Hi! I’m Teresa and this is my food bank experience…

February 16th, 2017

My name is Teresa.  I am a volunteer at my local food bank in Kelowna, BC. I go for three hours one morning a week.  I have been volunteering at my food bank for 2 years and 6 months. I help to educate new volunteers to the food bank and I teach them how to do things.  I always say…
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Let’s Celebrate Diverse Families & Inclusion

February 6th, 2017

You and your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, are invited to participate in a social media campaign to promote diversity and inclusion! On Family Day — February 13, 2017 — let’s celebrate our families and support circles by participating in this campaign to connect ALL families in our community. On the morning of Monday, February 13th, we invite you to…
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Art, Science and Community Connections

February 1st, 2017

By Vickie Cammack – PLAN Co-Founder Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human. PLAN began over 25 years ago with what was then a radical view – the limitations of services to provide a good life. We understood that loneliness was the most difficult poverty experienced by people with disabilities. We were committed…
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“What I learned from travelling with my brother”

January 3rd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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