BeConnected acknowledges and respects the traditional and unseeded territories of the Lkwungen (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Hul’qumi’numon (Cowichan), and K’ómoks (Comox) Nations on which we provide our services and supports.
We Made a Big Splash with Our CARF Surveyors!
Big Thank You!
We would like to sincerely thank all individuals supported, personnel, family members and other stakeholders who contributed to such a positive survey outcome, and we look forward to what the future holds for BeConnected.
Please see attached the accreditation letter and BeConnected’s official 2021 carf survey report. These documents confirm that BeConnected has been successfully accredited for a SEVENTH time by CARF International for a period of three years. We are pleased to announce that BeConnected Support Service’s official CARF Survey Report confirms we received no recommendations.
BeConnected’s Accreditation Letter addressed from Brian Boon, President/CEO of CARF, states that this accomplishment is achieved on only 3 percent of CARF Surveys – and 2021 was BeConnected’s THIRD no-recommendations survey result!
The details regarding Covid-19 are rapidly evolving and as a result, information may be subject to change. We respectfully ask that we are patient and kind with each other while we navigate this complex time together – we are all here for the best interests of the individuals we serve, and to support their quality of life in community, as well as providing a healthy and safe home/work environment for residents and personnel alike.
We still ask that employees wear their masks when indoors, this includes BSS homes and vehicles at all times
Some meetings will take place virtually while some committees have returned to in-person gatherings
As per BSS’s Vaccination Policy, updated on September 7th, all employees are requested to report their vaccination status to BeConnected Management.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our long time and dear friend, Chrystal Van Loon. Chrystal has been supported by BeConnected [formerly BeCon and Connell], since she was 13 years old and living at Darwin House. For the past 20 years, Chrystal has received community inclusion supports at BeConnected, she was a member of SABF, and a dear friend to many who reside, past and present, in BeConnected group homes. Chrystal was loved by many, she was funny, kind and caring, she was grateful and resilient, she was BeConnected family.
The Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.
As you may be aware, the government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Like all Canadians, this day provides an opportunity for each public servant to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.
Our current collective agreements include provisions to allow for an additional designated holiday if one is proclaimed by an act of Parliament. As a result, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will become a designated paid holiday and will allow employees in the federal public service to observe and participate in this important day starting September 2021.
We'd like to invite you to participate in our Orange Shirt Day photo collage project. “Selfie”-type photos of chest/shoulder up of persons wearing their orange shirt, should be sent to Heidi by September 29th for inclusion in the art project. By sending Heidi said photo, a person is consenting to have their photo shared on BeConnected’s website and social media platforms.
We wear orange on September 30th at BeConnected to honour the survivors of residential schools and to take a moment to remember the children who never returned home, to observe the residential school experience and its impact both past and present, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
Phyllis Webstad, who attended a residential school in British Columbia in the 1970s, is credited for starting Orange Shirt Day. Phyllis was initially excited to go to school and went shopping with her granny to pick out a new outfit for school; she chose a shiny orange shirt. That shirt was taken away from her when she arrived at school and was never returned to her. On September 30th we wear an orange shirt to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation and opening and continuing the dialogue about Canada’s residential school past. Today’s date was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters.”
As an act of reconciliation, BeConnected is committed to ongoing learning about colonialism and its impact on Indigenous Peoples. To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, visit orangeshirtday.org and/or victoriaorangeshirtday.com.
Submit your photos of yourself exercising your right to vote to be featured in BeConnected’s voting mini-art project. Please submit your selfies to Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Wellness
Uplifting News in the Indigenous Community
The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day service was launched across B.C. last April by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as a pilot project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is now permanent and is open to all First Nations people in B.C. and their family members, including those who are not Indigenous.
The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program enables people with limited or no access to their own doctors to make virtual appointments. The intent of the program is to enable more First Nations people and their family members to access primary health care closer to home. The program includes doctors of Indigenous ancestry, and all doctors are trained to follow the principles and practices of cultural safety and humility.
The SABF water bottles have arrived and they're looking great! Great job to all the participants of the SABF June Water Challenge
Mindful Art Therapy
With restrictions lifting this summer were able to pick back up with in-person art therapy sessions. Class was held at beautiful Mount Douglas/Beacon Hill Park on August 16th from 10:15 to 12:15. We also offered an online class so we could support those who feel more comfortable at home.
BeConnected’s Fall Art Therapy sessions will be hosted
Fridays at 1:00 pm by Video contact Kristen to register.
We're so thankful we were able to safely gather outside while reuniting old friends, and making a few new ones!
Join Our Team
Want a job that can make a big impact? We are hiring support workers to provide services to individuals in community and their homes. Contact email@example.com
BeConnected is also recruiting individuals and families to become Contracted Home Share Providers for the Victoria area; and Home Share Providers and 1-to-1 Community Inclusion Contractors for Duncan/Cowichan Valley region.