NEWS & STORIES

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Annual General Meeting 2022

You’re Invited to Vela’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) You’re invited to Vela Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this year’s AGM, we are holding a special resolution of proposed changes to Vela Microboard Association’s (Vela Canada) bylaws. Good standing Vela members are invited to vote on these proposed changes. You can view the updated bylaws

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COVID-19 Update:Info for Microboards & IF Users

COVID-19 Update: Info for Microboards & Individualized Funding Users As of Friday, March 11, 2022, BC is lifting some of it’s COVID-19 restrictions. The indoor mask policy is being repealed along with eased restrictions on long-term care visitors, faith gatherings and overnight camps for children and youth. Yesterday’s announcement also sets a pathway to lift

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Criminal Record Check How To Videos

Criminal Record Check After March 31, 2022 all existing Community Living BC (CLBC) contract holders must have their organization account set up with the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), and process any outstanding or new criminal record checks through their accounts.  Criminal Record Checks for staff cannot be done at your local police detachment under our

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Renew Your Vela Membership

Support Vela by Renewing your Membership or Becoming a Member Every year we send out a reminder to our members asking them to renew their membership. This year we are asking members to renew their membership, but also asking past members and future supporters to consider signing up for a membership or provide a donation. Being

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Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave The Government of British Columbia has implemented mandatory paid sick days where eligible employees are entitled to 5 paid sick days per year. Microboards and Individualized Funding (IF) Agents need to implement the mandate, however Community Living BC is in discussions with the Government of BC to learn the best way to support

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We’re Hiring

Job Description Vela is seeking a creative and adaptable individual to join our team as a part-time facilitator for 20 hours per week. Our facilitators are responsible for assisting individuals and families to explore the available support options, and to help mentor them throughout the process of creating the supports they envision. This is a

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COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Vaccine Policy for Microboards and Individualized Funding Agents As an employer, Microboards and Individualized Funding Agents should have a mandatory vaccine policy in place for their employees. This policy can be in your policy and procedures manuals, or as a stand-alone document. We have created a sample COVID-19 vaccine policy which you can download and

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Microboards, Social Capital and Quality of Life

The Project The Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship, in partnership with Vela Canada and Community Living British Columbia is pleased to share the results of our two-year qualitative research study on the impacts of Microboards on social capital of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Research tells us that the more social capital (or connections) that

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We only get one life – make sure it’s a good one!

My name is Laura Swindlehurst. Many years ago, my ex-husband and I wanted to take greater control of our lives and decisions made for us/about us. We decided to create a Microboard with the help of Linda Perry from Vela. We wanted to be able to live on our own and be as independent as

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Your Will Can Make a Difference

Dear supporters, We are delighted to tell you that we have partnered with Will Power, a national movement to educate Canadians on the power they have to make a difference through their Wills. Can I Really Make a Difference with My Will? In short, yes. By leaving a gift to Vela Canada in your Will you can make a

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