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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Bringing the Beats to Broadway

September 20th, 2016

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

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

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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Celebrating Community in the Sun.

September 1st, 2016

PLAN was founded to bring people together in supportive relationships. And what better way to celebrate those relationships than with a picnic! That’s exactly what we did on August 6 –  PLAN families and friends came together for our annual Summer Picnic at Queen’s Park in New Westminster. The weather was gorgeous, and the smiles were plentiful. We were treated
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Marilyn Rushton Receives BC’s Medal of Good Citizenship

August 26th, 2016

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

  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 1977 beside…
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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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