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Community Living in Isolation: Responding to COVID-19 — Webinar

May 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Community Living in Isolation: Responding to COVID-19 — Webinar

Mon, May 11, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Like other social justice movements, the Community Living movement has worked to support and empower a group that has been historically oppressed and disenfranchised. Central to that work is the creation of communities where people with developmental disabilities are fully included and have socially valued roles. What then does Community Living look like in a pandemic – when access to community is limited?

Join speakers from the sector to talk about how it is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how partnerships with housing agencies are vital in people’s lives. There will be opportunities for questions following the presentation. Questions can be sent in advance to communications@bcnpha.ca.

  • Ross Chilton, CEO of Community Living BC, will discuss the crown agency’s role during this crisis and share information about available emergency resources for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Ernie Baatz, Executive Director of Spectrum Society for Community Living, will discuss how his organization has shifted its work to support both the people they serve and their staff during the pandemic.
  • Larissa Gunkel, a person with lived experience, will talk about how her life has changed in the last 2 months, what has worked and what things have been a challenge.
  • Jill Atkey, CEO of BCNPHA, will facilitate the discussion. The webinar will be recorded and will be available on the webinar page of our website. We will continue to share resources and information with housing and service providers as the situation evolves. Please visit our website for up-to-date information.



May 11, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm