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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Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

June 24th, 2014

Hail the mighty tomato!

Summer is the perfect time of year to honour the tomato and incorporate it into every meal! Take advantage of this delicious fruit while they are flourishing in our gardens and abundant in the markets.
There are endless ideas of what you can do with tomatoes; pasta sauces, sandwiches, salads, juice, pizza, and the list goes…

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A Powerful Community

June 11th, 2014

By Stephanie Debisschop, Plan Institute
 As we celebrate PLAN’s 25th anniversary, the concept of meaningful, reciprocal and caring relationships through the acknowledgment of our innate and unique gifts is in the forefront of our minds. The return of the incredible John McKnight to Vancouver on May 5th seems serendipitous in nature; he reminds us of the joys that exist when…

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All I Need to Know

June 10th, 2014

By Vickie Cammack 
Just as PLAN was being formed, Robert Fulghum was writing his international bestseller ‘All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.’
That was twenty-five years ago. Fulghum’s lessons live on, but today I can say that all I really need to know, I learned at PLAN.  I discovered that wisdom is not in grad school…

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My Journey to PLAN

June 10th, 2014

By Beryl Sawyer

The question is asked tentatively: “What is it like to be the mother of a son with a disability?” The nuance hovering over this is “Am I encroaching on your privacy?” Perhaps the friend or acquaintance is really asking, “How would I cope if one of my children develops a disability?” I’m not alone, I know that,…

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25 Years of Securing the Future

June 10th, 2014

By Ted Kuntz

When PLAN first began in 1989, the idea that our sons and daughters with a disability could be in relationship with other citizens in viable, lasting and nurturing relationships was not the consciousness at the time. Individuals with a disability were cared for in institutions or segregated settings, and the idea of “inclusion” and “belonging” were…

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Potato Crusted Quiche with Cherry Tomatoes and Tarragon

May 20th, 2014

Serves 6-8

2 cups grated russet potato (no need to peel)
1 cup finely diced onion
¼ cup olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
8 eggs
½ cup milk or alternative
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tbsp fresh chopped tarragon
2 cups packed chopped spinach leaves
3 oz soft chèvre
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


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Disability report opens door to greater accessibility

May 16th, 2014

VICTORIA – As the B.C. government releases a report summarizing what was heard throughout a disability white paper consultation, it has taken an important first step with a commitment to create an accessibility secretariat.
The Disability Consultation Report: Moving Together Toward an Accessible B.C. is government’s summary of the voices of the thousands of people who participated in the provincewide…

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Community: Programs and Policies – Join PLAN founders for this exciting event!

May 14th, 2014

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