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.

June 25, 2020

Scott Williams
Kristin Bower
Dr. Marci Regambal, Back in Motion
Pat McLeod

March 10, 2020

Nate Toevs, Neil Squire Society
Natasha Elliott-Herrick, Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
Stephaen Evans, Mission Community Skills Centre Society
Doris Woodman MacMillan, Number Unlimited
Desiree Sher, Tumour Foundation of BC

November 19, 2019

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

Learning & Networking Session
Annual General Meeting

September 17, 2019  

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

June 18, 2019

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

March 12, 2019  

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

January 15, 2019

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

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
Janet Morris-Reade, ASPECT (Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training)
Kwaku Yeboah and Gordon Ross, Ready Willing & Able

April 10, 2018

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

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

Jenn Cusick, Luminate Wellness

September 19, 2017

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

May 16, 2017

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

March 28, 2017

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

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