Learning & Networking Events
The regular networking sessions offer so much more than merely meeting others who work in the same field. Stimulating conversation occurs between people who share the same goals of improving accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, and increased independence through meaningful employment. Our regular networking meetings bring together individuals who work for local employment service providers, schools, colleges, disability services organizations, and other bodies. At these meetings, presentations educate attendees regarding disabilities, programs, government initiatives, and other services. Participants also have opportunities for collaboration, networking, and information sharing. These meetings are held in Abbotsford.
The BC Career Development Association has approved Focus Disability Network Society meetings and conferences for Continuing Education Credits. These credits are essential for certification and recertification as a Certified Career Development Professional.
Employment Service Centres have a requirement to attend educational sessions and network with other Employment support agencies. Attendance at Focus Disability Network Society events fulfils this criterion and builds capacity within the participating organizations.
Conferences are held annually, with locations ranging between the Fraser Valley Abbotsford and the Lower Mainland.
They provide detailed information regarding issues related to disability and employment.
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.
Learning & Networking Session
January 21, 2020
Program to come
November 19, 2019
Keynote: Alyson Seale, University of the Fraser Valley Annette Borrows, Community Futures South Fraser
Learning & Networking Session
September 17, 2019
Valerie Beebe, MS Ambassador
June 18, 2019
Lori Davis, Community Living BC
March 12, 2019
Erin See, Fraser Health
January 15, 2019
Tami Logan and Krista Mosdell, Inclusion Langley Society
December 4, 2018
Shelley Nessman, In the Company of Others
September 18, 2018
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
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
April 10, 2018
Bryce Schaufelberger, Self Advocate Network Annette Borrows, Langley Association for Community Living
January 23, 2018
Gail Finnson, Rotary at Work BC
November 22, 2017
Jenn Cusick, Luminate Wellness
September 19, 2017
Susanne Eddy and Teddie Steede, Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction
May 16, 2017
Debby Simcoe, FamilyWORKS
March 28, 2017
Clare Seeley, the District of Mission's Economic Development Office
January 17, 2017
Sandy Liles, BC Centre for Ability