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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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New: Family Respite Policy

Community Living BC (CLBC) is pleased to announce that they have created a more flexible respite policy for families. This policy incorporates learnings from how families used respite during COVID-19 and provides on-going clarity for families on the use of respite funding. The policy starts on October 1, 2021. In response to the community’s feedback, CLBC is

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Chats with Vela

Chats with Vela are online video chats providing Microboards and Individualized Funding recipients an opportunity to speak with Vela staff about resources and current updates. These chats are an opportunity to ask questions, learn about current updates, and connect with other families who are part of the conversation.   When Thursdays bi-weekly Time 7:00 pm (PST)  Upcoming Dates:

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Vela’s 12 Days of Christmas: Give the Gift of Independence

December is the month of giving and for the next 12 days we will be sharing stories about families and their loved ones with disabilities who have been positively impacted by Vela Canada in hopes that you, or someone you know, will provide a donation, allowing us to continue the positive work we do. #giftofindependence 

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