HOW PRINCE GEORGE RESIDENTS HAVE BETTER LIVES THANKS TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT
A community’s strength is its people. When each and every person is valued, and their contributions welcomed, it can inspire the belief that anything is possible.
There’s an organization that has been working towards making Prince George a stronger community for more than 60 years.
AiMHi has been providing support and services to people with diverse abilities and their families since 1957. By encouraging and supporting opportunities for people, AiMHi has helped create an inclusive sense of community in the Prince George area.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK EVENT
AiMHi wants to raise funds for community causes worth supporting. Initiated in 2019, annually during “Community Living Month”, AiMHi’s planning committee will partner with a chosen non-profit organization/cause that engages in good work and gives back to this community. Through hosting an event, working side by side with the organization, funds will be raised and donated to the chosen cause each year.
On October 2, 2019 AiMHi gave back to the community, and ensured that a local Non-Profit organization got a little help from their friends here at AiMHi! This year’s planning committee chose the following organization to receive the funds raised: Prince George Humane Society. They are currently in dire need of operating funds and we stepped up to the challenge in supporting them this year. AiMHi hosted a pancake breakfast and bake sale that raised over $3700.00.
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
Attended Donation Station Opening
On March 9, 2019, AiMHi opened our attended donation station at 1000 1st Ave. This was in response to ongoing concerns with the large outdoor donation bins used for the collection of gently used products. These had unfortunately resulted in some tragic situations in British Columbia since being implemented with a couple of re-designs along the way that had not been successful to date. AiMHi worked diligently on a resolution and has taken the lead on new strategies to ensure these tragic events do not happen to anyone else. We are committed and made it a priority to keep the public safe. This donation station in conjunction with new internal collection bins in business throughout the community will provide opportunities for the community to support AiMHi in their fundraising efforts and partnership with Value Village.
Local Toastmasters club celebrates 42 years
Penny Soderena-Sutton is an employee at AimHi and has earned her Distinguished Toastmaster designation, which will be celebrated during the Prince George Toastmasters 42nd anniversary on Thursday.
The Prince George Toastmasters are celebrating their 42nd anniversary Thursday and are inviting the community to join them at AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. from 6:45 to 9 p.m.
During the event Penny Soderena-Sutton will be recognized with the Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Prince George has six clubs, which meet at a number of locations throughout the week at different times.
The Prince George Toastmasters is the second oldest club in the city and was founded on the principles of equality and inclusivity and was the first club in Prince George to welcome women members.
The club has been mindfully located at AiMHi for the last decade. Soderena-Sutton, who has disabilities herself, is a self-advocate peer advisor at AiMHi and helps her peers “have good lives at work, at home and in the community.”
There are only 3,022 Distinguished Toastmasters worldwide, so the honour of the designation is considered rare. For more information about the local group visit www.pgtoastmasters.ca.
For the past few years AiMHi has participated in the local” Big Squeeze” event that raises money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In 2016 we took home the top prize for “Best Flavored Lemonade” , in 2017, and 2018 we won the trophy for “Top fund raiser”. 2019 we joined many other community members on August 1st, to fund raise, share some laughs, good lemonade and help out this wonderful organization. We came away with the “Top fund raiser” trophy for the third year. Congratulations AiMHi for all your hard work and to Big Brothers and Sisters who have receive all the hard earned money and support from this city wide event.
Heart & Stroke Fundraising – Big Bike Videos
2018 AiMHi self advocates and employees supporting a great community cause.
British Columbia Wild Fire Evacuation
In 2017 British Columbia saw many wild fires that effected many near by communities. Williams Lake was one of these communities. The Williams Lake Association for Community Living need to leave their homes so AiMHi opened our doors and gave them a home away from home till they were able to return. During their extended stay new friendships were made with the self advocates and their dedicated staff. We were humbled by their gratitude and the amazing gift they gave us as a thank you.
CARF Certification 2018-2021
AiMHi is proud to be an Accredited organization. We endeavor to meet or exceed the CARF standards every year since 2003 when we received our first of many 3 year Accreditation Certificates.
Community Inclusion Month
Each year in October AiMHi celebrates Community Inclusion Month. The Prince George Mayor honours us with the official “Proclamation – Community Inclusion Month for October.” In past years we have hosted pancake breakfasts, Haunted House and other Halloween type activities.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Annually AiMHi is proud to participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15
“WEAR PURPLE and join us as we raise awareness of the importance of our community being safe for everyone!”
Inclusion BC Conferences
AiMHi was proud to be a partner host for the 2016 Ignite Conference in Prince George. Many self advocates came for the 3 day conference.
Each year AiMHi helps self- advocates attend this wonderful event throughout the province.
AMSSA Welcomes First Safe Harbour Location in Prince George
On February 11, 2015 AiMHi – Prince George Association for Community Living, took part in a Safe Harbour: Respect for All workshop and became the first certified location in Prince George. Over 30 directors and managers joined in the workshop, which was delivered by Branka Vlasic and Sangeeta Bhonsale, two Safe Harbour facilitators, by webinar. Welcome, AiMHi, to our growing network of Safe Harbour certified locations!
AiMHi in the community
Click the mp3 below to hear about AiMHi and how to join this growing association.
Click here to watch a short (approximately one minute) video