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Meetings & Events

Our Next Event

Bi-monthly learning and networking sessions, held in the Fraser Valley, boast a roster of highly qualified experts presenting on topics to increase your knowledge. The environment is casual and open, promoting good dialogue and sharing of information amongst participants. Our events are approved by the BC Career Development Association, for Continuing Education Credits necessary for certification and recertification as a Certified Career Development Professional.

Take a look at the history of agendas below to see the variety of topics and calibre of presenters.

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January 21, 2020
Learning & Networking Session

Program to come

November 19, 2019
Conference: People in Mind

Keynote: Alyson Seale, University of the Fraser Valley
Annette Borrows, Community Futures South Fraser
Dawn Taylor and Scott Williams, PLEA Community Services
Marsha Wilson, Douglas College

September 17, 2019
Learning & Networking Session
& Annual General Meeting

Valerie Beebe, MS Ambassador
Roberta Neault, Life Strategies
Teresa Pippus, Community Futures South Fraser

June 18, 2019
Learning & Networking Session

Lori Davis, Community Living BC
Dan Collins, Inclusion Langley Society, and Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC Okanagan

March 12, 2019
Learning & Networking Session

Erin See, Fraser Health
Dr. Christopher Cooke, Work Evaluation and Research Center, Inc.
Christy Peters, Community Living British Columbia

January 15, 2019
Learning & Networking Session

Tami Logan and Krista Mosdell, Inclusion Langley Society
Rebecca Farnell, Pacific Autism Family Network
Shea, Self-advocate

December 4, 2018
Conference: PATH to Employment
Shelley Nessman, In the Company of Others

September 18, 2018
Learning & Networking Session
& Annual General Meeting

Annette Borrows, Inclusion Langley Society
Damon Forster, BC Alliance for Manufacturing
Gizelle Debad, Chilliwack Society for Community Living & Ryan Baker, Little Kickers Fraser Valley

May 29, 2018
Learning & Networking Session

Ilene Candiana, Abbotsford Community Services Community Legal Advocacy Centre
Carol Paetkau, Gilles van de Wall, and Natasha Ellitt Herrick from Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
Janet Morris-Reade, ASPECT (Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training)
Kwaku Yeboah and Gordon Ross, Ready Willing & Able
April 10, 2018
Learning & Networking Session

Bryce Schaufelberger, Self Advocate Network
Annette Borrows, Langley Association for Community Living
Stephen Evans and Susanne Mitar, Mission Community Skills Centre Society
Greg Lockwood, Centre for Employment Excellence BC

January 23, 2018
Learning & Networking Session

Gail Finnson, Rotary at Work BC
Marc White, Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Tami Logan and Arienne Jaeb, MentorAbility
Matt Klassen, Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction

November 22, 2017
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) in the Workplace

Jenn Cusick, Luminate Wellness

September 19, 2017
Learning & Networking Session 
& Annual General Meeting

Susanne Eddy and Teddie Steede, Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction
Dion Yuen, BC Housing

May 16, 2017
Learning & Networking Session

Debby Simcoe, FamilyWORKS
Kristin Bower, Vancity
Susanne Eddy, Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation
Kevin Koopmans, Economic Developer

March 28, 2017
Learning & Networking Session

Clare Seeley, the District of Mission's Economic Development Office
Saverio Desanteris, Canada Revenue Agency
Jenna Christianson-Barker, Pacific Autism Family Network

January 17, 2017
Learning & Networking Session

Sandy Liles, BC Centre for Ability
Arlene Schouten, MSA Society for Community Living

October 28, 2016
Mental Health & Employment...it WORKS!

Jennifer Ridgeway, Creative Centre Society for Mental Wellness
Dr. Mandy Hawkins, Back in Motion
Dawn Taylor, Dawn Taylor Consulting
Scott Williams, Scott Williams Counselling Services
Ash Ayliffe, Fraser Valley Employment & Disability Law

September 20, 2016
Learning & Networking Session
Annual General Meeting

Nathan Bosch, VSSL Outdoor Utility
Annette Borrows, Community Futures and Gail Finnson, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living
Shea Velestuk, Self-advocate
Lana Cullis, Canadian Mental Health Association and Fraser Health Shared Services BC

June 22,2016
Learning & Networking Session

Christine Buchanan, Open Door Group
Topic: Disability Related Employment Needs Assessment Tool (DRENA)

April 19, 2016
Learning & Networking Session

Garry Angus, Community Futures
Tami Logan & Arienne Jaeb, MentorAbility
Dan Chalcraft, The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

March 7, 2016
Positive Behaviour Support & Employment

Chris Arnold, Provincial Networking Group Inc.

January 19, 2016
Learning & Networking Session

Allison Jack, Member Services, Mission Chamber of Commerce

November 18, 2015
Positive Behavior Supports

Beth Keeton, Senior Consultant, Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC
Gordon Watt, Leslie Brown, Anna, Neil Squire Society

September 24, 2015
Learning & Networking Session
& Annual General Meeting

Lana Cullis, Canadian Mental Health Association
Nate Toevs, Neil Squire Society
Brenda Giesbrecht, Service Canada
Pam Tetarenko & Cat Adler, the Training Group at Douglas College

June 16, 2015
Learning & Networking Session

Brian Mackie, CNIB
Kevin Koopmans, Community Futures
Jasbir Uppal and Ian Proudfoot, Service Canada
Carly Begg, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Christine Belinski, Abbotsford Employment and Labour Market Services Office

April 15, 2015
Learning & Networking Session

Judy Porter, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Andrew Izbicki, Abbotsford Mental Health Centre
Brenda Hogan, Back in Motion

January 20, 2014
Learning & Networking Session

Crystal Thompson, Pivot Point
Nikoletta Read, Immigration Advice Bureau
Linda McGowan, MVT Canadian Bus Inc. (HandyDART)
Gary Schwaiger and Mindy Simmons, Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)

November 18, 2014
Learning & Networking Session & 
Annual General Meeting

Miriam Bozman, Abbey Medical Supplies
Carla Kroeker, Confessions of an Autistic Mom
Craig Woods, inclusionBC
Crystal Thompson, Pivotpoint

September 30, 2014
Building & Mantaining Your Momentum

Vic Barron, Keynote Speaker
Peter Bailey, Keynote Speaker
Conrad Tyrkin and Ashley Baker, Self-advocates
Ajay Caleb, Jenna Christianson-Barker, Rita Mackenzie, Employers panel

May 22, 2014
Learning & Networking Session

Les Talvio, Cyrus Centre
Kelena Kavanaugh and Foye Hatton, posAbilities Employment Service
Pat Christie, Abbotsford Community Services

March 11, 2014
Learning & Networking Session

Annette Borrows, Trish Parkin and Marilyn Cook
Hearing Voices That Are Distressing, a Training & Simulation Experience

January 23, 2014
Learning & Networking Session

Judy Ross, The Centre for Epilepsy in British Columbia
Constable Angela Scott,  Abbotsford Police Mental Health Intervention Unit
Alay Caleb, Rotary at Work Patrice Davies and Tami Logan,
Langley Association for Community Living

November 12, 2013
Learning & Networking Session

Danica Denomme and Andrea Dykshoorn,
Abbotsford Community Services Multicultural Department
Donna Brendon, BC Career Development Association
Sandy Liles and Irene McIlroy, BC Centre for Ability

October 3, 2013
Hiring 4 Bottom Line

Mark Wafer, Tim Hortons franchise owner
Kevin Koopmans, Community Futures South Fraser
Kathleen Rake, Click Media Works

May 14, 2013
Learning & Networking Session

Mark Littlefield, Littlefield & Associates
Annette Borrows, Community Futures South Fraser
Ashley Ayliffe, Baker Newby LLP

March 14, 2013
Learning & Networking Session

Jim Heinrichs, Abbotsford School District
Heidi Jantz and Maggie Hawkins,
Westcoast Associaton of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI)
Bonnie Heiling, Ministry of Social Development
Karen Copeland, The F.O.R.C.E. Society
David Byrne, Fraser East Early Psychosis Intervention Program

January 17, 2013
Learning & Networking Session

Debbie Weismiller, English Language Tutor
Koreen Hildreth and Dana Johnston, CLBC
Kathryn Delisser, posAbilities
Susanna Gurr and Greg Lockwood, BC Centre for Excellence

November 20, 2012
Learning & Networking Session

Paul Horn, Mission Public Schools/Riverside College
James Smith, AbbotsfordWORKS
Chris Gaudet, Raymond James Ltd
Louise Taylor, Sante Wage Subsidies
Scott Williams, Alouette Addiction Services

September 28, 2012

Ashley Ayliffe, Baker Newby LLP
Mark Gruenheid, Abilities in Mind
Dr. Heidi Janz, University of Alberta
Deputy Chief Len Goerke, Abbotsford Police
Margaret Fair, Wesgar Inc.



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