Northern Vancouver Island Communities Receive Emergency Preparedness Training

On March 13th the BCCPD delivered the one-day workshop, Prepare to Survive – Prepare to Help, in Port McNeill. Twenty people from six communities came out in a snow storm to take the workshop. There were representativs from Emergency Social Services, Fire, Ambulance, mental health groups, independent living, First Nations, as well as individuals with disabilities and seniors.

Workshop participants really liked the CMIST (Communications, Medical, Functional Independence, Supervision, and Transportation needs) approach and personal preparedness exercises and handouts.

For more information on the Prepare to Survive training contact Karen Martin,

BCCPD advocate passes away

Some very sad news: our good friend and former advocate Ginger Richards sadly passed away this weekend. We will all miss you so much Ginger. You cared deeply for people, you loved Canada and you brought joy and hope to us all. We are all much better people for having had the privilege of knowing you.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Awareness Survey

Help us spread the word about the RDSP!

Two Douglas College students have worked with the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) to put together a survey on RDSP Awareness.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a government-funded, long-term financial planning tool for people with disabilities. Beneficiaries of the RDSP can be eligible to receive up to $3 from the federal government for every dollar they invest, with the potential to earn an additional government grant of $1000 each year for 20 years. Most importantly, the RDSP won’t affect any provincial disability payments.

Of the 500,000 Canadians who are eligible for the RDSP, only 10 percent have signed up.

If you are a person with a disability, or someone who provides care to someone with a disability, please complete this 5-minute survey. The information you share with us will make it easier to reach other eligible Canadians who aren’t yet aware of the benefits of having an RDSP.

The survey is completely anonymous and all questions are optional: