IW! South Island

Inclu­sion­Works! South Island began form­ing in early 2014 with the first meet­ings of area fam­i­lies con­sid­er­ing options for their tran­si­tion­ing youth. After sev­eral meet­ings over a period of months and assis­tance from Inclu­sion­Works! Vic­to­ria and Inclusion Works! Saanich, 11 participants and their fam­i­lies chose to come together using the Inclu­sion­Works! model of fam­ily gov­er­nance to begin this new transition in their lives.

IW! South Island began pro­gram­ming in June 2014 and con­tin­ues to develop part­ner­ships and indi­vid­u­al­ized pro­gram­ming for their young adults. The group has ben­e­fited from the exist­ing part­ner­ships of its pre­de­ces­sors (SIDES, Uni­ver­sity of Vic­to­ria, Flow Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Vic­to­ria Music Con­ser­va­tory, Power to Be etc.) and an amaz­ing host agency, Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Vic­to­ria.  We have also brought on some new part­ners (PISE Adapted Fitness class, movement/dance from trained instructor from Montreal, and Island Sexual Health) to further expand our community connections.
We are currently focused on supporting our participants with increased independence in daily living and employment by implementing meaningful programming, such as a healthy relationship workshop, self advocacy group, job discovery and ongoing fitness development for emotional and physical well being.  Our participants work hard every day to be part of an inclusive community that brings meaning and joy into their lives.