Federal Disability Planning Tool Project Announcement Event with PLAN: 10:30AM, Nov 4, 595 Burrard St

October 31st, 2014

Recently, the federal department ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) approved funding for PLAN and Prosper Canada to develop an online Future Planning Tool for Canadians with disabilities and their caregivers. They are holding an announcement event this coming Tuesday at 10:30AM at the main BMO branch downtown, 595 Burrard.Minister Candice Bergen will speak, Al Etmanski will emcee and a…
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October is RDSP Month

October 20th, 2014

By Joel Crocker
The Province of BC has declared October 2014 as the first Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Awareness Month. British Columbia’s Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) has made this announcement to help raise awareness among people with disabilities, their families and friends about the benefits of RDSPs as a tool to save for the future.…
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Tycho’s Chicken Chili

October 18th, 2014

The partner of our lovely Office Assistant is an amazing cook and recently made a huge batch of this chili which she brought in for lunch everyday for a week. We all got to try it and it has become a fall favourite around the office. It is so hearty, healthy and most importantly, delicious! Prep time: 30 mins
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Want to learn about Grounded Change?

September 30th, 2014

SiG and In With Forward are hosting 4 online seminars in October and November to share & debate their approach to working with folks, from the ground-up, to develop new programs and policies. Click here to find out more!
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Semiahmoo House Society Inclusive Apartment Project

September 25th, 2014

By Doug Tennant
  Fifty years ago, there were really only two places for adults with developmental disabilities to live in Canada: with their family or in an institution. In 2014, we know that the best place for people to live is in their community, but, sadly, there are still too few living options for people who have developmental disabilities. Many…
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One of the Lucky Ones

September 25th, 2014

By Paul Caune The housing options for many British Columbians with disabilities are slim. Many live in unfavourable long-term residential care facilities, Single Room Occupancy dwellings, shelters, group homes that vary greatly in quality, or worse, on the streets. Vancouver housing is hard enough to afford on a full-time salary but for people on Disability, being able to purchase or…
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Vancouver Co-housing

September 25th, 2014

By Bronwyn Kent

 Darcy in green with her daughter Ruby and husband J-M, and other future residents.
  A new co-housing project is underway in Vancouver on 33rd Avenue between Victoria Drive and Knight Street. The 31 units, designed to be family-supportive, senior-friendly and energy-efficient, are set to be ready for fall of 2015. The project is aimed at creating

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Pasta e Fagiole Soup (pasta and beans soup)

August 25th, 2014

For 4 Servings 1 1/2 litre of Chicken or beef bouillon 1/2 medium size onion thinly sliced 1 can of Italian Beans (Cannellini, Romano or White Kidney) 1 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley and some freshly Grated Parmigiano 2 tbsp of Virgin olive oil 3 handfulls (100 grams) of smaller pasta for soups (shells or a small tube pasta are…
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Order of Canada for Al Etmanski & Vickie Cammack  

July 24th, 2014

By Ted Kuntz
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recently announced the 2014 appointments to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. PLAN’s co-founders, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack have been notified they will…
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Enabling Meaning and Purpose in the Lives of Our Loved Ones

July 23rd, 2014

By Donna Thomson
How can we help our loved ones experience meaning and purpose in their lives? Does having a disability, getting older, or losing cognitive skills automatically exclude the possibility of purpose in life? In my family, meaningful contribution is central to happiness. I believe it is for most people. Our son Nicholas is 25 and mostly bed-ridden due…
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