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Part 1:Inclusive Employment – Creating Wins for All

As we say hello to Fall, we say goodbye to BC Disability Employment Month which we celebrate every September. We now welcome one of our favourite months here at CVS- October – where we celebrate Community Inclusion Month. This is a month to celebrate people with diverse abilities and harness their special gifts. One of the most powerful ways a person with developmental disabilities can integrate into their communities is by being part of the workforce. Inclusive employment is an important topic for all of us in the community as hiring inclusively offers benefits for people with developmental disabilities, employers and the community. 

While employing people with disabilities can often be seen as an opportunity for a company to contribute to a social cause, there is actually an even bigger benefit for employers to hire inclusively than there is to the person being employed. Hiring people with diverse abilities can help organizations resolve staffing issues, bring on new people with creative ideas and create greater bonds within the organization and the community at large. 

The Advantage of Building an Inclusive Workforce

The difference between success and failure lies in the talent and diverse skill set of your workforce. Across Canada, there are close to 500,000 working-aged adults with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This largely untapped workforce can help address current labour shortages while making businesses stronger, more diverse and more productive. There is rapidly increasing pressure on businesses both large and small to be on the cutting edge of innovative practices, processes, and products. A business that can build and retain a diverse team where employees are engaged and invested, and where their skills and interests align with their roles, is much more likely to be successful. 


Across the country, many jobs go unfilled because individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability are not considered as potential candidates. Their strengths and talents are often overlooked due to outdated and false perceptions that focus on the ‘disability’ rather than the ‘ability’. Common concerns for Canadian businesses in considering hiring an individual with a disability include:  

  • Productivity and performance  
  • Impact on corporate culture  
  • Impact on consumers  
  • Safety  
  • Cost of accommodations 

These preconceived concerns about hiring employees with an intellectual or developmental disability averaged 42% higher than the challenges actually experienced in hiring them according to research from the Institute for Corporate Productivity. 

Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) is a national initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in each province and territory across the country, RWA supports Canadian businesses to build an inclusive workplace that capitalizes on the skills and qualifications of people with an intellectual disability or ASD. Through this program, some interesting finds about the misconceptions listed above were uncovered –

Source: Ready, Willing & Able

Right now there is a labour shortage occurring across Canada. Employers are finding it tough to find people to fulfil roles. Hiring inclusively helps to provide a solution to this issue and may be the key to thinking differently about how to structure jobs in a way that takes best advantage of people’s diverse abilities. As we celebrate Community Inclusion Month, it’s important that we all open up our minds and celebrate our uniqueness. 

To learn more about Inclusive Employment, get in touch with us at CVS.

And…stay tuned for our 2nd part of our 4-part series next week – Inclusive Housing.

Annual Report 2022/2023

2022/2023 was an exciting year for CVS. We went through a new strategic planning process resulting in 4 s new strategic priorities for us to focus on for the next four years. We also got back out into community, attending many events, working, volunteering and making every day special. Please take the time to check out our annual report this year.   

Download the 2022/2023 CVS Annual Report  

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Resources – Truth & Reconciliation Day

CVS acknowledges that we work, live and operate on that we operate, learn and live on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples; locally the Kwikwəƛəm (Kwikwetlem First Nation), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish people), Tsleil-Waututh (The People of the Inlet), and Stó:lōFirst Nations (The River People). We thank these people for their enduring presence on these lands and their stewardship of the waters and all that is above and below.

Many of us will take time on September 30th to reflect about Truth & Reconciliation Day. Here are some resources to help guide you as you continue to learn more:

Resources continue to be released on the subject of Truth & Reconciliation. Having these resources helps us all process and bring to light the history behind reconciliation as we all move along the path to reconciliation.

Inclusion Every Day

Community Ventures Society (CVS) has been committed to its community for over 40 years. CVS was founded on the principles that everyone belongs and everyone is welcome. They are welcome in our CVS locations, communities and in our hearts. CVS – today and every day – is committed to promoting and spreading the message of diversity, equity and inclusion. We work hard every day to make people feel part of the community and that they can participate in all areas of day-to-day life. Let’s celebrate working and living in a safe and loving community focused on spreading kindness every day.

Join a CLBC Connections Event

Community Living BC will be hosting a virtual Connections event to get people engaged more about what’s happening across the province. It’s a great opportunity to network and hear about things that are on the minds of us all.

It will be happening every Thursday at noon. Click here for more information on the event, including a Zoom link.

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day

CVS wanted to take this opportunity to wish every a Happy National Indigenous People’s Day. This day is celebrated in various forms in different communities across the Lower Mainland each year. While this is a day that has been set aside to highlight and honour Indigenous people it is this respect, this dignity, this celebration that should be given, every day.

On this day and every day, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples; locally the Kwikwetlem, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Stó:lōirst Nations.

The beautiful visual below, created by The Government of Canada, pulls together elements that symbolize the First Nations, Inuit and Metis as well as four elements of nature (water, fire, air and earth). To learn more about the symbolism of the image, check out the graphic below.

We hope you all have an opportunity to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. If you are looking to do something locally, there will be a celebration of this special day at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Festivities start at 5pm and will include food, music and a Water Ceremony. For more information, click here.

Welcome to Crystal Thornton – our New Finance

We want to take this opportunity to welcome Crystal Thornton to the CVS team. Crystal will be joining our Finance team as Payroll & Accounting Clerk and will be taking over the responsibilities for union payroll.

Crystal just moved to BC from Saskatchewan and is originally from Ontario. She has 13 years of experience working in an office setting, from Payables to receivables and payroll including owning her own business . Over the last 2 years she has specialized further and taken her Payroll Practitioner certification and recently completed it on June 10th. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. On rainy days, she likes doing crafts and baking. We are excited to welcome Crystal and look forward to working with her in the coming weeks and months.

Crystal can be reached at [email protected] or at extension 2017.


Join CVS and Palette Posse Paint For Paint Night!

CVS is thrilled to host another Palette Posse Paint event at The Cat and Fiddle Pub on April 24, 2023!

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to unleash your creativity and have a blast with fellow art enthusiasts while enjoying some food and drinks. Please note that this event is intended only for members of the CVS community including employees, individuals, or related family members or friends. 

Key Details:
Date: April 24, 2023
Time: 6 pm for food, 7 pm for painting
Location: The Cat and Fiddle Pub
Cost: $10 for painting a pot (CVS is covering $15), $12.50 for a burger and beer (optional)
Availability: Limited to 30 spaces, please register early!
Registration Deadline:  April 21st

Register For Paint Night Below!


Would You Like The Burger And Drink Option?


There are 2 choices of pots that you can paint, but you can decide which you prefer at the time of the event. Your choices for which pot you prefer are shown in the images above.

The registration deadline is April 21st!
Secure your spot now and get ready for a fun-filled evening of art and community. 

Alternatively, you can reach out to Alison Goulding directly
for more information and to secure your seats
by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-764-1513

disdabomb website - laptop and iphone

Introducing the New DisDaBomb Website: Empowering People with Disabilities

CVS is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website for DisDaBomb, a social enterprise operated by Community Ventures Society. DisDaBomb creates handmade, all-natural bath bombs that not only make bath time more fun but also provide real-world employment experience for people with disabilities.

At DisDaBomb, we believe that everyone has unique abilities and deserves the opportunity to succeed. By providing training and employment opportunities, we help individuals with disabilities gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve their goals. The new website makes it easier than ever to support our mission and purchase our products.

When you buy DisDaBomb products, you are not only treating yourself to a luxurious bath experience but also supporting a meaningful cause. Every purchase helps us provide even more employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Visit the new isDaBomb website today and join us in empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams!