Guided by advocates and community leaders, participants will be taken on a journey to revisit key moments in the history of the inclusion movement in B.C. Join Richard McDonald, Linda Derkach and Karla Verschoor for this important learning foundation at AdvoCon2022, our 8th annual education advocacy conference held October 20th to 23rd online!

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


Richard McDonald is the President of the BC Self Advocacy Foundation. Richard has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to live in community for over forty years. Richard is a featured artist in the From The Inside/Out! exhibit and spoke at the demolition of Woodlands.

Linda Derkach has had a long career in the community living sector, including being the Executive Director of Port Alberni Association for Community Living and currently the president of BC Family Net, a provincial network that provides a provincial voice for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Karla Verschoor has been with Inclusion BC since 2006, when she joined the organization as a volunteer coordinator. Over the years, Karla has worked in various leadership roles as an advocate, strategic planner and now as Executive Director. Karla has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta where she studied Political Science and Government and a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from Simon Fraser University. Karla lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working Karla enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school and with her local neighbourhood house.

Disability History: The Journey to Inclusion

Understanding the challenges and successes to advance inclusion in our province is key to keep our movement strong and moving forward to realize our vision of a world where everyone belongs. Participants will hear what it has taken for people with disabilities, their families, and supporters to get here and how we can come together to face current challenges.

Inclusion BC is on Twitter @InclusionBC

Read all the details about our conference here!

AdvoCon2022 Site

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