Disability and Income Supports Workshop - Powell River, BC

Powell River BC, November 17, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Island University, Powell River Campus (Room TBD)

We are excited to invite people with disabilities, service providers, and community members for an upcoming event in Powell River. The event will look at some of the most common sources of income and support for people with disabilities including:

1. Provincial Disability Benefits
2. Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
3. Income Tax Programs Including the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan.

In the afternoon, a DABC advocate will be available for one-to-one consultations to help people receiving provincial (PWD or PPMB) disability benefits to get help filing taxes for 2014 or previous years. Space will be limited so please RSVP by email (taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org) or by phone (1-800-663-1278) in advance to guarantee a spot.

Ready to Vote Workshop at Disability Alliance BC


The federal election is on October 19, 2015

Each poll is accessible to all: no matter what your barrier is to accessing a polling station, Elections Canada will provide a voting method to accommodate your disability.

To learn more about accessible voting, please come to a session presented by the Community Relations Officer – Accessibility, Elections Canada.

Find out how to cast your vote, and ensure that you are registered through a quick online process on the Elections Canada website.

The Officer will be able to help you register on-line or update your voting registration if necessary. You will need to bring ID to be registered or review your registration. Please also bring your SIN number. The following ID is acceptable:

–       Provincial or Territorial ID card

–       Veterans Affairs health card

–       Voter’s ID card if you have received one

–       Driver’s license

–       Any other government card with your photo, name and current address

Date:                    Friday, October 9, 2015
Time:                   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (approximately)
Location:             Disability Alliance BC (#204 – 456 West Broadway)

Please note you must register for this workshop so that we can ensure we have room for everyone. To register please contact Val at 604-875-0188.

New Online Weight Bias & Stigma Resource for Health Professionals!


Time sensitive! Registration deadline Friday March 27th

At the end of March 2015, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services will launch a new resource about weight bias and stigma for health professionals across BC, and we are seeking participants to support our evaluation!

What are weight bias and stigma?
Weight bias is defined as the negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are at the ends of the weight spectrum. Weight stigma is the possession of some attribute or characteristic – such as excess weight or being underweight – that is devalued in a particular social context.

What will I learn?
BalancedView is designed to enhance the awareness, knowledge and skills of health professionals in the area of weight bias and stigma, including:

  • Describing some of the consequences of weight bias and stigma
  • Learning about challenges experienced by people who are overweight or obese when accessing the health care system
  • Exploring commonly-held beliefs about individuals who are overweight or obese and reflecting on personal attitudes about weight and shape.
  • Describing strategies for implementing a health-centred approach in practice

How can I participate?
The evaluation phase will begin March 30th, 2015. The resource is expected to take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants will be asked to complete the resource by April 30th, 2015. Evaluation participants will receive up to $100 in honoraria for completion of the resource (including pre and post questionnaires), and brief follow-up questionnaires at 3 and 6 months. The total time commitment, including completion of the resource and follow-up evaluation questionnaires, is estimated to be 3-4 hours.

We are interested in getting participation from diverse health professionals including medical, mental health, allied health and public health professionals. If you are interested in being part of the evaluation of this resource, please submit your information by clicking here. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 27th, 2015.

For more information about this project, please contact Charlene King at charlene.king2@cw.bc.ca.