BeCommunity Newsletter
Spring 2017 Edition
April 5, 2017
Our VISION is to provide the supports you need for the life you want. For individuals, family, and the agency to Be Connected in the community.
Spring is here!

Things are blooming here at BeConnected with lots happening in the coming months!
We Vote 2017
The next BC Provincial Election will be held on May 9th 2017! Last month the self-advocacy group Self Advocates for a Brighter Future watched videos about why we vote and reviewed other resources about voting for people with diversabilities. These resources can be found on UBC's new website: I Am Voting: BC Election 2017. In April's self-advocacy meeting they will be holding a mock election so we have practice with the voting process!
BC Disability Rate Increase

As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance rates rose by $50 per month, or an annual total of $600. This increase means a single person with the PWD designation will receive $1,033 per month in disability assistance, up from $983. A couple in which both are PWDs will receive an additional $100 per month, for a total of $1,773
2017 Inclusion BC Conference

The 2017 Inclusion BC Conference is taking place June 14th-17th 2017 in Richmond BC. The conference will consist of  presentations, social events, and conversations all centred around this year's theme, "Inspired by Love".

Visit their website for more information.
Operation Trackshoes

Team Trailblazers will be out in abundance at this year's Operation Trackshoes!

Held from June 9th to 11th at the University of Victoria. Watch athletes compete in 30 different events ranging from competitive track and field to family picnic style games.

Banquets and dancing allow the athletes to mingle after a long day of competition.

For more information, visit the Operation Trackshoes website!

Go Trailblazers Go!
Registered Disability Savings Plan Information Session

Assante Financial Management is holding a free informational seminar about the registered disability savings plans and all the government grants that are out there for people with disabilities. The seminar will be held on April 5th 2017 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Victoria Citadel Hall. 
Disability Pride 2017

Canada turns 150 this year and with it is Disability Pride 2017! There are grants available to celebrate, march, and demonstrate your disability pride! Visit their website for more details.
We are on Social Media!
We regularly update our social media accounts. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.This is the best way to keep up to date with what's happening in our community. Click on the links below to find our social media pages!
Save the Date for One Day 2017!
One Day 2017 is scheduled for Saturday September 16th!

Join us for a day of fun in the community. One Day features live music, accessible games and activities, Kids Zone, face painting, a low cost BBQ and more! The One Day Marketplace is also a great opportunity to sell your hand crafted items. 

Look for more information in the next edition of the BeCommunity Newsletter!
2017 Challenger Baseball Season
BeConnected is a proud sponsor of Hampton's Challenger Baseball Team! The Challenger Division provides children, youth, and young adults the opportunity to play baseball on a team, in a uniform, in their community. The game is modified so everyone can participate and everyone is a winner. The season starts this Saturday! Let's play ball!
- Health and Wellness -
BeConnected's Fit In Fitness Initiative
Every year Recreation Centres in Greater Victoria offer the "Fit In Fitness Pass". This $25 pass gives you unlimited access to drop-in activities at 15 different recreation centres in Greater Victoria! Click here for more information and the list of participating Recreation Centres.

As  health and wellness is important to us here at BeConnected we offer the May Fit In Fitness Pass FREE to our employees!
Earn Rewards Points by Getting Active!
The Carrot Rewards app allows you to earn rewards just for making healthy choices like taking short quizzes and meeting your daily step goal!

Earn rewards from your favourite programs like Aeroplan® Miles, SCENE®, Petro-Points™ and More Rewards®!

It's even compatible with Fitbit devices and wearable devices that connect with Apple HealthKit or Google Fit! Find it on the App Store and Google Play.
Kristen Kay
Director, Programs and Service Quality

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