Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We can’t believe we are almost 10!
We wouldn’t have made it this far without you, and we are asking for your help to sustain our work into the next decade.
Please consider contributing to our 2018 annual campaign to support our community engagement, learning and outreach activities. Your donation of any amount will go directly to support these activities.
As you know, the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is Canada’s only university-based research centre with an exclusive focus on social policy and issues concerned with the full inclusion and citizenship of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We were established in 2009 after being approached by community and government stakeholders who identified the importance and value of conducting research to inform policy and practice in the sector. We have grown to develop a strong national and international reputation in the field. Our beginnings in and with community continue to inform our commitment to partnerships and community engagement. These partnerships are integral to our capacity to identify and implement research and community engagement and learning projects that we believe are relevant and meaningful to self advocates, family members, allies, service providers, and government.
As we approach our 10th Anniversary in 2019, we will continue to work with our partners to adapt the I Am Voting initiative to ready self advocates to participate in the October 2018 local elections, grow our role as the Canadian host of Citizen Network to facilitate best practice sharing across jurisdictions internationally, and in partnership with Inclusion BC and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation co-host the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival in Kelowna. And of course, in May 2018, we are bringing the BC Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities to UBC Okanagan. The outcomes from our 2015 Claiming Full Citizenship International Conference continue to surprise us and we are currently contributing to discussions building a follow up event to occur in Glasgow in 2019.
Our partnerships continue to expand. As an example, earlier this month with eight local and provincial partners, we hosted a Community Symposium on Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction, sharing and learning lessons from an esteemed Professor from the United Kingdom and described by a community partner as “a valuable day of learning, inclusive networking and community-building for participants.”
On the research front, we have just wrapped up our 3 year evaluation of the national Ready, Willing and Able initiative. We are hopeful we will be awarded a $2.45M SSHRCC/CIHR academic partnership research grant later this Spring to address Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment in BC. This cross-sectoral collaboratively developed project is a partnership with key BC government ministries, CLBC, community and disability organizations at local, provincial and national levels. The Sex, Lies and Citizenship participatory theatre project is moving from data gathering to creative development and will be presented with our lead partner, Community Living Society, in Spring 2019. Vela Canada has invited us to partner with themselves and CLBC to undertake an evaluation of microboards, exploring the degree to which they contribute to increasing an individual’s social capital – and we are really excited to be getting started on this.
While we are able to access and secure funding for research projects and activities as described above, we do not have funding to undertake our community engagement, learning and outreach activities nor our project development work. Please visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CICUBC to find out more about our work and don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like to connect about your research needs or ideas.
We value your support and partnership very much. Please help us reach our 2018 campaign goal of raising $25,000 to support our community engagement, learning and outreach activities. Your donation of any amount will be welcomed and greatly appreciated. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to donate online today using UBC’s secure payment system. If you would like us to provide an invoice, please contact Cindy Chapman at email@example.com. You may also mail your donation payable to the University of British Columbia to:
Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship
University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
We thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 – 2018 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS
Family Support Institute of BC
Thompson Community Services
Community Living Victoria
Delta Community Living Society
Spectrum Society for Community Living
Langley Association for Community Living
Community Living Society
BC CEO Network
Thank you to the Inclusion BC Foundation for your generous support in 2016 – 2017.
We also sincerely appreciate the financial contributions we received from the following organizations to support our work in 2014 – 2015.
- Bethesda Christian Association
- Community Living Society
- Community Living Victoria
- Delta Community Living Society
- Family Support Institute
- Langley Association for Community Living
- Richmond Society for Community Living
- Western Human Resource Corp