students will have access to our usual vocabulary & homework videos via google drive.

Register For A Class
Please do spread the word by forwarding this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Thank you so much for your support!



If your Emergency First Aid Community Care Training has expired we have good news!

St. John Ambulance (SJA) has resumed Emergency First Aid Community Care training.

To accommodate the new distancing regulations, SJA has reduced class sizes, provides full body mannequins to remove the need of partner activities, and is selling masks for students to wear during the course.  Spectrum can provide you with a cloth mask prior to you attending the course. If you choose to purchase a mask through SJA for $12.99, you can do so separately on the day you attend the course.

If you have already obtained your certificate, please forward a copy of your certificate to the office so we may update your file.

If you have not obtained your first aid certification, please register yourself and email me ( please, letting me know the date you have registered to complete the course.

How to Register for Emergency First Aid Community Care:

  • Call St. John Ambulance: (604) 321-7242
  • They above number is their main line, but they have a number of locations across the lower mainland if you would like to call a location directly:
  • Register yourself for Emergency First Aid Community Care.

If you did not have your first aid certificate upon hire, you are responsible for the initial cost, which is currently $102.00, and Spectrum covers renewal fees.

  • If you are renewing your first aid, ask St. John Ambulance to invoice Spectrum Society
  • Let them know Spectrum Society will be paying for your course fee.

*St. John Ambulance may request authorization from Spectrum. Email with the date/location you want to complete the course and we will call them to confirm your registration.

First Aid is a requirement for employment as indicated in ‘Policy 4: Requirements for Employment.’

If requirements for employment are not met within a timely manner, shifts will be suspended without pay until this requirement is met. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:

Please respond back with your course date by August 1st, 2020.

Please let Judy know if you have any questions or issues registering, by emailing her at



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