Minister visits Kimberley

Minister of Social Development celebrates Community Living Month

October is Community Living Month in British Columbia and Community Living BC is encouraging people to say ‘hi’ and start a conversation with a person with a developmental disability.

CLBC is the Crown agency responsible for supports and services for the disability-related needs of adults with developmental disabilities.

The Minister responsible for CLBC is Dr. Moira Stilwell, Minister  of Social Development, MLA for Vancouver-Langara.

Stilwell has been travelling around the province this month, having conversations with adults with disabilities and with those that provide those services within the community. She was in Kimberley on Tuesday morning, meeting with the Kimberley Society for Community Living.

She says she is looking for what is working in different communities and what isn’t.

“As our government works towards improving services and supports, it’s important to help people understand what it means to live with a developmental disability.” Stilwell said. “People with developmental disabilities want choice and respect – and expect to live, work and participate in their communities like everyone else.”

She appreciates the opportunity to meet face to face and get to know the people involved.

“Every region has a unique history in this area,” she said. “But in general Community Living BC is a recognized leader in providing support so developmentally disabled adults can lead a good life. BC is recognized as a leader in community based services.”

The main goal, she says, is to make sure people have more choices than they did before — choices in living arrangements, more opportunities for employment, more chances to live fully integrated with their community.

The Ministry of Social Development and CLBC are making progress towards improving services for people with developmental disabilities and their families and delivering on the 12 recommendations released in a report earlier this year, Stilwell says. Part of this work, in the coming month and beyond, will include promoting new measures to improve service quality, increasing employment opportunities and consulting with individuals, families and service providers about their services and supports.

Just Posted

Scouts starts season with the annual sand bag sales.

Scouting starts its season again with a delivery of three loads of… Continue reading

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Know it All entertainment listings

Key City season Memberships for the upcoming season at Key City Theatre… Continue reading

Kimberley Terry Fox Run raises $1,150 for Terry Fox Foundation

The Kimberley Terry Fox Run took place on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018… Continue reading

Baseball bat assault sends one to hospital

Cranbrook police investigating after home invasion over the weekend

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Cranbrook introduces draft cannabis bylaws

As legalization date approaches, there remains more questions than answers, say staff

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Tilray to export cannabis formulation to U.S. for clinical trial

Marijuana remains illegal in most of the U.S.

Most Read