Advancing RIGHTS                             Promoting ACTIONSupporting ABILITIES                       2010 - 2011       ...
Message from the Executive Director and President                                      For more than 55 years, the British...
MISSION STATEMENT  We are a federation working with partners to build community and to enhance thelives of children and yo...
Supporting      Abilities4
SPEAKING UP, SPEAKING OUT                                                                                                 ...
Suppor ting Abilities                                                            BUILDING CAPACITY                        ...
Suppor ting AbilitiesThe Ripple Effect Family RetreatBCACL continued to support family leadership with the RippleEffect re...
CO-OP HELPS SELF ADVOCATES FIND THEIR VOICES                                  Gladys Duran, Ryan Groth and Barb Goode are ...
Promoting   Action        9
Promoting Ac tion                                      2011 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS                             ...
Inclusive EducationIn 2010/2011, BCACL recognized a disturbing trend of schoolneeds. The claims often resulted in lost edu...
“SERVICE REDESIGN” & COMMUNITY LIVING BC BUDGET DEFICITPromoting Ac tion                     BCACL works at a systems leve...
STRENGTHENING A FEDERATION – MEMBERSHIP SERVICES“What does it mean to be a member of BCACL?” This question hasbeen at the ...
PUBLIC AWARENESSThis year BCACL continued working to be a strong voice on developmental disability issues inthe media and ...
UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES                                                                  ...
FAMILY RETREAT IGNITES A MOTHER’S PASSON                                   In 2008, eleven enthusiastic parents came toget...
BUILDING FINANCIAL CAPACITY                                    Reason to Care Art Resale &2010/2011 was a year of renewal ...
A Financial Overview for 2010/2011BCACL receives most if its core operational funds from individual donors and our membera...
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS, SPONSORS AND FUNDERS2010 Conference Sponsors· Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion· Campbe...
THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFFThe BC Association for Community Living is driven by teams ofdedicated volunteers. We...
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  1. 1. Advancing RIGHTS Promoting ACTIONSupporting ABILITIES 2010 - 2011 Annual Report
  2. 2. Message from the Executive Director and President For more than 55 years, the British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL) has been at the forefront advancing TABLE OF CONTENTS rights, promoting action and supporting abilities for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Along with our members, families, individuals withspeaking up, speaking out ... 5 developmental disabilities and community partners we have setbuilding capacity ............... 6 innovative standards for legislation, policy and practice, pushing the boundaries of how people can be included as full citizens inco-op helps self advocates ... 8 everyday life. With growing waitlists and recent cuts to funding andinclusive education ............10 services, the urgency of our work remains clear. This year BCACLsystems advocacy .............12 demonstrated our capacity to unite the voices and interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families for actionmembership services .........13 and change.public awareness ..............14 We were welcomed by more than 350 families and people withUN Convention on the Rights developmental disabilities in over eight communities in our Roadof Persons with Disabilities .15 to Inclusion series. With the support of our members, we hearda mother’s passion about the dreams, hopes and fears for the future that families ...16 have from across this province. They told their stories of cautious hope and desperation as many were denied access to funding for .............17thank you .......................18 jeopardy as a result of provincial budget cuts. We were privileged to sit down with people in their own communities and listen. With listening brings a responsibility to move forward and take action to ensure that decision-makers are fully aware of the experiences of families, individuals and the BCACL members who serve them so that investments are made in community living supports. A united, vibrant and growing membership is critical for BCACL. It fuels and strengthens our advocacy and gives our work organization-wide strategic planning process based on open dialogue knowing that this exchange secures our capacity to advance rights, promote change and support abilities. The launch of our Reason to Care Campaign takes us forward and provides opportunities to build relationships of support as we talk about the impacts of our work. The BCACL Board leads the way in these conversations and in setting our priorities for the future. We offer our thanks to the Cover image designed Board, membership and staff of BCACL for successful year and for by artist Naomi providing the foundation for the future. Horii to celebrate of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on March 11, 2010. See page 15 for more information about the Convention.2 Faith Bodnar, Executive Director Annette Delaplace, President
  3. 3. MISSION STATEMENT We are a federation working with partners to build community and to enhance thelives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families bysupporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice. 3
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  5. 5. SPEAKING UP, SPEAKING OUT Suppor ting AbilitiesBritish Columbia is rich with talented, strong self advocate leaders. Self Advocates Seedinggifts and abilities of people with developmental disabilities. Innovation (SASI) This has prompted BCACL and the BC Self Advocacy Caucus In 2010/2011 BCACLto look at ways to support and empower self advocates and self supported self advocatesadvocacy groups to showcase their abilities in community. from across B.C. to lead and develop ground breakingBC Self Advocacy Caucus projects in their homeMembers of the BC Self Advocacy Caucus are elected every year at communities.the BCACL Conference, where hundreds of people with developmental Self Advocates Seedingdisabilities get together and vote for who they want to represent Innovation (SASI) was guidedthem at the Caucus table. by a working group of self The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was advocates and self advocatea focus for the Caucus in 2010/2011 and was used as a way to talk advisors. Coordinated byabout issues that matter to them. BCACL and the BC Self Advocacy BCACL and sponsored byFoundation supported the Caucus to hold three 2-day retreats, the Community Living BCwhere members talked about the Convention and how it related to Innovations Committee, SASIdifferent issues and their lives. funded 25 exciting projects, bringing new and innovativeThe Caucus decided to focus on three articles from the Convention: ideas to life in British Columbia. Article 9: Accessibility and transportation Article 19: Living independently and being part of the community SASI successfully Article 28: Standard of living supported hundreds of self advocates to organizeThe Caucus made the following recommendations to the BCACL training, give back toBoard of Directors: community, bring people together for support, and Self advocates need to be present at all meetings with Ministers be a powerful voice in and government decision makers; community. BCACL needs to improve the accessibility of their front entrance; See page eight for just BCACL social policies should be available in plain language. one of the many examples of how SASI supported the abilities of self advocates in B.C. “SASI promoted leadership which is good for the whole community. It showed that people are more the same than they are different” - Tanya Norman, member of the SASI steering committee. The BC Self Advocacy Caucus From left to right, the 2010-2011 BC Self Advocacy Caucus is: BC Self Advocacy Foundation Top Row: Shelley Decoste, Liam Wuthrich, Dave Wegenast, Michael through a community gaming McLellan, Roxana Podrasky, Tanya Norman (advisor), Sky Hendsbee, grant. The Caucus would like Karla Verschoor (advisor), Rachel Adair, Gordon Warkentin, Barb Goode Middle Row: Lynn McCormack, Jason Tibayan, Colleen Mosimann. support of the Province of Bottom Row: Mark Fugman, Sherry Shortman. British Columbia. 5
  6. 6. Suppor ting Abilities BUILDING CAPACITY BCACL provides training, education and networking opportunities for our member agencies, family members, people with developmental disabilities and community partners. In 2010/2011 we provided learning opportunities in areas such as supported employment, advocacy and family leadership, giving people the tools and resources they need to build on their abilities and succeed both personally and professionally. 2010 National Family Conference Together with the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and Family Focus Society, BCACL co-hosted the national conference, “Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains” on October 22-24, 2010 in Whistler, B.C. The conference was a huge success with over 500 people from across Canada attending 48 sessions. The conference planning committee made sure that each of the seven workshop streams met the needs of everyone to learn, network and share; 148 families, 155 self advocates and many other services providers, educators, friends and professionals were in attendance. BCACL provided subsidies for over 40 individuals to attend the conference. Recognizing the importance of a good education for students with special needs, the planning committee created a full day stream of sessions dedicated to promoting and sharing best practices in inclusive education. Other conference sessions focused on social media, emergency preparedness, building self esteem, housing options and employment. Eleven sessions were presented by self advocates. Association for Community Living and Family Focus Society. This exciting collaboration resulted in a weekend of family networking, information sharing and fun. One family member describes her experience : “I learned a great deal at this conference, but if I were to choose one thing that stood out the most it is the importance of creating community networks. Thank you again for giving me space to connect with families, to access resources and to re-galvanize myself in this effort for my child and any children who can follow in his path.” 6
  7. 7. Suppor ting AbilitiesThe Ripple Effect Family RetreatBCACL continued to support family leadership with the RippleEffect retreat, where families come together and are inspired Real Work for Real Payby their own strengths and abilities. This year’s retreat was held People with developmentalthe day before the National Family Conference in Whistler in disabilities want to work.October and attended by family members from Northern B.C., BCACL works with selfSurrey, Squamish, Port Moody, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, advocates, families andMaple Ridge and Victoria. BCACL provided a children’s program organizations that providewhich allowed parents to bring their children to Whistler and still employment support toparticipate in the retreat. Several of the families stayed for the help make sure people withconference, providing them with an opportunity to network with developmental disabilitiesother families and to learn about community living issues on both who want a job, have a job.a provincial and national level. To date BCACL has supported 59 In 2010/2011 BCACLfamily members to attend the retreat. provided resources and training opportunitiesFamily Support Workers Network around employment forBCACL supports a network of dedicated professionals through the people with developmentalFamily Support Workers Network. Most members of the network disabilities. We updatedare family members themselves and are employed by our member and re-published the 1993organizations or other community serving organizations. Family plain language publicationsupport workers play a vital role in community; they are often “Finding a Job and Keeping It,” a guide for people withinformation, resources and support. Families describe them as developmental disabilities“lifelines”, helping them navigate B.C.’s complex system of supports seeking employment andand services and empowering them to advocate for their sons and the people and organizationsdaughters. who support them. The In 2010/11, the Network welcomed three new members publication was popular,to the group, from Williams Lake, Victoria and Greenville. The prompting a re-print later innetwork ensures that support workers living in rural communities the year.are connected to the most current information, policies and Other 2010/2011 highlights:best practices related to their profession. They are able to share participated in threeknowledge, resources, advice and develop common strategies and panel sessions onapproaches. supported employment. BCACL is committed to supporting the very important work performed keynotethat Family Support Workers are doing, as they provide grassroots addresses at twosupport for families, letting them know they are not alone and are employer recognitionpart of a network of families and community organizations and a events in Dawson Creekprovincial movement for social change. Visit the Families section and Fort St. John.of the BCACL website for a list of Family Support Workers in B.C. hosted recognized supported employment “guru” Denise Bisonnette for a full day workshop “I’ve been a part of the Family Support Workers Network attended by over 100 for ten years now. Being able to connect with others in employment support providers. the profession who experience the same challenges and presented two opportunities has helped me grow both professionally and employment workshops at 2010 Conference personally.” (Rachel LeNobel, Family Support Worker with for families and self the Simon Fraser Society for Community Living). advocates. 7
  8. 8. CO-OP HELPS SELF ADVOCATES FIND THEIR VOICES Gladys Duran, Ryan Groth and Barb Goode are three self advocates three are strong community leaders with the knowledge, experience and passion to host workshops and training events to help people“We believe that anything build on their strengths, do the work they love and be in charge ofis possible with the right their lives. It was important to Gladys, Ryan and Barb to start the project onsupports and tools. That’s their own, to make sure that they were driven by their own dreamswhat we do, we give people and no one else’s. They already had what it took to be teacherstools and teach them ways and leaders. What they needed was money and support to get the project off the ground. Their project idea met all the criteria forto learn and how to be what support from BCACL’s Self Advocates Seeding Innovation (SASI)they want in life. We dream initiative (see page 5). Gladys, Ryan and Barb are “a powerful voicebig and live big . We want to for others about changes self advocates want to make in their communities” (SASI application criteria).show the world what we are SASI funding helped Gladys, Ryan and Barb set up a Co-Opdoing and what we can do.” called ESATTA (Empowering Self Advocates to Take Action). ESATTA offers a half-day training session on self-esteem called - Gladys Duran, “Light your path while living in the fast lane.” It also offers a two- ESATTA Co-op day workshop called “People Planning Together,” which helps self advocates plan and have a say in their life. The workshops have been receiving positive feedback and were recently featured in Community Living BC’s publication, the Citizen. If you are interested in ESATTA training sessions, a custom made workshop for your agency or group, or if you have any questions, you can contact
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  10. 10. Promoting Ac tion 2011 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS Every year BCACL’s inclusive education committee selects individuals or groups who are making positive contributions to inclusive education. We are proud to announce our 2011 inclusive education award recipients: Shailoo Bedi Shailo Bedi, the Director of Systems and Client Services at UVic’s McPherson Library, has been instrumental in creating a way for students with developmental disabilities to access part-time “student assistant” employment at the library. Typically these positions have only been open to students taking courses for credit. Carlie Graham Carlie Graham, Manager of the Music and Media department at McPherson Library, plays a leadership role within the University to promote what needs to happen to make student positions successful within the University. The Music Department has employed a student with a developmental disability for the last three years. These two individuals are shining examples of how accommodations and changes in approach for one student can help others to see the value and potential of students Carlie Graham (left) and Shailoo with developmental disabilities in all aspects of university life. Bedi (right) accept their inclusive Congratulations Shailoo and Carlie! education awards. Glenda Gaudette Glenda Gaudette is a learning assistance teacher from Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack. Her collaborative team approach includes the participation of the school as a whole: students, parents, teachers, administrators and district staff. Rather than existing as a separate program, the Sardis learning assistance centre has promoted an inclusive, diverse culture of inclusion and friendship, supported by everyone at Sardis. Students with special needs are recognized for their abilities and have equal access to all classes and recreational activities, with the supports they need to succeed. Glenda Gaudette and Sardis Secondary are excellent examples of how an entire school can come together and BCACL Board Member Kathleen O’Hanley (right) presents Glenda make inclusive education a reality. Congratulations Glenda Gaudette (left) with an inclusive and Sardis Secondary! education award. 10
  11. 11. Inclusive EducationIn 2010/2011, BCACL recognized a disturbing trend of schoolneeds. The claims often resulted in lost educational days andeven suspensions for students. In many cases, the WorkSafe claims are rooted in a lack of Promoting Ac tionunderstanding and training by staff who are supporting studentswith diverse learning needs. BCACL is working with parents Transition from High Schoolto advocate for their sons and daughters in these challenging to Worksituations as well as with the Ministry of Education, calling foradequate pre-training and in service training for educators. In early 2010 BCACL began the research phase of a Chronic underfunding continued to be an issue, resulting in project meant to broadenmore cuts to supports for students with special needs. Class size opportunities beyondand composition rules were hotly disputed in the courts and in traditional day supportsthe media. for students with special BCACL wrote letters to the editor, the Ministry of Education needs leaving high school. The work is built upon theaway from whether or not to include students with special needs “Cross-Ministerial Transitionand to start looking at ways to do it better. Planning Protocol” which was signed by nine provincial ministries and agencies in 2009.It’s Wrong to Group Students Based on Their Ability. Our research resulted in a white paper that highlightsExcerpt from Letter by Faith Bodnar, printed in the best practices in transitionVancouver Sun on July 20, 2010 planning from across North America. We used the paper“To argue that segregation is a matter of best practice, creating as a foundation to guidebetter learning environments for all students, indicates the need our work on the project infor Zwaagstra to do more thorough research before wading into 2010/11, which includedthis debate and drawing conclusions that are neither supported by connecting with families andhistory nor defendable from a human rights perspective. educators in three different If some students with special needs are in fact only present school districts, who will bein classrooms and not integrated “in their participation in the featured as case studies inclassroom learning,” then it is our duty to act accordingly by the project.developing clear policies and guidelines that support real inclusion. The steering committeeAdditionally, we must ensure that educators at all levels, particular and project coordinatorclassroom teachers, have the resources, training and supports they decided to use a blog toneed to provide a quality, inclusive education for all students. highlight the project and feature successes and To suggest that an academic education is inherently compromised challenges faced by familiesfor students who learn in inclusive classrooms is outdated and, one and students as they leavecould argue, irresponsible. In fact, current research completed high school. The interactiveby Simon Fraser University demonstrates that the presence of blog will include the use ofstudents with special needs in classrooms does not detrimentally video and discussion forumsimpact educational outcomes for other students (Friesen, Hickey & to promote informationKrauth, 2009). among students, parents, educators and other teamRead the entire letter on the BCACL website: members. The blog expected to go live nextstudents-based-their-ability-vancouver-sun year. 11
  12. 12. “SERVICE REDESIGN” & COMMUNITY LIVING BC BUDGET DEFICITPromoting Ac tion BCACL works at a systems level to advocate for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families. We meet with key decision makers, respond in the media, participate in committees and submit information to government as policies and budgets are reviewed. This past year BCACL heard from family members and individuals who were not receiving the supports they need to live good lives in community. We also heard from service providers who were struggling to provide good supports with shrinking budgets. We took this information to the provincial government, making key recommendations around its budget and policies as they relate to people with disabilities and their families in B.C. “Service Redesign “service redesign” that resulted in the rapid closure of group homes and cuts to supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. BCACL fully supports and encourages the assessment, evaluation and improvement of services. However, it has become clear that “service redesign” is driven and motivated by budget pressures and not the needs of families and individuals. Based on feedback from families, people with developmental disabilities and member agencies, BCACL approached CLBC with the objective of developing a place where we could work collaboratively on “service redesign”, knowing that review is necessary to ensure people are supported in inclusive and meaningful ways. Co-chaired by BCACL and CLBC, the Service Redesign and Quality Assurance Committee’s objectives are to create a venue for open and transparent dialogue on service redesign, provide feedback, identify and seek resolution to issues, review policy tools, and develop recommendations for change. The pressures and pace of “service redesign” has challenged the committee as it works on clarifying how stakeholders provide input and feedback. Provincial Budget Autism Funding Payment Before each provincial budget is tabled, consultations are held with Delays the public. This past year BCACL both presented and supported others to present to the Select Standing Committee on Finance When families and therapists and Government Relations. We advised the committee where began reporting long delays investments needed to be made and how the budget is impacting in payments from the children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental Ministry of Children and disabilities and their families. The presentations were successful in Family Autism Funding prompting the Committee to make a clear recommendation to the Unit, BCACL wrote to the Minister, Hon. Mary Polak. to provide supports for adults with developmental disabilities and We met with Ministry their families.” Unfortunately, the provincial government chose not to heed to improve the payment process so there would be Living BC’s budget for the next three years. Modest funding increases no more delays. While the were made to cover municipal pension plans and the Personalized government refused to Supports Initiative, which provides funding for approximately 175 return to a direct funding individuals who were previously denied supports because their IQ’s model, they committed to were too high. simplifying the process and promised that regions would BCACL representatives were in Victoria when the budget was work more closely with announced and expressed our disappointment to local media and families to support them in a press release. We called on the Premier to take action and with their applications for invest in the lives of people with developmental disabilities in B.C. funding. We will continue to BCACL also wrote and distributed a detailed analysis of the new monitor this process. CLBC budget and service plan, providing advocates, families and our members with the information they needed to promote action 12 on the ground.
  13. 13. STRENGTHENING A FEDERATION – MEMBERSHIP SERVICES“What does it mean to be a member of BCACL?” This question hasbeen at the forefront of our work since the resolution to enhance The Road to Inclusion:partnerships with our member agencies was passed at our Annual One Conversation at a TimeGeneral Meeting two years ago. While the work is by no means over, We rounded out 2010-2011 and began 2011-2012 with ourunderstanding of the structures and processes that will support provincial conversation tour – theBCACL in working towards our vision – a world where everyone Road to Inclusion. This dialoguebelongs. “…be it resolved that the BC Association for Community and Vernon in the fall of 2010, Living enhance the partnership they have with their Member was a process of renewal, Community Agencies by: the grassroots of our federation expectations of an “Agency Member” in supporting the BCACL – people with developmental by becoming a Member, or maintaining a Membership; disabilities and their families The process sought to across the Province, to ensure that the BCACL has a presence develop shared understandings in communities around BC; of the things that are important to our grassroots stakeholders. by Member Agencies in furthering the important work of the It allowed us to partner with BCACL” (BCACL Annual General Meeting, June, 2009) our members, to learn, to celebrate and to considerMember Agency Survey and Executive Directors Network (ED Net) many of the longstanding issues facing people withPresidents from member organizations completed a survey for developmental disabilities andBCACL. Their feedback provided clear direction around the need their clarify BCACL’s mandate, identity and how we relate with and These conversations, andeach other and with the grassroots of our movement. As well, the feedback on the process,BCACL facilitated quarterly ED Net meetings in order to seek will form a vital component offeedback, guidance, innovation and learning in relation to issues our future work and BCACL willfacing the community living sector such as Service Redesign and continue to conduct ongoingHome Sharing as well as on our strategic planning processes. regional dialogues with our member agencies, families and individuals with developmental disabilities.Count Me In!More than 450 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families responded to our onlineprovided us with valuable feedback on their most pressing concerns and areas they feel BCACL mustfocus our efforts. The following graphs describe the priorities that self-advocates and families have forBCACL: 72% Self advocates Families want 60% BCACL to 60% want BCACL 55% focus on: to focus on: 35% 30% community mobilizing and creating public public network inclusive awareness support development supporting awareness families communities 13
  14. 14. PUBLIC AWARENESSThis year BCACL continued working to be a strong voice on developmental disability issues inthe media and in online social media platforms. All of the work that you see in this report wasaccompanied by a communication strategy to inform, educate and connect.the BCACL Website Social Media In 2010/2011 BCACL continued working to improve howBCACL is committed to improving we use social media to advance social change and connectthe accessibility and usability of our with our stakeholders. Since BCACL joined Facebook inwebsite. In June, 2010, we became 2010 our 175 Facebook posts have been viewed over 50,000 times andto launch ReadSpeaker, a program our 400 tweets werethat turns text into speech, allowing “retweeted” by otherusers to listen to content on the users 119 times. Aswebsite. We were thrilled to see other we are only at theorganizations follow suit, making beginning of ourthe online world more accessible to social media journey,people of all reading abilities. we are excited toOther new website features added in learn and grow online2010/2011 include: with our members, a new calendar view that enables friends and partners. site visitors to view community events in an easy-to-read calendar Our Members Online format; Many of BCACL’s member organizations joined the world an online event submission form of social media in 2010/11, creating Facebook pages, that allows all of our community Twitter accounts and blogs. Their involvement is fostering partners to easily submit their events for posting to the website; a vibrant online community, creating a welcoming space for self advocates, family members, service providers, partners a Google Maps module was added and friends to connect and stay informed and involved. as part of the SASI project (see page 5) to visually display the “We are embracing social media, and see it as a geography of the projects; necessary component of an integrated communications a permanent online home for our strategy going forward,” says Monique Nelson, from monthly email updates (in the PosAbilities in the Lower Mainland. PossAbilities is one of About Us section of our website) our many member organizations that is using social media so you can easily refer to past to connect with a diverse group of stakeholders, locally, updates; nationally and internationally. a webpage for the newsletters “We are sharing bite sized pieces of information, fresh of our member organizations, ideas, and beginning to hold authentic conversations with allowing everyone to learn about individuals and organizations we may otherwise not have the great work people with engaged with. We are working across borders, breaking developmental disabilities, their families and our members are collective intelligence of those who share our vision, mission doing in community. and values.”We are excited to announce that BCACL will continue to support members as theysince we launched the website in venture into the world of social media, offering support,April, 2010, the number of visitorsto our site has more than doubled. advice, training and resources. Visit the BCACL website for(Comparing the 2009/2010 year with links to all of our social media pages. www.bcacl.orgthe 2010/2011 year).14
  15. 15. UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Advancing Rights Transforming Rights into Action Legal Capacity and Supported On May 11, 2010, with the support of all the provinces, Canada Decision Making with Disabilities. While this is an historic convention and a huge In April 2010 BCACL co-hosted advancement for our movement, the document alone will not ensure an international forum on that persons with disabilities enjoy their rights. Governments, Legal Capacity and Supported advocates, individuals and community play a vital role. Decision Making with the In 2010/2011 BCACL used the Convention as a road map for Canadian Association for our work and a framework for change. We wove it into everything Community Living, Inclusion we did, bringing it to the attention of ministers, policy-makers, International and Inclusion families, people with disabilities, community partners, our member Europe. organizations and the general public. The forum was timely, as the UN Convention had Community Living Month The theme for Community Living Month in 2010 was the UN in international law a person’s distributed materials and information helping our members and right to legal capacity (to make one’s own decisions in created a webpage with resources and links to information and life) without discrimination on outlined what the BC provincial government needs to do to here the basis of disability. in B.C. to make the Convention a reality. We also created and The forum created a space distributed a toolkit with a plain language guide to the Convention for people to talk about and how people can celebrate it. how governments, families, Local Vancouver artist and activist Naomi Horii and graphic advocates and community designer Tanner Wilson designed a commemorative poster (cover support agencies can support and recognize the right to organizations and community partners during October. For more legal capacity for people with information on the Convention, visit the BCACL website. developmental disabilities. Honouring the Convention: A Call to Action in British Columbia 125 people attended the forum, which was held in On December 10, 2010, the International Day of Human Rights, Vancouver, B.C. Speakers the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) of the Community included self advocates, Legal Assistance Society (of which BCACL is a member) hosted families, funders, community a community forum titled “Honouring the Convention: A Call to agencies and legal Action in B.C.,” attended by 100 people. professionals from around the world. Attendees heard advocates would come together to form real strategies to make the perspectives of advocates the Convention a reality. Academics, self advocates, community and family members from advocates and government representatives from across Canada Greece, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. concrete strategies to move forward. What we learned at the We thank the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) and forum will help BCACL our fellow members of the DAC for contributing their time and use the UN Convention to resources to hosting this important forum. advocate at a provincial level to establish legal frameworks, “Our challenge is to bridge the gap between aspirations laid out in policy and practices that the Convention and the reality of people, and to use the Convention enhance decision-making as a tool to say, ‘This is what must be done, these are the things that rights. will help us move forward.” – (Laurie Beachell, Council of Canadians with Disabilities, speaking at the forum, “Honouring the Convention: A Call to Action in BC”). 15
  16. 16. FAMILY RETREAT IGNITES A MOTHER’S PASSON In 2008, eleven enthusiastic parents came together in Cranbrook to be a part of BCACL’s third Ripple Effect family retreat. One of“Attending the Ripple Effect those parents was Jackie, whose passion for building communityWeekend Retreat allowed was inspiring. Jackie and the other parents came together once again inme to learn more about 2009, as BCACL hosted a “reunion” retreat. In the time sincewhat has happened in the the Cranbrook retreat, Jackie had joined the Family Support Institute resource parent network to share her advocacy skillspast and how I can become with other families in her region.part of the future. The skills When the Canadian Association for Community Living asked BCACL to identify a family leader to participate in its nationalI developed at the retreat strategy for family engagement, Jackie’s generous spirit and zesthave helped me to improve for getting involved moved her to the top of our list.the quality of life for my son Jackie has now joined family leaders from across Canada who are coming up with creative ways to engage families supportingTyler. Thank you for all of the children with developmental disabilities and strenghthen the role of families within the community living movement.opportunities that you have For the board and staff at BCACL, Jackie’s contributions to herallowed me to have.” local community, her provincial community and to the national stage truly represent who we are as a social movement. - Jackie BCACL’s Ripple Effect family retreats provide young families with an opportunity to come together and harness their advocacy skills, network with other families and connect to the broader community living movement. See page 7 for more information.16
  17. 17. BUILDING FINANCIAL CAPACITY Reason to Care Art Resale &2010/2011 was a year of renewal for BCACL. We engaged in Live Auctionconversations with our stakeholders, listening to what matters to The BC Association forpeople with developmental disabilities and their families and our Community Living held itsmember organizations. Art Resale and Live Auction As we reviewed our organizational priorities, actions and fundraising event on Saturday,communication, we also looked at new, innovative ways to develop March 12, 2011. The eventsustainable revenue streams for the long term. Building on the was a huge success, withmomentum and success of the Reason to Care Art Sale (see crowds of art lovers pickingcolumn, right), we are excited to announce that we will be holding up treasures throughout themore community fundraising events in the future. day. Our heartfelt thank you to all the artists andevents provide us the opportunity to connect with our stakeholders art collectors who donatedand work with community to build awareness and help advance the artwork and the volunteersrights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and sponsors who helpedand their families. make it a success. Vipond Classic Golf Tournament We extend our heartfelt thanks to Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and its members for once again hosting the 35th Annual Vipond Shaughnessy Golf Classic Tournament. This year’s tournament raised an incredible $60,000! The funds allow us to be there every day to support children BCACL President Annette and youth with special needs, adults Delaplace presents Dalton with developmental disabilities and McCarthur, longtime their families. Over 600 pieces of art Director of the Vipond Thank you to RBC Dominion were donated from artists, Tournament, with a Securities and Alan Rae, longtime supporters of community partnership award at our Vipond Classic Event Coordinator, living and members of the 2010 Conference. whose outstanding support and broader community. Guests leadership ensures that the event is at the evening reception a successful every year. and live auction also had theRight Stuff Lottery opportunity to participateThis spring we launched the items such as travel vouchers,Right Stuff Lottery campaign, romantic getaways, eventa 16 week campaign of tickets, spa treatments,excitement that reaches aclimax when a lucky B.C. gift baskets, all generouslyresident wins the grand prize. donated by event sponsors Partnering with Volvo of We thank the Art ResaleNorth Vancouver, we toured planning committee for theirthe Lower Mainland with the hard work.Volvo S60. We are gratefulto our member agencies for We look forward to seeing BCACL Director of Resourceproviding volunteer support you at the next Reason to Development Salima Mawjias we travel to shopping presents Barry Johnston with the Care Art Resale and Livecentres. The lottery provides Auction on March 3, excellent opportunity to For more details, visit theconnect within our community. BCACL website in the near future . 17
  18. 18. A Financial Overview for 2010/2011BCACL receives most if its core operational funds from individual donors and our memberagencies. This year we also received grant funding from the Government of Canada’s CommunityInclusion Initiative (, United Way of the Lower Mainland, VancouverCommunity Living BC (CLBC).where the money came from 2% HRSDC Community Inclusion 10% 4% United Way 22% Initiative (Pathways to Citizenship) other revenue BCACL member agencies 18% donations & resource Self Advocates Seeding 6% 2% 36% Innovation(CLBC) development Opening Doors to Work conference (Vancouver Foundation)how we put the money to work 9% 16% self advocacy development employment 6% 10% membership support income security 14% 10% other community disability supports 3% 18% 14% development initiatives inclusive education administration supports to children & families18
  19. 19. THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS, SPONSORS AND FUNDERS2010 Conference Sponsors· Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion· Campbell River and District for Community Living· Community Living BC Grants and Gifts Community Living BC· Delta Community Living Society Human Resources and Social· FedEx Kinkos Development Canada· Fraserside Community Services Society Vancouver Foundation· Lombard Canada United Way of the Lower· Richmond Society for Community Living Mainland· HOME Society The BCACL Foundation· Human Resources and Social Development Canada· Mercedes-Benz Sprinter· North Shore Connexions Circle of Friends Monthly· North Shore Disability Resource Centre· Richmond Society for Community Living Donors· Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living This year generous donors from· Simon Fraser Society for Community Living across the province supported· Spectrum Society for Community Living us by donating online,· Surrey Association for Community Living responding to our direct mail· Variety the Children’s Charity campaigns and by participating· Westland Insurance in our monthly giving program – Circle of Friends. For overReason to Care Art Sale and Live Auction Sponsors 30 years, our Circle of Friends monthly donors have stood byAir Transat River Rock Casino our side as we advance rights,Bean Around the World Rockwater Secret Cove Resort promote action and supportBeautiControl Rogers Chocolates abilities.Costco SafewayEarl’s RestaurantsFairmont Chateau Whistler Save-On Foods Sur Del Party Rentals Legacy GiftsGranville Island Florists Trent Studio Planned gifts come in manyHampton Inn and Suites True Entertainment forms such as a bequest in aMozart School of Music Under the Piano will, a life insurance policy, aNester’s Market Urban Fare charitable gift annuity, a giftPublic Storage Vancouver Aquarium of securities, or an endowment of funds. This year BCACL received three legacy gifts fromLegacy Donors generous donors. We thank theVancouver Foundation – Dietrich Endowment Fund following individuals for leavingVancouver Foundation – Jensen Endowment Fund a legacy in support of people with developmental disabilitiesCorporate Leaders and their families.Volvo of North Vancouver · Estate of Alma Constance HullTimes Colonist · Estate of Albert Chester Munday · Estate of John Freeman Fleming 19
  20. 20. THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFFThe BC Association for Community Living is driven by teams ofdedicated volunteers. We thank all the volunteer committee members BCACL Board of Directorswho provided expertise, guidance and recommendations to the BCACL The Board of Directors guidesBoard of Directors and staff. The following committees helped guide the work of BC Association forand inform our work for 2010/2011: Supports to Children and Families, Community Living. Our mission,Employment and Income Security, Inclusive Education, Membership vision, social policies, goals andEngagement, Transitions from School to Work, Reason to Care Art objectives are all developed underSale, Finance, and Resource Development. Committees are co-chaired the leadership of this dedicatedby BCACL board members and supported by BCACL staff. group of volunteers.Committee Members Annette Delaplace (President) Leila Rahemtulla (Vice President)Cyndie Anderson Catriona Johnson Shary McTighe Rory Summers (Past President)Wendy-Sue Andrew Leslie Jones Monique Nelson Al LeFebvre (Treasurer)Jake Anthony Bill King James Newman Sky Hendsbee (Caucus Chair)Christy Areshenko Jerry Laidlaw Tanya Norman Rachel AdairChris Arnold Derris le Nobel Paul Pallan Jo-Anne GauthierJanice Barr Rachel le Nobel Shirley Paterson Malerie MeekerJason Chan Winston Leckie Susan Powell Kathleen O’HanleyAngela Clancy Cindy Lee Bryce Schaufelburger Paul PallanDan Collins Al LeFebvre Claudia Semaniuk Doreen ShawFraser Crinklaw Bob Logelin Tamara Shaw Tim StaintonDavid Driscoll Robin Loxton Anita Sihota Geoff WrightCindy Frostad Kevin Lusignan Helen StovellSue Graf Anne Marie Walsh Carlene Thompson The BCACL Staff TeamChris Horrocks Nicole Mate Laverne Thompson Faith Bodnar, Executive DirectorJessica Humphrey Michael McLellan Community Development: Karen De Long, Director Family Support:Our Member Organizations Jeremy VisWe thank our member organizations for consistently going above Self Advocacy Support:and beyond to improve the lives of people with developmental Karla Verschoordisabilities and their families and for helping to make communities Membership Services:inclusive and welcoming. Included in this report is a pull-out card Colleen Evans Communications:with a list of our member organizations, for your easy reference. Danielle Kelliher, DirectorIf you would like a copy of the list, please contact BCACL at info@ Resource You can also learn more about our members on our Salima Mawji, Directorwebsite: Melissa Bennett-Knights BCACL thanks Wioletta Okwieka-Reduch for donating her time Heather Fugereand talent as a photographer. Many of the photos in this report Finance and Accounting:were taken by Wioletta. Frank Peng, Director Janice Bai Mazy TolentinoBCACL is a proud member of the CanadianAssociation for Community Living Lowena Ko, Receptionist( and Inclusion International. Christian Kulusik Executive Assistant Charlotte Kates, Custodian: Wayne Wong 227 6th Street, New Westminster, BC V3L 3A5 | Tel. 604 777 9100 | Toll-free. 1 800 618 1119 email: BCACL is a United Way Partner Organization