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Everybody Belongs 2024 Call for Proposals

Thanks for your interest in submitting a workshop proposal for the Inclusion BC Everybody Belongs Conference.

If you have any questions about the Call for Workshop Proposals, please reach out to our Special Events Coordinator Ariel at conference@inclusionbc.org

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Our call for workshop proposals has closed as of January 15, 2024 at 5pm PST


“The Everybody Belongs conference is one of our favourite events for celebrating with old friends and connecting with new ones. Every year, we’re inspired by the real stories of people advocating for meaningful change. See you in Nanaimo May 30 to June 1, 2024 for skill-building, networking, and fun.”

— Self-Advocate Leadership Network


Please review the following Call for Workshop Proposals instructions and complete the application form to submit your proposal by the closing date of Monday, January 15, 2024.

  1. Event Dates and Location
  2. Key Issues and Topics
  3. Sessions and Formats

Please note financial compensation will be available for presenters in an unpaid role.

Event Dates and Location

We will be presenting in Nanaimo, B.C. from May 30 to June 1, 2024, with our co-hosts Nanaimo Association for Community Living, BC Self-Advocate Leadership Network, and  Clay Tree Society.


May 30 – June 1, 2024

Vancouver Island Conference Centre
101 Gordon St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8


NACL logologo for the British Columbia Self Advocate Leadership Network


“Gathering in community is essential to our wellbeing as individuals and empowers us as a group to use our voices for the wellbeing of all. We’re thrilled to sponsor Everybody Belongs 2024 and look forward to welcoming our wider community to celebrate, learn, and share with us in Nanaimo.”

— Clay Tree Society

Key Issues and Topics

Share your knowledge and experience as a workshop presenter. Inspire change, spark dialogue, generate new ideas, and deepen the learning. We are seeking workshop proposals and presentations on these key themes:

  • Community & Disability Supports
  • Early Years Supports
  • Education & Child Care
  • Employment & Skill Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Housing & Income Supports

Within these key themes, we’re looking for insights that advance inclusion, starting with the individual and moving up from our grassroots to the global inclusion movement:

  • Personal development: Advancing individual well-being, inclusion, and empowerment through improved health and wellness, sexual and relationship education, social and community engagement, leadership, and financial security.
  • Professional development: Inspiration and practical tools for advancing careers in disability advocacy, including communication, networking, collaboration, leadership, and digital skills.
  • Community development: Strengthening the grassroots capacity of families, groups, and communities to work collaboratively, drive change, and support inclusion.
  • Advocacy: Advancing our global advocacy movement by deepening our shared understanding of challenges and solutions and identifying tools and strategies to build a stronger and more effective voice for inclusion.
  • First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and Urban Indigenous Experiences: Stories of success, as well as topics around legacies of institutionalization, disparities in service or health outcomes, culturally sensitive services, and opportunities for collaboration. 

Sessions and Formats

We are interested in 60-minute interactive presentations that:

  • Use person-first or identity-first language;
  • Reflect the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life;
  • Honour the experiences of Indigenous, multicultural, and LGBTQ2S+ communities;
  • Address accessibility and universal design so that all attendees may participate fully;
  • Promote evidence-based practices to attain full inclusion in all aspects of society; and,
  • Align with Inclusion BC’s advocacy on current issues.

Our call for workshop proposals has closed as of January 15, 2024 at 5pm PST


If you have questions about this call for workshops, please contact our Special Events Coordinator at