Summing up our Summer Camps: July Session

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker Poster visible in posAbilities Employment Services The first session of posAbilities’ Summer Camps went out with a bang! These past two weeks were chock-full of learning and fun, and couldn’t have been so successful without the hard work of the kids, the camp counselors, and everyone in between. Head Start Employment Camp Head Start kicked off each morning at posAbilities Employment Services (PES) as an innovative and engaging camp which taught kids from...

Diving into Diversity: A Journey to Cultural Respect & Inclusion

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker, and Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement It’s a word that can be defined in many different ways. At posAbilities, diversity is a value that we strive to recognize and appreciate. It is acknowledging and valuing the variety of characteristics that make up individuals, characteristics which make each and every one of us unique.  Or in the words of American entrepreneur and publisher of Forbes magazine Malcolm Forbes, is it “the art of thinking independently...

The 13th Annual INCLUSION Art Show and Sale: Registration Now Open!

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker “Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse Experience exciting new works in a variety of media, live art demonstrations, entertainment and more! Preparations are now underway for the posAbilities 13th Annual INCLUSION Art Show and Sale on October 3rd from 5:00pm-8:00pm and October 4th from 11:00am-6:00pm at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver). Come by and take a journey through the artistic minds of creators with diverse abilities. View stunning creations from hundreds of talented artists...

The Canadian Western Bank Community Comes Together for Clothes Drop

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller   A BIG thank you to the team from Canadian Western Bank’s Park Place Vancouver branch for their generous donations to Clothes Drop! Clothes Drop fosters community partnerships to build inclusive and sustainable neighbourhoods. So, when I was invited to the Canadian Western Bank flagship branch’s family BBQ in the park, I saw the perfect opportunity. A sunny...

Social Transformation through Creativity

How do we build better lives? Learnings from a workshop with Montreal-based Exeko Contributed by Krista Greig and Nicole Markwick     Photo courtesy of Andronicus Wu of BACI On Monday, June 12th, 2017, nearly 70 creative minds from local service organizations gathered to listen and dialogue with members of Exeko, a Montreal-based organization working toward greater inclusion through creativity.  Exeko begins with a core posture: the presumption that everyone can analyze, act, and think, and that this is an...