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Community Living in Isolation: Responding to COVID-19

Like other social justice movements, the Community Living movement has worked to support and empower a group that has been historically oppressed and disenfranchised.  Central to that work is the creation of communities where people with developmental disabilities are fully included and have socially valued roles. What then does Community Living look like in a pandemic – when access to community is limited?

Join speakers from the sector to talk about how it is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how partnerships with housing agencies are vital in people’s lives. There will be opportunities for questions following the presentation.



May 11, 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm



Member Cost:


Visual Recording

Who should attend

Front line support staff in non-profit and affordable housing facilities.

What you will learn

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what normal coping looks like during a pandemic
  • Identify patterns of coping that emerge when stress continues for a long period
  • Identify and address risk factors for stress-induced mental health challenges, addictions, and traumas
  • Cultivate healthy behaviours of personal wellness and resiliency in a situation of vulnerability
  • Cultivate healthy behaviours of connection, containment, and capacity within workplace teams
  • Understand and apply strategies and behaviours for promoting community wellness during a time of significant stress


Ross ChiltonCEO of Community Living BC, will discuss the crown agency’s role during this crisis and share information about available emergency resources for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ernie Baatz
Executive Director of Spectrum Society for Community Living, will discuss how his organization has shifted its work to support both the people they serve and their staff during the pandemic.

Larissa Gunkel
a person with lived experience, will talk about how her life has changed in the last 2 months, what has worked and what things have been a challenge.

Jill Atkey
CEO of BCNPHA, will facilitate the discussion.