Monthly Archives: August 2010

Spectrum’s Person of the Month: Jodi Bell

What is your favorite thing about Spectrum? “I love what Spectrum stands for and represents, that is what initially drew me to applying for a position here. I read up on our website and learned the history behind our company before deciding that this is where I wanted to work. I believe in putting PEOPLE first, and that is exactly what I try to do on a daily basis with the individuals that I support.”
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Celebrating Stories of Community Living: Crafting, Sharing and Learning

our biggest, most festive, most collaborative Community Living Days event yet – co-hosted by Vela Microboard Association, Spectrum and the 101 Friends Support Networks Project. Hope to see you there! Continue reading

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Two Free Public Events! And “Optimal Individual Service Design” with Michael Kendrick, Pat Fratangelo and Jeff Strully

The opportunity to have two free evenings with these leaders occurs as part of their work leading a two week intensive on “Optimal Individual Service Design” (OISD). Hosting this course are a number of agencies including BACI, CLS and Spectrum, as well as others. The more collegial and collaborative the better! As of right now there are still 8 spaces left for the workshops which are both lecture based and experiential. Workshops occur Sept 20 – 24th and Oct 18th – 22nd. Feedback from previous participants has been great – it’s been a transformational training for everyone we’ve talked to. If interested in hearing more about the experience, contact Ray at 604-323-1433 (Ray.Hunter@spectrumsociety.org) or Cheryl Hughes at kokorocoaching@shaw.ca Continue reading

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Supporting a Person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

David Pitonyak delves deeper into a topic that was of great interest to many of last year’s workshop participants. A wonderful and engaging speaker, we’re excited to have David return to Vancouver to help support our mission. Tickets still available. Continue reading

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Patrick McDonagh

Patrick is one of Spectrum’s long-term board members, as well as an author, teacher, advocate for individualised services and friend. He will be one of the guest speakers at our Oct 2nd “Celebration of Stories of Community Living” event. Read more about him here. Continue reading

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David Pitonyak, Sept 30th, Vancouver: Beyond “Behaviours” – Supporting Competence, Confidence and Well-Being

Difficult behaviours result from unmet needs. This workshop examines seven quality of life indicators that are often missing in the life of a person who experiences our services. Based on the idea from Jean Clarke that a person’s needs are best met by people whose needs are met, this day-long workshop examines strategies for supporting not only an individual who experiences disabilities but also the needs of his or her caregivers.

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Community Inclusion Experiences

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