Team News

COVID-19 Updates – April 10, 2021 – Vaccines for Home Share Providers


We received confirmation that Home Share Providers can now register for their vaccine shot in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Fraser Health Instructions:

  1. For Fraser Health, this updated process for staff of CLBC funded services has been confirmed to include home share providers.  The letter is linked here:
  2. All staff and home-share providers working in CLBC funded services can get their vaccine with this process.  Fraser Health asks that you say you are working as a health care worker – Congregate settings staff and residents –group homes.

Vancouver Coastal Health Instructions:

The contracted caregivers in Vancouver are now eligible to book for their vaccine using the link below ( it is advised that people create an account on the Jane App and keep refreshing for when appointments open…it does happen at any time in the day)


Anyone who provides paid home support/care aid support  for CLBC supported individual (s) is eligible in the Health Care Worker stream in Vancouver.

Let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Enjoy the sunny weekend! Get outside, but keep your distance.


HandyDART Modernization Program

HandyDART customer getting assistance from driver

Public Engagement

Help shape the future of HandyDART. Public engagement is a key part of the HandyDART Modernization Program and will take place from March 29 to April 25, 2021.We’re looking to hear from current or future HandyDART or HandyCard customers, caregivers or loved ones, or anyone who works with people who have disabilities. Your feedback will inform potential registration and fare changes, how we roll out Compass, and how we communicate with customers.

About the Program

Since its start in 1980, Metro Vancouver’s HandyDART has been providing door-to-door transit service for people who are unable to navigate conventional public transit without assistance. We’re considering a range of improvements to ensure HandyDART remains a reliable service for those who depend on it to live a full and active life.The HandyDART Modernization Program is a package of updates that would improve the customer experience from start to finish — including how people register, how they book their trips, and how they pay for the service. These improvements would allow for increased flexibility and the ability to make more spontaneous trips, including:

  • Bringing Compass to HandyDART for easier and more convenient payment options
  • Potential Changes to Fares with discounts for eligible customers to better match the conventional transit system
  • Potential New Registration Process with a personalized consultation to help meet the needs of customers
  • Introducing Online Booking in addition to the existing phone booking system

Modernizing HandyDART will ensure the service is available for those who need it now and in the future. HandyDART is an essential part of the region’s transit network, but demand for the service is expected to grow. Making improvements now will help manage growth sustainably and improve service in the long term.

Public Engagement Events

Join our Telephone Town Hall and/or sign up for one of our workshops to learn more.

Telephone Town Hall April 13, 2021 6 to 7 p.m.
Workshop #1 for Customers and Care Givers April 15, 2021 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Workshop #2 for Customers and Care Givers April 17, 2021 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please email call 604.953.3648 if you require assistance signing up for a public engagement event.

Further details are available through the following link:

RISE Community Groups and Workshops

For info or to register:

  • Email
  • Call Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-435-0323
  • Or ask a RISE Staff member

Spots are limited.  Registration required.

Please click these links below for further details:

Rise Groups

RISE Spring 2021 Workshops Info


ᐈ Earthquakes stock cliparts, Royalty Free seismic images | download on Depositphotos®

It is a great time to review the contents of emergency medical and earthquake kits in your home. 

Are your water and food rations currently dated? Other items like glow sticks and batteries have expiry dates. It’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date.

Did you use some of the medical supplies during the year?  Now is a great time to order replacement items.  Please note that WCB First Aid Kits are required in all of the homes that are staffed.

Have there been changes in the number of people residing in your home?  Do you need more or less supplies?

Have any of the people you live with changed their diets over the past year? Do you need to change the dietary foods in their earthquake kits?

If you need help with restocking your emergency medical and earthquake supplies please feel free to contact Judy Smith at for assistance.

It is a good time to review all safety procedures in the home; making sure that exit routes are clear of debris, including accessing risk factors (for example, moving items on shelves that could fall and moving heavy items to bottom shelves instead of top shelves). Are all staff are familiar with where emergency care items are stored?  Please review the following information from our policy manual with the staff and individuals you support. Include staff to join on skype or zoom if you cannot meet in person so everyone is familiar with this process.


When you have completed your Earthquake Drill please record this information on Sharevision.


7 Emergency First Aid Classes You Can Take, Plus One for Your Kids - HONOLULU Family

How to Register for First Aid:

We recommend obtaining and/or renewing your First Aid through St. John’s Ambulance with the Emergency First Aid Community Care course. If there is another course offered by a different provider, please contact Human Resources prior to enrolling to determine if it is equivalent and meets the basic requirements.

To obtain/renew through St John’s Ambulance, please call (604) 321-7242

If an employee does not have a valid first aid certificate upon hire, the fee to obtain or renew certification is the responsibility of the employee. Future renewal fees for active employees are covered by Spectrum.

  • 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. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:

For employees renewing their first aid, please ensure St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) includes the CPR pocket mask with your first aid registration. If the CPR pocket mask is not included with your registration fee, SJA requires attendees pay for this on the day of course completion; you can save your receipt and submit it to Human Resources for reimbursement.  

Please email your certificate of course completion to to have your file updated.

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


Leave a Reply