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“What I learned from travelling with my brother”

January 3rd, 2017

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A growing number of siblings are stepping into the role of primary caregiver for their sisters and brothers who have a disability. Through her 2016 “Failure Report”, Helen Ries began sharing the story of the transition she and brother Paul faced when their parents passed away. In her recent blog piece reflecting on a trip to Europe, Helen continues to…
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Unwrapping the Gift of Hospitality

December 14th, 2016

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By Vickie Cammack, PLAN’s Co-Founder A winding path leads to Lynette’s brightly painted front door.   The bell is barely rung and there she is, eyes twinkling, smile beaming, extending her hand in welcome.  ‘How lovely to see you,’ she says in her low, genteel voice. She takes my coat while asking how I am.  She looks right into my eyes
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Chanha Lee’s Priorities for a More Accessible Canada

November 30th, 2016

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PLAN members have been very involved in Accessible Canada’s consultations for new accessibility legislation. A few weeks ago, PLAN member Chanha Lee attended the Minister’s National Youth Council in Ottawa. Chanha is a terrific advocate, and we encourage you to read below to learn about his vision and priorities for a more accessible country.  What are the best ways to
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The Power of a Handmade Reminder

November 9th, 2016

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The holidays are a great opportunity to celebrate the people we love – family, friends and others in our network. That’s why we get so excited about this time of year! On November 6, a group of PLAN members came together for an epic card-making party. The weather outside was cold, grey and rainy, but the crowd inside was excited,…
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Networks: The Key to Inclusion

October 18th, 2016

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It’s Community Inclusion Month in BC – time to reflect on our past, present and futures. At PLAN, we believe support networks are an important part of staying connected to those around us. They help us discover our gifts, nurture talents and provide the opportunity to contribute to others. Here’s an interview we did with one of our members about
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Hats off to Julia

October 6th, 2016

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By Aleesa Sutton, Community Connector Last week Julia was a smash hit! She took up the torch once again as the MC at PLAN’s Annual General Meeting. She powered through pages of speech notes and also added her own special touch: some surprise jokes that had the audience laughing out loud. Two of her favourite people, Tim Ames and Ted…
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AGM and Celebration Recap

October 5th, 2016

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On September 28, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Celebration. For many organizations, an AGM is purely administrative, but we’ve made the event an opportunity to celebrate PLAN’s families for what they’ve accomplished over the past 12 months. The room was packed and full of energy. Smiles were plentiful and we enjoyed a delicious meal from Potluck Cafe
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Bringing the Beats to Broadway

September 20th, 2016

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Music is another of life’s amazing gifts. It unites everyone, regardless of race, ability, culture, or any other label we can apply. That’s what we love about “Beats on Broadway”, a monthly open stage event at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. Each month, you’ll find people like our friends Catherine, Julia and Sean rocking to the music. Whether they’re
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Artists are Community Builders

September 10th, 2016

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They say art brings people together, whether they like or dislike a particular piece. That’s why it’s sad to hear a person say they “can’t do art”. Whether it’s singing, dancing, painting, drawing, writing poetry or a million other media, we are all artists. Take Michelle for example. She creates with photography, graphic design and hand drawn portraits. In all
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The Hubs of our Community

September 7th, 2016

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It’s not always people that bring a community together. Sometimes it’s a hangout we all love. That’s definitely the case with TOPS restaurant in Vancouver, which recently closed down after 44 years in business. For hundreds of locals, the restaurant was a community hub where they came to connect, make friends and enjoy a meal together.  The restaurant only closed…
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