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Bryan Taylor

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Bryan Taylor, our long-time volunteer, with the Supported Volunteer Program. Bryan passed away in October. 
 
Bryan was an incredibly dedicated volunteer for over 20 years and he took his job seriously. On the occasions that it snowed in Maple Ridge and the local Handydart was not operating, Bryan wouldn't let that stop him. He would call a cab! 
 
Bryan was so special to us here at Community Services, that in 2014 a room was especially dedicated in his name.
 
Rest in peace Bryan. You are missed.


Angie Connecting to her Community

United Way Lower Mainland Video

Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act 

http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-224/royal-assent

This enactment amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in order to exempt from charges for possession or charges related to the violation of certain conditions or orders a person who seeks emergency medical or law enforcement assistance for themselves or another person following overdosing on a controlled substance.
Exemption from possession of substance charges
(2) No one who seeks emergency medical or law enforcement assistance because that person, or another person, is suffering from an overdose is to be charged or convicted under subsection 4(1) if the evidence in support of that offence was obtained or discovered as a result of that person having sought assistance or having remained at the scene
(3) Precision - The exemption under subsection (2) also applies to any person, including the person suffering from the overdose, who is at the scene upon the arrival of the emergency medical or law enforcement assistance.
Exemption — violation of conditions or orders
(4) No one who seeks emergency medical or law enforcement assistance because that person, or another person, is suffering from an overdose, or who is at the scene upon the arrival of the assistance, is to be charged with an offence concerning a violation of a pre-trial release, probation order, conditional sentence or parole relating to an offence under subsection 4(1) if the evidence in support of that offence was obtained or discovered as a result of that person having sought assistance or having remained at the scene.
(5) Precision: Any condition of a person’s pre-trial release, probation order, conditional sentence or parole relating to an offence under subsection 4(1) that may be violated as a result of the person seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance for their, or another person’s, overdose, or as a result of having been at the scene upon the arrival of the assistance, is deemed not to be violated.
NB Particular offences 4(1) possession of a substance
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2017/05/good_samaritan_drugoverdoseactbecomeslawincanada.html


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HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services is expanding services to include Affordable Housing.

A 10.9 million dollar grant from BC Housing for the development, design and construction of Affordable Housing units provides an awesome opportunity to address housing needs in our community.  Early October 2016, Community Services received confirmation from BC Housing that our project was selected under the Investment in Housing Innovation Program (IHI), a grant-based program, towards the capital budget.

With this recent financial investment, our organization is now able to hire a housing project development company that will work with us; moving our vision to a design and implementation stage.  We are working with CPA Development Consultants who will support the organization, provide liaison with BC Housing and develop a project pro forma by March 31st 2017. The facility will be built on the current site of Community Services. The location provides a large, flat, centrally located property for the project that will be an integrated facility; combining social services and affordable housing.

We are excited to be at the beginning stages of this project which includes determining the size of space that will be dedicated for the new Community Services program space, the number and types of units such as how many units will be wheel chair accessible, studio or family units.  Of course the overall scope of the facility and budget considerations takes priority.  Although many aspects of the design and ultimately the project are still to be determined, it is a wonderful opportunity to work with BC Housing, CPA Development Consultants and important partners such as the City of Maple Ridge to integrate all of the complexities that address the need for accessible, safe and affordable housing in our community.


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