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WayFinders Series: Circle of Friends/Relationships
June 8 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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Everyone has dreams and goals. For people with a disability it can take planning and ingenuity to identify dreams and goals and make them a reality. WayFinders is a free program that is here to help. WayFinders Facilitators support families with person-centred planning and visioning to set the direction toward a full, inclusive life. Once the direction is set, supports and resources can be identified.
June 8 Session: Everyone needs relationships with other people to have a full, healthy life. For people with disabilities in particular, developing and maintaining relationships with people other than family members and paid caregivers can be extra challenging. Join us for an informative and interactive session where we will explore proven methods for expanding the circle of people in your loved one’s lives.
• Mar 2 – All about WayFinders. Meet the WayFinders
• Mar 16 – WayFinders Compass
• Mar 30 – If I had a Hammer – Tools for Person Centered Planning
• April 13 – School/IEP • April 27 – Mind your IEPs and Qs!
• May 11 – Post secondary Education Panel
• May 25 – Get to Work with Annette Burrows
• June 8 – Circle of Friends/Relationships
• June 22 – PLAN for the Future!
Meet your WayFinders:
Shelley Nessman | Fraser Valley Chapter Shelley Nessman has been working in the Social Justice field for over forty years with a particular interest in person centered work and planning. She is a Resource Family Member with Family Support Institute and makes her home in Steveston where she lives with her daughter, son-in- law and two ginger cats.
Rachel Goddyn | Burnaby Chapter Rachel has been volunteering and working in the Community Living movement since her son, Leslie, was diagnosed with a rare disability. Leslie, now 39, has a life filled with meaningful activities and relationships. Rachel shares part of Leslie’s story…..”At a recent celebration, Leslie sat with two of his friends from high school. As I watched them enjoying each others company, I reflected on how much they have learned in the 19 years since Leslie graduated. They are, all three, much more mature and capable. All young people develop through out their twenties, but for individuals with disabilities, this development can be extraordinary. The transition to adulthood is often the start of a period of tremendous learning.” Rachel aspires to help families and individuals who are in the midst of this transition overcome obstacles and find their way to a meaningful life.
Rachel Skidmore | Victoria Chapter Rachel Skidmore is a mother of two teen girls, one of whom has neuro and physical diversity. Rachel has a passion for inclusion and believes strongly that employment and community are crucial in ensuring people with Diversity are included in society. So much so that employment goals have been a part of her daughters IEP’s since kindergarten. Everyone has a gift to share with people, something they can receive monetary gain with, even if it is just a few hours a week.
Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base. FSI SUPPORTS AND SERVICES ARE FREE TO ANY FAMILY
You are invited to join FSI CONTINUING CONVERSATIONS, a private Facebook Group intended to continue conversations of support or provide an alternative platform for support. www.facebook.com/groups/fsicontinuingconversations/ All FSI Zoom sessions can be accessed by telephone only if access to computers and/or internet is a barrier. If you need assistance registering for any session, please call our office at 1-800-441-5403.