LAST Committee

LAST Committee LogoThe Life After School Transition Committee (LAST) is a group of service providers in Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows that work to support and empower young people with diverse abilities to transition into life after high school.

We do this by highlighting & promoting resources within our community and celebrating community & economic inclusion.

 

Upcoming Event!!

PAID Opportunity:

Community Living BC (CLBC) is offering Welcome Workshops that give people who are new to CLBC information about choices and supports in adulthood and how CLBC works.

CLBC has learned Welcome Workshops work best if they are presented by a team of one CLBC staff, one individual and one family member who have experienced being new to CLBC before.

We are looking for individuals and family members who have recent experience with CLBC to help lead Welcome Workshops in cities and towns across BC starting in April 2019. **(contracts pay $20/hour)**

This role would be a good fit for you if you are:

  • living in or close to the Sunshine Coast, Powell River, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, or Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows
  • experienced with being new to CLBC (as a CLBC-eligible individual or a family member) in the past
  • open-minded – respect the ideas of others that may be different from your own and new and different ways of thinking
  • a great listener!
  • someone who works well with other people
  • great at connecting with others and working in a team
  • a good public speaker
  • comfortable with change
  • Positive and encouraging of others
    *Speaking another language would be an asset

And you…

  • Believe that by working together we can make the welcome to CLBC process a better experience for individuals and families

What to Expect: 

Commitment:

  • Be part of a team that provides a number of workshops per year (the number will depend on the community where you are living)
  • You are available to present in the late afternoon or evening
  • You are able to participate in presenter training in later 2019 [dates to be confirmed]

Location:

The locations of all activities and practice sessions will be in communities in your region.

 Preparation Support:

The welcome workshop team for your area will help you prepare. You will be provided with speaking notes and the chance to practice and improve the workshops with your presenter team.

Compensation:

If you are selected to be a workshop presenter you will be paid by the hour ($20/hr) through a contract with CLBC. CLBC will also pay for certain expenses.

How to Apply:

Please send us one page or less in writing, or a video of you, or something else (like pictures), that tell us about your:

  • interest in being a part of Community Living BC’s Welcome process
  • experience being new to CLBC as an individual or family member
  • your experience as an advocate (for yourself or others), and
  • what you’ve done before that shows your strong presentation, teamwork, & public speaking skills
  • how we can contact you and who we can contact that can tell us about your experience

Please send your application to Stephanie Kim at stephanie.kim@gov.bc.ca

 

LAST Committee Events

Annual events we organize include:

  • Transition Resource Fair at Thomas Haney Secondary School in April.
    2016 Transition Resource Fair-44The Transition Resource Fair is an event to help students and young adults with extra support needs and their families prepare for the next stage of life after high school. Representatives from a variety of local service providers and agencies covering continuing education, employment, health, and recreational services are on hand to give out information about their programs and organization, answer questions, and provide additional resources or contacts as necessary. Event photos are posted on the LAST Committee Facebook Page
     
  • Community Inclusion BBQ & Party at the Greg Moore Youth Centre on the first Wednesday in October to celebrate Community Living Month. Community Living Month recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of people with developmental disabilities.
    Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears for providing food and drinks and The ACT Arts Centre for a Member Grant to help provide the entertainment!!
     
  • We also occasionaly present Transition Speaker Events, giving families a chance to meet in a smaller session to learn more and ask questions about topics such as:
    • Supported Employment & Customized Employment
    • PWD, RDSP, Transit Passes, & Health Benefits
    • Creating a Social Network: Face to Face and Having Fun
    • STADD – Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities
    • CLBC Eligibility and How to Apply
    • MCFD – Ministry of Children & Family Development
       

 

LAST Committee member organizations include:
School District 42, Community Living BC, WorkBC, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation, & Culture, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, Ministry of Children and Family Development, posAbilities, Pivot Point Family Growth Centre, and Special Olympics.

Follow the LAST Committee on Facebook to learn about member organizations and upcoming events!

Resources:

“Planning for Positive Futures” – School District 42 Planning Handbook for Transitions from Secondary School to the Community for Students with Diverse Abilities (version 102.43)

Employment Options for Individuals and Families in BC

Transition Planning for Youth & Young Adults in BC