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Spectrum Holiday Office Closures:

  • Friday, December 24th
  • Monday, December 27th 
  • Friday, December 31st

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Covid-19 Updates – Nov 26, 2021 – More Vaccine Options

Staying Safe and Healthy

Remember the basics for keeping everyone safe and healthy:

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Stay Home if you are sick.
  • Masks required for indoor public places.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Outdoors always safer.

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Provincial Health Officer Expands Order to services funded by Community Living BC

The Provincial Health Officer has ordered that all employees of CLBC funded service providers be fully vaccinated by January 14, 2022. There are three key dates provided in the order:

December 3, 2021 – all employees must provide their vaccine status to their employer
December 10, 2021 – previously unvaccinated employees must have had their first shot and provide proof of vaccination.
January 14, 2022 – previously unvaccinated employees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

Spectrum cannot allow employees who do not comply with this order to work and will have to suspend without pay any employee who is not in compliance.

Under this Order, staff may request an exemption or deferral for a number of medical issues. To request an exemption, staff must have a doctor or nurse practitioner fill out a medical deferral which they must then send to the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. For more information on medical exemptions:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-exemption-guidelines-request-for-reconsideration.pdf

The medical deferral form is here:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/forms/2371fil.pdf

To be able to continue working after December 9th, 2021, you must ensure your exemption request has been submitted to the health officer.  You and Spectrum will receive notice that the request has been submitted and is under consideration.

To get your first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, register on BC’s Get Vaccinated site:
https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/

In the Vancouver Coastal Health region, there are vaccine clinics daily (Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast):
http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine#clinics

In the Fraser Health region, you can find local vaccine clinics here (Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley):
https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/registra[on#.YZgBLi-95Y4

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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More Vaccine Options – Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) Vaccine now available in BC

BC recently received a supply of the Janssen vaccine and is giving priority to healthcare workers and those workers covered by vaccine mandates.  The Janssen vaccine is different from the other vaccines in that it only requires one shot instead of two shots to provide full vaccination.

To get the Janssen vaccine, call 1-833-838-2323 and say you would like to have the Janssen (Johnston and Johnston) vaccine.  Say that you are a healthcare worker covered by the PHO Mandate.  You will be put on a waitlist.  There is a limited supply of the Janssen vaccine.  Your local health authority will call you and get more information from you – including proof that you work for an employer under the PHO Vaccine Mandate (a paystub has been proof in the past).

One of Spectrum’s employees recently followed this process and called on Monday Nov. 22nd.  They received the Janssen vaccination on Thursday, Nov. 25th.

Here is the Health Canada information on the Janssen Vaccine:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines/janssen.html

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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 9 months of consistent employment with Spectrum,  we will award a $50 Referral Bonus.

*for more information on the program, please email hr@spectrumsociety.org

We thank you for bringing us quality applicants/employees!

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Danielle Reed is collecting the following items for distribution to folks who live in the Downtown East Side:

  • Gently used, clean blankets
  • New blankets
  • Socks in all sizes for both men and women

Please drop off your donations to:

Spectrum Office at 3231 Kingsway, Vancouver

When:

Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Collingwood Winter Carnival and Tree Lighting

Arts and Crafts / Photos with Santa / Hot Cocoa & Cookies

Kingsway & Tyne / Safeway Parking Lot

November 27, 2021 3:00 – 5:30 pm.

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Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host the following live webinars in November and December:

Digital Services for Individuals Presentation on December 15, 2021 from 1:00–1:45pm PST

The CRA has a wide number and range of electronic and digital services available for individuals including My Account, Represent a Client and mobile apps. Join our webinar to learn about some of our most popular services such as changing your address or phone number, submitting documents electronically, and changing your return.

Scam awareness – Be scam smart Presentation on November 30, 2021 from 12:30–1:15pm PST and December 9, 2021 from 1:30–2:15pm PST

Help protect yourself and others against fraud – Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. Learn to recognize common types of scams and to identify legitimate communications from the CRA.

You can register for one of the above webinars by going to the below link and clicking on the link associated with the date of your choice.

https://canada.webex.com/canada/onstage/g.php?PRID=4f1473dfdd206ba0967b78ce55fe4326 (English presentations)

Warm regards,

Allison Reed

BC and YT Outreach Team

Assessment, Benefit, and Service Branch

Canada Revenue Agency / Government of Canada

PacificRegionOutreach@cra-arc.gc.ca /Phone: 604-775-5020/1-855-214-7070

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RISE Community Groups and Workshops

For info or to register:

  • Email info@cnh.bc.ca
  • 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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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 judy@spectrumsociety.org 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.

(https://sscl.sharevision.ca/public/PolicyDirectory/General%20Policies/34.0.EmergencyPreparedness.pdf)

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

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First Aid Work Stock Illustrations – 2,297 First Aid Work Stock Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart - Dreamstime

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 hr@spectrumsociety.org 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:

https://sscl.sharevision.ca/public/PolicyDirectory/Personnel%20Policies/P04.0.Requirements.for.Employment.pdf

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 hr@spectrumsociety.org to have your file updated.

Please let Judy know if you have any questions or issues registering, by emailing judy@spectrumsociety.org

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