BCCPD at Ministerial Roundtable

BCCPD was very pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the recent Ministerial Roundtable on Labour Market Participation of People with Disabilities hosted by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors.

Paul Gauthier represented BCCPD at the August 2011 event. He spoke about the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) and the importance of the Social Development Partnership Program to the community. EATI is a ground-breaking project, funded by the Province of British Columbia, through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

Left to right:
Duane Geddes, Executive Director, Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation
Dr. Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society
Jennifer Lee, Executive Director, IAM Cares Society
Hon. Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors
Karen De Long, Director, British Columbia Association for Community Living
Paul Gauthier, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Jamie Millar-Dixon, Tourism Employment Specialist, WII-STEP Workforce Inclusion Initiative

photo of EATI staff and others meeting BC Minister


Disability Rights Promotion International Forum Held

photo of Vancouver DRPI monitorsThe Disability Rights Promotion International is human rights research project conducted by people with disabilities. Locally, BCCPD human rights monitors interviewed 48 people about their disability experiences in the Lower Mainland and in the Penticton area.  Globally, other sections of the DRPI project monitor systemic human rights abuses.

In October 2011, BCCPD and DRPI held a forum to present the survey findings to the community. We were fortunate to have as our guest speakers: Susan O’Donnell Executive Director of the BC Human Rights Coalition, Normand Boucher of DRPI-Canada/Laval University, Jewelles Smith, DRPI monitor and Laura Mackenrot, DRPI interviewee. Normand presented the research findings and forum participants were invited to comment on the findings and respond to questions designed by BCCPD and DRPI. The forum participants’ responses will be incorporated into the report’s final recommendations.

See more about DRPI here.

Seeking Compensation for Woodlands Survivors

photo of woodlandsBCCPD continues to work closely with the Woodlands survivors in their struggle for justice and compensation. As of the end of 2011, the Province continues to exclude former Woodlands residents who were at the institution before August 1, 1974. These oldest survivors have not been given the opportunity to have their abuse recognized through the settlement agreement that has been signed by the Province. The compensation process for survivors who were at Woodlands after August 1, 1974, is extremely slow: as of October 2011, only 8 claims have been filed, out of the approximately 850 survivors who have come forward.

See more on our ongoing work on Woodlands.