Community event in New West to deliver food, fun and first-hand stories about aging with a physical disability

August 2, 2016 – The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC) will offer inclusive summer fun and valuable information all in one evening at “Aging with a Disability – New Westminster Community Connections” on Thursday, August 4 at the Centennial Community Centre.

The event includes a panel discussion on the popular topic “Aging with a Disability”, a silent auction, live entertainment, and food. People with cerebral palsy and other disabilities are invited to network, share experiences, learn about community resources, and listen to knowledgeable panelists.


WHERE:               Centennial Community Centre – 65 East 6th Avenue New Westminster, BC, V3L 4G6 (Map)

WHEN:                 Thursday, August 4 from 5:30-8:00 pm

WHAT:                 Panel discussion on “Aging with a Disability”, silent auction, entertainment, refreshments


Panelists include Halldor Bjarnason, Barrister and Solicitor at Access Law Group,

Tammy Van der Kamp, former CPABC Family and Individual Support Worker

Spring Rhodes, former Disability Representative for the Student Union at Vancouver Career College, and

Harry Cole, disability advocate and mixed martial arts expert

Wanda Gendron, Executive Director of Western Society for Children

RSVP:                    Please call (604) 408-9484 or email


The event is free and open to the public. This will be the CPABC’s first Community Connections in New Westminster. CPABC has organized six Community Connections since 2013 throughout the Lower Mainland.

“I really like the event because it brings me together with other people who have disabilities,” says Dan, a past attendee. “It provides an inclusive atmosphere and makes me feel more comfortable. As well there is great food, really good speakers and silent auction items.”

Community Connections is generously funded by the City of New Westminster.  Silent auction items and refreshments are donated by local businesses and groups.

CPABC is dedicated to creating Life Without Limits for people living with disabilities in British Columbia.


Media Inquiries:


Feri Dehdar, Executive Director

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

(604) 408-9484, 1-800-663-0004


The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with CP to reach their maximum potential within society. We provide support, education, and information throughout BC. Our Mission is: To raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy in the community; To assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential; and To work to see those living with Cerebral Palsy recognize their place as equals in a diverse society.

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