(From left) Lisa McIntosh, Sheral Jones and Vicky Manderson with their nominator, Christine Petkau. (Submitted photo)

(From left) Lisa McIntosh, Sheral Jones and Vicky Manderson with their nominator, Christine Petkau. (Submitted photo)

Trio from Communitas Supportive Care in Abbotsford receives provincial award

Community Living BC honours them for online program they created

Three workers with Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford are recipients of the Widening Our World (WOW) Awards from Community Living BC (CLBC).

Vicky Manderson, Lisa McIntosh and Sheral Jones are among those in B.C. who were recently recognized for their innovation and dedication in making sure people with developmental disabilities remain included and connected to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three were recognized for their work in creating a new program called “Zoombaya.”

Zoombaya is regular virtual, interactive, fun and informative program delivered online through Zoom that has become a great source of support for individuals by offering creative and energizing programs to keep people connected as well as safe.

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Manderson, McIntosh and Jones said they realized early in the pandemic that they needed to get creative and come up with new ways to connect with individuals in a meaningful way.

“It’s been an incredible experience as we’ve seen so many new connections form across programs – connections that otherwise likely wouldn’t have happened. This program couldn’t have come about without the efforts of the whole team, it’s been humbling to work with such creative colleagues and see them use their gifts to reach,” they said.

CLBC has been holding the WOW awards since 2009 to recognize work that helps people feel welcomed, included and respected in their communities.

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