March Edition 2017

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Victoria athlete wins gold at Special Olympics

Victoria’s Michael Langridge captured Special Olympics Gold in the Super G event in Austria. Langridge is one of 14 other BC Athletes representing Team Canada on the world stage,  and was selected for the roster after winning three gold alpine skiing medals at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland last year.  The 35-year-old trains out of Mount Washington and is the lone athlete representative from Victoria. The Special Olympics run from March 14-24th. Click here to view the Chek TV...

Changes to Online Application for Disability and Income Assistance

At the end of February, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) introduced major changes to the way that British Columbians apply for disability and income assistance. Here are the main changes as explained by the MSDSI: People who apply for income and disability assistance are now required to register for the Ministry’s MySelfServe online service and acquire a BCeID to start an application. Applicants need to start the process at myselfserve.gov.bc.ca; The new application gives the option to upload documents electronically rather than delivering them to a MSDSI office. People who prefer to deliver documents directly to a Ministry office can still do this; The new application is optimized for use on mobile phones; People who are unable to apply for assistance themselves can request that a Ministry worker assist them to fill out the application over the telephone. To request help call 1-866-866-0800. The worker you talk to should make a request for someone to call back within 3 days to go through the application on the phone; The new application questions will have less redundant information than the old application. For example, people without children will no longer be asked to provide information about the amount of child benefits they receive; Some confusing questions from the old application have been clarified; To read the complete article from the Disability Alliance of BC please click here If you have any questions about how the new system works, please feel free to contact the DABC Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 to talk to an advocate. We would also like to hear about any challenges you are...

March 26 is International Purple Day

Did you know? 65 million people world-wide live with epilepsy 1 in 100 in Canada = 360,000 Canadians = 46,000 British Columbians 30% of people with epilepsy live with uncontrolled seizures because no treatment works for them What can you do? Host a Purple Day event, tell your story, make a donation. The BC Epilepsy Society provides programs, services, information and support to people living with epilepsy and their loved ones. We also fund research to seek better treatment options and, ultimately, a...

2017 CARF Survey Report

WE DID IT! The official CARF letter came in last week and I can confirm Kardel has received the highest accreditation timeframe of three years once again!  This is a credit to all of our stakeholders who make Kardel the organization we are.  The CARF Survey team made particular reference to strengths in the following areas: Kardel employs energetic and qualified staff members who are fully dedicated to the organization’s mission, which enhances the quality of life for persons served.  The high caliber of the organization’s operations and services starts “at the top” with the visionary executive officer who is well known for responding to the support needs of persons served in an increasingly large geographical service footprint.  The strong leadership team is also committed to continuous quality improvement. Large, beautiful pictorial representations of the strategic plan displayed on walls throughout Kardel’s administrative facility serve as constant reminders of the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic goals. Other wall posters created by the same artist graphically illustrate rights of the persons served and the organization’s service menu. Kardel effectively utilizes its ShareVision information management system by customizing it for entering, tracking, and reporting on the variety of data generated through health and safety drills and inspections, critical incident reports, strategic plan implementation progress, and performance management.  The organization also finds many additional uses for ShareVision that have led to better methods for communicating internally and externally. The Futures program facilitates community involvement with a high degree of choice for the persons served.  Significant among the options provided is volunteer work at a local community centre where persons served receive a monthly...