From September 2020 to December 2021, Inclusion BC will be hosting a series of free webinars. When we had to postpone our 2020 conference, we heard from our members, families and self advocates that they wanted other ways to connect, learn and share ideas over the next year.
Thank you to the Province of BC, the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC and BC CEO Network for Sponsoring our Virtual Learning Series.
November 13, 2020
10:00AM – 11:30AM (PST)
*This event will have live captioning*
Change making is difficult work. Many people have the right intentions, but are unsure of how to put their intentions into practice. This often leaves people with the right language feeling stuck in terms of actions and impacts.
Sarah Jama, co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario will explain how to move past inclusionary rhetoric and move toward change. Through exploring her history with anti-racist organizing, disability justice organizing, and cross solidarity organizing, she will lay out best practices for coalition building, and grassroots organizing in our local communities for real change.
Lya Iglesias, Event Manager
Self-Advocates and Societies
Presented by The Self Advocates of Semiahmoo
December 3, 2020
10:00AM – 11:30AM
*This event will have live captioning*
Learn how to host fun events that get everyone engaged. You will learn about fundraising, community development, and creating successful projects. SAS members, Krista and Michaela, will share with you two of their favorite annual events: The New to You Clothing Sale and their Canada Day Celebrations at White Rock Beach.
SAS will share with you a special checklist that will help you plan, carry out and review projects. It is called the The Successful Project Checklist. During this presentation we also need you! We will be asking questions throughout the presentation. We want to hear what you do in your self-advocacy groups and day programs.
There will also be a live chat and 30 minutes at the end to ask questions to the presenters.
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The Self Advocates of Semiahmoo make change through positive relationships. They are people who are focused on creating a better world for themselves and others, with and without disabilities. SAS has been able to do many different projects that have made them successful in their community and the disability sector.
About the Presenters:
Michaela is one of the most active people you will meet. She has a packed schedule with multiple jobs, volunteer roles, and advocacy work. She is well known in the South Surrey and White Rock Community for many reasons, including flying to Ottawa to work on the Canadian Accessibility Act. She is also proud to have contributed as part of SAS to the all abilities playground, Generations Playground, in White Rock. Michaela cares about staying connected to people in her life and makes sure to have time for you.
Krista is passionate about her community. She has worked with children and seniors in South Surrey and White Rock. Krista is a main presenter for the SAS Equally Empowered presentation where she speaks to students K to University. As part of XBA dance studio, Krista learns new techniques and works on strengthening her muscles for her other activities in Special Olympics. She is someone who cares about work life balance and makes sure she has time to relax and spend time with her family and friends.
As an Involvement Coordinator for SAS, Jillian Glennie looked at how the organization could make the best impact from the work they do. Jillian is focused on supporting people to have more opportunities and creating a community where all thrive. She loves to be in nature with her family and will often have new adventures on the weekend. Jillian is proud to have supported SAS in creating a unique style to candidate meetings that focuses on what people plan to do and staying positive.
You Can Vote! With Guest Melanie Callas from Elections BC
This is a plain language video about the process of voting in the BC provincial election.
On October 14, 2020, Inclusion BC welcomed Melanie Callas, Outreach Coordinator with Elections BC, to host the 5th webinar in our Virtual Learning Series.
Melanie talked about the voting process and answered questions about voting and the election.
To celebrate Disability Employment Month in September, Inclusion BC partnered with Mentorability to host a series of workshops for self advocate job seekers. Hosted by employment specialist Jose Duarte, the videos help self advocates prepare for the job search, build their resume and ace the interview.
About the Presenter: Jose Duarte is an employment specialist, life coach and human resources consultant. He is a Career Developer Practitioner with Douglas College and is part of the Career Development Practice Certificate Program Advisory Committee at Douglas College. He has worked as an Employer Relations Specialist in a Non-profit organization for almost 4 years.
Pre-Employment: Reflecting on your abilities and passions
This 45-minute webinar video will help self advocate job seekers reflect on their talents, passions and interests. Explore ways to start looking for work by reflecting and exploring:
- Reflect: What are you passionate about? Do you have a natural ability that could help guide your path?
- Explore: Where to start looking for work
Build a Great Resume
This 45-minute webinar video will help self advocate job seekers build or update their resume to get the job they want. Learn how to tailor your resume to fit a job description. Bring your resume!
Ace the Interview
Video coming soon!
This 45-minute webinar video will help self advocate job seekers prepare for different types of interviews. Learn about the different types of interviews and the steps necessary to prepare for the interview. Also learn some tips to help you ace the interview.
NOTICE: this month-long MLA engagement campaign and webinar series has been postponed to 2021 due to the provincial election in BC.
Meeting with your MLA
*New meeting dates TBA*
In this one-hour session (same session available on three dates), Inclusion BC members will learn how to arrange meetings with Members of the Legislative Assembly and how to communicate with them to raise issues that are relevant to them and their community. Learn more about becoming an Inclusion BC member.
Where: Virtual Zoom Session
Who: For Inclusion BC members (learn more about Inclusion BC membership)
Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills on civic engagement and bring attention to issues that affect them and their community by meeting with their elected officials via Zoom or phone call.
When: *New meeting dates TBA*
Where: By Zoom or phone call
Who: Inclusion BC members
*New meeting dates TBA*
Participants will have the chance to debrief and reflect on their experience and share what they have learned from meeting with MLAs, in a supported environment. The same session is available on three separate dates.