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The Spectrum Office will be closed Thursday, July 1st for Canada Day


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From June 14-27, contact us during our two week Library Fine Forgiveness event, and we will clear any outstanding fines and reactivate your library card—available to anyone, for any reason. It’s part of our commitment to make knowledge available to everyone.

Why are we forgiving fines?

We want to offer people a fresh start by removing fines and fees from their library card. Fines create negative experiences for both our community and staff, and discourage individuals and families from using the library. By removing outstanding fines on Vancouver Public Library cards, we hope to reconnect people with their library and the collections and services they love and need to succeed.

How to get your fines forgiven

You can also call 604.331.3670 or visit any VPL branch in-person.

Please see the FAQs for more information about the event.


The past 18 months have been a whirlwind for all of us. While we’re not quite at the end of this journey, it’s important to continue practicing self-care and keeping your mind healthy. Here are some tips to keep you going through the end of the pandemic.

Dance like no one is watching

Time to get silly and have fun! Turn your kitchen, living room, even bathroom into a dance studio. Pump up the volume on your favourite tunes and start moving! If you have children, let them join in and burn off some energy. Despite the world being a little gloomy, it’s important that we continue to have fun and stay positive.

Rethink “social distancing”

We’ve had to quickly learn what it means to socially distance, but this doesn’t mean you have to cut your social circle off entirely. If you’re in need of human connection, join an online community related to one of your hobbies or become pen pals with a friend.

Take a forest bath

The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” involves walking into an area with trees and taking in the atmosphere of the forest. The chemical released by trees activates our parasympathetic nervous system, sending our bodies into de-stress mode. Doing so can decrease levels of depression, improve your mental health, and boost your overall mood.

Create a to-don’t list

Self-care isn’t just about adding new and positive things to your daily routine; sometimes you need to hit pause. Take a few moments to reflect on what isn’t benefiting you in your life, whether big or small, and write it down. Once your to-don’t list is finished, put it in a highly visible spot to keep you accountable to these boundaries.


The GroupHEALTH Living Well Team


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


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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.


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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