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PLAN Okanagan Most Loved Restaurant 2015

We’ld like to thank all the restaurants who provided gift certificates to our Most Loved Restaurant Raffle and to all those who supported this event with the purchase of tickets. The winners for the Most Loved Restaurant Raffle are: 1st Prize Winner Tamara Mapoles  (shown below with David Paynter, President of PLAN Okanagan) A Big thank you to the following…
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New SAFE AND SECURE: BC RDSP 2014 Edition Now Available!

The newest version of Safe and Secure: BC RDSP 2014 Edition has been released as both an E-book and in standard book form.  You can order your FREE copy of this book on PLAN’s website or click here to link to site.  Scroll down to the blue copy of the Safe and Secure book and follow the prompts. If you…
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Saving for the Future as BC proclaims – 1st Registered Disability Savings Plan Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 11:00 AM VICTORIA – B.C. is declaring October 2014 as the first Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Awareness Month to help raise awareness among people with disabilities, their families and friends about the benefits of RDSPs as a tool to save for the future. read more Picture of RDSP Awareness Month in BC, including PLAN’s Al
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Heart warming story from Ottawa … local grocer steps up to help a Father and son begin a community network of support….

This story comes from the Ottawa Community News (April 24, 2014) and the PLAN affiliate, Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa King’s Spearheads community support network A widowed father and his eight year old child challenged with a disability are getting some time-saving help from King’s Your Independent Grocer in Richmond. Indeed, King’s Your Independent Grocer has become the first member of…
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Winner of “Most Loved Restaurant Raffle” Announced

The Draw for our Most Loved Restaurant Raffle  was made on February 12, 2014             . Pictured here is the winner, Robert Jourdan with David Paynter, President of PLAN Okanagan.  Robert won gift certificates/gift cards from: The Old Spaghetti Factory (Kelowna), Sammy J’s (West Kelowna), La Cuccina Ristorante (West Kelowna), Siam Orchid (Vernon), Mekong Restaurant (Kelowna), Olympia Greek Taverna (Rutland) ,
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Human Chain in Front of Kelowna City Hall Celebrates People with Diversabilities

News from Welcome to KelownaNow

Local News posted October 8 2013

Human Chain in Front of Kelowna City Hall Celebrates People with Diversabilities   Today a crowd gathered on an overcast Fall day at Kelowna’s City Hall for the official proclamation of Pathways Week. Though the weather was damp, spirits were not as a celebration took place to commemorate this…
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The Fine Art of Invitation and Hospitality, a reflection by Nancy Ford, PLAN Lifetime Member

PLAN recently hosted a Lifetime Members luncheon held in honour of an international guest, Cristiane Nakahara.  Cris is here in Vancouver continuing her studies at UBC.  With her work experience in Brazil, in the disability community, complemented by her studies in psychology, her research lead her to PLAN.  Meeting such a lovely young woman with experience in the field, provided…
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Al Etmanski: Impact Through Collaboration

Ashoka Fellow Al Etmanski gave an unforgettable speech at the opening plenary of the Social Enterprise World Forum. A video is forthcoming but we wanted to share a copy of his speech right away. For thousands of years, water was the natural highway of this land and canoes the principle vehicle. If you lived here 140 years ago when Fort…
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Teens with cerebral palsy face uncertain transition into adulthood

B.C.’s pediatric system assigns teams to deal with the health, financial and other needs of children with cerebral palsy. At age 18, they are cut adrift to muddle through an unfriendly adult system that spreads programs across several ministries BY KATELYN VERSTRATEN, SPECIAL TO THE SUN OCTOBER 4, 2013

Lauren Stinson on experiences in the medical system now that she


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One of our own in the Penticton Challenge

David Paynter has been training for close to a year now for the Penticton Challenge which took place on August 25th.  This is the first year for the Penticton Challenge; but the race is a tradition in Penticton under the previous banner of the Penticton Ironman Triathlon. This is grueling race with a 3 km swim, followed by a…
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