The Mindful Mouth Bakery Offers Paying Jobs to Adults with Disabilities

A B.C. bakery is winning hearts, minds and wallets with tasty treats made by bakers with developmental disabilities, who have helped transform the operation from a volunteer opportunity into a paying business. The Mindful Mouthful Bakery in Duncan, B.C., is now offering slightly more than minimum wage to its 20 bakers, who joined the kitchen as volunteers through a not-for-profit organization. “It’s a training kitchen for adults with developmental disabilities to teach them life skills (and) cooking skills,” Dominic Rockall, executive director of The Mindful Mouthful, told CTV Vancouver Island. Rockall says the orders are rolling in, with customers eager to pay for tasty products that also support a “great cause.” Click here to read the full CTV article and view the...

January Edition 2018

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The GREAT BIG SHOW

On February 23, 2017 Victoria based Delusional Productions began auditioning and assembling a collaborative theatre troupe of adult artists with developmental disabilities. Together they began a year long project, to write, compose, rehearse and perform a new original musical comedy variety show unlike anything anyone has ever seen.  The result of this project is “The GREAT BIG SHOW” which will have its world premiere at the McPherson Theatre in Victoria, BC., Feb 7-10, 2018. A cast of 25 adult artists with developmental disabilities accompanied by a 7 piece rock band will take you on a hilarious and inclusive musical journey that simply could not have been created by anyone else.  The writing is brilliantly unique. The enthusiasm and joy that these artists bring to each performance might just make you fall back in love with humanity. Showtimes are Feb. 7, 8, 9 at 7 pm. Saturday Feb. 10 “relaxed performance” at 2 pm. General tickets are $49.75 and available at GREATBIGSHOW.ca  Patrons who require support workers can call the McPherson box office at 250.386.6121 or toll-free 1.888.717.6121 to arrange free tickets for support...

CLBC Winter Magazine

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self advocates from across the province, as well as family members. The theme for this edition is “Celebrating Self-Employment” and the stories recognize the different creative ways people are exploring self-employment and starting their own ventures. Click here to view the CLBC Winter...

Potential Handydart Strike in the Capital Region

From Vibrant Victoria’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/vibrantvictoria/posts/10156021577159362) Handydart services throughout the Capital Region may be halted come Monday. Drivers have voted to strike if a new wage agreement is not reached over the weekend. From the union: Greater Victoria handyDART operators and staff who provide transit to people with disabilities to go on full strike Monday morning unless new contract reached with employer First Canada; union says First Canada penalizing long-term workers by denying permanent status to avoid benefits VICTORIA – Unionized Greater Victoria handyDART operators and staff – who provide handyDART transit service to people with disabilities – will go on full strike Monday morning unless a new contract is reached. Unifor Local 333BC says that despite an overwhelming 97% vote to strike if necessary and lengthy negotiations, employer First Canada continues to want to penalize operators who work full-time but are being denied permanent status to avoid them receiving the benefits other operators receive. “We deeply regret the obvious inconvenience and disruption that job action will mean for people with disabilities who depend on handyDART but our members have done all they can to reach a negotiated settlement – and First Canada insists on treating many of our members as second-class citizens,” says Unifor Local 333BC President Ben Williams, adding that while others issues are outstanding, the union feels they can be resolved in talks. “We remain hopeful a new contract that treats all workers fairly can be reached before Monday morning and we will meet through the weekend if necessary – but without a tentative collective agreement there will be a full-scale strike,” Williams said. The union...