Perspectives on Citizenship - Citizens & Professionals
The videos on this page are part of a series that explores how we can advance citizenship opportunities and quality of life for people with intellectual, physical and psycho-social disabilities and seniors.

In this series, community members and professionals share their perspectives on creating a pathway forward to help us achieve citizenship for all.
Ross Chilton, Executive Director of the Community Living Society in New Westminster, British Columbia, discusses two examples of his interactions with other citizens to illustrate what is important to him.
Everyone wants to live in a community where they can enjoy full citizenship. This video sets out 10 simple things everyone can do to create a sense of belonging where they live. The goal is to stimulate thinking about other ways to achieve this!
Citizen Network was established in 2016 to bring together people, groups and organisations from around the world to help people connect, learn from each other and work together to achieve citizenship for all. Simon Duffy talks about CN's development.
Carol Rawluk, a Registered Nurse who lives in Langley, British Columbia, reflects on what she views as some of the key aspects of being a citizen.
Citizenship is about living a good life and making contributions to the community, while respecting the rights of others to pursue their own path. Simon Duffy describes 7 keys to how we can achieve citizenship in practice for everyone.
Richard Donison, a retired psychotherapist who lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada, reflects on how his work and personal life have influenced his view of what it means to be a a citizen.
Al Etmanski addresses a group of leaders from L'Arche. He asks them to embrace the power of imperfection in the journey to advance the understanding and appreciation of people with a disability.
Vanessa Salisbury talks about what citizenship means to her, including her passion for barrel racing, and the important role social media plays on a daily basis.
Ernie Baatz from Spectrum Society for Community Living discusses how citizenship has been impacted for Aboriginal people, what Spectrum is doing to advance citizenship for people with disabilities and how we can create more welcoming communities.
Canadian author and activist Al Etmanski discusses what the disability movement, which is characterized by individual and family ingenuity on a daily basis, can teach us about social innovation.
This video discusses five simple behaviors each of us can engage in to promote citizenship and belonging for everyone.
Canadian social innovator Al Etmanski discusses why the social challenges we face like homelessness and discrimination are so difficult to address despite the considerable human and financial resources we have been applied to them.
Canadian disability rights activist and celebrated social innovator Al Etmanski provides a short, humorous take on what the term social innovation means.
This video celebrates the beauty of human diversity, the joy of living and working together and the power of active citizens to make our world a better place.
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transforming human services so people with intellectual, physical and psycho-social disabilities and seniors can live as
FULL citizens.
Canadian disability rights activist and social innovator Al Etmanski talks about what being a citizen means to him.
Al Etmanski, Canadian author, community organizer and disability rights activist discusses the paradox of short-term success versus long-term impact and how we can address it.
This video describes what staff, management and the Board of Directors at the Community Living Society (CLS) will do over the next five years to advance full citizenship and quality of life for the people they support. The CLS is a progressive not-for-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada.
Studio 73 in Newton, British Columbia is a social enterprise that produces handcrafted art work. Supported by the Community Living Society, the Studio provides employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities who want to express their artistic creativity and earn an income.
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