August 3rd we will celebrate BC Day! The Spectrum Office will be closed.
COVID-19 Updates – July 14 2020 – A Perfect Time for Planning
With summer upon us and things on a relatively stable course for the time being, it’s good to be thinking ahead to the coming months and taking the time now to plan in a thoughtful way. As an agency, we’re seizing this opportunity to tend to the well-being of our teams so everyone stays strong and healthy. We are also working with our board and other stakeholders to develop Spectrum’s next strategic plan which we aim to have ready for distribution at our AGM in October. Emergency preparedness remains a priority of course, but it’s not the only thing. We want to be safe, but we also want to continue focusing on building quality services and a strong organization that will be here to meet the needs of individuals and families for years to come.
At a personal level, we are supporting individuals to re-engage with family, friends and community connections and to do some longer term planning so they, too, stay strong and healthy not just for the immediate future but over the next year and beyond. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to person-centred planning as the cornerstone of quality individualized services. As well, with the arrival of good weather, it is a great time to experiment carefully with resuming some community activities and support.
Our good friend and former Spectrum co-director Aaron Johannes shared his thoughts on person-centred planning and a link to an article by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien, in this post last week:
We encourage everyone to be thinking about steps they could take and activities they could be pursuing that will help them to stay strong and connected to the people who are important to them. Spectrum leaders are available to help facilitate these discussions and organize planning meetings. Some of the people we support have been meeting over zoom or in person with their networks and supporters to talk about how they want to move forward. If you or someone you know has questions or wants to talk to learn more about person-centred planning, please feel free to reach out to the supervisor or another Spectrum leader. We are always happy to talk to individuals and families about planning, and we would love to see more people taking time now to plan for the coming months and year.
Director, Communications and Quality Assurance
Spectrum Society for Community Living
Joint Statement on BC’s COVID-19 response, latest updates
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are announcing 13 new cases, for a total of 3,128 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 209 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,730 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 14 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,015 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,649 in the Fraser Health region, 135 in the Island Health region, 212 in the Interior Health region, 65 in the Northern Health region and 52 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 189 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.
“There have been no new community outbreaks and there is one active community outbreak at Krazy Cherry Farm in the Interior Health region. Other community exposure events continue to occur, with public alerts issued as required.
CLBC Update for Individuals and Families is pasted below. There are lots of bits of good information about recent news from CLBC and the Province of BC. Check out the great infographic on Staying Safe in the Community at the very bottom!
Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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: http://www.sja.ca/English/About-Us/Pages/Locations.aspx
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
British Columbians invited to have their say on recovery
British Columbians are invited to share their feedback as the Province continues to build a strong economic recovery that works for people.
“The pandemic has been challenging, but our province has already accomplished so much in this fight, thanks to British Columbians. We are at our best when we work together, and that’s how we’re going to move forward,” Premier John Horgan said.
“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been meeting with businesses, labour, First Nations, not-for-profits and more to get their perspective. We’ve heard lots of good ideas, and we are taking action. We want to hear directly from British Columbians to make sure the recovery works for them.”
There are three main ways for people to share their ideas, experiences and priorities:
• An online survey is the fastest and easiest way to provide answers to some important questions and give advice. Visit: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas
• Respond to the paper, Building B.C.’s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say, which was released on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Ideas and responses can be submitted to: email@example.com
• Participate in virtual town halls. British Columbians can learn more about the virtual town halls here: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas
The full announcement is here:
– Wash Your Hands
– Keep Your Distance
– Stay Home if you are sick