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Inspired by Love Kicks off in Richmond

Inclusion BC kicked off its annual learning event today at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Taking place June 14-17, the theme of this year’s event is Inspired by Love. 700 delegates; people with developmental disabilities, their families, the organizations that support them, and leaders in the field, are gathering to learn from the unique perspectives within our collective voice, driving the movement towards fully inclusive communities.

“This year's event was inspired by the power of human bonds that have driven social change in BC,” says Jackie Carpenter, Inclusion BC President and parent of a son with autism. “From institutions to disability pride, love inspires our journey to inclusion.”

This year’s event includes a notable lineup of featured keynote speakers and workshop presenters, including:

View all speakers on our website: http://inclusionbc.org/inspiredbylove/speakers/

Day 1 Highlights

Day 1: Opening keynote speaker Severn Cullis Suzuki nourished our souls with Copper River sockeye salmon from Haida Gwaii -- an endangered run restored through a Haida community effort. Our issues - environment, injustice, inclusion - are all starting to connect, she said, stressing the power of communities to drive change.

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Peter Bourne closes the Woodlands Panel and Day 1 with a powerful and moving rendition of "We Shall Overcome" - an anthem that came to define the U.S. civil rights movement half a century ago.

About Inclusion BC:

Inclusion BC is a provincial organization dedicated to promoting the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. We provide support, education and advocacy where and when it's needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities. We are a federation of 70 member organizations that provide services to thousands of people with developmental disabilities and their families across the province.
Learn more about Inclusion BC at www.inclusionbc.org
Danielle Kelliher