Notice of MSD Office Changes- Vancouver Coastal Region

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities has received the notification below from the Ministry of Social Development about an office closure in the Vancouver Coastal Region:

                                               Vancouver Coastal Region
                                                 Service Delivery Change

As a result of Service Delivery changes in the Vancouver Coastal Region, the Fairview Employment and Assistance office located at:

                                                201 – 828 West 8th Avenue,
                                                           Vancouver, BC

will no longer be providing face to face services to the public effective February 4, 2013. Current clients of the Fairview office will be assigned to other offices as follows:

Clients living in the following postal codes: V6J, V6K, V6L, V6R, V6S, V6T

The new office is:
China Creek Employment and Assistance Centre
201-475 East Broadway, Vancouver BC, V5T 1W9
1-866-866-0800

Clients living in the following postal codes: V5Y, V5Z, V6H, V6M, V6N

The new office is:
Mountainview Employment and Assistance Centre
300-5550 Fraser Street, Vancouver BC, V5W 3Z4
1-866-866-0800

In order to further equalize distribution of files
Clients living in the V5P, currently Mountainview postal code:

The new office is:
Killarney Employment and Income Assistance Office
2280 Kingsway, Vancouver BC, V5N 5M9
1-866-866-0800

All clients with these postal codes will be notified of this change by letter and telephone. Posters regarding the change are visible in the transferring offices. If you have any questions, please contact:

Jean Lofthouse, Manager
Community Relations & Service Quality
Vancouver Coastal Region
604-660-2212 Jean.lofthouse@gov.bc.ca

Registered Disability Saving Plan Tele-Seminar

The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network is hosting a free tele-seminar info session about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

Dates: January 18, 2013 or February 16, 2013
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Tele-seminar
Cost: Free
Contact: inquiries@plan.ca or 604-439-9556 to register

The RDSP helps Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. You should consider opening an RDSP if you have a disability and are:

– Under age 60 (you must apply before the end of the calendar year in which you turn 59)
– A Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
– Eligible for the Disability Tax Credit
– Looking for a long-term savings plan

To help you save, the Government will pay a matching Canada Disability Savings Grant of up to $3,500 a year on your contributions. The Government will also pay a Canada Disability Savings Bond of up to $1,000 a year into the RDSPs of low-income and modest-income Canadians. No contributions are necessary to receive the bond. Grants and bonds are paid into the RDSP until the end of the calendar year the beneficiary turns 49 years old. Money paid out of an RDSP will not affect your eligibility for federal benefits, and will have little or no impact on social assistance payments.

Funding for this information session is provided by the Government of Canada

For more info go to: www.forthefuture.ca

COMEDY AT GACHET with Stand Up For Mental Health

Friday January 18, 7:00 pm
Gallery Gachet, 88 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission by donation!!!

Founded by award-winning counselor, stand-up comic, and author of the The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and Success David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness. Come laugh your head off at this show that looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.

For information http://www.standupformentalhealth.com