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Suffering, suicides among first responders lead to PTSD support, prevention focus

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Suffering, suicides among first responders lead to PTSD support, prevention focus)

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banner pfrLast year, 39 first responders across Canada took their own lives — and one-third of those deaths by suicide occurred in British Columbia, the highest among all provinces

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Local farmers work to improve, deepen connections with customers, community

June 30th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Local farmers work to improve, deepen connections with customers, community)

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picture 638pfr banner workingThe demand on Vancouver Island for locally-grown food continues to rise — but the challenge now is getting that food to the people who want it

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Workers earning minimum wage cannot make ends meet in B.C.

February 16th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Workers earning minimum wage cannot make ends meet in B.C.)

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picture 612The B.C. Federation of Labour is calling on British Columbia’s government to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour

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Local and urban agriculture grows food, business, and community

October 6th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Local and urban agriculture grows food, business, and community)

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Christopher Brown — aka “Farmer Brown” — participates in a locally owned and operated growers co-operative that delivers food to Nanaimo’s Farmer’s Markets

picture 590aA little over a year ago a group of local farmers just south of Nanaimo formed a partnership called the Farmship Growers Co-operative. As reported in the Nanaimo Daily News, the group worked out a deal in which they would lease nine acres of the Wyndlow Farm…along with Chris Brown, a new farmer who just wrapped up his first year growing food in the Cowichan Valley.” Chris is one of a burgeoning new generation of urban farmers reimagining and reinventing farming for a new century.

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COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar

July 7th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar)

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Employment and socialization are important to everyone. Experiencing them can be challenging for people living with a developmental disability

picture 530Since opening in June of 2011, COCO Cafe has become a bustling community hub that truly is “Where friends meet”. The COCO (Cedar Opportunities Co-Operative) mission is to employ people with developmental disabilities within their community.

COCO was founded by a group of families in the Cedar/Yellowpoint/Cassidy areas of Nanaimo, British Columbia, all of whom have adult children with developmental disabilities. The families began meeting in 2007 to explore the idea of creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities within their community. During the initial stages of planning it was decided that, not only would a cafe be a welcome addition to the community, it would also be able to provide a range of different employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities in a manner that increases their visibility and integrates them into the community.

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Employing those with disabilities

May 14th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Employing those with disabilities)

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Community Living BC’s vision for inclusive employment is “Every person with a disability who wants a job is employed”. More and more people with developmental disabilities want to work at jobs they enjoy, earn their own wages and feel valued as employees. Community Living BC provides support for adults who have developmental disabilities, autism or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

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