24-Hour Support Worker Position Under Revision: Microboards Would Suffer

We need your help! The Provincial Government is changing the payment regulations for the Live-In Home Support Worker position in BC, ultimately hurting Microboards

The Provincial Government is looking at changing the payment regulations for the Live-In Home Support Worker position, also referred to as the 24-Hour Support Worker, which would hurt Microboards. This would mean that many Microboards currently using this model will not have enough funding to sustain their current set-up.
We need your help! We need you to fill out this survey so that we have enough information to discuss with the Provincial Government about the needs of Microboards and find an appropriate solution for everyone.
Please complete survey by June 21, 2018.


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The Zero Project Conference 2018

Zero Project 2018 LogoThe 2018 Zero Project Conference was held February 21-23 at the United Nations in Vienna.  Vela's Executive Director, Linda Perry and Facilitator, Caitlin Goodsell, were in attendance. Once again Vela was honoured to be presenting at this international event. The Zero Project is committed to a world without barriers. More updates from the conference will be posted as soon as available - The Zero Project

In February 2015 Linda Perry, our Executive Director, and Maria Glaze, Vela's President, were preparing to fly to the United Nations headquarters in Vienna to receive The Zero Project Innovative Practice Award along with 39 other participants.  It was such an honour to be recognized for our innovative work with Microboards, supported decision making and Individualized Funding. 

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The following year we were invited back, so Linda and Kim Thomas, our Development Officer, packed their bags!  The Zero Project is internationally recognized for their comitment to a world without barriers for persons with disabilities.  One of the ways they do this is by researching innovative practices and policies worldwide. Their aim is to promote solution-oriented approaches to decision–makers and opinion-leaders worldwide.  The February 10-12, 2016 conference focused on inclusive education and information and communications technologies.  We were honoured to be given the opportunity to be involved two years in a row. 
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Don't miss reading about Bree-Anna Robertson's 2015 contribution. At the conference Linda presented on Microboards and supported decision making featuring Bree-Anna. If you are a regular reader of our Newsletter, VelaVision, then you already know about Bree-Anna's love of travel and volunteer spirit. Bree-Anna is an example to the world of how a Microboard is a solution to supported decision making. The Microboard concept is transferable to communities - large and small - urban and rural - around the world. 
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We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Bree-Anna for allowing us to use her as an example of how Microboards can change peoples lives. 

Linda Perry is featured on She Talks Radio

Our own Linda Perry is interviewed by Barinder Rasode on She Talks! “She Talks Radio is an open platform for woman to share with each other, to be vulnerable, to be supportive, to be powerful. Be part of a woman’s journey as she shares her story without skirting the issues.” Thank you Linda for sharing your personal journey as a parent through adoption.

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