Creating the Life You Want – Person-Directed, Inclusive, and Connected, October 28 & 29, 2016


A Conference  for Self-Advocates and Families About Family Governance

Creating the Life You Want –

Person-Directed, Inclusive, and Connected

Allies welcome

October 28-29, 2016

Join us to learn about different ways individuals and families are directing their own supports and services by pooling their resources into family-governed and user-led supports. We will hear from families and their partners in BC who are using collective models of support to lead the life they want. Come explore ways people with diverse abilities can creatively choose and direct how they are supported to work, live and contribute as full citizens in their communities.

Friday, October 28 – Conference  from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Doors open at 8:30 am), featuring speakers from InclusionWorks!, Vela, Community Living Services, CLBC, and others.

Saturday, October 29 – Family Discussion (9:00 am – 12:00 pm), a discussion of self-advocates and family members with members of family-governed groups about how to develop family governance in the Okanagan. This session is for self-advocates and families only.

Cost:  Self Advocates: $25 / Early Bird (by October 16): $50  /  Standard: $75

Location: Room UNC 200, University Centre, 3272 University Way, UBC-O, Kelowna


We encourage you to attend the free presentation with Janet Klees on the evening of October 27th from 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at UBC-Okanagan Campus. 

Janet is the author of We Come Bearing Gifts: The Story of Deohaeko Support Network,  which documents the journey of a family governed group in Ontario.

Room ARTS 103, Arts Building, 1147 Research Road, UBC-O, Kelowna. Registration is not required.



October 27

Location: Room ARTS 103, Arts Building, 1147 Research Road, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna

7-9 pm – An Evening with Janet Klees  – This event is free and open to the public. Registration in not required.

October 28 

Location: UNC 200, University Centre, 3272 University Way, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna

8:30 am – Doors Open

9:30 am – Welcoming Remarks

9:45 am  – What is Family Governance? Linda Perry, Executive Director of Vela, and Tamara Kulusic, Manager of Policy and Program Development at CLBC

10:45 am – Break

11:00 am – Family Governance and Transitioning Youth: The InclusionWorks! Model  Arlene Zuckernick, Lead Parent, InclusionWorks! Victoria, Catriona Johnson, Lead Parent, InclusionWorks! Saanich, Asher Johnson-Dorman, InclusionWorks! Participant

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Family Governance and Housing Supports: Creating an Inclusive Community Ross Chilton, Family Member, and Brian Salisbury, Consultant

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Exploring Family Governance: A Panel Discussion

4:30 pm – Closing Remarks

October 29

Location: UNC 200, University Centre, 3272 University Way, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Self-Advocates and Families Only Event

Interested in Family Governance in the Okanagan?  Want to talk to other families considering family governance and discuss the nuts and bolts with experienced families and self-advocates?  How do you find other families?  How do your budgets work?  What do you look for in a Host Agency? Who are potential partners?  If you are intrigued by the concept of family governance, join us on Saturday morning for a more in depth discussion about how it might work in the Okanagan!  Registration is required however there is no cost for this event.