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Thank you Port Moody Foundation!

CVS is excited to announce that the Port Moody Foundation has approved our application for $1500 to help fund exciting evening events for the individuals we serve! In addition to our grant from the City of Port Moody, these funds will be a huge boost and will significantly help support CVS as we provide engaging and interactive events in the community.

CVS will be attending the Port Moody Foundation General Meeting to accept the award and we are honored and excited to be there in person to show our gratitude for this award!

CVS Won Not For Profit Of The Year!

CVS was recently nominated by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce as a finalist for Not-for-Profit of the Year in their annual Business Excellence Awards. Having been nominated in this category for the last five years and not made the stage… We are very proud and honored to announce that this year, we won!! 

The dedication and hard work from our staff could not be more appreciated and you should all take a moment to congratulate yourselves on this achievement. This is a very big accomplishment for us and we could not have won this as an organization without all the hard work and dedication from everyone at CVS toward achieving our vision and mission on a daily basis.

Thank you so much to our staff, partners, and everyone else in the CVS community for everything you do, and congratulations to each of you on this team victory!

Join us and Paint a Pot with CVS on May 16th

Join us for a for a fun event hosted by CVS and Palette Posse Paint Parties on May 16th at 6:30pm where you can paint your own pot!

CVS is partnering with the Cat & Fiddle Pub to offer a $10 burger & beer (or pop) deal, or you can select anything from their regular menu. Please arrive at 5:30pm if you would like to order food.

To save your spot please RSVP below! 

As usual, this will be a really fun event and we welcome everyone to come and join, even kids!

When you sign up you will get your own paint kit which includes:

  1. A pot
  2. Plant seeds
  3. Paint
  4. Brushes

The paint party will be an in person event this year and it usually fills up quick so make sure to sign up today to secure your spot as space is limited!

To RSVP for the event, please fill out the form below.
Alternatively you can reach out to Afroza (
afroza.samji@communityventures.ca) or Dawne (dawne.windblad@communityventuers.ca) and we will get you ready for the event!

Registration for this event has closed

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

CVS wanted to highlight that April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. This is a day to celebrate and recognize the diversity in our world. At CVS, every day is a day where we try to raise awareness about the diverse abilities of the individuals we serve. However, it is important for days such as World Autism Awareness Day to exist to bring greater awareness to the wider community.

We stumbled on this article that focuses on one of our core initiatives at CVS – inclusive Employment in our communities. Right now, Canada and most of the world faces challenges in employment. This article provides a lot of insight and statistics into how hiring individuals with diverse abilities can offer so many benefits. At CVS, we have always known this as we work to assist the individuals we serve with finding employment opportunities in our community. However, we wanted to share the article to our wider community so you can learn more. To read the article, please click here.

If you are interested in hiring an individual in our Employment program, please contact Diana MacPhee at diana.macphee@communityventures.ca.

Join Us for Bingo Night on April 28th

Join us for another virtual bingo night April 28th, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. We will be letting people into the virtual room at 6:00 – 6:05, then we will have the instructions and do any Q&A needed and then we’ll get started.

Please RSVP by April 14th to Afroza Samji by email (afroza.samji@communityventures.ca) or Dawn Walsh (dawn.walsh@communityventures.ca). Once you register, you will be sent Bingo cards and you will receive them before the event on April 28th. Also, people can come to the office to pick them up, we just need to work out a mutually convenient time in line with social distancing protocols. In your RSVP please also send your mailing address (or email) if you want the Bingo cards mailed/emailed out to you.

We are planning to play 4-6 rounds of Bingo depending on how long each round is as we plan to finish by 7:30pm. And yes, there will be prizes that will then be dropped off or mailed out AND there will also be door prizes.

Bingo Night will be held via zoom, and a zoom link will be sent out a few days before the event.

We hope you can make it – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Come out to Watch the Coquitlam Express on March 18th & Help Support CVS!

The Coquitlam Express team is hosting a Charity Night on March 18th! Come on out to cheer on Coquitlam Express and support CVS at the same time. For each senior or adult ticket sold, Coquitlam Express will donate $5 to Community Ventures Society. Also, the charity that raises the most money by selling the most tickets will get an additional $250 donation!

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To buy your tickets, visit https://happsnow.com/team/Coquitlam-Express. On the checkout page, add Promo Code CVS to ensure your ticket purchase is logged.

We hope you take the time to get out to this special charity event and have a great time!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Did you know that March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month? At CVS, one of our strategic commitments is to raise awareness of inclusion in the community and educate the public about the needs of this diverse group, so it helps to enable a greater awareness understanding for the wider community.

Although March is a month for raising awareness about developmental disabilities, CVS strives to do this 365 days a year. We encourage you to learn more about topics related to inclusion in your community. Here are some excellent resources to learn more throughout March and in educating yourself all year long –

  • Inclusive Education – https://inclusionbc.org/our-campaigns/inclusive-education/
  • Inclusive Employment – https://inclusionbc.org/our-resources/the-business-case/
  • Inclusive Housing – https://inclusionbc.org/our-resources/home-is-where-our-story-begins/
  • Person Centred Language in the Workplace – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/careers/all-employees/working-with-others/words-matter.pdf
  • People First Language – https://www.verywellfamily.com/focus-on-the-person-first-is-good-etiquette-2161897

Join Us on February 21st for a Panel Discussion on Inclusion

As a follow-up to the launch of the Inclusion exhibit at Port Moody Station Museum, CVS has been asked to attend a panel discussion going behind the exhibit. This panel discussion will be hosted by Heritage BC and will include members from Inclusion BC, the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, Port Moody Station Museum as well as Linda King (Executive Director) and Miriam Hoolahan (Director of Communications) from Community Ventures Society.

We hope to talk through our collaborative process for getting the exhibit up and running and sharing it with our community. We hope you can join us!

To read more about the event and to register, click here.

February is Inclusive Education Month

February is National Inclusive Education Month. It is a time to promote and raise awareness about inclusive education; share ideas on strategies to enhance inclusion and successful school experiences for every child; acknowledge and recognize the efforts of teachers, administrators, students, and families who contribute to the successful inclusion of students in schools and classrooms.

Read more about Inclusive Education on Inclusion BC\’s website & watch the video below –