The minister of Social Development and Social Innovation visited the Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL) Monday as part of B.C.'s 15th annual Community Living Month.
Minister Don McRae and Chilliwack MLA John Martin toured the Real Integration through Supportive Employment (RISE) office, and met with CSCL self-advocates, staff, board members and families.
After learning about the history and services at the CSCL, McRae held an informal discussion period with attendees.
A few local residents confided in McRae on the challenges of living with disabilities, and the discrimination they sometimes face. Concerns over program funding were also shared. "We were pleased to have the opportunity to introduce the minister to the work we do, and most especially to the individuals we serve," said Brenda Gillette, CSCL executive director. "It was a chance to let him see community living firsthand."
Community Living Month rolls around every October and is held to recognize the contributions of people with developmental disabilities and their supporters. Community events, employment roundtables and forums to celebrate people with developmental disabilities as equal and contributing members of society are all part of the celebrations.
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