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    Work at Summer Camp!


    George Boer, PresidentJody Siebert, Executive Director

    105-2975 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford BC V2T 5T4Ph: (604) 850-6604 Fax: (604) 850-7242

    Toll free: 1-866-455-2231Email:

    We invite you to become a memberBecoming a member of Bethesda Christian Association signifies support and understanding of the work of Bethesdas ministry, as well as a shared personal faith in Jesus Christ as presented in our Statement of Faith.

    To become a member, fill out the Membership Application Form on the Donations and Membership page on our website


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    Lend-a-Hand Campaign

    2017Being One in Spirit and of One Mind not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others.

    Philippians 2:4 NIV

    Inside this IssueFull Citizenship

    Self AdvocacyCitizenship in Action

    A Story to InspireFinding Work You Love

    Spring Newsletter 2017Support these critical services by donating to our

    Lend-A-Hand CampaignGive online at or mail your gift directly to:

    Lend-A-Hand CampaignBethesda Christian Association105-2975 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford BC V2T 5T4

    Provincially funded services only go so far and often arent there in those times when the need is greatest. Through generous donations, we are able to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families when they most need it.

    Helping families navigate government service delivery systems Advocacy to help families secure needed services/supports Connecting families in a safe and confidential setting Being there during periods of transition or crisis Summer camps - overnight and day camps

    Artist: Rod Barker

    Its trueworking at camp may possibly be one of the most demanding jobs you will ever have. But its where you have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. And guaranteed - it will be unforgettable.This is for you if you are:

    energetic, responsible, engaged, and mature looking for an amazing summer job working with people with intellectual

    disabilities at least 19 years old, enrolled full-time in a relevant field of study, and able to

    obtain a Class 4 drivers licenceYou will gain more than you ever thought possible:

    hands-on experience in Special Education, Healthcare, Social Work, Church Ministry, and more

    making a positive impact on kids and adults with intellectual disabilities growing and developing as a person and a Christian

    Find out more about our overnight and day summer camp jobs at

    Send in your resume by April 28, 2017

    Without a doubt, working at summer camp will be the most fun job ever!

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    Psalms 139:14Connecting Donors, Charities & Ministries

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    serving customers and bussing tables. Working over the busy lunchtime hours has been great and regular customers look forward to seeing Stephen and his great welcoming smile! If you are in the area, stop in to say 'hi' and have lunch!

    Finding LoveYoshi and Joanne are engaged! In a surprise move, Yoshi proposed to Joanne at Vedder Terrace's New

    Years Eve party. They are planning an August 2017 wedding and everyone is so excited to celebrate with them!

    Congratulations, Yoshi and Joanne!!They look forward to making a home together at Vedder Terrace after they are married.

    Making Friends in the CommunityCathy and Mary-Ann met at a neighborhood tea hosted by the folks at Vedder Terrace. They quickly discovered they shared several common interests, including swimming. They started a weekly morning swim at Cheam pool followed by getting together for a coffee and visit. Its a highlight of the week for both of them!

    Message from JodyWhat do you think of when you reflect on what full citizenship means for you? According to Dr. Simon Duffy, from the Centre for Welfare Reform, citizenship can be defined as:

    BEING RESPECTED being able to hold your head high & getting respect from those around you.

    BEING EQUAL we all have the same fundamental worth of dignity; the same privileges, rights and responsibilities.

    BEING DIFFERENT we are not identical. We have many different gifts which we bring together to build a better world.

    The 7 keys to citizenship (Inclusion BC)

    1. LOVE having friends and family, loving and being loved.

    2. LIFE living fully and making a difference, giving something back.

    3. HOME having a place where we belong.

    4. FREEDOM taking charge of your own life, making your own decisions.

    5. COMMUNITY being active and valued in our community.

    6. PURPOSE setting your own direction.

    7. MONEY having enough to live well; gives us the means to independence.

    The most important thing we can do is to start thinking and talking about what full citizenship looks like. Not just for us but for everyone. Promote full citizenship for people with disabilities. Believe the truth that we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and that every one part in the body has equal value. We are different by design, and each of us has a unique God-designed purpose in our communities (I Corinthians 12).

    Melissa has been working as a Deli Assistant at Mad Butcher in Chilliwack since last May. She works a couple times a week packaging food, slicing deli meats, labeling salads, and has started to serve customers. Melissa loves her job donning her Mad Butchers apron and stepping behind the counter fills her with

    pride. Her co-workers look forward to when she is working because she has a great sense of humor and her radiant smile lights up the shop. We all feel a little more love when Melissa comes in!Jenn, who has been training Melissa, talks about what a gift it is to have Melissa on their team, Melissa has a fabulous work ethic and is always asking for something to do. She takes care of the details that others do not have the time for. It does

    not matter what they ask Melissa to do; she responds with absolutely I can do that for you! They all look forward to the days when Melissa comes in.Melissas job provides her with the means to express herself. Its not just a paycheque with which she can buy things. While working symbolizes the ability to meet her own needs, more importantly it allows her opportunities for expressing her love and generosity to others. One day Melissa surprised her Mom and two sisters with tickets to see Cavalias Odysseo in Vancouver. The drama and excitement of the show plus sharing it with her family, made for the greatest girls night ever. What a nice way to start your working life - good job, Melissa! May this be the first of many successful years!

    What is Self-Advocacy, and why is it so important? Self-Adv ocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination. ( is Self-Advocacy so important?So that you have the knowledge needed to succeed and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.How do we support Self-Advocacy at Bethesda?A question we are starting to ask ourselves is how do we promote self-advocacy and full citizenship with the people we serve? How can we work with the people we serve to reach their goals of love, life, home, freedom, community, purpose, and money, by what we do? The key is to shift our thinking from doing for, to doing with and to start talking about what full citizenship looks like for each person we work with.For decades, our sector has had a strong focus on custodial care. Recently, while attending a workshop called, A Reflection of Some Key Unresolved Leadership Challenges by Michael Kendrick, he challenged us with the following statements:

    We have plateaued as a sector and as a social change movement. We still have a substantial reliance on service models that had their origins 50 years ago. What dominates our priorities? Custodial (looked after) vs. Developmental (have a life) priorities. Do we unintentionally contribute to learned helplessness or learned disability by creating an overdependence on others to do for

    them, what they could do for themselves (When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert)? Sustain momentum: Life building vs. custodial existence.

    As you can imagine, the room buzzed with conversation in response to these challenges. Going forward, I think the key is to have the attitude of a humble learner through the process of:

    Thinking about and asking ourselves some challenging questions, Engaging the people we serve in the conversation, and Starting small by looking at what we are already doing to determine if there are some ways to make it more developmental (When

    Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert).The reality is we will likely learn as we go but the most important thing we can do is to keep the conversation alive.

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