Celebrate ~ October is Community Living month

The community’s role is to include, accept and guide.

October is Community Living month – a time set aside to acknowledge the great strides that have been made in the lives of people with amazing abilities!

For many years the focus was sadly on a person’s disability, losing sight of the many awesome qualities that the individual possesses. Just as many young people and adults were hidden away in institutions, the abilities of each person were rarely identified and appreciated. Today, the possibilities are endless and I’m pleased to say that the individuals we support are living happy, productive lives in a very welcoming community.

We support 27 individuals in our programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to assist them in reaching their full potential as members of our community. We provide knowledgeable and innovative support staff to guide them in their journey. We provide or find safe and affordable housing suitable to each person. Together we nurture opportunities that encourage inclusion in the community and employment and social/recreational choices specific to individual needs and desires. Each step taken is intended to increase their independence, their choices and their well-being. Their successes, big and small, are celebrated. We are so often humbled by their ability to overcome obstacles as they follow their dreams. Their increased inclusion in community life is rewarding to witness.

Our role is to support and guide. The community’s role is to include, accept and guide. The employer’s role is to support, guide and set realistic expectations. The individual’s role is to be the best that they can be; to be contributing members of their community; to acknowledge their disability but focus on the many possibilities available to them. Together, we will strengthen our community through inclusion and understanding.

Most importantly, we must remember that we are all only one incident, one illness or one stroke of fate away from being a “person with a disability”. Walk a mile in their shoes, then practice compassion and thoughtfulness. And when you pass each other on the street, take the initiative and just say “hi”!

 

Just Posted

Okanagan RCMP look for owners of various keys located during arrest

RCMP seek to reunite the owners of various keys found at the arrest of suspects in a stolen vehicle.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

BC Green already planning Princeton expansion

Company purchases ore land in industrial park

Don’t be dazed and confused about cannabis legalization

Sitting down with an Okanagan lawyer to clear the haze of marijuana rules

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Most Read