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Community social services workers and the unions that represent them, including CUPE, are working with coalition partners to build and maintain pressure on the B.C. Liberal government to stop the closures of group homes and to properly fund the sector.

Last week, a coalition of advocates and unions wrote to Jane Holland, the B.C. Advocate for Service Quality asking her to work with the Ministry and Community Living BC to stop the cost-driven closures and increase funding.

The campaign continues next week, with a community dialogue Monday night in Vancouver. Entitled “Skills & (Dis)Abilities”, it will include panel presentations and small group dialogue for families, self-advocates, support workers, and concerned citizens.

When: Monday, October 25, 7 - 9 p.m.

Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Centre (auditorium - wheelchair accessible), 154 East 10th Avenue (between Main & Quebec Streets), Burnaby, B.C.

Panelists will include:

  • Jane Dyson, BC Coalition for People with Disabilities
  • Faith Bodnar, BC Association for Community Living
  • Alanna Hendren, Developmental Disabilities Association
  • Dawn Steele, Moms on the Move
  • James Cavalluzzo, BC Government Employees’ Union (BCGEU)

It’s time to stand together and show the B.C. government that our province’s most vulnerable people deserve quality care and services; and that the workers who provide those services deserve respect and fairness. CUPE members are encouraged to sign the petition.

Read the Victoria Times-Colonist article.