Monthly Archives: November 2009

Spectrum’s e-newsletter for December!

On behalf of Directors Ernie, Susan, Millie and Aaron, and our volunteer Board of Directors: we wish you all good things during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. To all our team members, thanks for going the extra mile so often – we’re amazed at all people do, that we often only hear about afterwards. To the folks that we support, our gratitude for letting us be part of your lives and enabling us to have careers in which we’re surrounded by success stories. To the families of you all, we really appreciate all the support you give us, and your trust, and your faith: thank you. To the communities that we’re part of – we’re thankful to be part of your neighbourhoods and lives. To our funders, our thanks for allowing us to be part of your decision-making teams and, over the last few years, trusting us with new work that we’ve found exciting and enriching… read more and find out about our Annual New Year’s Tea Continue reading

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Government Continues CLBC Restructuring

Spectrum is a member of the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) and supports their call in their press release for the provincial government to respect the foundations of Community Living BC and reverse their decision on CLBC’s board membership. Continue reading

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Optimal Individual Service Design

Throughout the course we were encouraged to “imagine better”, to think of a life for someone that is not defined by disability or the services they receive, but by their abilities, and by a life outside of the service world. We were asked to think of a life for the individual which would make us jealous, one that would exceed all expectations. Continue reading

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International Day of Disabilities Dec 3rd

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:00 AM – Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:00 PM Vancouver This free public event is a celebration of the achievements of persons with disabilities in sports, arts and culture. Last year the event included: a proclamation by … Continue reading

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Drive defensively – or don’t drive at all – in the snow!

Did you know that due to the exceptionally snowy weather last year, the number of “crashes on B.C.’s roads jumped from 23,000 in November to 32,000 in December as record-breaking snowfall hit much of the province” (ICBC website).   ICBC offers a number … Continue reading

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Spectrum’s Person of the Month: Sterling James

What’s your favorite thing about Spectrum? “The first thing that comes to mind is the freedom for everyone to be who they are. That Spectrum celebrates the stories of each and every individual. I have seen the other side of the coin, the darker institution side where the individual wasn’t seen for who they were and made to conform (in many cases not in a good way) to a group mentality and stripped of self. Where groups of people sat and made decisions for folks and didn’t ask their opinion or dreams or wishes…” read more about Sterling here Continue reading

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Managers Training Days

We had two excellent Managers’ Training Days at the end of November, covering a number of topics. It was the first time that we’ve spent two days together, rather than one, and it was a great experience – according to the feedback it was pretty much a perfect couple of days. Continue reading

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