“Hey Dude I Love Your Band!” – The posAbilities House Band

Contributed by: Gabriela Torres  Friday mornings at posAbilities don’t follow the routine of a typical work day. From 10:30am to 12:30pm a few team members and persons served who share an enthusiasm, passion and love for music, come together at Suna Studios to jam out. The posAbilities house band, formed when Terry Eadie, Team Manager of group homes and day programs, recognized two members on his team with musical talent. Excited by this discovery, he jumped at the opportunity to...

Autism 30 Podcast features posAbilities

Contributed by: Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement This province is blessed with a strong culture of family led innovation and advocacy that has significantly improved the lives of people with disabilities. For the month of April, we are shining a spotlight on just a few of the amazing families that are making a difference in the world of autism. Take for example Tallie and her partner, who have created Autism 30, a web-based channel designed to promote podcasts about...

Scaling from Practices, Not Principles

Lessons from expanding a new service within the disability sector Contributed by: Gord Tulloch, Director of Innovation Originally published on the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation website: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/blog/2016/01/27/scaling-from-practices-not-principles/?platform=hootsuite In my last blog post, I talked about the personal and professional crises of faith that led to the creation of Building Caring Communities (BCC), a new service consisting of a team of community connectors who work across Metro Vancouver and Powell River to both grow community and to build personal support networks around...

Shift the Script – Putting the “In” into “Inclusive Advertising”

This past November, we teamed with Flipside Creative to host our first Idea Jam, Shift the Script! Creatives from the advertising, marketing and film sectors, as well as actors, families and supporters of folks with disabilities, teamed together to produce ideas and commercial scripts that illustrate how persons with disabilities can bring fresh and creative angles into advertising. The jam was part of a partnership with Zeno Mountain Farms, our friends south of the border who were the force behind...

The Jake Report – Community Connections

Jake visits Alternative Creations Studio during the Eastside Culture Crawl, where he meets up John Woods of Building Caring Communities and Sarah Peacock, Art Facilitator with ‘ Alternative Creations Studio. Through his interviews, Jake discovers new roles in community living that are changing lives and creating more inclusive communities. The BC Government Employees Union has 8,000 members working in community-based social services, many of whom are providing supports like these to youth and adults with developmental disabilities.