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Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia spring 2008
Medical: People in this group require assistance in managing activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, grooming, transferring and going to the toilet. It includes managing chronic, terminal or contagious health conditions (such as ongoing treatment and administration of medications, IV therapy, catheters, tube feeding, dialysis, oxygen, operating life-sustaining equipment...) During an emergency, people may be separated from family and friends. Early identification of these needs and intervention can avoid deterioration of health. Independence (Functional): This includes people who are able to function independently if they have their assistive devices and/or equipment. Items consist of mobility aids (such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches); communication aids; medical equipment, (such as catheters, oxygen, syringes, medications); and service animals. Individuals may become separated from their assistive equipment and/or animals in an emergency. Those at risk whose needs are recognized and restored early are able to maintain their independence and manage in mass shelters. Effectively meeting their functional needs prevents secondary complications. Supervision: People with supervision needs may include those who have psychiatric conditions (such as dementia, Alzheimer, Schizophrenia, depression or severe mental illness); addiction problems; brain injury, or become anxious due to transfer trauma. During an emergency, some people with mental illness may be able to function well while others require a more protected and supervised setting. Transportation: Emergency response requires mobility and this category includes people who are unable to drive because of disability, age, temporary injury, poverty, addiction, legal restriction or have no access to a vehicle. Wheelchair accessible transportation may be necessary. Pre-planning evacuation needs helps prevent chaos during an emergency and many people can function independently once evacuated to safety. The Emergency Preparedness For People with Disabilities (EPPD) Committee advanced the Functional Needs Framework, C-MIST and developed the icons to help individuals create an emergency preparedness plan. As well, they are collaborating with local and federal emergency response organizations to ensure their programs are accessible and accommodate people’s essential needs. For more information on this initiative, contact the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities.

A Function Based Framework for Emergency Planning
As a physio and occupational therapist, I have worked for many years with people to help them find solutions to their functional needs. So, I am really excited to introduce C-MIST – a tangible framework for emergency planning and management. C-MIST helps everybody speak the same language. That’s crucial during an emergency. Let me explain. This approach is based on a “Functional Needs Framework”. It identifies people’s actual needs during an emergency rather than labeling them as “special needs”. It is also more inclusive as it identifies people with temporary needs or those who do not identify themselves as having a disability. People have limitations in the areas of seeing, hearing, speaking, moving, breathing, understanding and learning. For the purposes of emergency preparedness and response, “needs” are organized into 5 categories: C Communication, M Medical, I Independence, S Supervision and T Transportation (C-MIST). Each category has its’ own icon for easier identification and more detail is given below. Communication: This category includes people who have limited or no ability to speak, see, hear or understand. During an emergency, people with communication needs may not be able to hear announcements, see signs, understand messages or verbalize their concerns.

Barbara Purdy is a Physiotherapist and an Occupational Therapist and owner of Free to Be/Rehab Consulting Inc. She is also a member of the Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Committee.

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CPABC news spring 2008
thousand dollar bursaries being awarded each year. From 2001-2005 financial difficulties once again caused the suspension of the CPABC Bursary Program. In 2006 the program was back in full swing with a new name, The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Tanabe Bursary. The name change was in recognition of Yoshinori Tanabe’s years of dedication to, and advocacy for, people in BC who live with CP. Six bursary applications were received with three bursaries of one thousand dollars each given out as follows: Samantha Collett, of Maple Ridge, for studies at Douglas College as a Child and Youth Care worker, Laura Fitzpatrick, of Delta, for studies at Douglas College majoring in English for a career as a screen writer for animated films and Nicola Walker, of Nanaimo, a criminology student at Malaspina-University College. The year 2007 saw twelve applicants apply for the three awards. Our three, one thousand dollar recipients were: Melanie Maxwell, of Victoria, who is taking courses in acting and film at the University of Victoria, Aaron McLeod, of Gibsons, who is enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree Program at Capilano College and Stanley Sipchenko, of Fernie, who is pursuing studies in the Computer Information Technology Field at Lethbridge College. The year 2008 has yet again brought about change – this one most welcome with a very generous donation of ten thousand dollars from the Kinsmen Foundation, to go towards our bursary program for the next two years. This increases available bursaries from three to eight of one thousand dollars each. Why do we offer bursaries? How will this program benefit the community? What will be its positive impacts? Given the everyday living expenses that most families incur to support a person with CP, tuition fees provide an onerous burden. An educational bursary will help a young person with CP attend an institution of higher learning and can help increase their selfconfidence and self-esteem. These young people will gain skills and knowledge to become selfsupporting and contributing members of society. They will also become role models for others with CP. And finally, by assisting young people with CP attend college or university our Association fulfills p ag e 2 the following three points in our mission statement in which we strive : • to raise awareness of cerebral palsy in the community • to assist those living with cerebral palsy reach their maximum potential • to work to see those living with cerebral palsy realize their place as equals within a diverse society. Our Association wants to make a positive difference in student’s lives. Everyone at one time or another, needs a helping hand as the following comments attest to: “I receive BC Disability benefits which are barely enough to meet my very basic living expenses.” “My family is on welfare and has been for many years now. As a result, we have no significant financial resources to draw upon for my future educational or living expense.” “Even though I work hard to save as much money as possible, with our family income being limited due to my Dad being injured, affording to go to school is going to be a struggle.” Our bursary money has been put towards veterinarian and social work programs as well as degrees in engineering, astrophysics and genetics. As one student put it, “I will work very hard to ensure that your aid is put to the best possible use.” What more could anyone ask for?

The History of the CPABC Bursary Program
By Wendy Hawryzki
CPABC Office Administrative Assistant
The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC proudly offers the Tanabe Bursary to any eligible student 18 years and older, with CP, that plans to attend an institution of higher learning the following year. If a student has been awarded monies through this fund before, they are still eligible to apply. Throughout the years the criteria, monetary amounts and name of the bursary itself have all changed. It wasn’t until 1994 that the first bursary, of one thousand five hundred dollars, was awarded by the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC to Ms. Joelle Tarrida of Victoria, who was working towards her Law Degree at the University of Victoria. Prior to this and back to 1990 we were part of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association’s Scholarship Program. A report found in the March/April 1990 Roundtable states that fifteen applications were received by the National Association, four of which were from BC. In 1991 two of the four scholarships, of five hundred dollars each, awarded by the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association went to BC residents. In its early days, to qualify as a bursary recipient, a student had to be a member of the Association. That is no longer the case. In April of 1998, the Board agreed to remove this requirement, thereby fulfilling its mission of helping ALL people with cerebral palsy in BC, not just those who were members of the Association. In or about 1993/94 the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association was disbanded leaving the task of bursary distribution up to individual Provincial Associations. In 1997, in spite of the fact that six applications were received for bursaries, a letter was sent out by then Executive Director Halldor K. Bjarnason, stating the following, “The CPABC is currently undergoing reorganization, with the Board of Directors assessing the Association’s priorities. The Board has been examining the bursary program, and at its meeting last night, decided that it will not be awarding student bursaries in 1997.” For the next three years, 1998 to 2000, things were back on track with three, one

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The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC would like to thank The Kinsmen Foundaton of B.C. & Yukon for their generous donation The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC of $10,000 to the would like to thank The Kinsmen Foundaton bursary program. of B.C. & Yukon for their generous donation
of $10,000 to the bursary program.

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Purpose Conductive Education ‘Snowdrop’ Program for 2008 By James Forliti
Bringing Hope to Brain-Injured Children
Having studied at many clinics internationally, both as a parent of a profoundly brain-injured child and as a researcher, Andrew Brereton has become aware of just how little of the vast amount of knowledge possessed within the discipline of psychology is being applied to the treatment of children with brain-injuries. With this in mind Andrew has decided to establish a notfor-profit child development consultancy called, ‘Snowdrop’. Snowdrop provides programs of neuro-cognitive stimulation for children who suffer developmental problems. If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, autism, learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy or any other difficulty which impacts upon his development, he is suitable for therapy. Distance advice is offered for those living too far away for one-on-one consultations. Parents should write or email to request this service. They will then be asked to sign a form stating that they are aware that it is their responsibility to seek the approval of their doctor prior to implementing any program. Costs are as follows: initial distance advice on a child’s development 150 pounds, all subsequent reappraisals 100 pounds. Mr. Brereton has published two books: Cerebral Palsy: A Guide to Understanding and Helping Your Child, Autism: A Guide to Understanding and helping your Child. It is strongly recommended that you read the appropriate book prior to making an appointment. In this way you will be fully conversant with the philosophy of their approach. Both books can be ordered at www.snowdrop.cc. The cerebral palsy book has been ordered for our lending library and will be available for loan shortly. Visit the snowdrop website at www.snowdrop.cc for a wealth of easy-to-read information email- info@snowdrop.cc - phone 44(0) 1884 38447 or mail: PO Box 85, Cullompton, Devon, United Kingdom, EX15 1WP (information has been adapted from snowdrop website with permission) What is Conductive Education? Conductive-Education is a system of education for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities originating from damage to the central nervous system. It teaches people how to overcome their movement problems to lead more independent, active and fulfilled lives. Who Might Benefit? You may consider CE for your child if: Your child has cerebral palsy or an undiagnosed motor developmental delay, and he or she is not thriving on other therapeutic approaches You are frustrated or unsatisfied with the short and long term goals set for your child You feel that your child’s aide is doing most of the work at school instead of your child doing it for him or herself You do not know how to apply the learned therapeutic approaches in your home when caring for your child (For instance, how to get your child to get out of bed by him or herself.) You believe that your child is able to do more than what she or he has accomplished in other settings Private Visits, Groups Possible Conductor comes to your home Summer Group Session Six weeks, July 6—August 23 5 hours /day, 5 days/week, Monday to Friday BONUS: Register for the 6-week summer program and receive 10 free private visits during the interim session. For more information contact James at 604-526-2522 or email forliti@telus.net.

Tongue Steering Technology Free Initial Consultation!
Neuroplan Speech-Language Pathology Delta
Typically, quadriplegics must suck or blow into astraw to steer a wheelchair or move a computer cursor. This may be a thing of the past with the creation of a device that identifies a range of different tongue movements with 97 percent accuracy, using a microphone that sits inside the ear. In the future soldiers and firefighters might use such devices to steer remote controlled robots with their tongues, leaving their hands free. Google Think-a-Move to view fascinating videos of their latest projects. Neuroplan Speech-Language Pathology is a private practice that offers a full range of intervention services for children, teens and adults. You are welcome to book a free initial consultation by contacting Anna E. Krueger, Certified SpeechLanguage Pathologist, at 604-946-5052, or www.neuroplan.ca, or email neuroplan@telus.net. Therapy for: language delay, speech delay, apraxia, autism, learning disability, attention, memory, auditory processing, brain injury, stroke,and neurological diseases. Many insurance plans cover private therapy.

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Feel Like Racing? Vancouver
Track nights are back! Meet every Thursday night, until September, at Eric Hamber Secondary School (33rd Ave and Oak) starting on April 17th at 5:30. This is a great opportunity for you to try out a fun, fast and exciting sport in a safe environment. There will be lots of people willing to assit you. Race chairs will be provided. Please notify James Hustvedt at 604-616-7106 (james@bcwheelchairsports.com) no later than noon on the Thursday you plan to attend.

Assisted Hiking Season is Open to YOU!
June - August 30, 2008 Vancouver
Ever wondered what it would be like to experience the cool sweet smelling trails of the North Shore? Have you dreamed of enjoying lunch by a waterfall and feeling its cool spray on your face while watching a deer and her fawn in the trees? Would you like to listen to the ‘silence of the forest?’ You can. This IS accessible to you thanks to the TrailRider – a single-wheeled vehicle designed to transport people with disabilities via the assistance of two able-bodied teammates. This vehicle is narrow enough to access hiking trails that once were only accessible to those who could walk. So take a risk – try something new – enjoy the beauty of our mountains in a safe and gentle way. And then write about your experience so we can share it with others! Email Wendy at wh@bccerebralpalsy.com with your story. For a full listing of upcoming hikes phone Brian Bell at 604-986-309l or email interfitsociety@gmail.com.

Tennis or Track Anyone? Theatre Terrific’s
Junior Wheelchair Sports Club Surrey
Ready to have some summer fun? Join others, ages 8 to 18, Tuesday evenings until August from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. for a weekly track or tennis skills program. Meet at Holy Cross School at 160th and 88th Ave. in Surrey. Contact Jackie at 604-3333525 (Jackie@bcwheelchairsports.com) for more information and to sign up. Sessions are on a drop in basis; so if you plan on going Jackie needs to know the day before so she can bring equipment for you.

Summer Fringe Camp
July and August in Vancouver
The Summer Fringe Camp is an advanced class where students participate in the creation of a new original work that is performed in the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Participants must be 18 years or older. Previous experience with a Theatre Terrific class is preferred. Classes are 6:30 to 9 pm Tuesday and Thursdays July 22 to August 29 and are held in the Japanese United Church at 4010 Victoria Dr. at 23 Ave. – cost $300. For more detailed information phone 604-222-4020.

The West Coast College of Massage Therapy is pleased to offer massage for Cerebral Palsy patients. Where: When: 613 Columbia St, New Westminster Thursday evenings 4:15, 5:30, 6:45 or 8 pm Duration: one hour Cost: $10 per treatment $20 per treatment for caregivers & support workers of patients Book: call 604-520-1830 and mention that you are booking in the Cerebral Palsy Clinic Access: Through back entrance on Clarkson Street. Entrance is wheelchair accessible. Why: reduce stress levels, increase circulation and feel good! Note: patients presently on an open ICBC or WCB claim cannot be massaged

Martial Arts Summer Camp
For Individuals with Disabilities & Special Needs Richmond
August 11 to August 29 Sirota’s Alchymy Martial Arts Centre, Richmond 604-244-8842 or sirota@SirotasAlchymy.com

Adapted Golf
Abbotsford Chilliwack
Jim Miller can be contacted for information at 604-799-2028. For information in other areas of the Lower Mainland contact Jan at 604-7376266. p ag e 4

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Dare to Dream and Never Fear Failure
By Ashley Gowanlock
Sports are addictive activities that fill people up and push them to reach for more, even when it feels like there is nothing left to give. There is a time in every person’s life when they want to be a professional athlete, whether for throwing a ball, shooting a puck, or going long for a touchdown. We all dream of walking into the stadium and hearing the deafening roar of the crowd chanting our name. Different sports touch each individual in a special way. For some, sports are just things to do to get exercise; for others, sports are for pure enjoyment; for a select few, sports are a passion, something to pour your heart and soul into. For me, horseback riding is my passion. I live and breathe horses; to be on the back of a horse is to be in heaven. Some people ask me why I do it. What is so exciting about riding around the ring on the back of a horse for hours and hours? I guess there is no simple answer to that question; there are many. Horses are intelligent, noble creatures that ask for nothing but your trust in them. The sheer power that is coiled up in the muscles of a horse, ready to be released at any moment, is mind boggling to me. The fact that we as humans are able to sit atop these massive animals and control them is amazing. To see a horse and rider working as a team, thinking and moving collectively with one body and one mind, is the most beautiful thing in the world to me. the world through unbiased eyes. I can talk to them without saying a word and they will just stand silent and calm. Walking around anywhere I move like an uncoordinated mess, my legs and body flailing about in every direction. Sometimes I feel like I am spinning out of control, but on the back of a horse all of my doubt disappears. The connections between my brain to the rest of my body are no longer a series of short circuits and bad wiring. I make mistakes, but my horse compensates for me. He reads that something is different about my body and does what needs to be done. I have little use of my legs and feet so instead of kicking him forward I can shift my weight and he is off like a shot. The feeling of freedom and the thought that I could quite possibly sprout wings and fly on my horse is why horseback riding is more than a sport for me. Sometimes when I am with my friends I feel like a stranger looking in, but with the aid of a horse I too can fit in. They can have their long jump, javelin, and track, and I have my horses and I am good at that. One day I dream of going to the Paralympics with the Canadian Para Equestrian Team and it is because of the horse that I can continue to reach for my dreams.

When Your Loved - One Can’t

Making Decisions

By Halldor K. Bjarnason, Lawyer

What do you do when your child reaches age 19 and becomes an “Adult” but can’t make all of their own financial or medical decisions? What do you do about a parent, grandparent, or spouse, who can’t manage their own finances any more, but did not make plans for incapacity? In British Columbia, there may be a couple of options open to you: a) You may be able to assist the person in doing a “standard” representation agreement, appointing you as their representative; or b) You can apply to court to be appointed as the person’s legal guardian or “Committee”. (pronounced “kom-Etee”) The simplest route is the representation agreement. For a few hundred dollars in legal fees (or less if you do it yourself), an Adult can enter into an agreement that permits their representative to assist them in making routine decisions with respect to: personal care; giving or refusing consent for all major and minor health care; giving or refusing consent for admission to a care facility; management of financial and legal affairs. While the authority is not all encompassing, it covers most day-today issues. An Adult does not have to have full mental capacity to enter into a representation agreement. Rather, they must either appreciate the nature of the agreement, be able to communicate their wishes, and/or be in a relationship of trust with the representative. A Committee is a court-appointed decision-maker. While a Committee has much broader legal authority than a representative, it comes at a cost. First, a Committeeship application is fairly expensive. Court applications can be expensive. Second, it has the distinct disadvantage that because the process requires the judge to declare the adult mentally incompetent, the Adult can no longer assist with the decision-making process. Third, the appointment of a Committee requires the Public Guardian and Trustee’s involvement. The PGT has an obligation to annually review the Adult’s financial records, and by default, if the person appointed by the court as the Committee cannot act, the PGT automatically takes over. This is not a great deal if you’re trying to minimize government involvement. The upshot is, where an Adult has some ability to make their own decisions, a representation agreement can be an economical tool for ensuring their current level of autonomy. For an Adult with no mental capacity, a court-appointed Committee may be the only option. However, it is an option that must be pursued with careful consideration. For more information on this important topic, visit: www.trustlawyers.ca.

Being at a horse show is not exciting because you win or lose. It is about feeling that perfect link between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth; it’s about feeling your heart skip a beat as your horse kicks it into higher gear. The moment of excitement comes when you can look at a horse and rider and see their souls melting into one. A wise man once said, “I don’t care who tells me to, I am not going to die until someone proves to me I was born with Cerebral Palsy and so horseback that there are horses in heaven.” riding is not just a sport, it allows me to escape a Sports can be about throwing a ball, or blocking a world where I am seen as an outsider, to a world puck, but if you ask me, a sport has to be a where I can become “normal” if only for a short passion before someone can be truly successful at time. I no longer have to walk with a cane and it. Horseback riding is my passion and horses have feel the heat of hundreds of eyes like I do every allowed me to meet thousands of people from all time I walk into a new place; because on the back over the world as I chase my dreams of going to of a horse you could never tell that I am disabled. the Paralympics. Sports teach us a lot about who From the moment I walk into the barn and take a we are and what we are capable of, and it is deep breath of the sweet hay-smelling air, it feels because of the horse that I have learned that like thousands of pounds of weight have been nothing is impossible, you just have to dare to lifted off my shoulders. The horses are my soul dream, have the will to follow through and most healers; they pass no judgment, and they look at of all, never fear failure. p ag e 5

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Tired of Waiting Around?
SN Transport Ltd. was created to provide door-todoor transportation service in an area from Chilliwack to Pemberton, for those with special needs. Appointments can be made days, months or even hours in advance of your journey; however pre-booked appointments will always take priority. To use this service you must first open a Visa or MasterCard account, by phone or internet. Rates start at $29 for the first 6 km. You will be picked up from your home and if you are going to the 10th floor of a hospital you will be escorted to the 10th floor, not left outside on the curb. Vehicles do not run with meters so you will not be charged extra if stuck in heavy traffic. As you are hiring the vehicle and driver, other people may accompany you on your journey. Vehicles are capable of taking one wheelchair passenger and three walkers. They can accommodate the large electric chairs as well as manual models. Vehicles are air-conditioned and carry collapsible wheelchairs to assist those who may need them. You can book your ride for any use, medical or social, however the main rider must have a special need. Scaled down services are offered on weekends. For more information call Special Needs Transport at 1-800-768-0044 or contact them at info@SNTransport.ca or visit www.sntransport.ca.

SNT Special Needs Transport

Evening Support Group
Family Caregivers Network Society (FCNS) Victoria
1st Monday of each month 7:00 to 9:00 pm FCNS office, 526 Michigan Street Attendance is on a drop-in basis. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteer facilitators. For more information call FCNS at 250-384-0408

Family Caregivers Support Group
Sidney, Sooke, Pender Island, Salt Spring
Groups meet regularly in these communities. For more information contact the Family Caregivers’ Network Society at 250-384-0408.

Rowing and Paddling Centre
Vernon
The centre is entering its third year of adaptive rowing programs and is looking forward to expanding. For more information contact June Hawkins at 250-306-1463 or email june@gorowandpaddle.org.

CHAAPS Dog Programs
Animal Assisted Therapy Quesnel
“Patients forget pain, depression and limitations when interacting with animals” – unknown
Animals, people, unconditional love and acceptance - what a great combination! Welcome to CHAAPS where clients of all ages can participate in educational and therapeutic programs with horses and dogs and work though physical, mental, emotional and social challenges. Sessions are offered privately and to community groups and organizations and are tailored to specific needs. This program has been shown to improve such things as coordination, strength, listening and communication skills. It also helps clients develop skills to aid in interacting with others and to learn to follow directions. For more information phone 250-747-2410, email chaaps@shaw.ca, or go to www.chaaps.ca

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Junior Wheelchair Sports Summer Camps Stress Free Dressing in Style
Silvert’s Special Needs Clothing
Silvert’s has been providing attractive and comfortable adaptive clothing, for both men and women, at affordable prices for 78 years. They offer slip resistant footwear, wider fitting nonconstrictive socks, clothing made with VELCRO and Easy Touch closures as well as wheelchair clothing designed to be put on while the person is sitting down. Browse their catalogue online at www.silverts.com. Be sure to check out the Accessories Section and view the various dressing videos. A free Adaptive Clothing Catalogue can be ordered by calling 1-800-387-7088. Silvert’s is based in Concord, Ontario so all pricing is in Canadian! Coquiltam : August 5 - 8, 2008 Pinetree Community Centre Kelowna : August 11 - 15, 2008 Raymer Elementary School For more info on camps contact Jackie 604-333-3525 or Jackie@bcwheelchairsports Shawnigan Lake: July 8 -14, 2008 Squamish : July 29 - August 3, 2008 To sign up for camps visit www.lionsbc.ca/programs/camps

Coquitlam, Kelowna, Shawnigan Lake & Squamish

Wheelchair Tennis
Richmond: Tuesdays and Sundays - YY Tennis Club Contact Steve at themanleys@shaw.ca or 604-616-0495 North Van: Grant Connell -Thursdays Contact Uros at uros@bcwheelchairsports.com or 604-616-0495 Vernon: Vernon Tennis Club Contact Randy at rischell@shaw.ca or 604-333-3524 Kelowna: Parkinson Rec Centre Contact Louise at lroberts@city,kelowna.bcca or 604-333-3524 Victoria: Cedar Hill Rec. Centre Contact Kevin@bcwheelchairsports.com or 604-333-3524

Richmond, North Vancouver, Vernon, Kelowna, Victoria

Agur Lake Camp
Steps to Employment
Bowen Island, Lions Bay, Richmond, North Van., West Van, Richmond & Vancouver
Are you of legal working age? Do you feel that your Cerebral Palsy may be causing a barrier to employment? Give the BC Centre for Ability a call and learn about their “Achieve” program. They offer pre-employment workshops and support in helping you plan the steps from training to employment. Their services are FREE. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For more information call Leslie at 604-630-3034 or email lwait@centreforability.bc.ca Agur Lake Camp is a proposed barrier-free facility for children and other people with special needs to enjoy nature in a safe and enabling environment along with their families. Slated to be built 15kilometres west of Summerland, the camp will welcome children and their families from across British Columbia. In the past year, the camp society has been successful in acquiring over 45 acres of land, both through a private lease with Robin Agur and family and a lease on Crown land. The Penticton Indian Band and six provincial ministries actively support the project. Volunteers and directors have worked together on many public awareness events and raised nearly $250,000 in the past months. This includes over $30,000 through Safeway’s We Care Program p ag e 7 and a Direct Access Grant from the provincial government for $100,000. Currently, the building committee is examining expressions of interest from designers and architects and will finalize the building plans within the next few months. Site development which will begin this summer will include clearing for the building sites, bringing in power, drilling water wells and designing the sewage treatment facility. When completed, the camp will have a central lodge and numerous individual cabins and RV sites. There will also be a workshop, playground, fishing dock and barrier-free trails. For more information visit the website www.agurlakecamp.ca or call camp society president Penny Ritchie at (250) 494-7453.

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Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia spring 2008
CPABC Board Members
CRAIG LANGSTON TRISH MCKAY JONN OLLDYM ESTHER J. LEE DON RENAUD TONY KRUSE KENT LOFTSGARD RONALD BLACKMORE LIZ CALDER LES EBL TERREANE DERRICK President Vice President Treasurer Secretary

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Do you require assistance to make the transition to work?
New Westminster

CPABC Staff
FERI DEHDAR Director of Programs & Administration TAMMY VAN DER KAMP Family & Individual Support Worker

Are you between the ages of 15 – 30? Skills Link – Discovery to Hospitality, Tourism, and Retail Program will prepare participants for opportunities in these high demand industries. The program consists of eight weeks of classroom workshops: Effective Communication, Transition Workshops, Conflict Resolution and Anger Management, Essential Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Career Exploration, Effective Job Search Techniques, Portfolio, Resume, and Cover Letter. Certificate Workshops: Food Safe, WHMIS, Serving it Right, First Aid, and Super Host. Dates: July 28-September 19, 2008 October 13-December 5, 2008 December 29-Februrary 20, 2009 Location: 544 Columbia Street, near 6th For more information contact Russell at 604523-5435 or 604-523-5411.

Become a member today!
Membership fee: $20 or whatever you can afford. Donation: I would like to make a donation to support the services and programs of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. Income tax receipts are only issued for donations of $10 or more, unless requested. $100 $75 $50 $25 My choice: Method of Payment: I have enclosed a cheque payable to the CPABC or:
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WENDY HAWRYZKI Administrative Assistant

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What happens to naughty pigs? They become devilled ham! What do you get when you cross a bat with a palm tree? A blind date Snap! Crackle! Pop! What is it? A firefly with a short circuit What bird sits all the time? A stool pigeon What should you feed barking dogs? Hush puppies What are vampires? A pain in the neck What is the difference between an elephant and a blueberry? One is grey and one is blue.

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