It’s Canadian Down Syndrome Week, we are celebrating to show the world that Canada is where ALL people are valued, fully participating citizens.

We want to take this time to remind everyone that we are working in partnership with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society to bring presentations into schools, groups, colleges, teacher development days etc all across BC! Now is the time to spread the word to end the word. Please contact us for booking information.




BC People First is celebrating Community Living month with 2 important presentations about the important work we do advocating for a diverse community where all people are: included and involved; honoured and respected; seen for their abilities, and supported to participate.

Please join us on October 24th, in Coquitlam, 7-8:30pm for an Introduction to BC People First and Education on the the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Click on the eventbrite invitation for the Coquitlam event here: BC PEOPLE FIRST COQUITLAM EVENT

OR join us on Vancouver Island in Courtenay, BC on October 26th, 10am-12pm, for an Introduction to BC People First, and how to get involved in a chapter there.



Dear Amazing Person!

Yes! You amazing person!

You would make a great Advisor to the BC People first Board. An Advisor is a volunteer role with the BCPF Board that helps us with our work to have the self-advocate voice heard. You help us do our work, not do our work for us.
What you will give:
• Your gifts- what are you good at Numbers? Great, help our treasure. Good at writing, help us write amazing articles about what BCPF has been up to…etc.
• Patience
• Organized
• Your ear, we need people to listen….really listen
• Your knowledge on how things work
• Your enthusiasm for having the world hear the self-advocates voice!
• Your time 4 to 8 hours per month
• Make a one year commitment

What you will get:
• An opportunity to show your gifts
• Build skills
• An opportunity to be part of a Provincial , National and International organization
• An experience to remember and skills to add to your resume
• Work with an amazing Board that will make you go…hmmm.

Check out the links and/or email us at

The BCPF Board.


Do you have a story to share about:

Accessible transportation: When it might have been difficult for you to access or when you had a great experience you would like to see more of?

Plain Language: Have you had a circumstance in your life where you needed to understand something but it was written in a way that was confusing? Or maybe you have a  success story about have easy access to plain language translations?

Still hear THAT Word?: Do you have a story of still hearing the R-Word?

Do you just have a story you want to share that you think would be interesting for other self advocates to read?! We are seeking stories from self advocates about things that matter to YOU.

CONTACT US! WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR AND SHARE YOUR STORIES IN OUR UPCOMING FALL NEWSLETTER. Submissions will be accepted until the end of August. Need help putting your thoughts into a story? We can help with that too!

Please email to SHARE YOUR STORIES.



Did you miss out on our conference this year? No worries! Read all about it over at!

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BCPF is so excited to be expanding our reach to our members. This year, we are bringing our conference to the beautiful Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island in COURTENAY BC.

Our conference and AGM 2016 is now open for registration. You can register by emailing us at, and we will forward you all the details. Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch and all your snacks and refreshments throughout the conference, all catered by the delicious kitchen at the Coast Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre.

There are 3 Directors positions open for elections, so please consider who you would like to nominate from the regions: Lower Mainland-West, From North or the Kootenay, and Zone 1 Lower mainland East-Fraser Valley.

Our Board of Directors is thrilled to be visiting Vancouver Island, and look forward to meeting you all there!

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Please head on over to check out our latest newsletter for Winter 2016. You don’t want to miss out on our EXCITING NEWS!

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any future issues!



The Board of Directors of BC People People First hereby gives notice of the 2016 Annual General Meeting, which will be as follows:

1. Thursday May 5th 2016, at 4pm
2. Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre, 1590 Cliffe Ave Courtenay BC
3. Agenda and reports to be posted on THIS website no later than April 1, 2016.

Registration details for our upcoming Conference in May 2016 is coming soon…..stay tuned. BCPF Board members are currently working hard to schedule speakers and workshops, get prizes and make this an event you will be sure to want to be a part of!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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BCPF Board members have been very busy this year working on creating awareness about Restraints and Seclusions in Schools, The Difficulties Living on PWD, and Meaningful Employment.

We’d like for you to learn more about BCPF, what we do, and how you can be a part of it all.

We will have Board members at the upcoming CLBC 2016 Self Advocacy Leadership Conference, which is being held in Burnaby, BC.

Our Board member, Conrad Tyrkin, will be speaking about BCPF as well as his own journey to Leadership as a Self Advocate. There will be many other great presenters!

It should be an empowering and inspirational day, and we hope many of you will attend, stop by our table to say hello and sign up for Membership if you have not joined.

For more information, go to

See you then!

B.C. People First Goals are to: Promote equality for all people who have been labelled with a disability. We speak for ourselves and make our own decisions. We educate the community about our movement and our issues.

BCPF is an organization for people labeled with a disability, run by people with a diversability.

When: Sunday, May 31 10:30am – 4:30pm

Where: Burnaby Neighbourhood House

4460 Beresford St., Burnaby

Right by the Metrotown Sky-train station.

Take the cross-walk between the bus loop and the Holiday Inn across Central Blvd, under the sky-train line and you will see the neighbourhood house.

*Please note the skytrain elevator will not be working May 31. Please get off at Patterson and take the shuttle.


Parking under building, use alleyway entrance just north-west of building.



David Johnson

Lorie Sherritt

Garry Angus


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  • Vote for Board Members
  • Choose new wording for Society Act.
  • Vote for President sitting 2 years.
  • Choose the focus for 2015.