DABC Community Update

Premier John Horgan has announced a monthly increase of $100 to BC disability and income assistance rates. This change begins September 20th 2017 (October benefits). The maximum rate for support and shelter for a single person will be: –           $710 (Income Assistance) –           $757 (Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment – PPMB) –           $1081 (Persons with Disabilities with a bus pass – PWD) –           $1133 (Persons with Disabilities without a bus pass – PWD) Families with two adults who both have the PWD designation will receive a $200 monthly increase. This is the first increase to income assistance rates in a decade despite the rapidly rising cost of living across the province. Disability Alliance BC applauds the new government’s fast implementation of these much needed increases. Additional Information The new Minister responsible for disability benefits and income assistance (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) is the Honourable Shane Simpson. While there has been no formal announcement, Minister Simpson’s mandate letter from the Premier directs him to implement a $200 monthly increase to the earnings exemption for assistance recipients and restore the BC Bus Pass program. There has also been no announcement about an increase for people receiving Room and Board benefits, or the Comforts Allowance. We have no further information about these changes at this time. If you have any questions about this announcement please feel free to contact Sam Turcott, Advocacy Access Program Director at 604-872-1278 or...

AccessNow Accessibility App

AccessNow is all about sharing accessibility information around the world. Our goal is to map as many places as we possibly can, and we invite you to help us! A worldwide community, passionate about change, together we can empower each other to have access now. As we pin-point the accessibility status of locations, we can start looking at how to turn all the red pins, not accessible, to green pins, accessible. We want to find ways to create access where there currently is none. If you are someone working to remove barriers…we want to hear from you! We use crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of locations on an interactive map. Search for specific places or browse to see what is nearby with the accessibility features you need. If info isn’t already on our map, you can add it yourself and contribute to our worldwide community. Click here for the AccessNow...

BC LIONS Partner with Pacific Autism Family Network

The BC Lions and Pacific Autism Family Network are creating a first in the Canadian Football League. The two organizations have joined forces to take steps at providing fans on the Autism Spectrum a more comfortable experience by creating the GAMECHANGERS program. Together, they aim to ensure that families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder can attend, have a better experience, and cheer on their CFL team at all home games at BC Place. The program gives families who are a part of the Pacific Autism Family Network the opportunity to request tickets and be seated in a thoughtfully selected reserved area, as well as receive Toolkits for each individual attending with Autism or a related disorder. The Toolkits contain items to make the game more user friendly and include noise cancelling headphones, earplugs, sensory toys, and a visual schedule for game day. “As anyone in our organization will tell you, football is family,” said Lions VP, Business George Chayka. “We are both proud and honoured to have an opportunity to join with the Pacific Autism Family Network and bring the joy, excitement and fun of BC Lions football to those who would not normally find it possible to attend. Our community is stronger when we go the extra yard to be inclusive and the GAMECHANGER program is a perfect example of what we can do together.” Families who are a part of Pacific Autism Family Network, will be notified of upcoming BC Lions’ home games and given the opportunity to attend as part of the GAMECHANGERS program. Families who attend will be sent their tickets in advance, along with instructions for arrival, and a separate visual schedule that supports the lead...

Special Olympics: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award

The former first lady Michelle Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to posthumously honour Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics. “I am here tonight to honour a remarkable woman,” said Obama, and called Shriver a woman who believed “everyone deserves a chance to push themselves and find out what they’re made of.”  The Ashe Award is one of the most prestigious in sports. Recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver, one of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s children, accepted the honour on behalf of his mother at The 25th ESPYS on July 12. “My mother was a visionary, but, more importantly, a revolutionary,” said Shriver on behalf of the Shriver family and Special Olympics. “Fueled by love and anger, she used sport to break down the barriers, she used fields of play to bring people together, and she opened the doors of inclusion and equality to the most marginalized on Earth. It is now up to all of us to follow the athletes of Special Olympics who can teach us all to accept and include each other.” Click here to access the Special Olympics website and watch the acceptance...

Cowichan Adaptive Sailing Program

On July 3rd the Cowichan Adaptive Sailing Program launched their Adaptive Sailing Program in Ladysmith. You can either email cowichanadaptivesailing@gmail.com or call them at 250-466-4773 for more details. On July 15th they will be in Duncan Day’s Parade and invite you to come on down, have some fun, and enjoy the festivities. August 12th will be their BBQ on the Dock; a chance to get together with all their Members and Volunteers to have some fun, so they welcome you to come on down and see them at the Dock. They would also like to thank their contributors: Ladysmith Lions, Ladysmith Knights of Columbus, and Lake Cowichan...

DIVERSITY EVENTS CALENDAR

The Inter-Cultural Association is pleased to provide this Diversity Events Calendar for multicultural and diversity events taking place in the Greater Victoria Region. Title:             Canada’s 150 year Celebration Event:          Celebrate Canada’s 150 year anniversary at this family friendly event. Date:            Friday June 30 7:00pm – 10:00pm Location:      Quadra Village Community Centre 950 Kings Road Cost:            Free Info:             Email: tara@quadravillagecc.com Phone: 250-388-7696 ext 224 July 2017 Title:            Community BBQ Celebrating Canada’s 150+ Event:          Japanese Taiko drummers and Thai youth dancers perform at this family event Date:            Saturday July 8 11:00am – 2:00pm Location:      Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street Cost:            Free entertainment/ BBQ $5 Info:             Cook Street Village Centre  Email: programmer@csvac.ca Phone: 250-384-6542 Title:            Festival Mexicano Event:          Latin dance, live music, mariachi band and folklore dancers plus food. Date:            Saturday & Sunday July 8 and 9 12noon – 5:00pm Location:      Centennial Square Cost:            Free Info:             Phone: 250-213-9366 or Email: miguel@victoriamexicancanadian.org  August 2017   Title:           India Mela Event:         Annual Indian Mela festival with the best of Indian food, arts and culture. Date:           Friday August 11, Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13 10:00am-7:00pm Location:     Centennial Square Cost:           Free Info:            India Canada Cultural Association  Phone: 250-883-5571  Title:           S’TENISTOLW 2017 Indigenous Adult Education Conference Event:         Conference for educators in Indigenous post-secondary and adult education. Date:           August 23, 24, 25 2017 Location:     Camosun College Lansdowne Campus and Songhees Wellness Centre Cost:      ...