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Spectrum Holiday Office Closures:

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


Festival of Trees Vancouver – BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Festival of Trees is a cherished community tradition in Vancouver, raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for over 30 years. Once again in 2021, the lobby of the world-renowned Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be transformed into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, all thanks to sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals.

All proceeds this year will go towards mental health programs at BC Children’s Hospital. This free event will be held at beautiful Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Come down, show your holiday spirit and virtually vote for your favourite tree.

Relive the magic from 2020

Experience the magic from 2020 by going through this special 3D tour.

For more information please contact Bella Chan at


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

We thank you for bringing us quality applicants/employees!


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


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

Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, December 21, 2021


Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host the following live webinars in 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 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. (English presentations)

Warm regards,

Allison Reed

BC and YT Outreach Team

Assessment, Benefit, and Service Branch

Canada Revenue Agency / Government of Canada /Phone: 604-775-5020/1-855-214-7070


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Because we want to thank you for sticking with us during this tough time.

It’s been a long 18 months, and we really appreciate your resilience. As we transition back to more normal routines we want to support you in exploring, reconnecting and rediscovering Metro Vancouver through some amazing prizes.

Every trip you take each month will give you a chance to win amazing monthly prizes and enter you into the grand prize draw. You must be 19 years or older and a resident of British Columbia. View the full Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions below and for no purchase necessary entry.No purchase necessary. Contest closes March 31, 2022. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received for each draw. Total of 25 prizes available to be won. Retail values: 15 prizes each $1000 value, 2 prizes each $3000 value, 2 prizes each $2500, 5 prizes each $2,200 value, and 1 grand prize is $10,000 value. Open to residents of BC who have reached the age of majority at the time of entry. Skill-testing question required.  See for official Contest Rules.

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.


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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