After two years of being unable to host fundraising events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year our Association is pleased to annouce the date of our 15th Annual Of the Vine fundraising event.
Of the Vine is our largest fundraiser, which has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. These funds help support individuals with developmental disabilities and complex needs in our community.
This year's event will take place October 15, 2022, at the Lido Theatre. More details will be posted at a later date.
The Fort St. John Association for Community Living is looking for youth with a disability who may be interested in participating in a Self-Esteem group. The group, which will be run in partnership between trained FSJACL staff and local youth Clinical Counsellors Laura Honey and Julia Hintermeiser, aims to help participants build their self-esteem and address mental health concerns.
The group is open to youth ages 16-24, living in the Fort St. John area. Youth must self-identify as having some form of disability, which may include:
- A physical disability.
- A developmental disability.
- A learning disability.
- ADD/ADHD or ASD.
- A mental health disability.
The group will launch in April 2022. Sessions will be two hours, once a week, for twelve weeks. A second group will run later in the year.
More information will be provided at a later date.
ConocoPhillips Canada continues to support the Fort St. John Association for Community Living with their most recent donation of $1500.
The company has sponsored the Association in the past, donating funds towards key events such as Of the Vine, one of the FSJACL’s main fundraising efforts. Due to the COVID pandemic, the Association was unable to hold their Of the Vine event this year, and ConocoPhillips donated their funds to the Community Connections Program instead.
The FSJACL’s Community Connections Program is one of the busiest programs in the Association, and those who utilize it see the benefit of building life skills, fostering relationships, and being supported in accessing the local community. Unfortunately, it has been hit the hardest in the face of pandemic restrictions.
The donation from ConocoPhillips is helping the FSJACL establish new, COVID-safe ways of providing services to those in the program. At this time there are a number of supports being offered via Zoom, and the Program space is being redone to safely accommodate in-person activities.
In picture, from left: Dan Goss , Lead Operator of the ConocoPhillips Canada, Fort St. John branch, Joe Lang, Executive Director of the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and Amber Vieweg, Manager of Finance for the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, stand at the ConocoPhillips building in recognition of ConocoPhillips’ recent support of the FSJACL.
From left: FSJACL’s Amber Vieweg, Manager of Finance, and Joe Lang, Executive Director, accepted a donation from the local Surepoint Group employees Wade Banks, Operations Manager, and Kevin Shillito, VP of Operations, towards the end of January. The $2000 donation will go towards developing the Association’s budding Art Program.
The Program, at the moment still in its initial stages, currently circulates boxes with art projects to individuals in the FSJACL’s service. The boxes have been a welcome activity for people, especially since so many activities have been restricted due to the global pandemic.
Future plans for the program include an Association art studio for those in service, as well as a number of art shows in the community promoting work made by individuals living with developmental disabilities. Surepoint’s donation will go a long way towards developing this program.
Surepoint has been in Fort St. John since 2010 supporting the energy industry in the areas of electrical/instrumentation, mechanical/commissioning, and telecommunications. But most importantly, Surepoint prides themselves on being a value-based company that gives back to their community, and their donation this month gives back indeed.