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Community Update
Provincial Disability and Income Assistance Rates to Increase September 20th 2017

Premier John Horgan has announced a monthly increase of $100 to BC disability and income assistance rates. This change begins September 20th 2017 (October benefits). The maximum rate for support and shelter for a single person will be:

-   $710 (Income Assistance)
-   $757 (Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment - PPMB)
-   $1081 (Persons with Disabilities with a bus pass - PWD)
-   $1133 (Persons with Disabilities without a bus pass - PWD)

Families with two adults who both have the PWD designation will receive a $200 monthly increase. This is the first increase to income assistance rates in a decade despite the rapidly rising cost of living across the province.

Disability Alliance BC applauds the new government's fast implementation of these much needed increases.
Additional Information

The new Minister responsible for disability benefits and income assistance (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) is the Honourable Shane Simpson.

While there has been no formal announcement, Minister Simpson's mandate letter from the Premier directs him to implement a $200 monthly increase to the earnings exemption for assistance recipients and restore the BC Bus Pass program.

There has also been no announcement about an increase for people receiving Room and Board benefits, or the Comforts Allowance.

We have no further information about these changes at this time.

If you have any questions about this announcement please feel free to contact Sam Turcott, Advocacy Access Program Director at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278.

Paskin News                                        

Greg went to UVIC to watch the solar eclipse at the observatory on Monday the 21st. 

Greg went for a tour of City hall and got the insider tour because Jackie's sister works there.  He got to sit in the mayor's spot in city council chambers.


Matt and Greg enjoyed a Djembe Drum workshop at Centennial Square

Kylie and Tracy have been busy making Salsa to sell at the One Day Celebration.
All sales go towards Kylie saving for her next Disney cruise. 

One Day Celebration
This year One Day will take place on Saturday, September 16th! One Day is Victoria's kick off to community living month with FREE entertainment, activities, kids zone, and more! One Day also features a low cost BBQ and a marketplace for local artisans!
Save the date so you can join in the fun! 

Home Share News - Victoria



On August 30 the Home Share team met for a pizza party in the Kardel board room. People arrived with their appetites and left with

full bellies!   

Mike checks out the tent and the set up of mic for speeches at the 30th Anniversary



Mike is discussing the DJ set up for the Kardel 30th Anniversary Party

 Tony the rock star enjoys playing the drums. KISS and ACDC are two of his favourite bands
Kody and his good friend Premier John Horgan out and about
in Langford
Patterson House News
Susie stops to smell the roses

Susie attend the RCMP Musical Ride taking place at Topaz park on August 26. Susie loved the performance and got her photo taken with some musicians.

Inclusion B.C. presents: Korean String Ensemble Angelorum 1st Canadian Tour
Victoria Korean Catholic Church and Inclusion BC are proud to host String Ensemble Angelorum's 1st Canadian Concert Tour. SEA is an inclusive orchestra that is making waves in Korea and around the world which is made up of youth without and with special needs (such as autism and intellectual disabilities).

Concert will be held in Victoria at Alix Goolden Hall September 13th 7:30pm.
Admission by donation (suggested amount $10.00)
All proceeds will go towards supporting Inclusion BC

Click here for more information

Sentinel House News

Sentinel House celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a lovely BBQ on August 23rd. A fantastic time was had by all.
Everyone enjoyed plenty of wonderful food and some throwback music with songs from 1997 - the year the home opened! Some beautiful looking and wonderful tasting cupcakes were served to mark this special event!
Thank you to everyone who came and helped us celebrate!! 

Henry House news   

Steve enjoyed a trip to the pier in Sidney to soak up some sun and feel the sea breeze.




Steven is harvesting his urban garden and tasting some of his bounty.




Futures Club News 
On August 18th Futures Club celebrated its 21st anniversary and did so with a pizza party at Gorge Park.  Everyone seemed to have a great time playing games, winning prizes and of course eating pizza and cupcakes.  Everyone at Futures celebrated the anniversary by making their own tye-dye shirts. Huge thank you to all the staff at Futures for organizing this event and Alex Tomley for taking the lead.  
This year Iggy has season tickets to see the Senior A Shamrocks play.  Throughout this season and last he has acquired many Shamrocks themed items to complete his look. Among his favourites are the hat he got from his Dad, the light up Shamrocks necklace he got from Jaclyn at Futures club and the Shamrocks socks given to him by Christy, and autographed by all the players.
Currently the Shamrocks are making their way through the playoffs and in the final round.  If they win, Victoria will host the Mann Cup championship and you can bet Iggy will be there to cheer them on!
Last week while at the playoff game Iggy shook hands with the new premier of BC John Horgan.  The two took a minute out from the action on the floor to pose for a picture.

Lifetime Networks - Fall Events

Lifetime Networks offers many programs to people who want to pursue interested such as cooking, photography, music and art.  They encourage you to come and have some fun and meet new friends! No experience necessary! Budding new artists, musicians, and friends always welcome! If you'd like more information please click here. 

They are also hosting their 3rd annual charity golf tournament on September 9th.  To access the 2017 golf tournament flyer please click here

Home Share News - North Island
Parksville Qualicum Beach's special athletes returned from the provincial games loaded with medals.

The Special Olympics Oceanside team, consisting of 13 athletes and three coaches, had an impressive outing at the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games held in Kamloops recently.

The small but mighty local squad had six members qualify to compete in the swimming events, five were entered in bocce ball, and there was one in bowling and one in track and field.

Competing in provincial games was a huge thrill for the athletes, many of whom had their first opportunity ever to travel with a team, and thrived on the chance to challenge themselves to attain and exceed their athletic goals.

Click here to read the full article

David Hingsburger 2017 Conference: Respectful Support
Dave Hingsburger is a well-known speaker and a consultant who addresses issues of sexuality, problematic behaviour, and other issues regarding people with developmental disabilities.

The Campbell River and District Association for Community Living are hosting a conference where David will discuss respectful support. 

Click here for more information

5th Annual Artists with Disabilities Showcase
The Victoria Disability Resource Centre invites artists on Vancouver Island to email their original artwork in their chosen medium to vdcartshow@gmail.com  

Click here to access the website for the Victoria Disability Resource Centre

Kardel's 30th Anniversary Party
Our 30th anniversary party is coming up on September 21.  There is limited space at this event so if you haven't RSVP'd already please email hradmin@kardel87.com to have your name added to the guest list. 

Click here to view postcard

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