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Self Advocacy Panel – BC People First and BCEdAccess Youth – #AdvoCon2021

    Jo-Anne Gauthier is the President of the BC People First Society and she will lead a panel of adult and youth self-advocates who will talk about the importance of self-advocacy. We hope to have children and youth as well as adults participating in this important conversation so bring your kids, and if you are a self-advocate we want your voice, here and at all the conference sessions! Come see the panel at AdvoCon2021, our 7th annual education advocacy conference held September 22nd to 26th online!

    Tickets on Eventbrite now – Facebook group members receive a good discounted rate and the first 100 purchased receive a care package delivered to their house!


    Jo-Anne Gauthier has been advocating for inclusion and accessibility rights for people in BC for over 20 years. She is the current President of BC People First, a provincial organization run BY self-advocates FOR self-advocates. As President, Jo-Anne is an integral part of the BCPF Advocacy, Fundraising, and Plain Language Committees – she is a tireless volunteer who leads by example and always prioritizes kindness. She has also worked on community projects for PosAbilities, Inclusion BC, and the UBC Centre for Inclusion & Citizenship. Jo-Anne spends her free time enjoying life on the south coast with her husband, getting outdoors to enjoy nature, and travelling as much as possible.


    This panel will include youth and adult self-advocates sharing their experiences in the education system and outside of it

    You will learn:

    -self-advocacy skills

    -advocacy work advice

    -how to make space for your child/youth/adult’s self-advocacy as a parent

    -how to be a microphone, not a substitute voice.

    You can follow BC People First

    on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BCPeopleFirst

    And learn more about their work here:


    Read all the details about our conference here!


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