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  • Community Council Members’ Handbook

    Community Councils encourage, inspire, lead and support community inclusion and participation of people with developmental

    disabilities in all aspects of community life.

    June 2017

  • Community Living British Columbia | Community Council Members’ Handbook | June 1, 2017 Page 2

    Status of the Community Council Handbook The web version of the Handbook should always be considered the most up to date version.

    This Handbook can be accessed by visiting the Community Council website. The link is http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/community-council-members-handbook/.

    You can download a copy of the Handbook in PDF format. You can also download individual sections, sub- sections or appendices that are of interest to you.

    If you want a printed copy, please contact your Integrated Service Manager.

    CLBC will also make the Handbook available on a flash drive should reliable internet access be a problem for you.

    -------------------------------------- In the future, when changes are made to the Handbook, these will be communicated by the Quality Assurance office to all:

    • Council members • Integrated Service Managers • Directors of Regional Operations • Supervisors of Administrative Services

    Important announcements and updates related to the Handbook will also be posted on the Community Council website.

    -------------------------------------- We want to make the Handbook as reader friendly and useable to Community Council members as possible.

    If you have suggestions to help achieve this, please send your ideas to CLBC’s Director of Quality Assurance at CLBCCouncils@gov.bc.ca.

    http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/community-council-members-handbook/

  • Community Living British Columbia | Community Council Members’ Handbook | June 1, 2017 Page 3

    Welcome from the CLBC Board of Directors Chair Dear CLBC Community Council members,

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), I join the Provincial Advisory Committee Chair in welcoming you as a CLBC Community Council member.

    CLBC Community Councils play an important role in helping CLBC to achieve its vision for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in British Columbia to have lives full

    of possibilities in welcoming communities. As described in this handbook, Councils provide important feedback on issues facing those we serve and their support services. They also have a role to play in partnering with communities on projects that advance inclusion.

    We have continued to work on ways to strengthen the contributions of Community Councils. Through the Provincial Advisory Committee, Councils helped identify the top goals for CLBC’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020. CLBC is actively seeking ways to have Councils contribute to the implementation of important strategic plan projects.

    Councils are also planning and organizing many exciting events with community partners that include recognition awards for inclusive employers, local community asset mapping, housing forums and self advocacy leadership conferences.

    Welcome to your Community Council. Your dedication, enthusiasm and time are valued by the CLBC Board of Directors. Thank you for partnering with us at CLBC and for your commitment to help build more welcoming communities for everyone.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Christensen, Chair

    CLBC Board of Directors

  • Community Living British Columbia | Community Council Members’ Handbook | June 1, 2017 Page 4

    Welcome from the Provincial Advisory Committee Chair

    Thank you for volunteering to be on your Community Council. Whether as a family member, self-advocate, service provider, or other community member your contribution will be highly valued in helping CLBC break down the barriers that prevent people with developmental disabilities leading full and meaningful lives in their communities.

    No doubt you will have good insights and ideas about how to build inclusion in your home community and how to strengthen the various support systems that are available to people who qualify for CLBC services. Both the positive, and also the challenging,

    experiences you have encountered are opportunities – to help improve things, and provide perspective on what is happening in the front line in our efforts to build community inclusion.

    On behalf of the Provincial Advisory Committee I would like to welcome you, and we look forward to working with you to make a difference not only for your community, but province wide, in helping CLBC fulfil its mandate.

    Sincerely,

    John McCulloch, Chair

    CLBC Provincial Advisory Committee

    Contents of the Members’ Handbook In this Community Council Handbook, you will find information on:

    • Community Living British Columbia (commonly referred to as CLBC) • The role of Community Councils and how they do their work • What is involved in your “job” as a Council member

    Speaking of Developmental Disability This Handbook often speaks about the importance of building and strengthening communities to be more inclusive of all members. As a community extension of CLBC, Councils pay particular attention to the daily experiences of people with developmental disabilities. For example:

    • In what ways do they feel welcome in their community? • What contributes to them feeling unwelcome, avoided, invisible or isolated? • What needs to change so that all people enjoy the benefits and share the responsibilities of living

    together in community?

    http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

  • Community Living British Columbia | Community Council Members’ Handbook | June 1, 2017 Page 5

    CLBC’s vision of “lives filled with possibilities in welcoming communities” does not deny differences, or require that people change to fit more into a community that will welcome them. In our vision of an inclusive and welcoming community people join as they are, with their individual differences and diversity respected and valued.

    We are aware that language evolves over time, changing to become more acceptable or the preferred way to refer to people. We also know that labels do not describe people as they really are; more often than not, they set them apart.

    So, the question is: How do we acknowledge our interest in wanting to improve the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in community life while avoiding seeing people through labels?

    We have heard from many people who say that if we must identify a group of people they would like us to use self-advocate, persons with diverse abilities, or people who live with a label of developmental disability. Each person has a good reason for her / his preference. We have chosen to use language that is consistent with the language that is used by CLBC, and so we will use adults / individuals / people with developmental disabilities. However, as you think about language, keep in mind that People First of Canada reminds us that we should “Label jars, not people”.

    Councils are encouraged to discuss the impact of language on community inclusion and on individual experiences of feeling welcomed or excluded. In keeping with this focus, different ways to support meaningful involvement of adults with developmental disabilities on Community Councils are found in Appendix 1.

    Need Help with the Handbook? If you need help reading or understanding anything in this Handbook, please contact your Integrated Service Manager. You can reach your Manager by calling toll-free to Enquiry BC at 1-800-663-7867 and ask them to connect you to the CLBC office in your community.

    http://www.peoplefirstofcanada.ca/

  • Community Living British Columbia | Community Council Members’ Handbook | June 1, 2017 Page 6

    Table of Contents

    Welcome from the CLBC Board of Directors Chair ......................................................... 3

    Welcome from the Provincial Advisory Committee Chair ........................................... 4

    Contents of the Members’ Handbook ..................................................................................... 4

    Speaking of Developmental Disability ................................................................................... 4

    1. What You Need to Know About Community Living BC ........................................... 8

    2. Community Councils: Champions of Inclusive Communities .............................. 8

    2.1 Terms of Reference ................................................................................................................... 9

    2.2 Linkage to the CLBC Board and Management ........................................................................ 11

    2.3 Council Membership ............................................................................................................... 12

    2.4 Recruiting New Council Members .......................................................................................... 13

    2.5 Appointment of the Chair and Vice Chair ............................................................................... 14

    2.6 Expectations of Council Members .......................................................................................... 14

    2.7 Member Nomination and Appointment / Reappointment Process ....................................... 15

    2.8 Council Self

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