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Yesterday, the federal government delivered their Speech from the Throne, where the government lays out the priorities and vision for the current mandate and sets the agenda for Parliament.

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November is Indigenous Disability Awareness Month #IDAM2021.

Indigenous Peoples of Canada have a higher rate of disability and this month brings awareness to the barriers they face along with recognizing and celebrating the contributions they have made.

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Outdoor sport challenge

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Whatever is your sport!

Please make sure your pod scarf is in the photo to receive a pod point

Email/Text Shanda the photos  or  (250) 421-7493 

ALL photos need to be submitted by 12 pm on Thursday August 19th

Turn your tongue blue challenge

  • Slurpee
  • Lollipop
  • Kool Aid
    Be creative!

Please make sure your pod scarf is in the photo to receive a pod point

Email/Text Shanda the photos  or  (250) 421-7493 

ALL photos need to be submitted by 12 pm on Thursday August 12th


Train station picnic at the picnic table

Please make sure your pod scarf is in the photo to receive a pod point

Email/Text Shanda the photos  or  (250) 421-7493 

ALL photos need to be submitted by 12 pm on Thursday August 5th


Doorway dance in front of a mural

(Please go to any of your favourite mural around town)

Doorway song Laxed (Siren beat) by Jawsh 685

Please make sure your pod scarf is in the photo to receive a pod point
Email/Text Shanda the photos or (250) 421-7493
ALL photos need to be submitted by 12 pm on Thursday July 29th

Take a photo with the elephant downtown

Week 1 photo with Cranbrook Ed

Please make sure your pod scarf is in the photo to receive a pod point

Email/Text Shanda the photos or (250) 421-7493

ALL photos need to be submitted by 12 pm on Thursday July 22nd

 This past June 9th 2021 The REALM ROVERS hosted a successful Relay for Life.

Everyone who attended raved about how much fun they had, and appreciated the safety measures in place to that allowed the event to take place. We have posted below some hot takes of a few of the attendees. 
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REALM 2021 Relay for Life – Prince George

Donate to the REALM ROVERS 2021 at the following link


Relay for life live broadcast is going to be on June 12th, 5pm Pacific Standard time! Please tune in to and you will be directed to our live stream. We will be broadcasting on Yes TV, and on our YouTube and Facebook accounts! You can also Tune in to to be directed to the live-streamed broadcast!

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Congratulations to our REALM idol winner of 2021 and the winner of our REALM Idol preview contest.
The people have voted and the winner of the REALM Idol 2021 is Jesse Cook.
The drawing winners are:

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Thank you to all the people who committed to #ChoosetoChallenge for bringing awareness to gender inequality and ending gender bias while helping to create a gender-equal world.

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“Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of influence.”Ralph Waldo Emmerson

During these last few weeks we have been reviewing and reflecting through evaluation the importance of the work that we are doing together. During our discussions we have had the occasion to use the analogy of the ripple in the pond to explain our essences and importance in the way we work.

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Self-Advocates Of The Rockies Logo

This past December CLBC announced that there was grant money available to Self Advocate groups from across the Province to run a project to help keep Advocates connected. It was voted on by the SAOR that we should apply for the grant. We worked hard on our application and sent it in to CLBC by the deadline. The application was accepted, and we moved on to the next step. We then had a zoom interview with Jessica and Brianne from CLBC to give them more information on our ideas for the grant money. The week before Christmas we received some great news, we were one of the groups chosen to receive grant money and put our ideas into action!

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As we prepare to end the year. There are two COVID benefits we want to highlight.

First is the BC Recovery Benefit, a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.
Please visit the link to learn more and apply

Second is the Government of Canada Disability Tax Credit for persons with disabilities to receive a COVID-19 one-time payment. The deadline for to apply for this benefit is December 31st 2020.
Please visit the link to learn more and apply

Realm in conjunction with Rotary at work, Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), Kootenay Employment Services and East Kootenay News Online(E-know). For the 2nd year they have once again hosted the Inclusive Community Employment (ICE) awards.

Paw Shop

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REALM in association with Rotary at Work, Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), Kootenay Employment Services, and East Kootenay News Online (e-Know) will be hosting the 2nd ICE Awards, recognizing Inclusive Employers in the East Kootenay region. These employers have the vision, drive, and determination to make a difference in the community and workforce.

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REALM will be limiting services this week due to the poor air quality. Your DSP will be in contact asap with more details.

Please go to the following to read about Covid 19 and the air quality:

Please go to  the following to read about the air quality in our area:

This year several the REALM Rovers and even some new members took part in the Canadian Cancer Society RELAY at HOME event. People walked in their homes, their neighbourhoods, and/or at the College of the Rockies Track Field.  Everyone who signed up appreciated the opportunity to enjoy the walk, the beautiful day, and contribute to a fight they believe in, with more than 128,000 other Canadians. Everyone on the team is missing the opportunity to participate and travel to Saskatoon this year, they are all looking forward to the future and joining teams hopefully next year whether be in Saskatoon, or Las Vegas or another community. Everyone enjoyed having their photo taken with the Relay Banton.

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March 18th Update.
We have the right… 2020 Conference has been Canceled due to COVID-19
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Hosted by: Self-Advocates of the Rockies

Where: Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre,

Cranbrook, BC

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 9 am – 3 pm (Mountain Time)

Why: We want to advocate to all people with diverse abilities

that they have the right to access community resources.

More details coming soon and stay tuned!

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Saturday March 28th/2020


Come to practice with your friends and have a Chili dog lunch. Funds raised will help support the Weekenders Penticton Excursion to ‘Elvis Elvis Elvis” festival.

Chili dogs will be on sale 2 for $6 with a drink.

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The Wise Women Group @ REALM is hosting a Celebration to recognize: “ International Day of The Women” March 5th/2020

Please join the group to celebrate the past year and accomplishments of Realm women.

We will be at the Heritage Inn from 5:30-8:30 pm, enjoying dinner and each other’s company.

There will be a selection choice of three main dishes, with coffee or tea for $20/person.

There will be great food, friends and guest speakers to help in the celebrations.

As well we will see who has been selected this year’s Women of The year!

Seats are limited to so please RSVP asap to Theresa at Realm 250-426-3393

Love Cake? Love Contests? Love Team Work? Well we are loving telling you about an upcoming event- Realm will be hosting a Nailed it Cake Competition in May. More information to be Announced-but if you love to Bake keep your ears to the ground for more info!!!

If you just love to eat cake, that will be an option as well. Bake Cake or Eat Cake stay tuned !!!!!! More information will be announced soon.

Many Kootenay businesses are facing difficulty these days due to labour shortages in the area. Unbeknownst to many Kootenay employers, there’s an untapped job force out there that is being underutilized. For some, like the intellectually disabled, they want to work but haven’t been given an opportunity to contribute.

(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook. — Photo courtesy Ana Yost
(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook.
— Photo courtesy Ana Yost

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The last piece I supplied was dealing with decision. It remarked on the playing of the cards we are dealt. It was the first month in the year, the beginning of the new decade, bringing thoughts of acceptance, deciding and asserting in life. Words of confidence and movement-this month I saw this definition of fika, and thought as we have embraced the need to make decisions to empower our life, we need also to appreciate the good things these decisions bring. We sometimes are so busy on the path to where we are going that we forget to appreciate the journey and the daily accomplishments that we experience.

Let’s use this month of February to appreciate the accomplishments exercise fika on our journey of maximizing life.

Thoughts until next time,


We had a wonderful night with all the people who attended the Friends of Realm and Realm Texas hol’dem on Saturday, we gave away great door prizes, had a great pulled pork dinner and silent auction!

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Realm’s Blast into good health

Featuring guest speakers with starry night dinner and dance to follow

Friday February 21, 2020 at the Heritage Inn Health conference from 12:30pm-5:00pm Dinner and dance from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Tickets are $40 for full event Or $30 for dinner and dance only

RSVP by February 14, 2020 by signing up at Realm or by phone at 250-426-3393


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On January 9, 2020, a few members from the volunteer heritage work crew of Realm had the privilege to go to Fort Steele to take part in a photoshoot for a Fort Steele advertisement. The group members went on a sleigh ride as the photographer took photos of their enjoyable ride.

Fort Steele January 2020

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January 9th 2020

I just saw this post and thought it is  great beginning to the New Year- Our theme throughout the next year or so will be exploring life- we hope that it will be to the” maximum” for as many of us as possible in ways that we determine- to make choice and to assert in life, so that our expectations are met, accepted and encouraged, so that we have the life experiences that we can! Deciding to play your hand as its dealt is the beginning😊



Dec 10th, 2019

The people in charge of the light tour decided that we will have a light tour scavenger hunt based on Christmas songs. All of us who joined the light tour were split up into teams. 

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On Thursday, December 5, 2019 in the evening at REALM, Melanie Caron and Jonathan Righton hosted a Christmas photo shoot.  For this holiday season, the thought of looking for unique ideas in a budget friendly manner for a gift for their friends and family.

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Members of the Self-Advocates of the Rockies and three DSP’s from REALM along with REALM’s practicum student Takara Mohnssen traveled to Richmond for the 2019 Self-Advocates Conference at the Executive Inn Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre.

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REALM would like to thank everyone who participated in our first annual ICE (Inclusive Community Employers) Awards. Hosted at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. In the pursuit of recognizing and raising awareness of businesses in the community who are leaders by providing meaningful employment to everyone. We invited the community during the month of September to nominate an organization with whom they thought deserved to be honoured. With a total of nineteen local companies nominated, in collaboration with our sponsors, we awarded five businesses with a unique honour recognizing their excellence. The remaining organizations were acknowledged for their leadership.

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What do you enjoy the most about the summer?

I really enjoy that there is no snow and I can enjoy my walks

I enjoy walking around Idlewild Park but have not gone fishing there yet

I also enjoy visiting Elizabeth Lake and watching the geese

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The month of October is recognized as Community Inclusion Month, bringing awareness to inclusion in communities and employment.

Organizations promote this initiative by holding a variety of different events all over Canada recognizing inclusive employers and communities.

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Stephanie Goertson REALM Idol Winner 2019

Why do you sing?

“It makes me feel amazing and excited”

When watching Stephanie perform whether it is on stage for REALM idol or during our karaoke and chicken nights she takes on the song and lets her personality shine.

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Wow, another 2 years the paper included our story form 2017 In complete gratitude for the wonderful team that calls itself REALM for making our Community Picnic a success as well as Amanda Kama and Sam for pulling it together… Big Shout Out to all of the people who came out and joined us today. We are incredibly grateful for your support of REALM and celebrating unity in the community with us.

Kootenay Friends of REALM would like to thank everyone who joined us for our First Annual Golf Tournament which took place June 9 /2019 at Mission Hills Golf Course. About 56 Golfers showed up and despite the occasional deluges of rain most managed to complete their 18 holes. A great supper was supplied by Mission Hills who were terrific hosts and did their utmost to get us through this event.

We would also like to shout out to the following sponsors for supplying prizes for our Golfers and/or their active participation in our day. Hope to see you next year! Thanks for all your support!!!


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We are trying something new this year! All packages have changed!
Take a look at what would interest you the most, check off the package you
want and return the slip to REALM. We will hand out calendars On
June 26th.
We are asking people to pay in full or month by month,

June 26th will be the Summer Kick-Off BBQ at Wasa Lake. We will be out
there all day. Meet at REALM at 10:00 am and we will transport you out there.
Let us know ahead of time if you need to be back to town at a
certain time and we can arrange for you to get to town.
$10 for BBQ

August 28th we are having a Wrap-Up day at Calaway Park. This is an
additional cost on top of your package. Keep in mind this will be an all-day trip.
$50 for Calaway Park

On Tuesday, May 28th, REALMS operations staff held their annual appreciation and awards luncheon at Auntie Barb’s Bakery.
We would like to congratulate Raymond Edinger, on being the recipient of this year’s Lucy Memorial Award.
Our congratulations also go out to Lynnetta Beingessner and Sheila Neidig on receiving an honorable mention of the Lucy Memorial Award.

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If you thought Food, Fun  and Fashion- You are right!!!

Get it all at our “Bras on Dudes and Boxers on Babes” event

Cranbrook Eagles Hall, May 8th@430pm.

Tickets $15 in advance until April 30th or $20 at the door.

**come join the fun and help raise funds for Relay For Life and the Realm Rovers Travelling Team. For more information call 250-426 3393 and ask for more information.


UPDATED WITH VIDEO: New organization seeks to provide REALM with more funding

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The REALM Rovers head to the Island to spend two nights in Victoria before heading to the Comox Valley to participate in Relay for Life 

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May 2nd REALM hosted an event to fund raise for Relay for Life Comox Valley and the REALM Rovers raising over $2000.00  The event included Bras on Dudes/Boxers on Babes Fashion Show, Pie Throwing, Head Shaving, Silent Art Auction, Survivor Islands, Bake Sale, Treasure Boxes, Door Prizes and a Sphegetti Dinner

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REALM and Advocates will be presenting at the Learn, Inspire, Lead: Inclusion Europe at the World Congress

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