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.

 
Everyone is welcome! The LAST Committee holds a Community Inclusion event every year in October to highlight Community Living Month, which is a time to celebrate the abilities and achievements of people with developmental disabilities and promote community inclusion.

Join us as we CELEBRATE inclusivity and the diverse abilities and contributions of ALL members of our community at the LAST Committee’s Community Living Month ONLINE DANCE PARTY on Wednesday, October 28 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm. To join, simply go to the ZOOM link at 937 3542 1968

The celebration is open for public viewing and includes:
-MC Spandy Andy (www.spandyandy.com) hosting the Dance Party & giving special Dance Lessons to viewers,
Laughter Yoga,
-the Mayday Club Youth Choir (www.maydayclub.ca),
Norden the Magician (www.magicshows.ca) and
Special Videos highlighting local programs, services, and organizations for people with diverse abilities.
*Note: schedule may be subject to change

LAST Committee Events

Past events we have organized include:

  • Transition Resource Fair at Thomas Haney Secondary School each 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 everyone who has contributed to this event in the past – the Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears for providing food and drinks and the artists, musicians, & performers who provide the activities & entertainment!!
     
  • We also occasionally 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