Join Us – Support our Annual Campaign

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We can’t believe we are 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 2019 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.

During 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 2019 federal election, grow our role as the Canadian host of Citizen Network to facilitate best practice sharing across jurisdictions internationally, and in partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, host a four day intensive learning course for students and community leaders at UBC July 2 -5, 2019. 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 August 2019 at the International Association for Scientific Studies on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD).

You may be aware that  Dr. Rachelle Hole has been awarded a $1.33 M SSHRCC/CIHR academic partnership research grant to address Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment in BC – the TYDE project.  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 TYDE project will be hosting learning opportunities open to community members throughout the year.  Watch our events page for information about events in Vancouver April 8 & 9.

The Sex, Lies and Citizenship participatory theatre project has moved from gathering data to the creative development phase with self advocates being lead by Dr. Leyton Schnellert. The performances will be presented with our partner, Community Living Society, May 15 – 17, 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and May 25, 2019 at the Inclusion BC annual conference in Victoria. Ticket information will be available in March.

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.

Help us achieve our goal!

Help us achieve our goal!

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 2019 campaign goal of raising $19,000 by March 19th 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 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.