Marilyn Rushton Receives BC’s Medal of Good Citizenship

August 26th, 2016

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If anyone is deserving of such an award, it’s Marilyn. She has inspired generations as a talented musician, teacher and friend. By helping others understand and share their gifts with the world, Marilyn is challenging perceptions about what’s possible. That’s why we were so excited to watch her receive BC’s newest honour earlier this month –  the Medal of Good
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Woodlands Memorial Tour

July 6th, 2016


By Adam Trombley Earlier this Spring, PLAN staff joined Board Members Barb Goode and Cathy Anthony in a visit to the Woodlands Memorial Gardens in New Westminster. These gardens are a tribute to thousands of people who died while living at Woodlands, a former institution for people with developmental disabilities. When the construction of Queen’s Park Hospital began in…
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Tips for Building Friendships

July 5th, 2016


Our relationships with others are what define us and bring so much meaning to our lives. But making new friends, as well as maintaining old ones, requires effort and intention to keep them strong. Here are some tips to help you forge new relationships and nurture the ones you already have.


“Walking with a friend in the dark is

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How Local Communities Can Help Caregivers

June 8th, 2016


If you imagine a caregiver at the beginning of a care journey, he or she might be represented as a dot on the map of a neighbourhood.  She would be surrounded by other dots - neighbours, friends and co-workers. Slowly, as care needs at home increase, the caregiver dot floats further and further away from all the other dots. One…
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Applying a Business Plan to Family Caregiving Gives Comfort to All

June 1st, 2016


Family caregiving: a powerful and touching way for you to give back and express all the hope, love, and support that your loved ones have given you when you were younger. Unfortunately, this type of caregiving is also an often underestimated, unappreciated, and misunderstood calling. With the rising costs of long term care and more seniors in need of some…
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Defeating Frailty One Step at a Time

May 30th, 2016


By Lisa Price, M.D. When we think of aging, we often think of slowing down, getting tired easily, doing less, and a lesser ability to bounce back from an illness or setback. Attributing these issues entirely to aging, however, means we are missing what it really is–frailty. Frailty is a collection of health issues that often impact men and women…
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Weekends, Hockey and Lots of Good Food

April 25th, 2016


One of PLAN’s Lifetime Members and their family are currently looking to hire a new respite provider for about one weekend per month. The young woman is looking for someone to support her and share some parts of her life with. She has been living with her parents but have decided that it’s time for to step out and gain…
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A Little Bit of History on the RDSP

April 12th, 2016


By Al Etmanski
Excerpt from Impact: Six Patterns to Spread your Social Innovation The impetus came from families who wanted to reduce the poverty experienced by their relatives with disabilities. They wanted a way to financially support their relatives without jeopardizing existing government benefits. Many families felt trapped by a welfare system that didn’t allow them to build a nest…
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Understanding the Basics of the RDSP

April 10th, 2016


The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specifically for Canadians with disabilities. Here are some basics: For every $1 put in an RDSP account, the federal government can (if your family income is below $87,123) match with up to $3! This is the Canada Disability Savings Grant. For people living on a low-income (less…
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RDSP Planning for Your Future

April 1st, 2016


 By Zorica Zorica and Rick at the RDSP Workshop  On Wednesday March 16th, I attended a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) workshop at the Burnaby CLBC office. I already have an RDSP but I was a bit confused on how it all works. Ric from Personal Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) presented on the RDSP. The RDSP is a…
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