The BC People First Society (BCPF) is a non-profit provincial organization that is part of a national movement. We work to make sure that people with a developmental disability are respected and included in communities as full citizens. We do this by supporting each other to speak up for ourselves and others. Our vision is a diverse community where all people are: included and involved; honoured and respected; seen for their abilities, and supported to participate.
Our values are:
BC People First has been the provincial voice of those who have been labelled with a developmental disability since 1981. People First was formed because some of the people in our communities felt that they were not considered as people first. They felt that they were talked about, talked to, thought about, and treated according to the disabilities that others labelled them with. BC People First continues to advocate “Nothing about US, Without US” through workshops, presentations, letter writing campaigns, public speaking, community engagement, and the empowerment of Self Advocates across the province. We are a strong, independent society that is run BY people who have been labelled FOR people who have been labelled.
FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL:
Today, there are People First Chapters all over Canada. In BC, there are many self advocacy groups in towns and cities. Some of these groups, and many individuals, belong as members of the BC People First Society. The local members elect a Board of Directors to run the organization. The president of BCPF sits on the board of People First of Canada. Even beyond Canada, we love to make contact with People First groups in countries like Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States.
WHAT WE DO:
Our society meets monthly to run the organization, solve problems, and talk about issues that matter to self advocates. We put on workshops and presentations at schools, groups and other organizations to educate people about self advocacy in BC. We write letters and advocate with governments about local issues. And we do projects to promote the voices of our members.
HOW WE ARE FUNDED:
We receive annual funding from People First of Canada, we apply for and get grants from Provincial organizations (such as CLBC, and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation). We sometimes receive donations from local organizations and we do some fundraising.
We offer Plain Language Translation services to Businesses, groups and organizations for a reasonable honorarium as a fundraiser for the Society. CONTACT US for more details!
A big thank you to our current sponsors! We can’t do this work without you!
SUPPORT THE SOCIETY:
We are always looking for support, partnerships, collaborations, and in kind donations to help us do our work. We keep excellent financial records and produce reports annually. We are not a registered charity and can not issue tax receipts. If you are interested in making a contribution to the society, please contact us!
We are also currently looking for volunteer advisors to assist our Board of Directors. Click to find out more!