Supportive homes and communities

Halloween Beer & Burger Night Fundraiser

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in events - (Comments Off)

You are invited to a Spooktacular Halloween Beer & Burger Night. Come hungry and bid on intriguing auction items!

Columbian-Centre-Halloween-PosterDate: Friday October 31, 2014  Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  Location: The Harewood Arms Pub, 508 8th St. Nanaimo  Price: $15.00   Buy tickets online below…


This week on People First Radio

October 29th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Annual report card grades the B.C. government on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ratified by Canada in December 1981

picture 591VANCOUVER — On October 16, 2014, West Coast LEAF released its 6th annual report card on women’s rights in BC. The CEDAW Report Card is West Coast LEAF’s annual assessment of how well BC is measuring up on international legal standards of women’s equality set out in the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).


Amanda Bynes and the double standard of mental illness

October 28th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)

When Robin Williams died, we promised to tackle the stigma of mental illness. So why do we mock Amanda Bynes?

“What had happened to our beautiful happy life? Could it really be over for us? I just wasn’t sure if our love was strong enough to keep us together. I probably believed it wasn’t.”

picture 534It was an idyllic marriage. John and Marion were high school sweethearts who married and began a successful life together. He, an internationally respected scientist in his field and she, a business woman in her family firm. With three children and finally settled in Victoria. BC, Canada after stints in Vienna and Australia, tragedy struck.

Despite the eventual and probable diagnosis of late-onset schizophrenia, John and Marion struggled to hold their family together and to deal with an illness that usually strikes much earlier in life. This is their story of what happens when the mind betrays you.