$100,000 Scholarship Fund Launched for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The BC Government Employees' and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and Community Living BC (CLBC) today launched a $100,000 scholarship fund to benefit adults with developmental disabilities being served by CLBC across the province.

The fund was established as a result of bargaining negotiations between CLBC and BCGEU. BCGEU represents around 400 workers at CLBC and over 4,000 community living workers supporting adults and youth with developmental disabilities and their families across the province.

People being served by CLBC are currently eligible to apply for a scholarship to support their personal and professional development. 

2014 applications will be accepted until March 31, 2014 and are available on line at the following locations:

The fund was developed based on survey responses from self-advocates, families, service providers and CLBC staff.

Scholarship funds totalling $100,000 will be distributed over five years and allocated equally to CLBC's three regions (North/Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal/Island). A maximum contribution of $2,500/person will be established and funding priorities will focus on:

  • skills training related to securing employment opportunities
  • training courses being offered by accredited BC institutions
  • indirect costs associated with attending post-secondary education and training
  • community recreation activities that promote quality of life and new skills

The first round of successful applicants is expected to be confirmed in spring of 2014. Applications will be reviewed by a joint CLBC/BCGEU committee.

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